Resources

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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VBS Is Just Around the Corner - Really!

I know that some of you are still experiencing blizzards and winter weather - but, it is not too early to start thinking about Vacation Bible School. We have already set up our online registration to enlist our workers for our VBS, which will…
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Birthday Tags and Ministry

We all like to know that someone is thinking of us, especially on our birthday. So why not start a new tradition this year? How about sending "Happy Birthday" emails to each person who serves in your area of ministry? You could take advantage…

Tools for Managing Duplicates

Every church has them - duplicate records. At our church, we do everything in our power to reduce the number of duplicate records that get created, and we also try to be diligent in finding and merging duplicate records. Our goal is to minister…
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Don't miss this! Volunteer Management Has Arrived!

If you don't normally read this stuff, please make an exception with this. We want you to check out this TonyMorganLive.com blog post which includes a video debuting our new BVCMS Volunteer Management feature. This has been in beta for a couple…
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Promotion Is Over! Or Is it?

Let's recap. Promotion is over and done with and all the little kiddos are all in their new classes. You changed all the birthdate ranges on the classes that allow self checkin (You do this because the children who will be in 2nd grade this…
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Online Registration Feature: Start-End Dates

Just in time for all of your Summer registrations - a great new feature! Take a look at the Settings-Registration tab on an Organization. Notice the Registration Start Date and Registration End Date. These will actually determine when a Registration…
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Admin’s Only Please!

Yes, we know, you're not an Admin but you could not resist clicking that link. That's OK, it's human nature. But at least you'll know how an Admin can help you out using this technique. Well, this new feature is truly for those with Admin…
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One More Time: Improvement to Split Contributions

Yep.you read that correctly. We have made yet another improvement to make it easier for you to enter a contribution that goes to multiple funds. The first improvement was great for scanned checks or for online giving bundles, because the total…
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Contributions: Split Made Easier

You spoke and we listened. After talking with our contributions wizard - OK, she isn't really a wizard, but she is a whiz at handling our contributions - we made some cool improvements to the new Split Contribution feature. Now, you just enter…
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Vote Links and Tags Are Even Easier

Gone are the funny curly braces and all that other stuff. We have greatly improved how to create a vote link inside an email and you are going to love it! You will need to know the Organization ID and, if you want a Confirmation to be sent,…
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New Method of Composing RegisterLinks

We recently made it incredibly easy to compose Vote Links in an email (If you missed that blog post click here.) Well, now we've done the same thing for RegisterLinks. Instead of using the old method for creating either a VoteLink or a RegisterLink,…
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Email Management Tool

This is not a brand new feature, but I'm not sure we ever blogged about it. So, in case you are not aware of this, you can view a list of all the emails that you send via BVCMS by looking on your Growth Tab>Contacts>Sent Emails. When you…
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Main Fellowship Organizations and Leader Types

To read more about Main Fellowship Organizations (you  know, that little checkbox on the Organization Header), click here. This is an article explaining how this is used in BVCMS. Along the same lines, you may also want to read this article…
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Password Questions

Surprisingly, we get this question: Can I change my password? Or we get this question: How do I change my password? Or we get this question: What is a non-alphanumeric character??? Sometimes we get this question: Why didn't I get an email with…

Tasks Made Easy

We have just posted a couple of new wiki articles regarding Tasks to give you all you need to know about how to use Tasks - whether you are assigning Tasks or having them assigned to you. The first article - Assigning Tasks - shows you exactly…

Week at a Glance Report

As you begin the new year, you might want to consider creating the Week at a Glance report for your church. Many churches are finding this to be their 'go-to' report each week. Once you configure the report, you will also be able to access the…

Finding 1st, 2nd, 3rd Time Visits

A number of churches have an assimilation process in which they do particular things (like make a phone call, or pay a visit, etc) when a person visits the first time and then a different thing for each subsequent visit. BVCMS makes it easy…

Year-End Contribution Statements

It's almost that time of year! The time you need to send yearly Contribution Statements to your donors, that is. It is very simple to generate statements for everyone at one time. If this is your first year using BVCMS, you will want to read…
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Create VoteLinks in Email

Did you know that you can very easily create VoteLinks directly in the email after you have selected your Tag or Query? That's right! Just scroll down below the body of the email and you will see the fields to do this. I think this is the easiest…
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Find First Time Attenders

A lot of people know how to use the Recent Attend Type condition which lets you find first time attenders based on their Attendance Type. There is an Attendance Type called New Visitor. There are others such as Recent Visitor, Visiting Member,…
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Scheduled Emails

We have had this feature for several months now, but I don't think we have ever advertised it publically. However, if you send emails using BVCMS, you probably noticed the text beside the Send button: Scheduled Date and Time, etc. This is where…
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Multiple Divisions & Main Divisions

Managing Divisions for an Organization has just gotten easier! As you know, an Organization can be in more than one Division. For example: 1st Grade Girls is in Life Groups:Children as well as in Life Groups: First Grade. Life Groups is the…
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Meetings and Enrollment Dates

Recently, we made a change regarding how the system determines who to display on a Meeting page when you are recording attendance so that only those people who were Members at the time of the meeting will display when you click Enable Editing…

Days Between First/Second Attendance

Sandy at Cottonwood Creek was trying to use QueryBuilder to ask the question "How long is it taking people to get plugged in to our church after they first attended." We could not come up with a way to do this with any of our existing…
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Contribution Statements–Minimum Amount

In this economy, I think we all want to be good stewards of God's resources. Therefore, it seemed like a good idea to create a total contribution minimum amount of $5.00 as a default for printing a contribution statement. We probably don't want…
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Organizations for Recurring Events

This article was originally posted in Dec. 2010. This was long before the name change from BVCMS to TouchPoint. However, the information contained is still relevant to managing organizations today and the link to the help article has been updated. We…

Small Groups Within Organizations

The following link: bvcms.s3.amazonaws.com/Wheel/Wheel.html will take you to the screencast  demonstrating how to create and use small groups - i.e. groups within an organization. If you prefer written instructions, see below: Creating…

How to build a database of people

As churches choose to use BVCMS as their church management system, I'll be doing a lot of conversions of data from existing systems. That's a no brainer and is actually pretty straight forward. But I was talking with an administrator recently…

Off-site Attendance

Mission Trips - Choir Tours - Student Ministry Camps These are all Bellevue sponsored events that take our members out of town. We want to ensure that, if these trips span a Sunday (or any other day with meetings scheduled - like DiscipleLife…

See Disciples. Not Data.

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