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ON DEMAND WEBINAR | Two-way SMS: Ideas and Best Practices

In this webinar, we’ll look at some of the fun and creative uses churches have found for the new two-way texting. We’ll talk about ways to roll this out to your church members, manage your lists, and other best practices. Come with your…
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TouchPoint Monthly Newsletter- June

Have you heard of the TouchPoint Minute? If not, consider yourself officially looped in by the end of this post! Every month, we send out a roll-up of new product features and announcements about TouchPoint, plus best practice resources like…
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WEBINAR | Deeplinking: Driving App Adoption and Much More

Date/Time: Thursday, July 9, 2020 @ 2:00pm CDT   In this webinar, we’ll look at a new and extremely powerful feature called Deeplinking. This tool is great for driving adoption to your mobile app and making giving, registrations,…
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WEBINAR | Two-way SMS: Ideas and Best Practices

Date/Time: Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 2:00pm CDT In this webinar, we’ll look at some of the fun and creative uses churches have found for the new two-way texting. We’ll talk about ways to roll this out to your church members, manage…
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Webinar: The New Offering Plate: Why Mobile Giving Is the Future of Generosity

One of the realities uncovered by the COVID-19 pandemic is how many churches rely on in-person giving to hit their budgets. The way congregants give has to change in order for churches to continue to meet their goals and deliver on their mission.…
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On Demand Webinar: Mobile Giving in 2020

One of the realities uncovered by the COVID-19 pandemic is how many churches rely on in-person giving to hit their budgets. The way congregants give has to change in order for churches to continue to meet their goals and deliver on their mission.…
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TouchPoint Reopening Strategies

In our last blog post, we highlighted general ideas and perspectives to reopening our churches in a safe and efficient manner. This week, we’ll dive deeper into specific features you need to know about before allowing your congregation to…
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TouchPoint Monthly Newsletter + May New Features Roll-Up

Have you heard of the TouchPoint Minute? If not, consider yourself officially looped in by the end of this post! Every month, we send out a roll-up of new product features and announcements about TouchPoint, plus best practice resources…
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Let Us Go to the House of the Lord | A Guide to Resuming Church Services in the COVID-19 Era

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”-J.R.R.…
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TouchPoint Monthly Newsletter + April New Features Roll-Up

Have you heard of the TouchPoint Minute? If not, consider yourself officially looped in by the end of this post! Every last Wednesday of the month, we send out a monthly roll-up of new product features and announcements about TouchPoint…

Why Churches Need to Segment Databases

This post was originally published by Church Tech Today. Historically, church databases have been systems that require a lot of manual upkeep. In addition to making sure contact records are up-to-date, they also had to keep track of which…
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Ebook: Church Emails 101

As a church staffer, you want to ensure that emails sent to your congregants are opened and read because they contain important information about the life of your church. But church members are bombarded with messages every day, and too…
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Webinar: Email Best Practices 101

Tired of sending "spray and pray" emails that few people in your church open or click on? We want to equip you with best practices for leveraging your church management system to send emails that get opened and acted upon by your congregants.Whether…
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Webinar Replay: February New Features

In this webinar, Chris Dolan, VP of Product & Strategy, and Hayley Whitworth, Director of Training, walked through new features and improvements within TouchPoint. Features covered included: eSPACE Integration  Remote Deposit Capture  Auto…
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Webinar: January New Features

In this webinar, Chris Dolan, VP of Product & Strategy, and Hayley Whitworth, Director of Training, walked through new features and improvements within TouchPoint. Features covered included: Giving enhancements Changes to the…
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Automated Ministry Processes: How Technology Can Guide Your Church to Greater Engagement

As ministries expand and become more complex comes the higher likelihood that people will slip through the back door of the church unnoticed. Automation has made it possible to create pathways and processes that trigger your staff and lay…
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Why Flexibility Is Essential in a Church Management System

Nothing stays the same forever. Everything grows and changes. You see this in nature, with trees that are continually sprouting and losing leaves. You see this in children, who seem to grow six inches sometimes overnight. You probably see this…
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Critical Questions to Ask When Considering New Church Software

