Category Archives: Contributions

Finding the Right Church Software

Finding the Right Church Software?

Creating quality software can be a very difficult process.  Especially since everyone’s opinion on what makes quality software will vary.   Quality software can be categorized in a variety of ways such as:  Easy to use, flexible, to feature rich applications.  What are the advantages of each?  How do these categories affect a multi-site system?

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Recent Study – Churches Offering Online Donations.

According to a recent study conducted by Lifeway and 1003 protestant churches 55% of churches offer online giving with attendance of 500 or more.  Two-thirds of churches with online giving offered it for 2 years or less. It also found churches in larger cities used it more often. To check out all the statistics please review the study. With this growing trend it is essential to have church software that can handle seamless integration.


MultiSite Churches & Campuses – The Synergy they Produce!

Multisite churches and campuses grew out of mega churches as a possible solution to fix churches that were too large and ran out of room in their current facility. The success of these early mega churches led to a conceptual change for smaller organizations that appeared to be stalled in their current growth or looking for new ways to reach a certain area of the community. The synergy that comes out of multiple facilities that share common goals, values, resources, etc is enormous. According to research at Leadership Network there will be 30,000 churches that will merge in the next 2 years or merged in the past 2 years in the US alone. There are similar trends in other countries.

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Bar coding for bulk mailing – does it really save a lot of money for non profits?

Many non profits are lead to believe that barcoding gives huge discounts when they bulk mail. What many organization do not realize is they must be CASS/PAVE certified. This certification is an expensive endeavor for smaller organizations.  Because of the expense for these certification the organization will actually lose money unless they are mailing out thousands of “mail pieces” at a time. Here is an example of the cost of non bar coded and bar coded for “mail pieces” for the not-profit industry.

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Donation Comments added to the Standard & Simple Statements.

Contribution statements done through IconCMO can include comments for the individual entries. The comments are entered in during the processing of contributions each week. These comments can be put in so the church has more details about certain transactions.

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Return on Investment (ROI) – How Does your Church Software Compare?

Ever wonder if the church’s software gives a good return on investment? Has the church ever reviewed the numbers to see if the church is saving money using the software? Does it save labor, resources, money, time, increase donations and attendance, etc.? Some of these are very concrete numbers and others are abstract and at times can not be easily calculated. However all of them are important and should be used to calculate the ROI equation. Using this equation the church ensures that the software is giving the biggest bang for the dollar.

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API’s are here for IconCMO – Innovation Changes the ChMS Game

Icon Systems announces API for IconCMO

Icon Systems has released APIs (Application Programmer’s Interface) for IconCMO. Churches, developers, and strategic partners can interact with the data on the IconCMO main database. Some applicable solutions would be website integration for online calendars, online directories, e-mail integration, event registration, custom reports, mobile integration, etc.

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