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Church Management Software A Vital Part of the Solution For Church Growth

Dennis Antunes

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A church may have great difficulties growing and spreading its wonderful message without successful administration of its resources such as its members, church groups, missions, and offerings. Church management software greatly facilitates the administration and planning so the church can prosper.

It is wonderful being part of a well managed church, where the focus of the church is worship, spiritual growth, and evangelism. The church membership consistently grows with visitors quickly becoming part of the church family. The staff knows the spiritual gifts of its members and supplies them with many opportunities to exercise them. The church does not ignore conflicts, but confronts and resolves them in a loving way. There is always a church activity to participate regardless of the time or day of the week. Any church member can paraphrase their church vision and knows how he or she is contributing to the vision. Undoubtedly, the church uses church management software to simplify the administrative aspects.

Unfortunately, not all churches are at this state. Some churches no longer have the focus on spreading the Word of God. Instead, the church becomes stuck in management quagmire and concentrates instead on organizational issues. Without church software, it strains to cover basic budgetary needs and struggles to retain membership. It feels starved for leadership within its members and cannot find those willing or even qualified to help. Conflict is commonplace and a small minority performs most of the work in the church. Visitors come and go without much follow up.

Without proper church administration, most of the effort goes toward the struggle to stay open instead of spreading the Good News. Without a suitable church management, it becomes difficult to find the leadership within the members. It becomes easy to loose track of visitors, missing the important follow up. Upgrading your church management software can organize your church in such a way that these mundane issues all but disappear.

Even so, many of these struggling churches continue to use makeshift databases to manage the many aspects of the church. They recognize the need for church software, but fail to find a unifying solution. There can be as many databases and as many different applications as there are areas and projects. A church may have a church membership database, an offering and tithes database, and as many Sunday school classroom databases as there are classes (some not even accessible by the church staff). Many projects and study groups may not even be included in any database and because of this disconnect, gathering useful data becomes very cumbersome, time consuming, and sometimes outright impossible.

This is bleak depiction focuses on the managerial aspects within the church and purposely excludes the many blessings that a church receives, regardless of its size or success. It is a grim picture, but sadly enough, all-too-familiar to many churches. Church software can remove seemingly vast barriers keeping a church from growing.

Church management software is designed specifically to unify all the aspects of the church into one database that includes areas such as visitors tracking, church membership management, spiritual gifts management, church leadership management, church projects management, tithes, offerings, and capital campaign management, fund raiser management, and even church member spiritual growth management among many other areas. Church software is a powerful tool that will dramatically increase your staff capabilities and simplify the administration of your church. This will allow you to focus on the big picture, on the vision and the strategy instead of on management.

When utilizing church management software, a better understanding of each member will result, allowing for greater empowerment and fulfillment. An active member that is contributing to the success of the church is much less likely to leave than a member that feels he or she is not needed or unable to serve. Allowing each member to contribute according to his or her skills and spiritual gifts is vital to the growth of the church. Managing member skills and spiritual gifts will also allow for a uniform distribution of workload throughout the church membership. This will have two positive effects: it will minimize burning out the more active members, and will keep most members active and productive resulting in happy members, less likely to create conflict in the church.

If your church is struggling and spending more time managing than evangelizing, consider updating your church management software . You will be very glad you did it!

Dennis Antunes is a Quality Engineer at a Medical Manufacturer. He is the son of a retired pastor and missionary from Brazil. Dennis is very active at his church, being a member of several committees. He is in charge of the multimedia for the contemporary service at his church. Dennis feels a great desire to help churches grow and believes that churches can benefit greatly by using high quality church management software.


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