Open House Rehearsals – Open your church’s choir and orchestra rehearsals by providing regular opportunities for new people to jump in. Provide three annual Open House events to give new members a preview of new music coming up in Sunday services and special seasonal projects. Prepare a new music packet with a rehearsal CD along with service schedules, special project information and (of course) food & fellowship.
Choir, Orchestra & Worship Team Handbooks – Develop a handbook and directory for major worship service groups. Include leadership information, ministry practices & policies, care group information, calendars, directories and vision-casting. Make sure all new members get a copy when they join the team.
Invite Tickets – Use business-card or other size cards to resource church members’ inviting and sharing efforts. Create “ticket” cards for events with sowing or reaping evangelism potential. Promote each event as an “invite-your-friend” opportunity for believers purposefully building relationships with unchurched neighbors and friends.
iTickets – iTickets is a great ticketing resource for churches, concerts and events, with an iOS scanning app and a full suite of services.
Brushfire – Brushfire is a robust platform for online ticketing and registration for churches and ministries. The service is customizable, flexible and powerful with assigned seating, e-mail marketing and a branded event experience. Pricing starts at $1 plus 1% per ticket and includes the full Brushfire features slate. The mobile app allows for ticket scanning and has tools to manage individual seats and overall capacity.
Planning Center – Planning Center (PC) features applications to plan and program services with songs, media and other items. Use the “Services” application to keep your worship team informed and track timing before and during services. Schedule teams through email, texts or Facebook and let them accept or decline volunteer requests.
Transpose chord charts and mp3s and import information from SongSelect and PraiseCharts. Music can be provided to teams using PC’s media player or the Music Stand app for iPad & Android. Other applications include Music Stand, Projector, Registrations, Check Ins, Groups, Giving and Resources.
Mobile Apps – Many churches use mobile apps to increase engagement in a world filled with digital distractions. Shaping and enhancing the Sunday experience for guests and members is usually the driving force. A short list of custom app developers includes:
YouVersion – YouVersion.com and The Bible App are Bible engagement tools accessible via the web, mobile app, or other mobile device. A useful tool for churches is the “events” feature. Churches or organizations can create worship service sermon outlines or small group lessons and make them available via any mobile device.
YouVersion Events give you a way to interact with church services and other live events using your mobile device. You can follow along with message outlines and take notes, read related Bible verses and click through to the expanded passage. Other engagement tools include polls with live results, anonymous questions, giving and prayer requests.