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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.

7 Hidden Excel Tricks You’ll Wish You Had Been Using Sooner

By Peter Frank | Oct 5, 2017 1:00:00 PM

It’s been quite a while since I wrote about my favorite application, Microsoft Excel. When I’m not using different combinations of formulas and applying beautiful styles to my spreadsheets, I find that there are many fantastic tools within Excel that many people have never used. These tools aren’t actually hidden, but if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you can easily miss them. Here are my seven favorite Excel tools that you can start using today.

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I Hate Passwords Too: A Quick Guide to Secure Passwords

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Sep 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM

I’m not sure anyone likes passwords.  They’re clumsy, hard to remember and increasingly easy to crack. There are a few things you can do, however, to make your passwords easier to remember and more secure.

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What the Church Can Take Away from the Equation Group Hack

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Sep 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM

There was some big news last month, and it had nothing to do with the US presidential election or the Olympics. Because of this, it largely went unnoticed by major media channels, but it’s something we should all be aware of.

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The Value of Tracking Church Attendance (and How to Do It!)

By Peter Frank | Aug 18, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Church traditions are funny things. There are some traditions that have been a part of the Church for centuries. There are other traditions that are unique to church bodies or even individual congregations. If you have been a member of the same congregation for a long time, it can be hard to tell the types of traditions apart.

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5 Steps for Evaluating New Software Before You Buy

By Peter Frank | Jun 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Some people love to go shopping, but it is not one of my favorite activities, so I try to make it as quick as possible. I go in to the store, I get what I need, and I leave. 

However, I am not that way when it comes to purchasing new softtware. In fact, I tend to go about it in a completely different manner. I research all available options, I search for reviews, I test it extensively, and I sleep on the decision before finally making the call to purchase.

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Protecting Your Church Against Ransomware

By Dave Bowman | May 18, 2016 9:00:00 AM

A few weeks ago, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod posted an article about a church who recently fell victim to a ransomware attack. 

We realize that without proper knowledge, many churches could potentially become victims of ransomware as well, so we wanted to share some helpful information with you.

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How to Make Excel Spreadsheets Look Amazing

By Peter Frank | Apr 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM

They say, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," but whoever said that clearly has not seen some of the spreadsheets that I have seen.

In my last blog post about helpful formulas, I mentioned that I have an unhealthy obsession with Microsoft Excel. That's only part of the story; I'm also an data visualization snob. 

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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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4 Ways Pastors Stay Organized with Church Management Software

By Peter Frank | Sep 3, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Pastors are busy.

From the outside looking in, a pastor’s job seems pretty simple, right? He throws a few thoughts together on Sunday morning, goes to a few meetings, and calls it a day. However, if you’ve ever known a pastor, you know that this is the furthest thing from the truth.

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13 Questions to Ask before Buying Church Management Software

By Peter Frank | Aug 27, 2015 9:00:00 AM

When my wife and I were shopping for a new (used) car a few years ago, we had a list of “must-haves.” We need a car that I (being 6' 4") could fit in, but one that wasn't too big for my wife (who is 5' 1"). Of course, a roomy backseat was needed (as we wanted to start a family), as well as a large trunk for storage. We reviewed many different cars, and, with this list of qualities in mind, found a car that we’ve had ever since.

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