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 some new features in the coming weeks that the team is pretty excited about. I can’t say too much at this time, but be on the lookout for them in your inbox.
We are grateful, as always, to serve you and your church.
Custom Login Screens!
TouchPoint Software aims to be a resource for every person that steps foot in the doors of your church. Your staff uses it to track attendance and giving, your lay leaders use it to manage groups and communicate with their teams, and your congregants use it to view their resources and access giving statements.
So why is all of our branding all over your ministry tool?
These are your tools and we want you to make them your own!
Many of you already know that you can replace the TouchPoint Logo in the database with your own using a custom header. We’ve now also made the login screen available to rebranding as well! This enhancement will make your login page look more familiar to your congregation. It can even be customized for each campus!
So please make the login page your own and show us what you can do! Our Custom Login help document will walk you through how to set it up.
Tips & Tricks
Resources vs. Members Only Page: Which feature do I use?
With the implementation of Resources, churches now have the ability to relay information to their congregation, staff, lay leaders, members of an organization… Any audience as broad or narrow as they prefer!
This means that there are two different ways within TouchPoint to provide information to members of an organization: through Resources and through the Members Only Page.
How do churches decide which method to use?
Resources and the Members Only Page both support the same information: images, videos, links, member directory, text formatting, and all by way of a full editor. Using either one will allow you to put any information at the fingertips of the members of an organization.
The primary difference lies with who your church wants to make responsible for communicating the information. Access must be granted by way of Roles for someone to modify Resources or the Members Only Page.
- To manage Resources, the role ManageResources is required. This will allow a user the ability to manage all resources that the church has available to any audience. So someone can not only provide information to a Sunday School Class, but they could also upload videos for a sermon series to the congregation, provide links for a registration, remove outdated material, etc. This would likely be a staff member rather than a lay leader.
- To manage the Members Only Page, the roles OrgLeadersOnly and ContentEdit are required. The person must also be a leader of that organization, such as a Sunday School Class Teacher. This would likely be a lay leader who has limited access to the database.
The other difference is with location. A user (such as a Sunday School Class Member) can access their Resources on the Resources Tab of a user record, if your church has enabled this feature. The user can access the Members Only Page by going to their Involvement Tab of their user record and then clicking on the organization name (such as the Sunday School Class).
For more information, check out these two help articles: Resources and Members Only Page. For more tips on setting these up, be sure to sign up for our Resources Training and our Small Groups Training (where we cover the Members Only Page) by Contacting Support. You can Contact Support by logging into your TouchPoint database and then clicking the Help Button on the upper right-hand side of the screen. You will then see a tab called Contact Support.
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