07/09/09 Lead article: Track Your Church Pulse! (Keep track of the volunteers at the heart of your ministries)
Track Your Church Pulse by Tracking Volunteers
Volunteers are at the “heart” of most of the ministries of your church. Their combined talents and efforts result in many of the “inreach” and “outreach” contacts and services to prospects, guests and members of your church. It would not be an overstatement to call their collective efforts the “pulse” of your church ministry. Would you be interested in tracking—putting a quantifying number—on their collective efforts?
Find Your Flock with ZeeMaps
Summertime is a time of picnics, vacations and outdoor projects. It is also one of the busiest times for families to move. One of the challenges of any church office is trying to keep up with these address changes. Whether it is new families moving into the community or families in the church moving across town, sometimes it is helpful to see on a map where people live. A free mapping tool we recommend at our Users Conference is ZeeMaps. This online tool is free and easy to use.
Access Settings in User Management
When multiple people use CDM+, you create a user account for each person. This not only gives everyone their own window positions, preferences and other settings, but also lets the CDM+ administrator control what each person can and cannot do in the program. If you have many users in the program, you can save significant time when configuring these permissions by using Access Settings.
How can I move information from CDM+ into Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word?
Sometimes I want to "pretty up" a report before I send it to a committee or I want to sort information in an order that isn't available in CDM+.
Automatic Backups & CDM+
Automated backup systems have been used in office environments for years. No doubt many of you already use some form of automatic backup to protect your valuable documents and other data. These programs back up data to a server or other type of external hard drive (maybe even to a site on the Internet) on a preset schedule. They are very convenient and provide office staff with the confidence and security that important information can be recovered in the wake of a computer problem.
Setting the Startup Window in CDM+
After logging in to CDM+, you will see a Welcome to CDM+ window by default. This window, which is also accessible via the Support menu, provides a convenient way to access various programs in CDM+ and discover new features. If, however, you’d like CDM+ to take you directly to another window when opening, it’s a simple preference change to make this happen.