ChurchTechToday together with KidCheck, providers of secure children’s check-in systems, today announced the informative new ebook, “Technology Spotlight: Children’s Check-In.” This complimentary ebook was developed in partnership with ChurchTechToday to help churches understand the benefits technology, such as an electronic children’s check-in system, can bring to their children’s ministry. The book is written by Lauren Hunter, ChurchTechToday’s founder with Keri Wyatt Kent.
The ebook delivers a wealth of information and actionable best practice suggestions across a variety of topics that can easily be put into practice.
- Serving Children – a strong safety foundation, modern families
- Addressing Concerns – allergies/medical, abuse, procedures and planning
- Volunteers – background checks, training, agreements, policies
- Visitors and Holidays – welcoming visitors, holiday and event safety
- Communication with Families – opportunities and technology
- Resources – abuse prevention, background checks, children’s ministry websites and blogs
The ‘Technology Spotlight: Children’s Check-In’ ebook was designed to provide those in children’s ministry both with pertinent suggestions, as well as important general information, that they can quickly and easily put into practice to improve child safety, better understand available technology, and help positively impact the families they serve,” said Alex Smith, KidCheck CEO.
Smith continued, “It’s important to us to be able to share the knowledge and experience we’ve acquired over the years from serving churches of all sizes. We are thrilled to be able to combine that knowledge with the church technology expertise of such a cutting edge website as ChurchTechToday to deliver this insightful free ebook.”
The topic of children’s security is critical—especially given the myriad of issues that many families currently face—from allergies, to social media, to restraining orders,” commented Lauren Hunter, founder and editor of ChurchTechToday.com. “Our aim in writing the ebook was to provide churches with practical information and solutions to common security issues and concerns that children’s ministry staff must consider to keep the children they serve safe in today’s Church.”
In other recent news, KidCheck offers “Improving Child Safety in Your Organization” webinar.
KidCheck, Inc. provides secure, web based children’s check-in software and complete check-in station solutions for churches, fitness facilities, and organizations caring for children. KidCheck is committed to delivering easy-to-use, reliable and secure check-in systems backed by expert, personal service and support. To learn more or to sign up for a demo visit http://www.kidcheck.com.
ChurchTechToday is the #1 church technology website for pastors, communicators, and leaders. With the goal to provide insight into a variety of topics including social media, websites, worship, media, mobile, and software, ChurchTechToday aims to shed light on how church technology can empower and position churches for impact and growth.
To download the free ebook, visit http://vid.us/sna95q.
Elexio, provider of church software solutions, continues to help churches connect and engage with their audience with the launch of their Self-Service Kiosk. Previewed in late 2013, this latest solution from Elexio allows church attendees to update their information, sign-up for small groups, submit prayer requests, volunteer, and make contributions.
While the Self-Service Kiosk is available in a standalone option, its integration with the rest of Elexio’s church management software is its greatest attribute. With either option, standalone or integrated, the kiosk provides users with the ability to:
- View a list of groups that they can sign up for.
- Identify ministry needs for volunteers and sign up to serve.
- Submit a prayer request.
- Update personal data such as contact information and preferences.
- Make a fund-specific contribution using at-the-kiosk card swipes.
Today’s generation of church attendees brings a different set of expectations with them,” says John Connell, director of sales and marketing for Elexio.
Engagement through ministry involvement, service, and contributions takes on a completely new style. Elexio’s Self-Service Kiosk meets these expectations and provides attendees with an opportunity to connect with the church where they feel most comfortable. It also reduces administrative tasks, freeing up more time for ministry.”
The Self-Service Kiosk boasts an easy-to-navigate interface, is portable, and features a space-conscious design. The kiosk itself costs $2,200 per unit. The software cost is $30/month if purchased with Elexio’s database solution, $50/month if purchased separately plus a one-time setup fee of $200.
Elexio offers the only church software that integrates church management, church website CMS (content management system), church website design, church check-in, and church mobile app into one web-based solution for PC/Mac. Elexio provides vital solutions and creative design for thousands of churches around the world to connect with their community, serve their congregation, and grow their ministries by reaching more people, effectively managing membership, and engaging their audience through better ministry experiences. Learn more at www.elexio.com or call toll free: 888-997-9947.
Behind the scenes at every church, there exists a myriad of administrative needs—from taking donations for multiple ministries and sorting them correctly to registering members for events to enrolling kids for Vacation Bible School and getting correct t-shirt sizes ordered. Much like a duck swimming in the water, most of the hard work is done behind the scenes. Church Community Builder works with churches around the world to streamline administration and increase community through its intuitive web-based church management software (ChMS), and has reinvented the forms functionality within its software to assist the administrative needs churches face every day.
We are utilizing the new [Church Community Builder] forms features through a ministry called Food For All Nations to sell food boxes to the community. We now have the option for people to make purchases and donations within the same form,” remarks Carrie Pendleton of Church For All Nations in Colorado. “Because donations are a tax deduction and purchases are not, we previously had to utilize two separate forms for this.”
Church Community Builder has completely revamped its forms functionality with a drag-and-drop interface and more powerful automations. They have added eight new form question types, including file upload, product/ticket, and donation amount. Advanced financial controls, discount codes, and support for split-transaction forms are also included in this upgrade.
These enhancements aim to help churches “do ministry” more efficiently by having forms features fully integrated into the main church management software. When churches use two separate pieces of software to fill these needs, it creates a data silo, where critical people data lies disconnected from the system those people are in. Church Community Builder’s fully integrated forms software is designed to keep data connected to the people it’s about, enabling churches to spend less time sifting through data and more time focusing on the people their ministries serve.
