Hi, friends!

Summit is fast approaching! This year’s event will take place from Tuesday, September 17th through Thursday, September 19th in beautiful Alabama, and it’s shaping up to be our most exciting Summit yet.

This year’s event will be packed with insightful sessions, networking opportunities, and plenty of inspiration. Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a Summit veteran, there will be something for everyone to enjoy and learn from.

But that’s not all! We are excited to share that we have already surpassed last year’s registration numbers and are on the brink of a major milestone! To make it even more exciting, we’re introducing two fun giveaways:

1. We only need four more people to register to hit 200 participants before July 1st! The 200th person who registers will win a stylish pair of Goodr Sunglasses, perfect for enjoying the Alabama sunshine during Summit! So, don’t wait—register now to secure your spot and possibly become our special 200th registrant.

2. Interested in refreshing one of your Check-In kiosks? On July 1st we will do a drawing to give away a 10th Generation iPad! Everyone who is registered before July 1st will be entered to win!

Summit is not just an event; it’s an opportunity to connect with fellow church partners, share best practices, and grow together. We can’t wait to celebrate this achievement with you and make this Summit an unforgettable experience.

Ready to join us? Head over to summit.touchpointsoftware.com to learn more and register today! Remember, only four spots are left to hit our milestone, so hurry for your chance to win those fantastic Goodr Sunglasses and to get your name added to the

We look forward to seeing you in Alabama this September!

Blessings,

In our March New Features Webinar, we discussed the new Translations feature available in TouchPoint. The initial release included the ability to translate English word/phrases and the groundwork to add new languages. We are excited to announce that our recent update enabled Spanish translations!

Users can switch languages in TouchPoint by clicking on the Earth icon in the top right of the menu bar and then selecting English or Spanish from the Available Languages section.

To modify any of the translations, an Admin can navigate to Admin > Advanced > Translations and make any necessary changes.

More languages will be added in the near future. If you have requests for specific languages, please let us know!

In 2022, we introduced several Grade and Promotion updates to better serve our partner churches. Here’s a summary of the key changes and how they can benefit your church:

New Grade Level Dropdown

We’ve added a Grade Level dropdown in Involvement and people records. This feature includes standard grade levels and allows you to add custom levels using Lookup Codes. To enable new levels, simply change the setting named Allow New Grade Levels (Admin > Advanced > Settings > System > Administration) to True. Reports that include Grade have also been updated to reflect this new Grade field.

Automatic Grade Promotion

We introduced a new admin setting called Grade Update Date. This setting automatically promotes each child’s Grade Level annually. The default promotion date is set to July 1st, but you can customize it to match your church’s annual promotion schedule. Note: If you select a date prior to today, the promotion will be skipped for this year.

Legacy Grade Field

Another new admin setting, Hide Grade Legacy, allows you to hide the legacy Grade field once it’s no longer needed. Please note that we will disable the legacy Grade field for all partner churches in July 2024 if it hasn’t been done already.

As you prepare for Vacation Bible School and other summer and fall registrations, please keep the following in mind:

For more detailed information, please refer to these help articles:

Grade Field
Grade
Administrative Settings

Maintaining efficient operations and deep connections with members is crucial in the dynamic environment of church communities. This is where TouchPoint Software’s Process Builder becomes indispensable. Here’s why Process Builder is a game-changer for churches:

1. Automated Workflows for Seamless Operations

Process Builder enables churches to create automated workflows, ensuring that essential tasks are performed consistently and efficiently. This automation reduces the administrative burden on staff and volunteers, freeing them to focus on more meaningful interactions with the congregation.

2. Consistent Member Follow-Up

With Process Builder, churches can establish a reliable follow-up system for members. Whether it’s welcoming newcomers, following up with absent members, or reaching out to those who haven’t engaged recently, Process Builder ensures no one is overlooked. This consistency strengthens relationships and fosters a sense of belonging among members.

3. Enhanced Engagement Strategies

By integrating with Search Builder, Process Builder can trigger actions based on specific member behaviors or changes in engagement scores. For instance, if a member’s engagement score drops, Process Builder can automatically schedule a call or send a personalized email, encouraging re-engagement. This proactive approach helps maintain high levels of involvement and connection within the church community.

4. Streamlined Communication

Effective communication is vital for any church. Process Builder can automate transmitting important information, such as event invitations, newsletters, and updates. This ensures that all members receive timely and relevant communications, keeping everyone informed and engaged.

5. Personalized Member Care

Process Builder allows churches to provide personalized care to their members. By setting up workflows that cater to individual needs and preferences, churches can offer a more personalized experience. For example, parents of children in Sunday school can receive tailored updates and invitations to family-focused events, enhancing their engagement and satisfaction.

6. Efficiency in Volunteer Management

Managing volunteers can be challenging, but Process Builder simplifies this task by automating the scheduling, communication, and follow-up processes. This ensures that volunteers are well-coordinated, informed, and appreciated, leading to a more effective and motivated volunteer force.

