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10 Ways to Be a More Member-Driven Church

  As church leaders, we often think we’re seeing the whole picture when in reality we’re only seeing a fraction of it. We think we have a strong grasp on the lives and emotions of our members, but we’re forgetting to do one…

5 Ways to Use Feedback to Make Better Ministry Decisions

There is a term in the tech world called “Minimum Viable Product” or MVP. It’s where a new product or website is developed with sufficient features to satisfy early adopters, and then the final set of features is developed after considering…
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Partner: TouchPoint Software and Txt2Give

DALLAS (PRWEB) JUNE 07, 2018 TouchPoint Software, Inc., an online church management system, today announced its live integration with Txt2Give, an SMS-based giving platform. As part of the integration, any church currently using TouchPoint…

Why Your Church Needs a Better Mobile Application

In case you haven’t noticed, mobile devices are everywhere. Phones and tablets are part of our everyday lives. They’re how we connect, find information, watch, listen and read. Our smartphones are in our pockets at all times—even in…

How Finding Your “One Thing” Can Help Transform Your Ministry

If you’ve ever looked down at a to-do list of 5, 7 or 10 tasks and felt that sinking feeling of “how am I ever going to accomplish all this?”, you know that numbers can be daunting. On the other hand, if that list just has one task—even…

Leaks, Hacks, and Breaches (Oh my!): How To Be Confident Your Church Data is Secure in the Cloud

Hacks, data leaks, and security breaches. Scary headlines about user data have become all too commonplace in our news feeds today. As a church, you want to feel confident you're handling sensitive information about your congregants with white…

Breaking Through Barriers to Make Your Ministry More Data-Driven

There’s a reason many of today’s businesses, nonprofits, professional sports teams, and churches are turning to data for better decision-making. Data enables you to see things you would otherwise miss in order to make smarter choices.…

2018 Mobile Technology Trends & What They Mean for The Church

This past fall, the iPhone X landed in the market, marking a decade since Apple launched the first iPhone. Ten years on, people are increasingly attached to (and willing to spend a lot of money on) their mobile phones. It’s an understatement…

4 Tips for Driving Greater Commitment and Generosity from Church Members

Too often, the giving process in church can be an impersonal one. Money changes hands but the meaning of that giving gets lost. Leaders in may not actually know who gave what and why. Members may hear about what the community’s collective…

Identifying and Engaging Members Before They Disconnect from Your Church

Relationships are essential to the life of a healthy church. New people come through your doors and others leave through those same doors. The key for church leaders is what happens in between. You have to both keep people engaged enough…

How Data Can Help You Create More Relevant Church Programs

As human beings, for better or worse, we all have biases. Based on the experiences we’ve had, we see things a certain way. When it comes time to make a decision, we run things through our mental filters, which spit out a conclusion—often…

Using Data to Measure Progress Toward Your Mission

“The LORD answered me: Write down this vision; clearly inscribe it on tablets so one may easily read it.” Many a sermon has been preached on Habakkuk 2:2 and the importance of putting your vision to paper. Most churches follow this…
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Does Your Church Need an App? 5 Questions to Ask

“Does our church have an app?” Chances are likely that is a question you’ve recently heard. It’s no wonder people are curious about apps. A quick search in the Apple or Android store reveals that many churches — from the most influential…
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Bringing the Church to Your Members via Mobile

It’s a fact of life: People can’t always make it to church. Whether they’re sick, out of town, or dealing with whatever curveball life has thrown at them on that particular Sunday, sometimes people just can’t physically be there. So…
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How Mobile Tech Can Assist Your Support Staff and Lay Leaders

Running an effective ministry is all about teamwork. No one person can do it alone. In order to effectively tend to your flock and give them the support and attention they need, you must have a team of people working together. That’s…
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4 Ways Your Church Can Use Mobile Technology

I remember when I got my first mobile phone. It was the fall of 1996 and I was living with my wife in Austin, Texas. I had gone to the mall to buy some jeans and came across a kiosk for Sprint. They were offering “free” cell phones when…

4 Signs You Need to Break Up with Your ChMS

Breakups are no fun. But sometimes you just have to grit your teeth and do it. If any of these signs sound familiar, it may be time to find a new church management system. #1 Your ChMS is not the single source of truth of information about…
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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…

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

With four locations, nine services, and about 200 staff members, Redeemer needed a church management system that could provide an effective and streamlined solution to a large church with a transient congregation. TouchPoint stepped in…
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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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TIP: Add or Update Extra Values in Bulk

Extra Values are just what they say they are - something 'extra' that adds 'value'. TouchPoint displays these on people records and on organizations. But did you know that you can update existing Standard Extra Values from the blue Toolbar?…

Pictures - not worth 1,000 words when upside down!

I love being able to look up someone in our TouchPoint database and see what the person looks like. But sometimes those pictures are upside down or sideways. That's not good! But don't despair, there is a very easy way to fix those. Before…
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Tip for User Selects Registration

This situation came up recently at our church. We had an online registration using a Master Org and the Registration Type User Selects. This presents a list of the 'pick list' orgs so registrants  can select the one they want. Problem: Some…
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Solutions for Check-In and 2 Sets of Parents or Grandparents

We are quite often asked if a child can be in more than one family so that Check-In is easy for both parents. The answer to that is "No". However, we do have several ways to make Check-In easy for parents (both custodial and non-custodial),…
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Texting via TouchPoint: Opt-In Made Easy

Texting is a super-quick way to send a brief message. We all know that. With the Twilio integration in TouchPoint, you can easily send a text from your computer to an entire organization, a group of people from a search results, or to a tag.…
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New Videos: Demonstrations of Online Giving

