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Jun 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM



We've modified the Church Directory to allow for different entry styles and grouping by custom fields. You can also choose to print one, grouped directory, or a separate directory for each custom field group.

Choosing an Entry Style

When you go to create a directory for individuals or households, you will now see that there are three different options for entry styles. You can choose to include contact information with phone numbers, contact information with phone numbers and emails, or photos alone. 

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Group by Custom Field

You are now able to group entries by an individual or household custom field. For example, if you wanted to organize your household directory by Elder Group, you could select the "Group by" option and select your Elder Group custom field. 

To learn more about creating and updating custom fields, check out this blog post.

Grouping byCustom Field

Grouped Directory vs Separate Directories

If you choose to Group by Custom Field, you have two different options for printing. You may print one directory, grouped or print separate directories for each group. The single, grouped directory will probably be most useful for internal use by your church office staff. The separate directory option might be helpful when distributing to your ministry leaders. For example, if you created separate Elder Group directories, you could distribute a uniqe list of parishioners for each Elder, without giving them other Elder's parishioner information.

Grouped Directory or Separate Files


Include Cross References

For household directories, we've also added an "Include cross-referencs" option. This will allow you to cross reference entries in your directory for people whose last name differs from that of the rest of their family. This feature was incorporated to help churches who may have individuals in blended families.

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We hope that you enjoy these updates to the Church Directory! If you have any questions or comments, please contact our support team at support@cts.cph.org or 800.346.6120.

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Anna Johnson

Written by Anna Johnson

Deaconess Anna Johnson is a marketing manager at Concordia Publishing House. After graduating from the deaconess program at Concordia University Chicago, she continued her studies at the University of Colorado—Denver in education and human development. She has worked as a church youth director and served a variety of other nonprofit organizations, such as the Lutheran Mission Society of Maryland. Anna loves playing video games and drinking a hot cup of tea almost as much as she loves her cat and her husband.

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