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Church Leader: Here’s why you don’t need the latest Gadget

All churches have challenges. And gadgets for time management, new tech products, and an array of apps, are all good, but will they really help solve a problem?


Deborah Ike  ·  June 15, 2017

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Every time Apple comes out with a new product, people, even those on staff with a church, line up to purchase it the day it’s available. They watch the keynote and product videos, read early reviews, and figure out how to squeeze this new tool into their budget. 

For those trying to manage their ministry time better, something similar happens with to-do apps.  We try out new apps to see which one will solve our time management woes. 

New tech products or apps may help as we try to get more done in less time.  However, putting a shiny new tool over a broken process isn’t a recipe for success. 

For example: Let’s say you buy a Fitbit to track your steps, calories, and heart rate. 

Will you be more aware of how much exercise you are (or are not doing)?  Sure. 

Will it motivate you to carve out time to prepare healthier meals and exercise more?  Maybe. 

The tool itself is fine and can be useful.  However, if you don’t change core habits, it won’t help you achieve your goals.

The same principle applies to tools we use at church. 

A new church management system (Church Community Builder, Planning Center Online, Fellowship One, etc.), collaboration tool (such as Trello, Basecamp, or Asana), or other technology isn’t a quick fix. 

In fact, if you start using a new tool without first evaluating your processes, you may end up spending money on a tool you don’t need or just failing faster.

Instead of trying the latest tool at Church, try these steps first:

Step #1: Find out what problem you’re trying to solve

• Our volunteers are not showing up when they signed up to serve.
• Staff members are not finishing tasks for a project on time.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Deborah Ike
Deborah Ike (formerly Wipf) is the President & Founder of Velocity Ministry Management; a company dedicated to vision implementation for church leaders. Over the last ten years, Deborah worked in the corporate arena to discover how to leverage business principles for ministry vision. She worked for Deloitte Consulting in their Strategy & Operations group and most recently, for Williams, as a project manager and risk manager. Deborah has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems along with the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from the Project Management Institute. She’s the author of The Volunteer Management Toolkit (Church Edition) and you can find her articles on sites such as Pastors.com, XPastor.org, WorshipFacilities.com, and via The Church Network.
Contact Deborah Ike: deborah@velocityministrymanagement.com ·  View More by Deborah Ike


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