Dynamic Church Conference: Day 3

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Wow, just wow.  What an amazing experience DC11 was.  I highly recommend the conference for anyone using F1 or even thinking about it.  But let’s get to what you all are looking for.  Here are my notes and thoughts from Day 3:

Session 8:  Champion Team Panel

First off, I think I got more out of this session than any of the other ones.  It was refreshing to see people doing the champion thing right. Notes:

  • Would be nice if your F1 Champion sat on a higher level leadership team.
  • Create a Champion team to spread the vision. Run a usage report to see who is using F1 often to determine who should be on the team.  Start weekly meetings and then dial it back over time.
  • Develop a mind-set of how F1 can do this. Like the idea of making sure no one is “creating” new spread sheets.
  • Experience site has meeting agendas for champion teams to go by that you can download.
  • At each meeting, go over F1 questions that have been submitted to the champions throughout the week.
  • Do cross functional training.
  • The team needs to consist of people who are respected by other staff, computer savvy, and not put on the team for “political” reasons. (Thanks Scott Goodger)
  • If volunteers are going to be touching F1 data, make sure to have them sign confidentiality agreements.  Volunteers doing F1 stuff, are they tried and true?  Have then been around for more than a year?
  • Dedicated data entry team for inputting paper forms into F1.
  • The data is valuable, we make decisions based on the data.
  • Set up a contact form to request contact information change if you aren’t keen on the profile editor.
  • Make sure your champion team is subscribed to the software updates newsletters.  Go over, as a group, new changes to the software.

Session 9: Finding Talent in Unexpected Places w/ Tara Coulson

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this session.  I came out of it questioning how much I know about F1.  This session blew my mind.  I can’t believe I had never looked at this before. I’ve got a great outside the box idea for this, but I’ll share that after my notes.

  • Where do I fit?
    • Challenge: Finding the right volunteers for each opportunity
    • Solution:  Giftedness in Fellowship One
  • Give Jobs Giftedness assessments.  Everyone needs to be on board before starting to use the Giftedness assessments.  You can even put in Shape gifts and strengths finders.
  • Make job templates to make it easier for assigning strengths to each job when staff create them.
  • Giftedness Reports:  M9006, A1080 – for combining two people lists, kind of like a compound query.  Useful if you are trying to find a list of people, based on their gifts, that would be good for a particular job.

So, my out of the box idea is this.  Create an activity, with one RLC in it.  Then create a job for each paid position you have on your staff.  Select what gifts apply to the jobs, then cross-reference your open positions with your volunteers you have gifts listed for.  You now have a list of possible applicants for the open position.

Final Keynote:  Roadmap

  • Major themes development has been focused on:  Congregation, mobile, information, API, multi-site, and experiences.
  • Remote Deposit Capture and Ad Hoc Reporting Available now in limited release
  • Coming Soon:
    • Online Giving 2.0:  Better experience, replace weblink, split giving.
    • Group attendance: Core metric, rich information, email reminders
    • Volunteer Forms:  Enhanced experience, compliance, linkable opportunities.
  • On the Horizon:
    • Online Giving Experiences:  Friendly names, campaigns, give anywhere
    • Mobile 2.0:  Mobile growth, congregant & staff, multi-platform
  • Are we there yet?
    • Report Library 2.0:  Experience, integrated/alerts, church reports, search
    • Weblink Registrations:  I stopped taking notes for this one, I think I was in awe.
  • Further out?
    • Table integration:  Sync Groups (Ok, that would totally rock!)
    • Activity 2.0:  Information-centric, easier setup, foundation

The whole week was just outstanding.  I already can’t wait for DC12.  I made a ton of new friends, some of which had very meaningful impact on me.  I’m re-focused, and re-energized.  See you guys at the Roadshow!

Dynamic Church Conference: Day 2

Yesterday was a great day at DC11 in regards to what I learned from the different sessions.  Today was a great day in regards to what I learned about myself and my potential.  I feel empowered.  Some may say I’m drinking the cool aid, I say I’m seeing the vision.

Recently I’ve been feeling a little defeated in my job.  You win some battles, you lose some battles.  Well, I think I’ve been on the loosing end of a major conflict, and just wanted to throw in the towel.  DC11 has re-energized me for the passion in what I do, to be less of the IT guy and more of the visionary.  I am an outside of the box thinker, but I was overwhelmingly reminded of it today in multiple ways.  It was a nice boost to my morale.

So, with all of the sappy stuff out-of-the-way lets take a look at my notes from the day.

Keynote w/ Jenni Caltron

Judges 4:4-10,14

Jenni spoke about Deborah’s Confidence and outlined her Consistent Character, Humility, and Faith.  She also mapped out the 3 things we wrestle with in our jobs within the church; Fear (it holds us back from what God is calling us to do), Jealousy, and Insecurity (a Profound sense of doubt).  Jenni then went on to remind us that our worth is in Christ.

But what do we do with these items you may ask?  Replace fear and doubt with truth, replace jealousy with generosity, and replace insecurity with love.

But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.  For every man shall bear his own burden.

Galatians 6:4-5

Sitting down with some other F1 users

I had a great discussion after lunch with some very motivating individuals (you know who you are).  They reminded me that I need to stop being the IT guy, and start being the visionary.  It was funny that they said that, because that ended up being the theme for my day.

Session 4: Contact Management w/ Matt McMaster

The main question we should be asking leadership: How should we be measuring success or failure. Then design your process and tools around being able to generate measurable data around their answers.

Tip: Creating a separate contact item for prayer requests and confidential prayer requests.  Then lock down the confidential item to a ministry with read access for only those that should see it.

