Automations and Ministry – What is it Good for?

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Automations and Ministry – What is it good for? Absolutely something.

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Automations – the Good

  • notifying ministers of certain needs within the congregation. If a person misses small group a certain number of times, I get a notification to contact them.
  • grouping people for communication purposes.
  • scheduling messages.
  • designing a bot to answer basic questions
  • can enable you to provide the level of pastoral care that you desire as you scale up in number of people.

Automations – the Bad

  • sending personal messages, people notice when they receive a canned message.
  • bots cannot answer all questions that people will ask.
  • require time for planning and forethought.

What You Need to Know 11/20/2019

The USA’s Nuclear forces finally upgraded from their 8 inch floppy disk based systems. No this is not a joke. Until recently they were running the massive nuclear arsenal on a system that was seriously outdated, and not connected to the internet. Surprisingly they have described those things as advantages. They claimed lack of internet helped prevent hacking, as did relying on old specs that few people are familiar with. I’m not so sure the second point is valid, but the first point surely is.

So what does this mean for your church? My first take is that you don’t need the latest and greatest hardware to do ministry. Our church has a handful of devices over 7 years old. We have a couple nearing the 10 year mark. They perform the task that we need, so why would we upgrade? One of the most painful parts of upgrading is re-training your people and re-writing guides to how to perform certain tasks. Both of those things are extremely time consuming, and that’s on top of the cost of the new hardware/software. My advice is only upgrade when needed – it has worked fine for the nuclear arsenal. Chances are it can work in your church too.

Now please don’t mis-interpret me as saying, “upgrades don’t matter.” Our church has a pretty recent and pretty beefy video editing machine. My point in this post is that our people who only need a web-browser to do email and access membership records don’t need the latest macbook pro.

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