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Churches using CiviCRM
« on: July 01, 2011, 09:13:44 am »
I've been doing a lot of searching online and haven't found anything.  Anyone out there a church using CiviCRM, if so would you share your experience?

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Re: Churches using CiviCRM
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2011, 10:19:10 am »
Hi Jegen
Yes - we're a UK church using Civicrm and I know of others too.  It may be easier to message you perhaps.
Lindsey

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Re: Churches using CiviCRM
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2011, 10:50:52 am »
Hi
Thought I'd post after all in case others are interested. We're a church in Bristol UK with around 1300 adults and hundreds of children.  We transitioned to Civi in June to integrate with our new Drupal 7 website www.woodlandschurch.net  We chose Civi after looking at a number of church-specific software options, most of which are pretty costly month by month and all have limitations of one sort or another... but you can't generally tweak those as they're off-the-shelf. 

We're enjoying the flexibility that Civi offers and the ability to customise it for our purposes, but this is heavily dependent on the fact that we have a very talented Drupal man who attends our church and is doing much of the work for us.  As far as church use goes, there are some things that Civi doesn't do intuitively that we're trying to work around or develop ourselves.  The hope is that we can develop some things which we can then put out there for other churches to use (who maybe don't have the tech skills or resources that we happen to have).  The main limitations we're currently working on include:

- recurring events (ie weekly children's groups, courses etc) and the ability to record and report on attendance easily over weeks/months.  I plan to blog about this soon as it seems to be a requirement many organisations have and it'd be good if we can take it forward, if there's support for it, in core Civi functionality.
- groups - we have over 100 small groups and we're aiming to have our small group leaders updating their membership but need to use Drupal Organic Groups as there is website functionality linked in with this which we need.  We're working on developing reporting for groups (the sort of thing that Civimember can do) so we can monitor growth and decline.  The ability to hierarchy groups within Civi is helpful as we have a hierarchy of congregation-mid size community-small group and Civi allows us to reflect that.

As well as Civi's core elements, we're using Civievent for online event registration, Civimail for mass mailings and Civireport.  In future we will probably use Civimember for core membership info, Civicase for our newcomers' process and Civicontribute.  Do message me if you want to ask more or arrange to chat.

Lindsey

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Re: Churches using CiviCRM
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2011, 12:29:17 pm »
Hi
I'm a Pastor of a church in Canada, about 550 inc children (www.lefc.ca), and we are currently using Civicrm. I used to work for Alpha Canada (sister org of Alpha uk & HTB) and used it extensively there.
At the church we are using civicrm to map our small groups, different ministries leaders, email outs, and pledge. Pledge has been huge for us as in April we launched a campaign to renovate our building and launch a new campus. We got the pledges we needed then inputed them into civicrm and I can record who has given against the pledge and do really helpful reports.

I'm the only person here that know a little about websites and stuff so I'm keeping it very lean. Our website is hosted by squarespace (check it out) which means I can give access to different staff and the can update the info very easily. But the bigest asset of squarespace is the ability to get the look and feel you want with no css experience.
I then run Drupal 6 and civicrm off Amazon ec2 server (so cheap!) and have a subdomain pointing to it.

I'm currently working on setting up another civicrm to manage our library assets. I want to run a separate database for the library because I'm going to be customizing it extensively and then I want to give it to the library to manage. Also they will have access to change user details which I don't want them touching our main db.

Anyways I'd love to help anyone who needs it (michael@lefc.ca) and possibly get some info on drupal 7. I've only upgraded within drupal 6 so I wonder how hard it would be to goto drupal 7. Also whats the advantages are?

Michael

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Re: Churches using CiviCRM
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2011, 12:48:35 pm »
The vast majority of my clients are synagogues and churches who use Drupal + CiviCRM to manage their congregations as well as power their website. Generally speaking, they use almost all modules in CiviCRM. 
 
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Re: Churches using CiviCRM
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2011, 01:58:27 am »
Hi,

We aren't a church but a Christian not-for-profit. I've posted about our use of CiviCRM before (search my posts) but I'm happy to take specific questions via DM

Ken