7. Data-Driven Decisions

By automating the tracking and reporting of member engagement and interactions, Process Builder provides valuable insights into the health of the church community. Church leaders can use this data to make informed decisions, identify areas for improvement, and develop targeted strategies to enhance engagement and growth.

Ready to see how Process Builder can transform your church operations and member engagement? Reach out to our consulting team today to learn more. Let’s work together to ensure your church thrives and every member feels valued and connected.

By leveraging Process Builder’s full potential, your church can create a more efficient, engaging, and connected community and make a lasting impact on all its members.

The June release was deployed Monday night, June 10. This includes new features and updates to existing features.

Finance Updates

The biggest update in this release is the completion of Phase 3 of the finance changes that we’ve been talking about for several months. This phase includes the new, improved Transactions Report that combines the current Contributions Search and Transactions Log. This new report will be released into beta initially, so most churches will not see it on their database. After further testing, we plan to make it available to everyone.

The following items will be visible to all churches immediately:

The following miscellaneous changes will also be included in the release:

In addition to the above finance and other miscellaneous changes, several items related to the New Registrations have been addressed. The new registrations are in beta with several churches, and we are working hard to put the new forms through rigorous testing so that they can be made available for all churches as soon as possible.

Here are the updated items:

We’re excited to announce a recent update designed further to safeguard our online giving platform against card testing fraud. If you use our platform for donations, please read on and implement these new settings immediately to enhance security.

What is Card Testing?

Card testing occurs when fraudsters verify if stolen credit or debit cards are active by making small transactions. At TouchPoint, we strive to balance ease of use for your donors with robust security measures to minimize such fraudulent activities. While no system is completely failproof, our continuous updates aim to bolster your protection.

Important Note: If card testing occurs on your system, neither you nor your donors are at risk. The fraudster gains no information about you or your donors.

Why This Matters

Any payment system can be targeted for card testing. Our goal is to prevent large-scale abuse by implementing measures that discourage fraudsters from using our platform. The latest update introduces velocity checks on failed transactions, which you can enable under “Admin Settings” > “Finance > Online Giving.”

Five New Settings

Here’s a detailed look at the new options available:

Enable Failed Transaction Limit: Activates the new security feature, allowing you to customize the following settings.

Failed Consecutive Gift Lockout: This setting sets the number of failed transactions allowed before blocking further attempts. The default is set to three, meaning that after three failed attempts, the user will be blocked on the fourth attempt. You can adjust this to make the system stricter or more lenient.

Failed Transaction Time Frame: Defines the time window for tracking failed transactions. The default is 15 minutes. If someone makes two attempts and then waits 20 minutes before trying again, they won’t be blocked. This ensures genuine donors aren’t accidentally blocked.

Failed Transaction Block Time: This determines how long a user is blocked after reaching the failed transaction limit. The default is 60 minutes, meaning the block lasts one hour. Card testers typically move on after being blocked, reducing the likelihood of repeat attempts.

***Failed Transaction Ignored IPs: (Most Important)
This setting is crucial. It allows you to list IP addresses that are exempt from velocity checks. Separate multiple IPs with commas. Adding your church’s IP is recommended to prevent accidental blocking of legitimate donors with multiple failed attempts. Ensuring your church’s IP is listed will help maintain smooth operation for genuine transactions and avoid disruptions in your regular donation processes.

Emphasizing Security

We want to reiterate that your system and donors are not at risk from card testing. These transactions indicate fraudsters are attempting to test stolen cards on public platforms. By implementing these settings, we aim to make it significantly harder for them to exploit your giving page.

Please contact our support team through the TouchPoint platform if you have questions or need assistance. We are here to help ensure a secure and smooth giving experience for your donors.

As part of our commitment to supporting our partner churches in their missions, we are excited to remind you that your TouchPoint Software includes the option to further enhance your church’s engagement through a customizable mobile app. Our consulting team is here to help you get this process started on the right foot!

1. Customize to Reflect Your Church’s Identity: We understand the importance of a consistent brand image. Our app allows you to customize its appearance to align with your church’s branding. Use your specific colors and logos, and let us help you set up an interface that feels like a natural extension of your church. 

2. Tailored Content for Your Mission: With our mobile app, you can deliver personalized content that resonates deeply with your churchgoers. From sermon series and podcasts to events and other resources, make it easy for your congregants to access and engage with your content anytime, anywhere. 

3. Promote Important Ministries and Events: Keep your community informed and engaged by highlighting upcoming events and key ministries directly through the app. It serves as a central hub for all your important activities, ensuring your churchgoers never miss out on what’s happening in your church community. 

4. Encourage Connectivity Through Prayer: With a prayer feed, your church family can submit their prayer needs and pray for others directly through the app.

5. Keep Up with Ministry Outreach: The native mobile app syncs seamlessly with your TouchPoint database, allowing your team to create and update ministry assignments while they’re having coffee with a newcomer, visiting a sick member, or chatting with a family after service.

