Regardless of the size of your church you don’t have the luxury of debating when and why you should use church management system (ChMS) or software. If anything, this post is helping you clarify the why. I’ll also suggest some self-diagnostic questions. We’ll also explore what should / shouldn’t be happening in churches already using ChMS. So, churches already using ChMS should also find this useful.
I love the Church and I want it to thrive. As a result, I’m often occupied about how true to our identity we are as the Church. This means ongoing introspection, and, sometimes saying something. I’m generally opinionated and, at the same time, always reigning myself in. Particularly on social media. Among the many subjects I can get worked up about, the Church is at the top. Interestingly, it is also the one subject I’m most careful about. This applies even more in times of failure of / in churches. I dare critique my / our critique.
Church and organizational life has big moments. These span campaigns, big events and such. Church calendars can include Easter, Christmas and other specific community drives. Those are usually times of disproportionate focus and attention. Some things in ‘normal’ church life make way for the campaign. And, teams across organizations have a single focus. Many of us can identify with the buzz–palpable excitement and expectancy.
Something occurred to me while listening to the ChurchMag Podcast episode, “How To Manage A Multi-Author Blog“. I might have thought about it before but definitely not in the terms I am today. While talking about the role of an editor, I can’t remember whether it was Eric or Jeremy, maybe both, who said one of the roles of an editor was to help authors / contributors better. I like that idea a lot. It got me thinking about an overlooked but critical function of a communications director.
The Internet isn’t going anywhere. As innovation, whatever that is, continues, it is how we use it that will keep changing. The challenge for churches and organizations is navigating the ever-shifting landscape. One of the areas the Internet changed how we communicate was through email. Blogs then came in. So much has changed in the blogosphere that has affected engagement. For churches that blogged, it might be time to rethink email. I’d like to suggest that making a shift back from blogging to email might make sense for some churches.
From the early days, the Church has faced many threats. Persecution is one that comes to mind. Allowing worldly culture is one of the threats early leaders warned against. God has always found ways of communicating threats to each generation and culture. One of the hallmarks of our present day is technology. No generation has known realtime connectivity, for example, in the way we do. And, this has some people listing technology as a threat. The threat to the Church isn’t necessarily technology.