Accepted!

I feel special.  I got accepted to the ChurchMetrics.com beta testing phase.  And to hear tell from the ChurchMetrics team, I should feel pretty special:

First off, thanks for your interest in ChurchMetrics. We are excited at the initial response, as over 2500 have signed up to become beta testers, of which we are only choosing 250 to actually become our testers. So Congrats for being part of the beta crew!

Honestly, I haven’t gotten to put any data in yet, although I did mess around with it some as soon as I got my invite.  I love new toys.  A few features of note:

  • It allows tracking multiple campuses and regions
  • You can track attendance, giving, salvations, baptism
  • Lots of graphs and charts, which I love
  • Customizable service times let you account for special weeks (Christmas, Easter, etc)

If anyone has any questions or curiosities about the service, let me know and I’ll do my best to answer them.

LifeChurch.tv, ChurchMetrics.com, & Free Stuff

I just want to take a moment and give some props to LifeChurch.TV. They are consistently setting the bar for collaboration, vision, and professionalism.

Yesterday they announced a new service coming soon from their Digerati team: ChurchMetrics.com. This new service will allow churches to track the big numbers (attendance, giving, baptism/salvation, etc) on the web. It’s a very nice format, looks like it will be user friendly, and it is FREE. I’ve signed up for the release and it’s just the kind of thing a stat addict like me loves.

This is continuing a trend with LifeChurch.tv to give everything they can away for free. They gave everything away for their OnePrayer event. At Open they give away everything from video to graphics to sermons for all of their series. They give away extremely professional youth & kids materials. We use their kids program and it is as good or better than any video-based program I have used.

You may also be familiar with their online social Bible App: YouVersion.com. They also produced this for the iPhone as soon as apps could be submitted, which is pretty unique in the church world.

I hope this is a encouragement in the growing trend in other churches as well to share as much as they can for the good of the kingdom. Collaboration between ministries is long overdue and something that I don’t feel denominations have ever gotten quite right unfortunately.

So props & congrats to Life Church for putting out a great product(s).  What an awesome contribution to the church.