Many of us remember putting our coins on the collection plate as it was passed around at church service. But people have been predicting the end of cash for more than 60 years and now, in 2016, that is starting to look real. With more than 50% of all payments in the UK being made by card or online, and with 40% of Brits believing they won't use cash 10 years from now, the church must find an alternative way to collect donations. This is why digital payments, and ChurchDesk’s Contributions, are so important.
Direct and targeted communication complements the church newsletter
Many churches I meet have one address book in their Outlook, another in their GMail, and various bits of paper lying about with contact information on. Unfortunately this is rarely used (and even more rarely organised into useful categories) which means that right now there are many people who could be missing out on information from their church. In many places the printed church newsletter has been phased out, or is on a limited release. This creates an even greater need for additional information to be sent out to the congregation, in order for them to be kept informed about what goes on. We know from our studies that direct and targeted communication, such as e-mail, results in more uptake and participation in church events. It is therefore important that we make it quick and simple to get in touch with the right people.
Church Management Systems have a plethora of built-in features, so the answer to this question can be unique to each individual church. However, there are common objectives that all churches work towards: growing the congregation by improving the way the church engages people and increasing the ability to give back to their community. Some specific features will be more beneficial to certain churches over others (better Calendar, Database, Website, Bookings, Communications, etc.), but all features are designed to collectively reach these overarching goals.
At ChurchDesk we have a clear goal: we want to help churches towards simpler workflows and more engaged members. It is no small vision, but nonetheless, we have already helped thousands of church staff towards an easier working day. With a simple yet strong management system, built and developed specifically for the church and its needs, we have proven we live up to the expectations set for us. Now is the time to share our knowledge with even more churches across the world. As such, we have hired Troels Bødker Feodor Nielsen as our new Chief Marketing Officer.
We are rolling out an important improvement. This isn’t just a new feature, but an entirely new way of using ChurchDesk, with a centralised dashboard with important personalised insights. What if we could help you make better decisions based on data that you have already built? We want to help you in your daily work by presenting insights that are relevant to you, enabling you to learn more from and about your congregation.
Some of you might be wondering what the people behind ChurchDesk are working on these days? Well let me tell you...
In the last few months ChurchDesk has experienced some major events and we would like to take this opportunity to tell you all about it. Firstly, over the summer, we obtained a substantial capital injection from an internationally recognized investment group. This investment came on the back of significant recognition of the product and the value we have created for our customers. As well as this we have made further investments into our team and have recently employed three new country managers with vast experience and ambitious profiles that will further enhance our local focus. Finally we are happy to announce our new office in the center of London. Our UK customer interests are continuing to grow and this office will serve to meet these demands now and in the future.
The relationship between our sales team and our clients is a very close one. Many times you understood and you are now certain that YOU want ChurchDesk for your church. There is one small hurdle remaining... the PCC or parochial church council needs to give their stamp of approval. The problem here, that nearly always arises, is that Phil, Arran or any of our other dedicated team can not be there when you present your case for ChurchDesk. As a result of this we have received numerous requests asking for assistance. I have decided to put together this article to help you answer all the most frequently asked questions at the PCC.
We at ChurchDesk are often asked why we work so hard on building a workflow management software for churches. My answer as CEO is always: We work hard because we are on a mission to change something significantly.
At ChurchDesk we strongly believe that every church deserves a great website and shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. With this in mind I went along to talk with Carl from Holy Trinity in Northwood. I wanted to find out what he thought of our website tool.