Web Based Church Management Software – It’s Cloud Time!

Posted by Alan Danielson Tuesday, August 11, 2015 7:50:00 AM Categories: Ministry & Technology
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I recently purchased an Apple TV for our home.  It has a screen saver feature which automatically displays photos from our phones.   My wife was amazed these pictures show up on our television and asked, “How did this happen?  Did you plug my phone into the TV?”

“Nope.  That’s the power of ‘The Cloud’,” I responded.

This mysterious “Cloud” is everywhere.  We hear about it on the radio and TV, we read about it online and we have options to use it on our smart phones.  But what is it?  Where is it? And why would church leaders want to use it for their church management systems (CMS or ChMS)?

“Cloud” is simply a term that refers to the Internet, and more precisely to a datacenter full of servers that is connected to the Internet, allowing users to store and access data on those servers.  In practical terms it means that your data no longer has to be stored on your own computer; rather it is stored on a company’s servers somewhere else.  Why is cloud computing advantageous to church leaders?

1)  Access Everywhere:  ChMS Cloud computing allows churches to access their data from any internet connection.  Pastors can access the church database from their phone while they are out making hospital visits.  Church administrators can access the data from coffee shop, restaurants  or their homes.  Traditional ChMS software can only be accessed from computers at the church office.

2) Data Security:  Traditional ChMS requires church users to make regular backups of their data to insure that it does not get lost.  However, more often than not, church leaders don’t take the time to make these important backups.  ChMS in the cloud, on the other hand, takes the hassle of backups away completely.  The company providing the cloud-based church management system is responsible to maintain backups and network security. 

3) It is the Present AND the Future:  Like it or not cloud computing is here to stay.  When the photos from your phone are stored and backed up on a server and automatically displayed on your apple TV, you know that this whole “cloud” thing has permeated every-day life.  Imagine cloud based church management systems that immediately link to church members’ phones or smart watches.  Suddenly pastors will be able to have a continual stream of data allowing them to know who is coming to church every week and when someone has missed a few weeks in a row.  Thanks to the cloud, that kind of powerful ministry-related tool is not too far off!

Churchteams church management software has been cloud based since it’s inception over a decade ago.  Churchteams is on the cutting edge of cloud computing for churches and has made many innovations in small group management, children’s check in, online giving and much more.  And because of Churchteam’s extensive experience with cloud computing, we are continually adding innovative solutions at the best possible price.

Alan Danielson is the Senior Pastor of New Life Bible Church in Norman, Oklahoma. Previously he served as Central Team Leader for LifeGroups at LifeChurch.tv in Edmond, OK, where he led over a thousand small groups on LifeChurch’s thirteen campuses in six different states. He then founded 3Threat.net to help leaders master three essential leadership skills: vision-casting, creating strategy and fostering relationships. Alan is a popular conference speaker and consults regularly with ministries and leaders on topics relating to small groups and leadership. Learn more from Alan at www.3Threat.net.