Pendleton adds, “We will also be using the new forms for missions trips. We can now create a form for a trip with an option for people to make a donation of any amount to a specific individual. Tracking payments and donations has required a lot of work for administrative staff, and it will be much easier to track through the new forms.”
In addition to the forms improvements, Church Community Builder also released bug fixes, design improvements, and usability enhancements, including:
- Support for military addresses
- Improved speed for advanced searches
- Allergy information in profile-related API services
Our development team has worked extremely hard to bring these much-needed updates to the churches we serve. Church Community Builder desires to facilitate ministry and partner with these churches and ministries,” comments Steve Caton, vice president of sales and marketing at Church Community Builder. “We are proud of our team’s efforts and have already heard from many churches that the improvements are successful.”
A short video on Forms can be found here: http://www.churchcommunitybuilder.com/forms
About Church Community Builder
Birthed in 1999, Church Community Builder made available the first ever web-based church management software to offer churches a flexible and affordable way to manage every aspect of church. Today, they actively serve over 3,200 churches in 19 different countries, including church plants, megachurches, and multisite churches with over 10,000 attendees. The entire Church Community Builder team is committed first to serving the Kingdom by empowering churches. Church Community Builder believes that success is realized when doing the Lord’s work in a way that serves the body and honors the Word. If you find these principles appealing and desire to build a well-connected, empowered church, you are invited to take a look at what Church Community Builder has to offer. For detailed and up-to-date information, visit their website at http://www.churchcommunitybuilder.com, call 866-242-1199, become a fan on their Facebook Fan Page, and follow them on Twitter @CCBChurch.
Created to emphasize community and empower leaders, Fresh Vine church software was developed over the course of two years with the intent of helping churches grow their congregational engagement in a way that is more relational and approachable. Built with simple and responsive design that can scale across any internet device, Fresh Vine is a breath of fresh air to the cluttered church management software industry.
Our church software was inspired by my experiences of planting a church for the first time and seeing what was needed from the ground up in terms of software to connect and rally people,” comments Paul Prins, Fresh Vine Founder and President. “We developed Fresh Vine to help churches gain clarity around who and what is happening with its members.”
The Fresh Vine team has spent lots of time creating a user interface that makes sense, is simple to use, and is responsively designed to work on any tablet, desktop, or digital device. They also added a special simplified web-based site call Concierge that makes it really easy to add visitors and do children’s check-in on the fly.
Fresh Vine Church Software Key Features Include:
- Contribution management
- Email campaigns with reporting features
- Group and event management that includes attendance history
- Children’s check-in system that works both online and offline if internet is unavailable
- Concierge login to add families, make changes to member data, and add phone numbers
- Filter tools for membership roster that can help with multisite church campuses
- Communication tools to reach targeted groups within your membership
- Podcast management
- Visit this page for a complete list of features
Much like Google Analytics or WordPress, when users login to Fresh Vine, they land on a dashboard overview page that gives helpful member and giving snapshots. Navigate to any of the five software categories at the top of the screen at any time to access people, groups, content, admin, or home.
This 40-second video from Fresh Vine can help cast a vision for how they seek to serve churches small to large. Fresh Vine’s online press room offers screenshots and additional information to the media.
About Fresh Vine
Launched in 2011, Fresh Vine is online church management software that fosters participation, helping members get rooted and grow. It supports all ministry and small group activities, including membership, giving, children’s check-in, ministry/group calendars, events, attendance, and emails. Ministries who lean on Fresh Vine as their church software solution improve engagement and better understand their community. Organizations from all over the world use Fresh Vine.
Many churches have limited staff and resources, relying on a tight budget to care for members and reach their communities. Thanks to Wi-Fi in nearly every location, 3G/4G mobile phone service, and the fact that nearly every pastor utilizes a laptop alongside a smartphone or tablet, By the Book has developed its web integration add-on for Roll Call church management software (ChMS) called Roll Call CONNECT.
This new web integration functionality will help our church customers stay better connected to their congregations,” says Kim Conley, co-owner of By the Book, software for churches and nonprofits. “Roll Call CONNECT was built for busy church staff and pastors in mind who want to better manage their church business.”
Roll Call CONNECT Staff Features Include:
- Snapshot of church giving and church attendance
- Quick glance of upcoming birthdays and anniversaries
- Look-up and update of church contact information
- Record church visitations and confidential comments while on the road
Roll Call CONNECT Congregation Features Include:
- View and update church member profile information
- Give online
- View giving history
- Manage groups
- Record group attendance if they are a group leader
Roll Call connect gives you the ability to be the Church outside of the church, I love the accessibility of information in the palm of my hand,” comments Steve Oster, Community Presbyterian Church.
To view an informative five-minute video on what Roll Call CONNECT can do for your church, check out this help link to Roll Call CONNECT on Vimeo.
About By the Book
Founded in 1992, By the Book offers robust desktop and internet accessible church and nonprofit management software. Roll Call Church Management Software meets the needs of churches from small to large through membership management, attendance monitoring, visitor follow up, contribution tracking, and background check management. Roll Call Child CheckIn and Mobile CheckIn add on solutions offer churches peace of mind by securing children through PCs or mobile devices. Honor Roll Fundraising Software offers nonprofits complete donor management tools, pledge tracking, and contact management. Free trials are available of all of By the Book’s software offerings. Email, call, or sign up today: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-554-9116.