During the Christmas season, we open up our hearts and homes to family, friends and sometimes complete strangers and share what Christmas means to us as Christians. Christmas is a season of giving. God the Father gave his only Son to us – the ultimate gift! Jesus gave up His heavenly seat to dwell among us – the ultimate sacrifice!
As Christians, we are called to be generous with our time, talents and treasure – not just during the Christmas season, but all year long. We are children of a Heavenly Father who has given so generously to us and has commanded us to give generously to others.
I write this to you who have given your time and talents generously throughout the year. Some of you have been in the foreground working tirelessly to advance your ministries as you have been led. Many of you are in the background, working quietly behind the scenes, making a real difference in your church. In this age of consumerism, people don’t think about the effort it takes to run a ministry. Many times you don’t receive any acknowledgment or recognition for your efforts. Many of you have spent long hours away from family sometimes wondering if it is worth it. Does anyone care? Does it matter? Is it making a difference? Some of you receive immediate feedback that your efforts are having an impact. Others might not know for years to come. Others won’t know this side of Heaven.
To all of you I want to say “Thank You”. Thank you on behalf of the whole body of Christ. Your hard work and sacrifices are truly appreciated. Remember, nothing we do on this earth goes unnoticed in Heaven.
So, you‘ve taken up the call to youth ministry! I’m sure you’d agree that an important part of being able an effective youth minister is to track the youth attendance and follow up with them. Roll Call can help you do this by taking attendance at all your youth functions. You can see whose coming and who’s going. Track not only them but also the friends they bring. You can easily keep in touch with texts, emails, and mailings. Roll Call is here for you every step of the way!
In part 1 we learned about groups and all the custom fields we can use from Roll Call to easily track all the different facets of our youth ministry. We had a specific example of a segment of our youth that would soon be travelling to Mexico for a mission trip. Let’s say now you’re about ready to embark on that mission trip… but you first need to get those t shirts ordered and you also need a list of all those fundraisers and who raised what.
I was a youth minister for a number of years before coming to work for By the Book. As becoming fully trained in the utilization of Roll Call, I can only ponder how wonderful it would have been to have this useful tool as our youth ministry software so many years ago. Here’s a glimpse of some of the areas of Roll Call I would’ve had used to enhance my youth ministry…
Thank you for making Roll Call (and By the Book, Inc.) climb the ranks of the top 20 most popular church management software providers! We are now at number 9 and would not be where we are without you. We truly value all feedback on our software and services.
How nice would it be not to have to worry about printing and mailing the year end contribution statements? Through the Roll Call Connect add-on product, you can give your congregation the flexibility to log in to your Roll Call web portal to view their giving history as well as print off their own statement for tax purposes.
For a long time now, Roll Call has been accustomed to running on both Mac and Windows machines. That’s part of what makes it a great fit for so many churches and non-profits. It’s flexible and allows you to pick the operating system that you’re comfortable with while retaining all the great features of the Roll Call software.
With the new release of Mac OS X, dubbed “El Capitan,” Mac users are probably pretty excited for a few new features of their own. I’ll go over a few highlights of the update and throw my take on them here, along with if you should take the plunge.
Each user account created in Administration > User Security can be provisioned to have its own email sending server much like you would set up within Outlook or Apple Mail*.
Note: Not all Email Services are created equal. There are some that may not play nice with Roll Call. For the most part, even free accounts like Yahoo and Gmail will send email from Roll Call if configured properly.
Figuring out how to use available technology to benefit your ministry and boost church productivity can be tough. It’s a bit hard to keep up with new technology. That’s pretty much a given in today’s tech climate. That’s why today I’m going to focus our attention to a fantastic tool that can help organize your church communications and move your attention away from your email inbox to something different, efficient, and fun.