Today’s best church management systems aren’t just tools for helping your church operate more efficiently when it comes to tracking financial transactions and member information. They also offer a number of different options to help you…
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3 Key Data Points a Church Management Solution Should Be Able to Track Right “Out of the Box”

One of the most important capabilities of your church management software is the ability to collect member information and sync it with your database. Ideally you want a system that is flexible and customizable to meet your needs—both today…
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Webinar: Next Gen Digital Giving

In this webinar, we partnered with Pushpay to unpack the top digital giving strategies and tools you need to know about in 2020 and beyond.
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Are Your ChMS Payment Processing Fees Too High?

Online giving to churches continues to grow. While ministries have previously lagged behind other nonprofits when it comes to accepting digital donations, they are starting to catch up. Last year, the increase in online giving to religion…
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TouchPoint Welcomes New Vice President of Product & Strategy

Chris Dolan Steps in to Lead Product Development, Strategy, and Client Success TouchPoint Software, a church management system based in Dallas, Texas, is pleased to announce that Chris Dolan has been named the company's new Vice President…
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Partner: TouchPoint Software and OnlineGiving.org

DALLAS (PRWEB) OCTOBER 30, 2019 TouchPoint Software, an online church management system (ChMS), today announced its live integration with OnlineGiving.org. As part of the integration, any church currently using TouchPoint can utilize OnlineGiving.org…
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5 Hidden Costs of (the Wrong) Church Management Software

Let's be real: technology is expensive. While church management systems (ChMS) are incredibly beneficial in many ways, they also require a significant financial investment.Many church leaders are asking... Are we investing precious ministry…

What Features Should You Look for in a Church Management System?

There are literally dozens of church management solutions out there. Given the abundance of systems available, it can feel overwhelming to start narrowing down your search. But you can eliminate well over half of the available options simply…
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Ebook: 5 Things Executive Pastors Need in a Church Management System

Executive pastors have a tough but important job. They connect leaders’ vision to everyday operations. They also find strategies to keep everyone in the church engaged and on mission. That’s a lot of responsibility. How can you be…
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May 2019 Product Updates

We've spent the month of May making some fresh upgrades, new features, and fixes. Below are highlights from our latest release — every single one already available to you right now. As June approaches, so does VBS season. In the Tips &…
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Ebook: 5 Signs It's Time to Break Up With Your ChMS

We'll be blunt.The idea of switching to a new church management system can be a huge pain.But consider how many people your church could be leaving unseen, unloved, and un-discipled. Software that doesn't alert you to signs of disengagement…

Make Sure You Don’t Lose Your Data When Switching Church Management Systems

Anyone who has ever lost a Word document they were working on because they forgot to save the file or their computer suddenly shut down knows the painful heartbreak of lost data. It’s a soul-crushing experience. You have something so valuable…
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April 2019 Product Updates

Easter is one of the busiest times of the year for church leaders. Despite the chaos, I hope you found a moment in the last few weeks to reflect. We worship a risen savior who makes all things new! Speaking of new things, we'll be releasing…
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ON DEMAND WEBINAR | Two-way SMS: Ideas and Best Practices

In this webinar, we’ll look at some of the fun and creative uses churches have found for the new two-way texting. We’ll talk about ways to roll this out to your church members, manage your lists, and other best practices. Come with your…
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WEBINAR | Deeplinking: Driving App Adoption and Much More

Date/Time: Thursday, July 9, 2020 @ 2:00pm CDT   In this webinar, we’ll look at a new and extremely powerful feature called Deeplinking. This tool is great for driving adoption to your mobile app and making giving, registrations,…
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WEBINAR | Two-way SMS: Ideas and Best Practices

Date/Time: Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 2:00pm CDT In this webinar, we’ll look at some of the fun and creative uses churches have found for the new two-way texting. We’ll talk about ways to roll this out to your church members, manage…
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Webinar: The New Offering Plate: Why Mobile Giving Is the Future of Generosity

