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The Regular Attendees Feature in Events Is Going Away

May 9, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Regular Attendees is a feature of Church360° Members in which an individual can be marked as frequently in attendance for a series of events. This feature was meant to be a time saver, but it has actually been more confusing than helpful for our users, and it is rarely used. For those reasons, we are going to remove this feature from the software.

Why We’re Removing This Feature

Some users actively utilize the Regular Attendees feature for events like Bible studies. However, the most commonly tracked attendance type is worship, and it is uncommon and not beneficial to use Regular Attendees for this purpose.

We also hear from Church360° Members customers that it is difficult to remember the difference between “Select regulars” and “Regulars (Select all)” when performing bulk tasks on the Attendance Entry screen.

Plus, there are few places in the software where Regular Attendees provides any other value. While tags and smart groups are utilized throughout, Regular Attendees is strictly used for attendance entry.

A Better Way to Track Attendance

As an alternative to Regular Attendees, we recommend using tags or smart groups to indicate if someone is an active participant for something. Then utilize this tag when taking attendance for that event.

For example, if there is a men’s Bible study that regularly has eight people attend, tag each of those men with “Thursday Night Men’s Bible Study” and filter down to that list when taking attendance.

Or if you’re taking attendance for Sunday School, create a smart group with the Sunday School grade as part of the criteria and use that when taking attendance.

We’d love to hear your feedback on this change. As always, please feel free to reach out at support@cts.cph.org or call us at (800) 346-6120.

Peter Frank

Written by Peter Frank

Peter Frank is full-time student at Concordia Seminary who also serves part-time at Concordia Publishing House as the Digital Product Owner. His responsibilities include leading Concordia Technology Solutions (CTS), the church management software division. A graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, his background in theology, business, and technology gives him a unique perspective on technology in the church. He is married and the father of two young children.

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