Church Data Matters, Because People Matter!

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Have you ever wondered how to keep visitors coming back to your church? What about how giving in your church fluctuates from season to season? Do you have a clear picture of your ministry’s overall financial health? Is your staff recording data in a way that makes it easy to spot these trends?

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FellowshipOne Insights Dashboards at a Glance

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FellowshipOne Insights Dashboards provide visibility into ministry effectiveness by giving you value-driven visualizations of your church’s data – all with an easy to use, modern design. You’ll find key value indicators and useful charts and graphs for your church’s contributions and attendance data, all with the ability to filter to the data that’s relevant to your needs. For example:

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Attendance by Month Trend

This report dashlet is located on the Activity Attendance Overview Dashboard. This shows the total number of people attending activities at the church by month (for the last 12 months), but also the average number of attendants per activity.  In this example, it’s key to ask the question, why did the attendance drop beginning May and begin to increase again in October?

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Transactions & Unique Contributors

These Key Performance Indicator (KPI) dashlets are located on the Contributions Overview Dashboard. This shows the number of transactions and unique contributions over the specified range. In this particular example, the downward arrow shows there are 29 less contributors than the previous year.

To learn more about FellowshipOne Insights, click here.

What happened when the F1 team started using Insights Visualizer: Part Two

Our series on our Visualizer Dashboard Contest continues today with our second place dashboard. Our internal contest aimed to find not only the most useful and best looking dashboards, but also how the product could best be used to help churches. The second place award went to Bobby Lester, who has been an account executive with us since June 2016. Bobby talks to churches every day, so he’s acutely aware of the kinds of challenges church leaders face when trying to grow their ministries. 

We asked Bobby a few questions about his process in developing this dashboard.

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See what happened when the F1 team started using Insights Visualizer

Recently we held a contest to see which FellowshipOne team member could develop the best and most useful Insights Visualizer dashboard. While it was a friendly competition, it helped highlight how this product could best help our customers. Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring the work of the top three winners.

The third place award went to Finance Coordinator Matthew Wickline, who has been with F1 for three years. Being a finance specialist, Matthew’s dashboard is an in-depth look at contributions. Its main purpose  is to manage your contributions, where they are coming in, what method are they coming in by, and to see if a church’s attendance/worship numbers are influencing those contribution numbers.

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We asked Matthew a few questions about his process in developing this dashboard.

How did you come up with the idea?

MW: My main area of expertise at FellowshipOne includes Billing, Accounting, and Finance related functions and as such my first instinct with Visualizer was leveraging it as a tool to analyze specific cash flows for churches.

How easy it was to develop?

MW: Conceptually I think development of the dashboard was fairly simple. The complexity of the dashboard comes into play when churches decide what, and how they want to analyze and forecast financial data for their given church. I think those in the Finance/Accounting realm will have a fantastic time with Visualizer as it provides great flexibility with how you report and what you are reporting on.

Did you hit any snags along the way?

MW: As with all financial data, reporting on it can be difficult – you need to ensure your values are presented in a manner that is useful to you/those you are presenting to. I wouldn’t consider it necessarily a ‘snag’, but most of the reporting on this dashboard is very ‘tip of the iceberg’ kind of reporting that could be done from a finance perspective. In order to take this report to the next level, the church would have to identify what pieces of their financial reporting are most important to them – so they can create more customized reporting to dive deeper into those values and get a more thorough understanding of their cash flow.

Who do you think would most benefit from using this kind of dashboard?

MW: The Accounting or Finance departments or the volunteers assisting the church with keeping finances in order. Potentially the lead Pastor at a church if the congregation is on the smaller TWA (Total Weekly Attendance)  range.

Learn more about FellowshipOne Insights and Visualizer here.

Introducing Insights Visualizer

Whether you’re looking to improve the way your church makes decisions or simply save time and reduce the stress of getting all the numbers and stats for staff meetings each week, FellowshipOne Insights is the tool for you! And now … that tool is stronger than ever!

FellowshipOne Insights now includes Visualizer custom reporting and dashboards!

Click the image to view the drag-and-drop report builder in action.

 

FellowshipOne Insights with Visualizer makes decision making easier and more efficient.

Improve Member Care:  Display spiritual growth and assimilation trends to determine how effectively

you’re helping congregants move through their spiritual journey

Save Time:  Staff meeting prep takes minutes instead of hours with automated reporting

Simplify Reporting:  Get the answers you need with intuitive reports and dashboards

Since joining the Ministry Brands family less than two years ago, the FellowshipOne team has focused on product improvements and enhancements. The momentum towards developing the best tools and resources for church leaders is only increasing with each new product release. Check out our recent announcements:

F1 Mobile App Launch

InFellowship: Your Registrations Product Release

Customer Feedback on FellowshipOne Insights

Product Release Notes from Q3

Insights with Attributes Dashboards Launch

Insights Launch

Current FellowshipOne church partners interested in learning more about Insights can access articles in the Help Center and can find the next Visualizer free webinar and paid training sessions on the Education Calendar. Completion of Visualizer Training is a pre-requisite to accessing the Insights Visualizer platform.

To find out more about FellowshipOne, email Insights@FellowshipOne.com.

Can You Measure Ministry?

Some of you may be breaking out in hives just from the title of this blog. Kudos for forging ahead! Others of you may be looking for ways to get a grip on whether or not what your church does matters. No matter where you fall, you may be pleasantly surprised by what you’re about to read…

What do churches measure?
Historically metrics have largely been attendance and giving. While these are important figures to know, they are not helpful by themselves to determine how effective your church is. For one thing, these are lagging indicators—the results come in after the fact. In addition, these are outside of your direct control. You can’t MAKE people give, for example.

Are those the right things to measure?
Besides the lagging indicators of attendance and giving, the church needs to find leading indicators that are predictive of future growth. For example, what metrics could be predictive of increased attendance and giving?

Guest follow-up could certainly be predictive of return visits and regular attendance. In this case, a good possible leading indicator metric could be time to first contact. Prompt, friendly follow-up is always a good way to get people to come back, and hopefully stick around!

Trust the process.
It is also important to get perspectives on process effectiveness. The percentage of new attendees connected to a group or class can give us a better idea of how well assimilation is working far better than just counting raw numbers.

Volunteer turnover is also an issue for almost every church. How can you tell if you are at risk for losing a ministry-impacting number of people from crucial positions? What if your church had a metric for time in a volunteer role? Do you know when the last time your key volunteers had a break? Something as simple as volunteer attendance tracking could help spot devoted servants who might just need a break.

Experiment with thinking differently about what factors are predictive of the results you want to see as a church. If you need some help, contact one of our church consultants who would love to brainstorm with you!

 

 

Sharing Reports

Sharing reports is by far the most most often requested enhancement for reporting. Being able to define a report and pass it along to another member of your team gives our F1 Champions, or anyone else with reporting chops, the ability to help others leverage the value found in our very powerful, reporting tool.

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