DC12 Mobile Check-in Teaser

I have the honor of teaching a few classes at this years Dynamic Church Conference, and I’m totally psyched! To help drum up some buzz about the class I’m teaching with my buddy Scott, I made this little teaser.


De-duplication made easy in Fellowship One

So my friend Brian Vinson has come up with a great way to find all of those pesky duplicate entries in your Fellowship One database.  He’s even asked me to post his recipe here at the Sea of Geek so you could all take advantage of it.  I’ve been playing with it all morning and it’s pretty impressive. Read more of this post

Flagged Offenders

If your church is anything like mine, you take keeping your children safe as the utmost priority on any given Sunday.  In children’s ministry you have safe guards in place to make sure those individuals that should not be working with kids, don’t.  As a user of Fellowshipone, we have several processes in place that help us know whom these individuals are.  Until recently we had been using the profile picture: Read more of this post

Yet Another Fellowship One Plug.

Well this time it’s because I’m in it. Below are the videos Matt Knisely put together, featuring me. It was a fun shoot and he did a great job of asking the right questions.

Make sure you run over to Fellowship One’s Vimeo stream to catch the rest of the testimonials.

Dynamic Church Conference: Day 3

Thanks @mikeniebuhr

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!

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