One of the realities uncovered by the COVID-19 pandemic is how many churches rely on in-person giving to hit their budgets. The way congregants give has to change in order for churches to continue to meet their goals and deliver on their mission.…
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May 2020 New Features Webinar Recording + Widget Competition

Check out what's new and improved in TouchPoint for the month of May 2020.  Reminder about our two widget competitions!   Competition Number 1: Best Widget Idea Send us your idea for a new TouchPoint widget.…
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April 2020 New Features Webinar Recording + Widget Competition Announcement

Check out what's new and improved in TouchPoint for the month of April 2020.  During the webinar, we announced two competitions! Competition Number 1: Best Widget Idea Send us your idea for a new TouchPoint widget. The…
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March 2020 New Features Webinar Recording

Check out what's new and improved in TouchPoint for the month of March 2020.
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New Features Webinar | Thursday, 3/26 @ 2 PM central

This webinar took place on Thursday, March 26 at 2 PM Central / 3 PM Eastern / 12 PM Pacific. As always we are here to support you. Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions related to TouchPoint, or how to best serve your church…
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Webinar: Email Best Practices 101

Tired of sending "spray and pray" emails that few people in your church open or click on? We want to equip you with best practices for leveraging your church management system to send emails that get opened and acted upon by your congregants.Whether…
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Webinar Replay: February New Features

In this webinar, Chris Dolan, VP of Product & Strategy, and Hayley Whitworth, Director of Training, walked through new features and improvements within TouchPoint. Features covered included: eSPACE Integration  Remote Deposit Capture  Auto…
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Webinar: January New Features

In this webinar, Chris Dolan, VP of Product & Strategy, and Hayley Whitworth, Director of Training, walked through new features and improvements within TouchPoint. Features covered included: Giving enhancements Changes to the…
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Webinar Replay: Fireside Chat & New Features Preview

In this webinar, TouchPoint President Ross Miller interviewed Chris Dolan about his thoughts upon joining the team as the Vice President of Product & Strategy. We also heard from Training Director Hayley Whitworth on what new features you…
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Webinar: Next Gen Digital Giving

In this webinar, we partnered with Pushpay to unpack the top digital giving strategies and tools you need to know about in 2020 and beyond.
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Custom Access Roles

Now available in an easy graphical user interface! With Custom Access Roles you can fine-tune what is seen by users with a particular role. You may find this especially beneficial in customizing the access for your lay leaders with…

Webinar: 5 Processes to Define Before Switching Your ChMS

Discipleship depends on key people being in the right place, at the right time. Technology is a great way to trigger those critical connection points -- if you have the right system. If you don't, you could be missing opportunities to engage…

On-Demand Webinar: Every Dollar Matters

Online giving makes it easier than ever for members to fund your mission. But it can come with some hidden (and high) costs: Transaction fees. How can you empower your members to give online without sacrificing thousands of dollars to…

Mobile Giving Made Easy: Equip Your Church for the Wallet-Less Generation

Our culture has shifted toward mobile giving in a big way. Times may have changed, but people still want to be generous. Want to encourage your members to give more? Make it as easy and convenient as possible for them. In this webinar, we…

Beat the Summer Slump: Digital Tools that Drive Church Engagement

VBS. Giving slowdowns as members go on vacations. Mission trip fundraising. Prepping for Promotion Sunday. The summer is a unique season for the church with specific challenges and opportunities. The good news is, church management technology…

5 Things Every Executive Pastor Needs in a Church Management System

Executive Pastors play a vital role in today's churches. They connect leaders' vision to everyday operations. They find strategies to keep everyone in the church engaged and on mission. That's a lot of responsibility. As an executive pastor,…

Webinar: 2018 Mobile Trends & How They Are Changing Church Management

2017 marked 10 years since the release of the first iPhone, and life looks vastly different today than it did a decade ago. Mobile technology continues to evolve how the church communicates and carries out discipleship, and recent trends show…

