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Kicking Off 2016

I don’t know about you but we’re excited about 2016! We are more serious than ever and are determined on becoming the leader in church software. Why? Because our heart is and always will be for the church. We want to assist in helping build healthy churches. We’re not here just to fill time.

Our mission is to innovate and create ways to equip your church. We want to save you time and help make day-to-day tasks in church life fun! By creating software that totally rocks, we also hope to encourage other church software companies to step up in the game as well. As an end result, churches around the world will be able to have even more powerful tools at their fingertips, empowering them to fulfill the mission God has given them.

We thank all our customers for their amazing support over the last 5 and a half years. We wouldn’t be here without you!

Here is a sneak peak of what’s in store for 2016:

Pastoral Care Focus

This year we really want to add a more pastoral focus to Elvanto. This means dashboards,  better reporting and getting the data you need out of Elvanto in a simple yet powerful way.

Events and Assets Overhaul

We’ll be focusing on totally overhauling calendar assets, make several big improvements to events and also the ability to accept payments through forms. We’re aiming for release this in the first quarter of 2016 so watch this space!

Mobile App

As most of you would know we released our Mobile App in December last year. We’ve got big plans to add a tonne of new features coming. On the horizon is the member directory, ability to access people, groups, attendance reporting and the list goes on.

Web App Improvements

As always, we are super appreciative of all our customers who provide feedback on existing and new features. Every 2 weeks we sit down and decide which features we are going to tackle next based on customer feedback. Even with all our other plans for the year, we are and will always be 100% dedicated to improving current features and adding new ones based on customer feedback. So keep expecting new features and improvements and plenty of them!

New Languages

We’re now in over 28 countries and have 3 new languages coming this year. We have translators working hard on Japanese, Portuguese and Russian. If you’d like to get involved please contact our support team!

User Groups

We believe in community and this year we are going to put a big focus on trying to build more of a community for Elvanto users. We’ll be keeping you posted on more about this in the near future.

Ministry Manuals

Understanding how to best use Elvanto for your ministry is key. This year we’ll be producing a bunch of ministry manuals designed to help individual ministries understand the features that directly relate to them.

Software Updates

Over the past few weeks we’ve spent a lot of time planning out 2016. However, we haven’t been sitting still and have added a couple of improvements and fixed a bunch of bugs. Here’s a couple of highlights.

Submit Unavailability in Mobile App

We released version 1.1 of the Mobile App last week which is now live on Android (and any day now for iOS – hurry up Apple!). This update includes a few bug fixes but most notably the ability to submit unavailability.

When viewing the ‘Roster’ page in the app, you will see a new ‘More’ button at the top right which will open up a menu with a link to ‘Unavailability’.

From the next screen you’ll see your upcoming unavailabilities along with the ability to add new dates.

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Improvements to Check-in with Auto-print Labels turned on

We have gone ahead and made further improvements to the way auto-print labels work in Check-in.

From today, whether you’re using Admin or Self Check-in with auto-print labels turned on in your settings, no labels will be printed until you click the ‘Finish & Print Labels’ button at the top right of the screen.

This will ensure that all labels are printed at the same time, ensures parents only print the amount of labels they need and removes extra steps for parents from the Self Check-in screen. Admins can also continue to print out labels manually if they’d prefer.

To ensure volunteers understand this change, we’ve added an alert that will appear the very first time they visit the Check-in area.

That’s a Wrap!

That’s all for today! Stay tuned for an exciting year!

Full release notes from today can be found here.

The Elvanto Mobile App Has Arrived


Hey everyone,

We are thrilled to announce that our Mobile App is now available in both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store. That means that (almost) all of you can get your hands on it!

This initial version has a some great features focused on volunteers and services, volunteers can view their rosters, accept or decline requests, view service plans, access songs and attachments. Our plan in the new year is to release updates and new features every other week (read: each fortnight for the Aussies!) and we have a ridiculously long list of features that will be coming over time.

Lastly, a special shout out and huge thanks to all of our beta testers for trying it and providing feedback and bug reports, you’ve really helped make this happen so much faster than we could have by ourselves.

Can’t wait to show you what happens next,
Aaron

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Tithe.ly is Here!

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It’s official! After many months of anticipation, we’re pleased to announce the launch of our Tithe.ly integration. Now, any donations made through Tithe.ly can be automatically synched with your Elvanto account!

We hope you’re as excited as we are. The cool thing about Tithe.ly is that there’s so many options when it comes to giving method. They offer mobile app giving, automated giving, text giving (even for the Aussies!) and even have a nifty widget for your website. As a team we love the tithe.ly front end user experience – ease of use is what we’re all about :)

Setup instructions can be found on this pageIf you haven’t already got an integrated online giving provider, jump over and have a look for yourself! Signing up for an account is free and super easy to setup.

It’s our heart that integrations like these help your church be more efficient and effective. We’d love to hear your thoughts and requests – let us know if there’s anything else you’d like to see get released!

Happy trialling,

Hannah

Upcoming EU Server Maintenance

It’s time to give our EU customers more power to speed up the server. We will be performing a quick upgrade on Monday, 23 November 2015 at 4:00:00 AM UTC time to make this possible.

We don’t expect it to take long but we’ve scheduled a 30 minute window anyway to ensure everything is working as it should.

Our EU server customers are spread out across the globe, we’ve tried to schedule this at a time that should affect you least.

Thanks for your patience while we continue to improve our services as we grow! Over the coming months we’ll be continuing to add more power to our servers to ensure they are running quick as :)

Have a great weekend!

Ben

New Updates to Contacts (and more!)

It’s getting closer to Christmas, but our updates are still coming full speed ahead! Here’s some of the most exciting things we’ve done the last two weeks.

New Online Giving Partner

We’re pleased to announce a new online giving partner, Tithe.ly. We love these guys and are so excited to now have a provider with text giving (among other things!). Full blog post coming shortly, but for those super keen check out setup instructions on this page.

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Improved Service Warnings

Added in warning when rostering a volunteer with no service times selected

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More flexibility for Contacts

After much thought, we have made a number of changes to allow for your community contacts to be better utilized in the system. Our heart is to make this a useful feature for your ministry!

As a start, we’ve:
-Removed Service Attendance restriction for Contacts
-Removed Check-in restriction for Contacts
-Allowed for read only custom fields (where they were previously hidden)
-Contacts now use the same layout as their people category

Check-in improvements

This is only the beginning of things we’re wanting to improve on for Check-in, but there are officially new placeholders, options for account-wide printing and several other improvements.

Full details of all that’s new can be found on the releases page. Keep your eyes peeled for a couple of other excited things coming in the coming months!

That’s all For now,

The Elvanto Team

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