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Technology should not transform ministry, but rather do the things that people don’t have to do so they can do what they do best.

Top 10 Questions to Ask Sales Reps When Buying Church Management Software

By Peter Frank | Oct 12, 2015 9:00:00 AM

When I think of sales reps, I think of Billy Mays.

I know, I know. Infomercials. But he was a good salesman. Everyone knew him and what he sold. His style worked great on TV, but I would have been frightened to buy OxiClean in real life with him screaming at me.

Good thing most in-person sales reps aren’t like Billy Mays!

When you buy church management software, you’ll most likely work with a sales rep who guides you through  buying and training. Church management software is complicated, and it’s a big decision that can set your church back hundreds of dollars.

But first, you need to make sure the software will work for your church! When you find the right solution, it can help make managing finances and members effortless. To ensure you’re completely happy with your new software, ask your sales rep these questions before you decide to buy!

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6 Tips to Minimize Time-Consuming Tasks

By Peter Frank | Oct 5, 2015 11:00:00 AM

In college, I always tried to prioritize. I’d start by writing that excruciatingly long paper, then tackle the short, multiple choice quiz. Though I knew the paper would take a long time and the quiz wouldn’t happen until 3:00 a.m. when my brain power hit an all-time low, at least it was easier than writing! My plan got me through.

In the church office, work such as creating bulletins and newsletters will always take a while to complete. But you can still have a plan! We’ve compiled a list of six ideas to help you minimize those time-consuming tasks.

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9 Ground Rules You Need to Set in Your Church Office

By Peter Frank | Sep 7, 2015 9:00:00 AM

I’ve always enjoyed going in church offices.

As a teenager, I became very involved in activities at my church, in everything from the youth group to mission trips to even attending meetings with the Board of PR Communications. It’s safe to say I visited the church office more than most people my age.

The office was closed on Sundays, making it look dark and gloomy, but during the week, it had such a friendly and happy feel. Our church secretaries, Mrs. Geighes and Mrs. Moll, would smile and greet me, asking what was new with me and how my family was doing. Then they’d happily go back to their work. I thought it must be a really fun place to work!

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How to Recruit and Retain Church Volunteers

By Peter Frank | Aug 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

If you’ve ever been in charge of volunteers, you’ve experienced one of the most stressful jobs in a church. People are prone to forget or cancel on a moment's notice, and while they often come full of energy, that excitement wanes after a few hours out in the hot sun.

So how can your church recruit and retain volunteers? Whether you’re looking for help with a one-time project or for someone to offer support on a regular basis, here are a few ideas to make the most of your eager volunteers.

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12 Ways to Optimize Your Time

By Amanda Lansche | Aug 13, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The phrase “optimize your time”  sounds impossible. I can’t imagine being able to do more work in the same amount of time without wanting to pull my hair out. I feel like I already accomplish quite a bit, but my to-do list keeps getting longer. Sometimes it feels like I’ll never catch up on all the work that needs to be done!

To help lessen this feeling, I’ve put together a list of the 12 best ways to optimize your time—which, as it turns out, is not an impossible task.

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3 Meetings You Should Be Having at Your Church

By Peter Frank | Aug 6, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Meetings have a bad reputation, especially in churches. They are stereotypically long, boring, and unfocused. They seem to revolve around the details of running a church, like finances and schedules, rather than how the church is sharing the Gospel.

What I have found in my experience in the church, as well as in a corporate environment, is that people really don't dislike meetings; they just don't like unproductive meetings.

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