6. Seemless Mobile Giving: Enhance the giving experience for your congregants with TouchPoint Giving integrated directly into your church app. This feature simplifies the donation process, making it more convenient for churchgoers to support your mission financially. It’s a secure, quick, and easy way for members to contribute anytime, enhancing your church’s stewardship efforts.

We are Here to Support

Whether you’re undergoing a rebrand or just looking to refresh your content, our friendly consulting team is here to support you every step of the way. We make it easy to launch or update your app, ensuring it always meets the evolving needs of your church and its members. 

Ready to enhance your church app or integrate these features into your church management system? Click the button below to connect with our friendly consulting team. We’re here to support you in launching or updating your app and help your church maintain a vibrant and engaging community. Start now and see the difference it makes! 

Connect with Our Consulting Team to get started on enhancing your church’s mobile app today! 

The next release is scheduled to be deployed Wednesday night, May 15. This includes new features and updates to existing features.

We are excited to announce that the first round of beta churches are live on the new Registration Form feature and in the process of testing it now. 95% of the changes in that release are not yet visible to everyone else, but there are a few changes you might have noticed due to this recent update. Those include:

We will release more information about the new Registration Forms as we get closer to the full release to all partner churches.

Managing attendance effectively is crucial for any church that values engagement and participation. At TouchPoint Software, we understand the importance of keeping a close eye on your attendance metrics. That’s why we’re excited to highlight a tool that transforms how you view attendance data—the Week at a Glance Report. 

What is the Week at a Glance Report? 

The Week at a Glance Report is an essential feature available under the Admin > Reports menu, specifically designed to streamline the process of analyzing attendance across all your ministries. This report is not just a tool; it’s a comprehensive solution for evaluating attendance across specified Divisions. The report is even able to pull from numerous attendance methods at once.

Why Use the Week at a Glance Report? 

Here’s why the Week at a Glance Report is a game-changer for your church: 

Centralized Data: Consolidate attendance information from various events and programs into one unified report. This allows for a clear, concise view of your who’s attending what, helping you make informed decisions quickly. 

Completely Customizable The report is configured using the Programs and Divisions pages under the Admin menu. The best part: you decide what to report on! Whether it’s Preschool, Children’s, and Adults Ministries; first, second, and third service; or comparing campuses – you specify the Divisions and the times. You can tailor the report to meet the specific needs of your church, ensuring that you are always in control of the data displayed.

Advanced Features and Capabilities: Packed with a multitude of features, the Week at a Glance Report is versatile and powerful. To fully leverage these capabilities, we recommend reading our detailed help article, “Configure the Week At A Glance Report.” This guide will walk you through every step, ensuring you maximize the potential of this tool. Don’t have time? We can help!

Need Assistance? 

Setting up and customizing reports can sometimes be daunting. That’s why our expert Consulting team is ready to assist you. By purchasing two hours of consulting, you can have one of our friendly, dedicated team members configure the Week at a Glance Report tailored specifically for your needs. Click here to get started

As of today, the New Navigation Menu is now the default menu for all users in TouchPoint. We know that change is never easy, but we believe that after using the new layout for a bit, you will find that options are now laid out in a more logical manner. For those of you that did not try it during the beta period, here are a few highlights of the new menu.

If you have any issues with the new navigation, please contact Support and let us know. If you need to temporarily revert back to the old navigation menu, you can do so by clicking the User menu at the top-right and toggling the New Navigation off.

Who cares what your registration pages look like?

Probably your Communications Team. And, if we think about it, your congregation and potential new members do, too. In a digital era where every interaction counts, simply placing your logo on a registration page is just scratching the surface. But why settle for the basics? Your registration pages are more than just a formality; they represent an extension of your church’s hospitality. Let’s delve into crafting registration pages that not only your team but your community can take pride in.

The Significance of Cohesive Design

First impressions are lasting. The moment someone steps onto your registration page, they should feel like it is an extension of your website. A thoughtfully designed page conveys professionalism, care, and meticulousness. It communicates, “We value your experience with us.”

But what exactly does ‘well-designed’ entail in this scenario?

Wrapping Up

Your registration pages are a pivotal element of your church’s digital footprint. “Who cares what your registration pages look like?” The answer should be: we all do. By dedicating just one hour per background, you can elevate your registration pages from functional to fabulous.

Ready to revolutionize your registration pages? Let’s get started.

Embrace the opportunity to create registration pages that resonate with the heart of your church, making both your team and congregation proud.

As we blogged about early last month, we will be flipping the switch next week, so everyone will have the New Navigation Menu as the default. We hope you’ve had a chance to test it out and familiarize yourself with the new, improved layout. If not, we encourage you to go ahead and manually turn it on for yourself now.

We appreciate all the feedback we’ve received from those of you who have already been testing out the New Menu, and we will be releasing any necessary tweaks prior to turning it on for everyone. The New Menu will be live when you log in to TouchPoint on Tuesday, April 9. If you have any difficulty navigating the New Menu, you will still have the option to toggle back to the old menu for a period of time.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact Support through TouchPoint’s Database.

See all the latest updates and what’s to come by watching last month’s New Features Webinar!