Is technology a friend or foe of your church? Throughout the years the church has slowly adapted to living a fast-paced life but change has never been welcomed with open arms. And now that technology has seeped into almost every area of our lives, it has become impossible to avoid. Which begs the question, how do you get members to embrace it, especially Church Management Software?
1. Get leadership’s buy-in
Get your leaders on board. Without their “buy-in” you will most likely not succeed in introducing new technology to the church. When you have their support and approval members will be much more willing to embrace change.
2. Leverage Influence
When it comes to introducing a new Church Management Software or any form of new technology in your church, the power of influence cannot be underestimated. Ever heard of the phrase, there’s power in numbers? When you get the senior pastor, the pastoral staff, the support staff, volunteers and your peers to back you, other members will follow suit.
It’s important that you spend time rallying the support of the key decision makers as well as the rest of your peers. Teach them how to use the technology, show them its benefits and ensure that you answer their questions and welcome their feedback. This way you will not only have a circle of influence supporting you but also an entire group of people who can help train and teach other members how the technology works.
Here at Elvanto we like to call the ChMS influences "Elvanto Champions". These Elvanto Champions are those who understands how your account works and become the go-to person providing help to your church volunteers.
3. Raise awareness
Create campaigns to raise awareness. Design and put up posters, hand out flyers, include it in your weekly announcements, send out newsletters, promote the tool in church and provide sufficient opportunity for training.
After the initial launch persistent and consistent communication is essential for people to learn about the technology before embracing and adapting to it.
4. Inspire trust
People won’t adapt to your ChMS unless they believe that it’s reliable and beneficial. Building trust in your ChMS technology requires that you consider not only the specific tool you’re promoting but also the roadblocks people might encounter when using it.
For example, volunteer rostering is an amazing tool when it comes to managing the mass numbers of volunteers serving in your church. However, if your volunteers don't understand how to use the software to update their availability or view their upcoming rosters then this will only lead to frustration. It's important that your church has a strong support network in-house from the start to ensure long-term success.
5. Serve your church
The aim of technology advancement is to better serve the people in your church. If your tool won’t benefit the members there is little chance that it will succeed.
Before expecting people to adapt to your new technology, it is essential that you answer the following questions:
- Why should they use this new church tool?
- How will it benefit them?
- Will it simplify their lives?
- Can it empower them to advance the Gospel more effectively?