Guest Post by Laura Iancu
Keeping up with all the daily tasks of maintaining a congregation is hard enough. But when you want to implement new projects and activities, things get even more complicated. Thus management becomes one of the main skills which a church leader needs. Some have adapted and understood that the key was to find some tools to ease their work.
Establish your priorities
So the first step would be to find what works for you, which are the areas that need enhancement and what kind of tool would you like to use. Most people tend to adopt online tools. Downloading and installing programs has become a burden which most of us try to escape from. Decide for you own what kind of tool would you need and how should it work.
The second step would be to make a list of apps and software which could do the trick for what you need. To filter them and be more efficient you can narrow the list by keeping those tools which could be used for multiple purposes.
In this step you might want to look into: form builders, management systems and CRMs.
Form builders are a great asset because they are versatile and can provide you solutions for multiple tasks. For example you can handle online donations with custom and branded online donation forms like this one. Likewise, you can handle event registrations with no effort at all. So if you are organizing a camp, a study group, a big conference or a small get-together, you can do the registration seamlessly with such a tool. And that’s not all, think about volunteer recruitment, surveys and all kind of forms to get in touch with your congregation. For simple forms you could try Google Forms and for advanced forms such as donation gathering ones try 123ContactForm.
As for data management, CRMs are great to handle databases and contacts. You can also try Evernote for todos and clipping information from your browser.
Test your choices
After you’ve done this list it might be good to go to step three before implementing them in your management processes. At this step you should allot some time to test these tools because some might surprise you and do more than you expect and other might not be appropriate for what you’re looking for. Testing is always a good idea. Also, at this stage you can compare prices and look for discounts. Keep in mind that some of these providers offer discounts for all nonprofit organizations, including churches. Talk to them and find out.
Do you have your own favorite tools which help you in management?
About the author:
Laura Iancu is a Creative Copywriter and PR at 123ContactForm, the place where you can build great online forms for churches. Try it now for free.