I had never really grasped the full potential (or even the idea) of creating assignments via contact forms.  Very cool.  There was also a lot of discussion around attributing contact forms to households vs. individuals.  With all that was said, I still think it better to only attribute them to individuals.  That might just me, you can decide for yourself.

Session 6:  Return to Ministry Pt2 Building Successful Processes w/ Eric Soon

Let’s just get this out-of-the-way now, Soon is a rock star.  I took a lot of notes in his session, but then he said he would email the Powerpoint so I stopped taking notes.  They really wouldn’t make any sense if you weren’t in the class so I’m not even going to try.  Eric did say three really profound things.  The first was, “People and processes need to scale. You can’t use F1 like you do access.” He followed that up with this statement that I really took to heart, “Process (or the people) is the culprit, but technology is the scape goat.”  This makes so much sense.  Technology, working the way it was designed to, can’t mess up your process.  The problem is that your process can get in the way of the full potential of the technology.

And finally this gem, “Data management is like the washing of feet.”  It would have been better if he had said it in a Yoda voice and backwards, but what can you do?  “Washing of feet data management like… hmmmM”

You’re probably noticing that I only attended 2 sessions.  Well you would be correct. I guess you’ll have to wait and see what I was up to with the rest of my time.  Mwahahahaha.  Don’t you love mysteries?  It’s driving you nuts isn’t it?

Well that was my Day 2, how was yours?  Seriously, I know you people are reading this, leave me some love.

Dynamic Church Conference: Day 1

If you’re church is running Fellowship One for your ChMS you need to be here.  Even if you consider yourself a Fellowship One pro, attending is still a good idea.  There is a lot to be said for mingling with F1 staff and other F1 users that can’t be gained with a support call or ticket (or Idea submission {you know what I mean}).  Below I’m going to share some of my notes from the keynotes and sessions I attended, as well as any insight I can provide based things I heard

Keynote: Jeff Hook

  • In the near future Fellowship One will surpass 2000 churches
  • The amount of report requests is overwhelming. (I can only image)
  • They still have the God sized vision, but are changing their methods for reaching it to leverage what Active Networks brings to the table.
  • Jeff said that Active is “Authentically Passionate” about helping people become active (tehehehe) in body, mind, and soul(that’s where F1) comes in.
  • Jeff then went on to outline some goals they have moving forward.  I may have missed a few along the way, but here’s what I’ve got.
    • Build the best chms, using components Active Networks already has
    • Make F1 more complete through integration
    • Help Churches grow disciples using spiritual growth tools.  Churches need to measure congregational engagement to grasp where they stand.
    • Increase F1 API partnerships
    • Utilize Active Network’s networking affect to help grow churches.
  • He then went on to say something about that we need to motivate people in different ways, since everyone gets motivate to change their behavior by different factors.
  • Overall it was a good keynote.  I was slightly disappointed as I was expecting a Steve Ballmer type entrance, or at least Jeff being lowered down from the ceiling.  There’s always next year.

Session #1: The Virtual Door w/ Steve Drechsler

To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect from this session, but I ended up gaining a good amount of ideas and tips to take back with me.  Here’s some of the things I took away:

  • In order to increase the number of people who are being connected, you need to increase the size of your funnel.  Meaning, we need to develop more methods for people to end up in the database.  With that said, measuring EVERYTHING is key.  Retention rate demographics are crucial.
  • Contacts:  Using a contact form instead of posting an email address on your church website.  This allows you to measure how many people are coming through the door (website).  It also allows you to route those information inquires to a particular person and monitor how they are being followed up with.  It’s also good to set up separate forms for each campus or ministry.  Report for keeping track of the contacts: M4010.  Report for getting the url for each contact form so you can post it on your site: A8010
  • Weblink forms:  Weight your multiple choice answers to leverage pivot table reporting. You can embed video into web forms.  You can also insert Facebook Like buttons into your confirmation messages, as well as twitter follow buttons.
  • Giving:  I may have already known this, but wrote it down none the less.  Report for finding first time givers: G1150

Session #2: Introduction to Social Media w/Anthony Coppedge

I know what you’re thinking, “Really Matt, you, an introduction to social media?”  Well, you’re right.  I went to the session because I think Anthony is the Cat’s meow when it comes to social media in the church, and I wanted to see his teaching style.  He also flatters me to no end and I appreciate the ego boost. 🙂  Anyway, if you are reading this before Thursday’s sessions start, I highly advise jumping into one of his other sessions on social media.  You can also hit me up if you want to talk about such things @mattpugh80.  I did take away one really good line from his talk, “If you value influence, you’ll value social media.”  I think this invaluable when trying to get pastors and staff members involved and enjoying the endless possibilities in social media.

Keynote #2

There were some amazing stories shared about other churches using Fellowship One and the direct impact it has on the lives of people they come in contact with.  Some key points I grabbed are as follows:

  • Push F1 back to the ministries.  We can’t create departments to manage the data.  The ministries need to be actively using the system together.
  • Hold people accountable to F1.  Are they following up with contacts?  Do you see them adding attributes or notes to indicate staff interacting with parishioners?  If we aren’t actively keeping up with people coming to the church they will fall through the cracks.  Question them on it.
  • Push the website for increasing online giving.  With that said, you need to have a sharp, easy to navigate website (That’s my addition to it, this one’s free, next time I charge).
  • Ministries partnering together to reach people for Christ.  How are your ministries communicating?  If someone comes to Christ by an outreach from one ministry, are the being plugged into other ministries for discipleship, volunteering, or small groups?

Well those are my notes/thoughts about the stuff I heard today.  Hope it helps.

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