Webinar: 2018 Mobile Trends & How They Are Changing Church Management

2017 marked 10 years since the release of the first iPhone, and life looks vastly different today than it did a decade ago. Mobile technology continues to evolve how the church communicates and carries out discipleship, and recent trends show…

Webinar: 10 Questions to Ask Before You Switch to a New ChMS

Choosing a new church management system can often feel like a thankless chore. Is it worth the effort of switching from your current solution — even if what you have isn’t sustainable? You shouldn’t have to feel stuck.  In "What to…

Webinar: Using Feedback to Make Smarter Ministry Decisions

The new year is a great time for looking back at what worked and what didn’t in the past year. But if you’re like most church leaders, you may be looking for a more manageable way to collect feedback from your congregation, in order…

Webinar: Roundtable with Redeemer Presbyterian NYC

You want to use data analysis to help you make informed decisions about your church. Church leaders today have the opportunity to apply God-given wisdom to a wealth of new knowledge about what individuals value, how they behave, and what drives…

On-Demand Webinar: Mapping the Mobile Future of Your Ministry

If you don't have a church engagement app for your ministry, you could be missing out on some big discipleship opportunities. In this webinar, we'll give you a special sneak peek of TouchPoint's new mobile experience.  Along the way, you'll…

Webinar: Next-Level Missions

Technology has made it easier than ever to deploy and deepen the impact of your mission trips. We want to show you how to use these new tools to support your missions efforts. WEBINAR: Next-Level Missions: The Ultimate Guide to Mission Trips In…

Webinar: 4 Ways Technology Can Enhance Discipleship in the Digital Age

In this webinar, we show you how technology can help you create an environment of intentional discipleship in today's chaotic world. TouchPoint Software’s Derek Hazelet and Bellevue Baptist Church’s Karen Worrell unpack: Ways to encourage…

Client Spotlight: Englewood Baptist Church

As a church leader, you should care deeply about stewarding your church’s resources well. Technology is one of those resources, and an important one that helps your church grow. Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, Tennessee found themselves…

Client Spotlight: Bellevue Baptist Church

You’re a church leader who wants to serve your community to the best of your ability. That requires you to spend less time behind a desk, and more hours with the people you are discipling. Thing is, it's difficult to get out of the…
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#RockportStrong

Hurricane Harvey brought the fury of a Category 4 storm to the Texas coast, slamming the cities of Corpus Christie, Rockport, and Port Aransas, among others. Harvey has also dumped feet of rain in Houston and surrounding southeast Texas and…

Client Spotlight: Redeemer NYC

In the video above, Redeemer's Director of Information Services, Chris Dolan, explains how TouchPoint has helped his church gain new ministry insights. With four locations, nine services, and about 200 staff members, Redeemer needed…
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Ebook: Church Emails 101

As a church staffer, you want to ensure that emails sent to your congregants are opened and read because they contain important information about the life of your church. But church members are bombarded with messages every day, and too…
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Automated Ministry Processes: How Technology Can Guide Your Church to Greater Engagement

As ministries expand and become more complex comes the higher likelihood that people will slip through the back door of the church unnoticed. Automation has made it possible to create pathways and processes that trigger your staff and lay…
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5 Hidden Costs of (the Wrong) Church Management Software

Let's be real: technology is expensive. While church management systems (ChMS) are incredibly beneficial in many ways, they also require a significant financial investment.Many church leaders are asking... Are we investing precious ministry…
5 Things XPs need in a ChMS ebook
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Ebook: 5 Things Executive Pastors Need in a Church Management System

Executive pastors have a tough but important job. They connect leaders’ vision to everyday operations. They also find strategies to keep everyone in the church engaged and on mission. That’s a lot of responsibility. How can you be…
Break Up ChMS Resource
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Ebook: 5 Signs It's Time to Break Up With Your ChMS

We'll be blunt.The idea of switching to a new church management system can be a huge pain.But consider how many people your church could be leaving unseen, unloved, and un-discipled. Software that doesn't alert you to signs of disengagement…
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What to Know Before You Switch: Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a New Church Management System

