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How to Choose Software to Manage Your Church
This quick and simple overview is a helpful introduction for congregations considering church management software.
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Church Management Software Research
This webpage offers information to help congregations navigate the evaluation and purchase of management system solutions, including church management software.
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Church & Donor Management Software—ChMS
This chart visually summarizes 34 church management software vendors to help users identify what will work best for their needs.
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The Smart Guide to Buying Church Management Software
This downloadable e-book is an introduction to church management software and will help congregations determine which software is best for their needs.
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Church Administrators Yahoo Group
This online discussion group allows members to ask questions and receive advice from over 3,500 church administrators on any topic, ranging from software packages to gaining volunteer interest.
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Compare Church Management Software (ChMS)
This website organizes information about 25 church management software systems for congregations to evaluate which will best address their needs.
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Questions to Ask
This article contains a list of church management software and congregational culture questions to help congregational leaders find the right ChMS system for their needs.
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MinistryTech Magazine
Formerly Christian Computing Magazine, this free, monthly e-zine is for church staff and volunteers engaged in the technical-side of congregational life, from accounting to worship.
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Leadership and Management

Many congregational leaders know the importance of clear mission and vision statements. However, congregational leaders are less capable at enacting plans.

Years ago, Kennon Callahan described this as “calling plays the players can play.” There are lots of visionary congregational leaders, but not so many who can pull off Vacation Bible School. There need to be more leaders who learn to put plans into action. There need to be more who can manage annual festivals, start a small group ministry or spearhead an outreach trip. As a congregational leader, dreaming the big stuff can be seductive. But sometimes leadership means being able to design an operational infrastructure that can support a new Advent program.

After all, what good is a vision if the website hasn’t been updated?

The difference between management and leadership

I know there is a difference between management and leadership. But I also think the difference of the two apply more distinctly to very large organizations. Given the scale of most congregations, the distinction between leadership and management is certainly smaller than for a Fortune 500 company.

The link between leadership and management in the congregation is learning. Effectiveness at both means a commitment to learning how to do something new. Sometimes it is not so much vision that is needed as the ability to learn to accomplish tasks. This dynamic is true for many in the congregational system. The dynamic of learning is not limited to the lead pastor or to the chair of the board.

Flourishing congregations

Congregations that flourish function as a learning community. This is true even if the congregation doesn’t call itself that.

There is an observable pattern among congregations which learn to do new things. This pattern goes beyond the distinctions between leadership and management. The specifics of this pattern differ from congregation to congregation. However, this pattern reveals the importance of plans and behaviors as a congregation moves through:

Is all this not theological enough?

This pattern is interestingly close to the pattern of revelation, identified by James Loder in his book The Transforming Moment. This pattern is at least as important, however less enticing, than having a vision. Sometimes good management is excellent leadership.

In terms of organizational learning, the book Immunity to Change from Kegan and Lahey provides a powerful perspective on how to manage any number of relational and missional challenges while leading and managing a congregation.

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Church Facility Management Solutions (CFMS): Partners in Facility Stewardship
This online hub and community offers free tools, resources, and conversation about facility management.
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