Databases/Church Management Software
Databases aren’t just for large churches. Having a database can help churches of all sizes to do the work of ministry. Ultimately, church management software can improve your ministry effectiveness through empowering people, both paid and volunteer, and offering insights into the processes you follow. Having the right tools for managing your church can provide systems to engage newcomers, reengage those who have become distant, and deepening relationships within the church for the purpose of making disciples.
You don’t just need an expensive address book. Oftentimes, without proper training or implementation, that’s what a lot of church databases become. A well designed database will provide church leaders a powerful tool to understand connectedness, involvement, and movement of people in and through their church. It will help create efficiencies to make tasks easier to accomplish.
What types of tools would be useful to your church? Metrics and real time data can help you make the best choices for your ministry in times of transition. Intuitive web forms can automate processes for event management, children’s ministry check-ins, volunteer scheduling, and more. Attendance tracking can help the people in your ministry connect. Online giving can be streamlined and can incorporate one-time and recurring gifts. Pledge and donor management can help you appreciate and thank your donors, while cultivating future planned and major gifts. Photo directory tools, calendars, and file sharing can become available to members through online portals.
You don’t know what you don’t know. Choosing the right tools for your church or diocese can be daunting. Talk to other churches or dioceses who’ve implemented a database/church management system and are strategically using it to grow their church.
Popular Church Management Software Solutions:
"I implemented Realm at my previous parish and have recently purchased for my current one. Before choosing Realm, I researched my options for about two months, taking workshops online and talking to sales reps, reading reviews, etc. I did the data transfer myself the first time and plan on doing it again. With only minimal video tutorials and reading their help documents, I was able to get the entire database up in an afternoon. NOTE: There was a lot of massaging of data for a couple weeks before I did that because we were coming from a very old system. I give it high marks, and highly recommend it." - Lena Sewell, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Lakewood, Colorado
What database/church management software are you using?: BreezeChMS
What do you like about your database/church management software?: Simple and all-inclusive pricing structure, no matter how many members we have. Integrates with MailChimp and replaced ministry scheduler pro.
What do you wish you could do that you currently aren't able to do?: Looking forward to even more integration between the various capabilities - having form entries automatically create follow-ups, etc.
- Kelli Joyce, Saint Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, Tucson, Arizona