An effective ChMS will empower you to develop deeper relationships with your church members. But if your current church management system isn't getting the job done, that's a problem. Evaluating systems can be a headache. That's…

The Field Guide for Data-Driven Ministry

There’s a lot of chatter about data these days. You’ve probably heard or read about how forward-thinking businesses, nonprofits and pro sports teams are using data to “change the game”. But what does that mean for churches? Why is data…

Resource: Keeping Your Church's Data Secure in the Cloud

With what feels like an increase in breaking news stories about hacks and stolen data, cloud security is top of mind for many of today’s organizations—including churches. While the convenience and capabilities of cloud services are a huge…

4 Ways Technology Can Enhance Discipleship in the Digital Age

There’s no denying that technology has changed the experience of the people who walk through our church doors every Sunday. On one hand, we are more networked than ever before. We go to work, interact with people we see at the gym, talk…

4 Ways Data Can Help You Make Better Ministry Decisions

For the past several years, Big Data has been a buzzword tossed around in the for-profit world as the “Next Big Thing,” so long as you had the financial resources to access the wealth of information in “the Cloud.” These days, church…

5 Ways That Mobile Tech Can Transform Your Ministry

Today, people are connected to everything and everyone 24/7 via smartphones. Recent statistics reveal how mobile Internet access has become integral to our lives today: More than 50 percent of smartphone users immediately pick up their…
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TouchPoint Monthly Newsletter- June

Have you heard of the TouchPoint Minute? If not, consider yourself officially looped in by the end of this post! Every month, we send out a roll-up of new product features and announcements about TouchPoint, plus best practice resources like…
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Mobile App Updates

We are currently updating all custom mobile apps with several new features. If you have purchased the mobile app and have not already heard from us, you will be notified when your app has been approved by Apple and/or Google. Below is a summary…
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Identifying Duplicate Cell Phone Numbers

For a variety of reasons, your database may have cell phone numbers on multiple records. Maybe a couple supplied one of their cell phone numbers as contact information for both of them. Or children may have a parent’s cell phone number added…
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Additional SMS Features

As we continue to enhance SMS in TouchPoint, this week we have released the following new features: SMS Scheduling! Now you can schedule your SMS messages. When sending the message, simply check the box for Scheduled Text? and…
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June/July Community Roundtables

Our Roundtables have been so popular that we’ve decided to schedule another round to help our churches take full advantage of some of the exciting new features we’ve released over the last several weeks. We have scheduled the following…
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On Demand Webinar: Mobile Giving in 2020

One of the realities uncovered by the COVID-19 pandemic is how many churches rely on in-person giving to hit their budgets. The way congregants give has to change in order for churches to continue to meet their goals and deliver on their mission.…
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Remote Deposit Capture Is Available

You can now enable Remote Deposit Capture for use on your database. Last March we announced that this new feature was in beta. It is now out of beta and available! As a reminder, Remote Deposit Capture allows a church to scan check images directly…
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More Homepage Widgets!

This week we have added five(!) new widgets. The Attendance Year over Year widget shows historical attendance for selected divisions by means of a line graph. You can compare the current year with the previous two years, each represented…
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TouchPoint Monthly Newsletter + May New Features Roll-Up

Have you heard of the TouchPoint Minute? If not, consider yourself officially looped in by the end of this post! Every month, we send out a roll-up of new product features and announcements about TouchPoint, plus best practice resources…
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Introducing Two-Way SMS

You may have noticed that the Email tab on people records has been renamed to Communications. This is a small indicator of big changes. Recipients of SMS messages sent from TouchPoint can now reply! Along with that, we have added the following…
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May 2020 New Features Webinar Recording + Widget Competition

Check out what's new and improved in TouchPoint for the month of May 2020.  Reminder about our two widget competitions!   Competition Number 1: Best Widget Idea Send us your idea for a new TouchPoint widget.…
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Two New Homepage Widgets