When viewing a recent video about online giving that Andrew created to send to a client, I was reminded that we needed similar videos on our Touchpoint YouTube channel. So, now we do! We just added a playlist named Online Giving. It contains…
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Lay Leaders - Updated Videos

If a picture is better than words, than a video should be even better. And if one is good, three must be really good. So, without further ado, I present to you 3 new videos hot off the press for lay leaders, using the latest user interface and…
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New Videos - All About Email Drafts

In our last blog post, we told you about a new feature on the Blue Toolbar that makes it very easy for you to Create / Edit Saved Drafts. We now have several very short videos demonstrating the following: Create Email Draft Share Your Email…
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Just for Finance Users - New Videos

These 2 new videos are just for you - those who enter contributions in your database or work with contributions in any way in TouchPoint. The first walks you through the process of creating a bundle and posting contributions in the new UX. The…

Custom Header in New UX

Most churches have their own logo and tag line. So, you may wish to personalize your TouchPoint database by adding a custom header using your logo. If you already have a custom header, you may have noticed that it displays a little different in…
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Sneak Peek #6 - Settings

In previous videos, we have been showing you all about the tabs relating to People. Now we are moving on to the Settings. We have moved these tabs around a bit and added some really nice help features right there on the tabs. Some of the…
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Sneak Peek #5 - Where Are the Buttons?

You may have noticed during these sneak peek videos that the buttons you use to Add, Add from Tag, or Update at no longer there. Not to worry - we moved them and improved them.  This video shows you where to find these action links and demonstrates…
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Sneak Peek #4 - Ministry Info

Our new organization page not only has a lot of flexibility, it also has more information available. This sneak peek video shows you how to view the last contact and an incomplete task for members, guests, or those on any tab right there within…
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Sneak Peek #3 - Multi-tab View

Watch this latest sneak peek video to find out about another great new concept coming soon to a computer near you! This feature allows you to view more than one tab in the same list. Be sure to check out to the video to see how you can…
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Sneak Peek #2 - Checkbox Filtering

Sneak peek video #2 isn't very long, but it demonstrates a really cool feature that you will love: how to easily select just a few people, or all but one person in your organization - and not have to create a Tag to do so. Watch now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOMk-qAgytU  
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Sneak Peek #1 - Filters

We will be releasing our new organization page very soon, and we want to you have a few sneak peeks before you actually see it in production. So, starting today, we are beginning a series of short videos that we hope will whet your appetite…
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Posting a link for an online registration

Most online registrations are advertised on your website, so you want to post a link for people to register. It is really quite simple to find and copy the link you need, if you know where to look...and how to right-click using your mouse. Watch…
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Online Registration - Buying More Tickets

Has this happened to you? You have a registration for the Spring Luncheon, for example, and those registering are purchasing tickets, instead of registering every person who will be attending. Then someone comes to your office with cash or a…
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Scanned Check Import - New Video

This has been a feature of TouchPoint for several years now. Many of our churches use this and love the time it saves them when posting contributions. They also enjoy the fact that the checks are electronically deposited, saving them a trip…

Find and Resolve Conflicts on Volunteer Calendars

No more volunteers getting double-booked and not being there when you expect (and need) them! We now have features in place for not only the person managing the Volunteer Calendar, but also for the volunteer himself to see at a glance where…
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How can you edit a scheduled email?

You were ahead of the game and got that important email composed and looking great. You even got it scheduled to go out next week. Then, as often happens, something in the details changed and that email is no longer totally correct and you…

Two New Videos Relating to Tasks in New UI

Tasks and Contacts are each very important tools to aid in ministry using BVCMS. That’s why we have two new videos demonstrating tasks with the new user interface: Create Tasks and Accept and Complete Tasks  Just click the play button to…

Very Short Video - Recording Contacts

This 2 minute video shows you a shortcut for recording a Contact if you are the person who made the contact (that is, the minister) and if the person contacted is already in the database. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edM4hDcYI2Q] Remember,…

New "How to Record a Contact" Video in New UI

We have just uploaded a new video demonstrating how to record a Contact when using the new user interface. There are subtle changes from the old UI, so you may want take a look. Click below to view the video. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlMhlcFvoBc] Also,…

New Videos - Search Builder and Toolbar

We just uploaded a couple of videos to our YouTube site at www.youtube.com/bvcmscom. Click below for the specific videos. Search Builder New UI The video demonstrates the changes we made to Search Builder in the new user interface. Please take…

Extra Values Video

It is here - the promised video about Extra Values! This has been uploaded to our BVCMS YouTube channel along with the other videos we posted about the new UI. Click HERE to view it. There has been a huge change from the old UI to the new UI,…
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New UI Videos

We have published three videos highlighting some of the changes that you will experience in the new UI. We plan to publish more today and even more over the next few weeks. These will all be uploaded to our BVCMS YouTube channel - www.youtube.com/bvcmscom.…

Special 'Rally Rollsheet' for Parents

Do you have a Sunday morning rally planned in the next few weeks at which you ask parents to attend with their children? If so, we have a special rollsheet that you may be interested in. This is not a new feature, but a reminder of an existing…

New How-To Video: Create a Task

We just uploaded a short (5-minute) video showing how to create a Task about someone and assign it to a lay leader, and also how that lay leader then completes the Task and records the Contact. Click HERE to view the video. Or you can go to Youtube.com/bvcmscom to…

Online Registrations - Early Bird Pricing

We have received this question a couple of times lately. "How can I give 'early bird' pricing for an online registration?" There are a couple of easy ways you can do this. The one you choose depends on whether you want to increase the fee once…

See Disciples. Not Data.

It’s time to see ministry management differently. Equip your leaders to reach a more engaged congregation.