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 & Tricks section, we’ve outlined some ways to make your registration processes run more smoothly.
If you’re utilizing TouchPoint in some innovative ways at your church, please don’t hesitate to share your story with our team. We’d love to showcase your work and help other churches improve their systems and processes.
Mission Trip Fundraising Pages
Do you love the functionality and look-and-feel of Go Fund Me and Kickstarter fundraising pages. Good news — now your mission trip attendees can send their potential donors a page showing progress-to-goal, previous donations, and information about the trip. “Goers” can se
Previously, “goers” could only receive emails when a “sender” made a donation, and could not easily see a list of all their supporters.
We also made another small enhancement to missions fundraising that was released this month. In short, it allows donors to give toward a mission trip’s entire fund, rather than limit them to a single attendee. Read more here.
New TouchPoint Status Page
There is now an easy way to check the status of the TouchPoint servers! Check our new TouchPoint Status Page. On the color-coded graph, you can see at a glance if there are problems with our web servers, or with our documentation or public sites. We will also announce any major issues at the top of the page.
You can continue to contact Support for more information, but now you can quickly get answers on the status page.
Check out the Status Page and bookmark it in your browser!
Tips & Tricks
Join Org and User Selects and Compute Org By Birthday – Oh My!
It’s that time of year. Your church has lots of activities that need online registrations. Join Org is the most basic type of online registration, but there are many benefits that come with a User Selects or Compute Org By Birthday registration.
Let’s explore a few:
Registration For Family: Your church is hosting an event for adults and is offering childcare. User Selects would be ideal in this situation since the adults could register for their event and then select the right childcare class for their young… All without leaving the registration or using a separate registration link.
VBS: Churches typically separate children by age within their classes. Compute Org By Birthday would be an excellent choice for this scenario. A registrant will only be able to register for the class where his/her birthday falls within the range specified on the organization.
User Selects is also a good option for presenting graded classes to for selection. This helps churches that organize children in a way other than by birthday.
Wednesday Evening Programming: There may be a lot happening at the church in one night, but we can only be in one place at one time! Providing different options for the evening’s programming in one spot (via User Selects) will allow your registrants to select their chosen activity from a list.
Both User Selects and Compute Org By Birthday use a master org and pick-list orgs. The master org contains the single link used for the registration. This means the family registering for that event and for childcare will use one link to do so. The parent registering his/her child for VBS will have one link. There will also be one single link to access each of the Wednesday evening programming options.
Want to learn more about registrations?
Check out these help articles: Registration Types and User Selects and Compute Org By Birthday Registrations.
For more tips on setting these up, contact support to sign up for our Online Registration Training. 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.
Resources to Use and Share
- Subscribe to our blog: In the past, if you wanted to get updates about TouchPoint’s new features, you had the option of subscribing to our blog. This functionallity unfortunately did not carry over with the new website — until now! To get product updates delivered directly to your inbox, all you have to do is enter your email address in the field to the right of any post under the Product Updates tab in our blog.
Come See Us!
Will you be attending any of the conferences below? We’d love to see you and meet your friends.
If you introduce us to another church that is looking for a new Church Management System, we’ll give you a $10 gift card to Amazon. Just make sure you mention the promotion to our representatives and leave us with your email address as well as the contact information for your referral.
- Pushpay Summit
May 22-23 | Dallas, TX
- SBC 2019
June 9-12 | Birmingham, AL