This week we have introduced two new homepage widgets. The Vital Stats widget offers a highly flexible listing of counts for people groups in your database by employing status flags and/or saved searches that define the groups. The…
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Search Builder Condition Enhancements

Here’s a quick update on recent improvements made to Search Builder conditions. A Tax Status filter has been added to three conditions, so that you can now include donors of non deductible gifts in the results or search exclusively for donors…
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TouchPoint Monthly Newsletter + April New Features Roll-Up

Have you heard of the TouchPoint Minute? If not, consider yourself officially looped in by the end of this post! Every last Wednesday of the month, we send out a monthly roll-up of new product features and announcements about TouchPoint…
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May/June Community Roundtables

As we navigate this “next normal,” we want to ensure that our community of partner churches has the tools, resources, and best practices they need to continue to drive engagement and connection with their people. We have scheduled…
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New Labels for Web Check-In

This week we have added two new labels for use with Web Check-In. Birthday badge - This includes a birthday cake icon on children’s Main label for those with upcoming birthdays. Standard with birthday badge Background Check / Ministry…
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Data Center Upgrades

Over the next few weeks we will be upgrading our data center and cloud servers to better serve your church. Specifically, as new churches join the TouchPoint community and we add new features that are database intensive, this move will help…
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Homepage Widgets

Yesterday we rolled out a new feature that will allow you great flexibility in customizing your home page -- Homepage Widgets. Each section of the homepage is now configured in a small application (a widget). You can edit them, rearrange them,…
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April 2020 New Features Webinar Recording + Widget Competition Announcement

Check out what's new and improved in TouchPoint for the month of April 2020.  During the webinar, we announced two competitions! Competition Number 1: Best Widget Idea Send us your idea for a new TouchPoint widget. The…
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Auto Pull Batch Dates!

No longer will you need to remember to pull those batch dates before running a report or trying to issue a credit. Now batch dates will be pulled automatically overnight. This is controlled by two settings on the System tab, in the Contribution…
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Web Check-In

In case you missed the announcement at our last new features webinar, Web Check-In is now out of beta and ready for you to use at your church as soon as your church starts meeting in person. This new version of Check-In has the same great…
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Custom HTML Statements!

With the newly released HTML statements feature, you now have nearly total control over the content and format of your contributions statements. Using template files, you determine what goes in the statements and how it is laid out on the page.…
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Example Mobile-Responsive Template

We have placed on every database an example mobile-responsive template, created with the new Email Builder editor. You may find the template helpful as a model for building your own templates. You can also modify it for your own use. For suggestions…
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Map Builder for Mobile App

We are pleased to announce that an easy-to-use map builder is now available for the custom mobile app. This tool, accessible on the app portal, allows you to upload a building map and configure it for your custom mobile app. You can access…
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Create Mobile Responsive Email Templates with Email Builder

We are now providing the ability to create mobile responsive email templates. Users with the Admin or Design roles will be able to use a mobile responsive editor (powered by unLayer) to create these templates. This tool enforces a mobile responsive…
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People Search Enhancements

We are introducing a couple of improvements to people searches that will both speed up and simply those processes. Start Now with a Simplified Search People searches that begin in context now start with a quick name search. This includes…
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March 2020 New Features Webinar Recording

Check out what's new and improved in TouchPoint for the month of March 2020.
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New Features Webinar | Thursday, 3/26 @ 2 PM central

This webinar took place on Thursday, March 26 at 2 PM Central / 3 PM Eastern / 12 PM Pacific. As always we are here to support you. Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions related to TouchPoint, or how to best serve your church…
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Three Giving Improvements

We have recently added three new settings to give you more control over giving-related features in TouchPoint. The BundleEntryCampusCode setting adds the Campus Code for people in the search results when selecting donors while posting contributions.…
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Custom Involvement Tabs

In case you missed the December new features webinar, we have made available the ability to customize the Involvement tabs to control, per organization type, what is displayed on the tabs. You can find full documentation of this feature…

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