Trends in church technology are evolving at an unprecedented rate of speed. By effectively integrating new technological tools into your house of worship, you will enable greater collaboration amongst your staff and congregation and aid in the streamlining of certain facilities management processes. Read further to learn 4 tech tips that can help you manage the church of the 21st century.
- Use collaborative operations software for event planning. Planning and organizing your auction event, summer VBS program, monthly ministry meetings and the annual church picnic/BBQ involves extensive communication, time and effort. Using a cloud-based management tool like a collaborative operations software will help to track and prioritize the tasks involved and store the necessary information all into one centralized location. A collaborative operations software can also keep track of multiple events simultaneously. All of the stakeholders that are part of the process will have access to the information contained in the system, thereby making it easier to know who is working on what and when. Tasks can be assigned to team members and the workflow can be monitored and tracked from project initiation to completion. Volunteers, staff members and outside contractors alike will be on the same page allowing for seamless collaboration.
- Focus on safety and security. A myriad of technology solutions are available on the market today to help churches and religious institutions safeguard not only their physical assets but also their congregation. Examples include high tech security cameras, volunteer and childcare check-in software, proximity card systems and smart key solutions to name a few. The use of technology in these areas assists in reducing theft and vandalism as well as tracking and controlling who is accessing your facilities. Securing your worship space by using enhanced technological tools is a worthy investment of funds from your church’s operational budget.
- Increase worship attendance. At times, all churches experience challenges in growing their ministries. This is yet another area where the use of technology can be quite advantageous. Using social media channels regularly can be beneficial in keeping your congregation abreast of your church’s schedule for services, meetings and events, as well as allowing for further outreach and networking. Your house of worship can use platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to learn more about your existing members and their needs and provide a consistent voice between the church and the community. Building your social media strategy today could result in a boost to your congregational engagement tomorrow.
- Schedule preventative maintenance. Preventative maintenance is key to ensuring that your house of worship is operating at its very best. All of the church’s physical assets on property (A/V equipment, computer hardware, lighting, the HVAC system etc.) require proactive measures be taken to keep these assets in good working order and help to preserve their value. To achieve this objective, a church should consider using a maintenance management software to create an annual maintenance plan based on the service and operating needs of the facility and its equipment. Click here to learn more about how a collaborative operations software, like Common Areas, can help.
Embracing these technology tips will help you to operate and maintain your worship facility more effectively, with greater efficiency and enhanced safety measures in place. Furthermore, adopting this advice will lead to a profound transformational effect on the success of your ministry by fueling growth and strengthening the ties to the community in which you serve.