Chestnut Mountain Church
Chestnut Mountain Church is a congregation of 600 in Flowery Branch, Georgia. They needed an integrated system that would streamline communication with the church community, simplify giving and event registration, and help the staff quickly get key information when they needed it.
Chestnut Mountain Church chose Elexio to integrate these processes through the ChMS database, website, check-in system, and mobile app.
They now have mobile and online giving options available that automatically update their database, saving time for the staff. Just these new tools bring in over $40,000 a month. The church community can also register and pay for events through the mobile app or online portal, and managing those events from the database is simple for volunteers and staff. They’ve been able to eliminate paper attendance sheets as people check into classes at kiosks and small group leaders track attendance online. This information makes it easy for the staff to know who’s involved and growing. They can then use communication tools through the website CMS and ChMS database to engage the church community and encourage them to use these great tools at their fingertips. Staff and volunteers no longer spend hours each week entering contribution and attendance records, creating bulletins, and managing events.
“Now that we have switched our website to [Elexio], communication and relevant content is always online. We’ve eliminated our weekend bulletin and only have sermon notes now. We communicate through the [check-in] screen savers and website. The communication level at the church is the highest it’s ever been. We have a better handle on who is actively attending than any church I know. A customized app is now being developed for us. I can’t wait to be able to present that to the church. It’s going to take us to another level. Electronic giving is a huge area of help. We have many [online] users that set up recurring giving. All of that merges with [the database] so we don’t have to sit and enter. Huge time saver!”
-Tim Tipton, Pastor of Administration & Facilities at Chestnut Mountain Church
Community Fellowship Church
Community Fellowship Church is an established church of 600 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They were looking for an easier way for their church community to give when it was convenient for them.
Community Fellowship Church stopped passing around the offering plate each week in favor of integrated online and mobile giving options through Elexio.
They now receive an average of 64% of their giving online, and some weeks it’s as high as 85%. Even during the transition, the church never saw a drop in contributions. While giving typically decreases in the summer for churches, their giving actually increased from the spring—and it continues to grow. The church community has simple, convenient options for making contributions to the church, and the staff has a reduced workload. These tools continue to be successful because church leadership stays up-to-date with the technology and regularly communicates with the church community about these giving options.
“Our giving has continued to grow as the church has, but the online giving has stabilized our week to week giving. We got people on board with these giving options simply by getting the word out and talking about it. We recognized that if we weren’t behind this, then adoption would be lack-luster. As a result, donors have responded and embraced these new tools, giving more consistently and sacrificially.”
-David Dixon, Administrative Pastor at Community Fellowship Church