08/13/09 Lead article: Find Your Flock with ZeeMaps!

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.

09/02/09 Time saver: Access Settings in User Management

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.

09/02/09 Q&A: How can I move information from CDM+ into Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word?


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+.

09/02/09 Lead article: Automatic Backups & 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.

09/16/09 Time saver: Setting the Startup Window in CDM+

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.

09/16/09 Q&A: How do I get barcodes to print on mailing labels or envelopes?


How do I get barcodes to print on mailing labels or envelopes?

I check the Barcode box on the Label/Envelopes report setup window, but they don't print.


The short answer is—have your addresses CASS certified. CDM+ 8.1.2 will print barcodes only on addresses that have a current (not expired) CASS certification because without the certification, a barcode is incomplete and therefore wrong. An incomplete barcode may actually slow down your mail!

09/16/09 Lead article: Customized CDM+ Training

Customized CDM+ Training

Perhaps you have just opened your church office toolbox—CDM+—for the first time and scanned the Welcome window. You’re amazed at the variety of ministry tools available but are unsure where to begin. Or, maybe you have used CDM+ for years and know it’s time to go to the next level. Or you’ve been handed an accounting or payroll mess to straighten out. Where do you turn for assistance?

10/02/09 Q&A: What do I do if I receive an NSF check back from the bank?


What do I do if I receive an NSF check back from the bank?


When your bank returns a check for non-sufficient funds (NSF), your original deposit amount is not changed, but rather the bank issues a "charge" to your bank account for the amount of the check and, in many cases, charges a service fee.

10/02/09 Lead article: What's left in the budget?

What's Left in the Budget?

An often repeated question this time of year. And, here's another classic: "Will our budget increase next year?" The truth is budgets are planning tools created to set giving goals, spending parameters and organizational priorities. In the current financial situation this planning tool may get more attention by your church or non-profit organization.