Increase Church Productivity with Slack

slack chat makes communication and productivity simple

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.

That something is called Slack.

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How Roll Call Connect can help your Small Group Ministry

Roll Call Connect is a web based integration tool for your church.  It allows your staff and congregation access to some core features of Roll Call through a browser on their home computer, tablet or smartphone.  There are some unique features of Connect that give your Small Groups the ability to stay in touch with each other as well as the tools for your church to understand who is actively involved in those groups.

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Should your church upgrade to Windows 10?

Windows 10

As with any software upgrade, your church will need to consider the costs versus the benefits of upgrading. At first glance it appears there is no cost to upgrading for “most users”. However, you must consider whether or not the software you use like your church management software, presentation software, graphics programs, word processor and spreadsheets will run on that operating system. I would highly recommend contacting the publishing companies to find out before you click that “upgrade now” button. Another area to consider is any driver upgrades (video or printer) that might be required. Again be sure to check with your vendor to see if those drivers will be compatible with Windows 10.

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Church Database Backups: Roll Call and Cloud Services

Your Roll Call data is the most important aspect of your church database. You can always get the latest copy of Roll Call from our website download page. Your data, on the other hand, is a precious commodity and deserves extra precautionary measures to insure its safety in the event of a hard drive failure, stolen computer, or old-fashioned user error.

You don’t ever want to have to start over from square one. Reentering names. Adding contributions all over again. Sadness and tears.

Fortunately, Roll Call makes it easy to avoid such unfortunate events.

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5 Ways to use Roll Call for VBS

So, it’s time to start planning for VBS.  Not only do you need to find the perfect curriculum, you need to get organized.  How will you keep track of the children that will be attending?  What about their allergies?  Who is allowed to pick them up?  Check out these 5 ways that Roll Call can help you get organized and ready for your VBS this summer.

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5 Ways to Facilitate Visitor Follow up with Roll Call

Gathering Contact Information

The first step in any follow up plan needs to be gathering contact information.  It’s impossible to follow up with someone if you don’t have their address, phone or email.  So how do you capture this information?  Many churches use a visitor registration cards.  The information from these visitor cards can be entered directly into Roll Call, so that the information can be shared with your entire follow up team.  The new Add Family screen in version 13 is a simplified form that can be customized to capture that information you have on your cards.

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Sneak Peak at Roll Call Connect Version 13

Roll Call Connect is a web interface for Roll Call.  It allows your staff to look up contact information while they are out on the road from their mobile devices.  They can also view contribution & attendance summaries.  Connect can also be opened up to your congregation.  This would allow them to update their profile information, give online,  print giving statements and view membership rosters.

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