What’s a Church Database?
A church database-at its core-is a way to store data. Most church leaders ask a lot more out of their church database.
Most church leaders who are concerned with church growth are going got invest more than storing their data on an excel spreadsheet on their laptop at home.
Benefits of a Church Database
The more popular databases now a days are all online; a web application that is accessible with your internet browser has many core benefits. The first-and primary benefit-of keeping your data on the web is the ability to access your data remotely from any location, all you need is internet access and you can update your data on the fly. Previously-before the advent of the internet-most of the data was secured locally and ran the risk of being lost if the computer holding all crashed. Before that, most of the “data” was secured in a filing cabinet, so if there was a fire, or somebody accidentally misplaced a folder your information would end up in a landfill.
If you are looking for the most secure way to store your data nothing beats storing your data remotely on a secure server that provides “redundancy”. Redundancy is a fancy network administration word that basically means that your data is backed up in the case of loss of communication or data loss. So if one server that stores your member’s data goes down or becomes corrupted there is backup of that data elsewhere.
Technology comes with many benefits and disadvantages, the most notable advancement that technology that has provided us with (besides rapid communication) is increased productivity and efficiency for individuals and businesses alike. A solid church database will help organization become more efficient. A great example for a church would be having a database that manages children’s check-ins to their daycare program is much more efficient than a manual, analog system. Having an online check-in system can be more efficient due to the fact that you can access the database from anywhere and you can archive a history of check-ins and manage those remotely.
Whether technology has helped the average individual become less or busier is debatable, there is not debate around the fact that productivity has increased tremendously with the advancement of technology over the course of the 20 years. With properly integrated church management software there are thousands of dollars in payroll dollars saved by having church management software in place. What took two book keepers to take care of now can be easily taken care of by on piece of accounting software.
It doesn’t really matter what type of church you have, whether it’s a church with only 50 members or you’re a mega church growing by leaps and bounds it’s important that you have proper church mismanagement software in place in order to secure and support the future growth of your organization.