Feature Updates

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 9:51:00 PM Categories: New Features
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I hope you’ve stayed on top of the changes we have made to Churchteams the past months. Here are few more that I wanted you to be aware of that we have done in the past 6 weeks or so:

1. Distinct members. Your “Meeting Attendance By Group” preview report and “End of the Month Summary” spreadsheet both now include the number of distinct members who attended during a given week. That means if someone attended more than one group, they are only counted once.
2. Member Attribute Security. In February we released our full membership database with customizable member attributes. Since releasing that, we have added the ability to determine which level of security can access (i.e. view and/or edit) each individual attribute. This allows members to update their own birthdays and yet have pastors add pastoral flags or pastoral notes without compromising confidentiality.
3. Member Listing and Group Roster Output Options. When selecting these reports you can now select membership attributes to output along with address information. This is useful for things like birthdates, spiritual gifts or ministry interests for a group. Or for listing allergies for a Sunday morning Sunday School roster.
4. Family Listing Report. Shows the make up of adults and children in families. Look under member reports.
5. Report Group Info Changes To Coach. Customization features, then organization options. You’ll notice a new check box that notifies coaches of any changes one of their leaders makes to his/her group.

Our goal is to make Churchteams as intuitive and training-free as possible. Toward that end, we are always adding little tweaks and features that you likely don’t notice. However, we will try to keep you updated from time to time. There are more things to come in the next couple of months.

Did You Know? We’ve communicated these in the past, but just in case you missed it. We are a full membership database now as well as the leading edge of small group and discipleship software. Examples:

1. Input contributions. Reconcile deposits, communicate summaries for accounting, send out statements. 2 new levels of security allowing the separation of financial data from anything small group related.
2. Sort / report based on any membership attribute. Birthdates, spiritual gifts, ministry interests, baptism dates, allergies or anything else you want to track, report or identify.
3. Assimilation pools. Use our groups system to work with first time guests, those interested in the new member class, people looking for groups, volunteers interested in children’s ministry, and anyone else. Their movement in your assimilation process is automatically noted. When a marker is achieved, use member attributes to capture it or place them in a permanent group / ministry.
4. Identify “at-risk” groups. Groups highlighted in red on your monthly summary spreadsheet have less than 50% consistency across the board for the month. That means leaders are cleaning house, making snacks, preparing lessons and no one (or just a few) is showing up. Now you can identify these leaders before they burn out.

If you’re interested to learn more about any of these, join me for a membership webinar. You’re welcome to join a small group webinar as well. Also, you can find videos on some of these in the video libraries listed on your main menus.

Summer is a great time to increase your learning about the usefulness of Churchteams.