Better Connecting Through Technology

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Are you making it as easy as you can for unconnected people to connect with a group?  Have you removed every unnecessary obstacle?  Are you taking advantage of advances in plug and play matchmaking?  Or are you spending valuable time and energy on things that could be automated…while opportunities that only you can do are left undone?  That is the underlying issue here, you know.  Since your time is limited, the things you (or your assistant) do that could be automated are done at the expense of other opportunities.

So what’s out there that you could take advantage of?  Here’s an incomplete list from the rapidly developing group related tech landscape:

ChurchTeams: One of the few applications that offer a “search for a group” tool.  Also integrates nicely with a number of church management systems and provides one of the best reporting functions.

GroupInteractive: a powerful tool for your organization to create an online community. Perfect for small groups, GI is easy to set-up and use. The system can be added to your existing website or as a stand-alone.  GI is another tool that provides search.

Unifyer: a very interesting tool that provides an interesting communication advance.  Rather than waiting for next Sunday’s bulletin or for your main website to update, Unifyer allows small groups or individual ministries to build subscribers and then publish updates to communicate more effectively with participants.

LiveKite: Think facebook and you’re close.  LiveKite provides a free service (ad supported) that allows each of your groups to develop their own webpage, post pictures and upcoming meeting info, and update their members easily.

MemberHub: provides a single place where organizations can connect with their members. As a individual you can connect with all the groups that you’re affiliated with through online “hubs” and as an organization you can use MemberHub to connect with your members and manage the various groups that they are affiliated with. offers an easy-to-use blogging platform that can provide a great communication tool for your group system.  A simple link from your church home page to the blog allows you to easily update information without waiting for your webmaster. another easy-to-use blogging platform.  I started with Typepad but now prefer WordPress.  Both offer advantages over Google’s  Although Blogger is a free service, there are some limitations that make a little expense worthwhile.

Are there other applications that you’re using or know about?  Take a minute and add others in the comment section below.  Thanks!

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  1. Marilyn on June 17, 2009 at 9:17 am

    GI is easy to learn, easy to teach and a great way to communicate with groups. I’ve used it for nearly two years. The company is super to work with.

  2. Mark Howell on June 17, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Thanks Marilyn! Good to know!


  3. Gerry True on June 18, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Groups Interactive has provided a powerful tool for small groups to communicate outside the four walls of the church. We have used it for nearly three years and have seen its usefulness grow with more than 800 members enjoying the benefits. I am a minister serving in the area of technology and communication – this is the best solution we have found- Great to see it on your list Mark!

  4. Reid Smith on June 20, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Awesome. GI & Unifyer look very interesting: Users customizing communication feeds, etc.
    Here’s another for consideration:
    Groups create their own webpages that can be featured by the admin on the church’s homepage.
    Great options are multiplying out there for small group ministries…

  5. Mark Howell on June 20, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks Reid! I’ll check it out!

  6. Mark Howell on June 20, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks for jumping in Gerry! It does look really good.

  7. Pr Sam Neves on July 2, 2009 at 4:27 am

    Hi all,

    Regarding church technology I have to come in here and say that I have never seen anything quite like CCB (Church Community Builder). I have installed it in various churches and organisations that I have been involved in and it really is amazing.

    My current church is growing so fast we would have no way to co-ordinate this without something so powerful as CCB. Seriously, you’ve got to try it!!!

    And as you are at is, check out my church to:



  8. Mark Howell on July 2, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Thanks for the recommendation Sam!