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 why ministry staff and lay leaders are such an essential part of your church community. They allow you to accomplish more, to reach more members, to enable people to become disciples who make disciples.
In order to help your support staff and lay leaders be as effective as they possibly can you want to equip them with the tools they need to succeed. That’s where technology comes in.
2 Valuable Ways Mobile Technology Can Benefit Lay Leaders
Here are two examples of ways you can use mobile technology to make your ministry team more effective:
- Check-ins for small group leaders
Small groups are a great way to foster relationships with other believers and encourage spiritual growth. But managing small groups can easily devolve into an unwieldy black hole when it comes to tracking participation and engagement.
Church leaders who measure ministry effectiveness by the health of their small groups want to know:
- Who is attending?
- When are they attending?
- Who has stopped attending?
Some churches ask their small-group leaders for an average estimate of the number of attendees. Others require their group leaders to use sign-in sheets. This method can be effective, but it comes with its own set of challenges inherent to any manual analog system.
Any system that relies on manual processes for accuracy is likely to succumb to human error. The good news is there are now mobile apps available that empower lay leaders to report attendance and make notes about the members they are discipling.
The apps automatically update the Church Management System with who did and didn’t attend. Later, church staffers are able to run attendance reports from which church leaders can gauge overall small-group engagement levels. This is a real time-saver for office staff and it leads to more accurate information.
- Task management for ministry/discipleship
In 2003, I was a guitarist in a secular rock band. I had given my life to Christ and had been serving on the worship team in my local Church. I was often at Church four to five times a week. I loved my new friends, my pastors and my life. I was connected… And then I wasn’t.
My band went on tour and my support system went from 5,000 to nothing. Sure, a couple of friends reached out, and one of the pastors gave me a call, but it was hard. I was a young believer and I felt alone. And while some people knew I was away and unable to engage in the body, to most it seemed like I just dropped off the face of the earth.
Jesus spent a lot of time talking about the Lost. One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the parable of the lost sheep: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?”
The good news is today Church leaders don’t have to rely on memory alone to keep track of all the “sheep” in their flocks. Technology makes it easy to track all of your members and assign outreach tasks to the folks on your ministry team. These tasks trigger push notifications on lay leaders’ mobile phones and enable them to see the task along with the phone number, address, Google map, and notes for the assignment.
These new mobile tools enable support staff and lay leaders to better do their jobs. And that results in a more connected community for your ministry.
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