Church management is not necessary right? I mean, Jesus didn’t make it that complicated. He just got up and preached, people listened, and they followed Him because of it. He didn’t track numbers. Or did He?
Maybe in Matthew 14, when Matthew explains that five thousand men were fed, that was just a rough guess – not at all a very specific number. One chapter over when he does it again, this time with 4,000 men, again… probably just a rough guess. Or what about the early church (Acts 4:4) that grew by a very specific number of 5,000 after a time of ministry? I think you’re starting to get my point here. Jesus counted. He counted fish and loaves, and he counted men.
So, assuming that counting and tracking is necessary for leaders to understand the growth and healthiness of their ministry, then what is the best system to utilize to complete this task? We at The Tabernacle asked ourselves a similar question about 6 months ago, and Fellowship One is the answer that we came up with.
Here’s a brief overview of Fellowship One, and a review of how it’s worked for us:
Fellowship One is Church Database Management software that offers a wide variety of features to help you manage information for your congregation. Online giving, small group management, children’s ministry check-in, event registration…. The list goes on and on.
Want to know the best part? It’s web based with an interface that is so intuitive that even the least tech savvy person in your ministry can figure it out. That’s the beauty of it for us – three campuses, four different services – there’s a lot to keep track of administratively. After all you can’t measure what you don’t track. Over the past 6 months, we’ve started tracking everything. Why? We want to know how effective we’re being. We want to know what’s working, and what’s not working. We want to reach as many people for Christ as we can, so we are intentional with making sure that there is a clear path and a clear next step for them.
“You can’t measure what you don’t track”
That brings me to the most important point – Your Church Management Software is only going to be as good as the process you put in place that feeds it information. Just tracking worship service attendance does not tell you how well your church is doing in discipleship. Comparing worship service attendance to your small group attendance or to your membership class; however, will start to give you a better idea of how many people are actively being discipled. Fellowship One makes this a simple task. You feed it the information, and then are able to pull a variety of reports to track trends over weeks, months, quarters, etc. F1 even has a pretty amazing dashboard that will show you a trend graph of any number of different activities or attributes that you choose to track:
Overall, Fellowship One is a GREAT resource for your church. From a staff standpoint, it makes it too easy to have great administration processes. You can create contact items that are trackable – You can monitor the efficiency of your follow-up and see where people are falling through the cracks. Ultimately, you can do better ministry because you have a single location where information about your church is housed. I would recommend it to any ministry that is interested in creating a clear process of discipleship! We’re supposed to be fishing for men – Fellowship One is a great way to make your net bigger!
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