Tag Archives: Fellowship One

iPad Check-In

Posted on 27. Aug, 2012 by .

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Two years ago, we experimented with using iPad for check-in. It worked well, but  it didn’t seem like it’s something that would work every week. Fellowship One, the software we use for check-in, doesn’t have a mobile app, so to make it work on an iPad requires being creative. Two years ago, we used a remote desktop client that essentially allowed the iPad to take control of a check-in station. Having the iPad didn’t “add” a check-in station, but essentially replaced one.

This is the time of the year when our crowds get pretty crazy, so we decided to beef up our check-in. We placed two new check-in stations that we hadn’t started using yet and put them in a central location in our lobby.… Read the rest

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Systems, Processes and the great F1 outage of 2011

Posted on 31. Jul, 2011 by .

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So, if you use Fellowship One, you know that there were significant issues with Check In today. Even if you don’t use F1, you might have seen the traffic on twitter about the issues. I know that for some churches, the slow-down was crippling. Most of the morning, I was watching the twitter stream and saw all kinds of tweets. Most were encouraging, some were certainly frustrated. I thought that it was interesting that today happened the way that it did because I’m in the process of finalizing my outline for a workshop I’m leading at the Kidmin Conference in Chicago and the subject of the workshop ties into what happened today.

Here at Gateway, check in was as fast as it always is… maybe even faster.… Read the rest

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Fellowship One joins Active Network

Posted on 08. Feb, 2011 by .

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If you follow my blog, you’ve heard me sing the praises of F1 on more than one occasion. I’ve used other products and let’s just say I’m immensely happy with Fellowship One (that’s me being very kind, Ha!). Well, good news for the company. This morning it was announced that F1 joined active network. Here’s the press release.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know entirely what that means. However, it seems to be a very big win for Fellowship One as well as all the clients. Fellowship One is the premier Church Management Software (more than 1700 client churches representing 36% of the largest churches in America), yet there are more than 300,000 churches in the US. It’s a huge market and that’s why Active Network was so interested in F1.… Read the rest

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Visiting Fellowship Tech

Posted on 07. Dec, 2010 by .

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Last week I got a chance to go up to the Fellowship Technologies offices. You don’t have to read this blog for very long to know that I’m a big fan of F1. Selfishly, I wanted to see the offices and get a look at their operation. However, I did want to say thank you for all the ministry help by taking some F1 people out to lunch.

Wow! I’m not sure I had any real expectations. In reality, the whole visit was very last minute. I was shooting emails and tweets to anyone I knew at Fellowship Tech the day before I would be there. However, the experience was off the charts. It was an incredible time for sure! Seeing their operation was pretty amazing and I’m so impressed by what their doing.… Read the rest

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All-In-One check in touch screen computers

Posted on 19. Oct, 2010 by .

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Last week I posted about these $350 All-In-One check in computers that were selling on Amazon. What a great price. All you need to do is plug in a printer and a scanner and you’re ready to go.

So, I ordered two and got them in today. I spent a few hours this afternoon getting acquainted. It is a pretty low-powered machine, but I think it’s going to work fine for check-in. I’m excited to get them installed. I just checked and Amazon seems to still have 4 or 5 left, so I’d take advantage of it if you can. If they still have any by next week, I might even buy another one. :)

So, my friend Rob from Keller, TX bought one too and he saved me a bunch of time telling me how to calibrate for Fellowship one Check in as well as where to get a mounting plate (I’m hanging these suckers on the wall).… Read the rest

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Have you used pre-designed thermal labels?

Posted on 13. Oct, 2010 by .

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Just a quick question for you. Have you ever used pre-printed color labels for computer check-in?

I’m not talking about solid color labels you can get instead of white, but maybe a white label with our ministry label already printed on it in full color? I don’t think I’d be able to use it in our Children’s Ministry since we print both name tags as well as security tags. However, our guest services team is thinking about using Fellowship One to print name tags for their volunteers and they’s really prefer not to use a generic solid color tag, especially white. Has anyone else done this with the thermal labels?

One way I’m thinking about doing this is kind of a hack.… Read the rest

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Killer deal on touch screen all-in-computers

Posted on 12. Oct, 2010 by .

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I just bought two Asus all-in-one touch screen computers for my check-in. You can hang them in a wall as it’s the CPU and screen all built in one.

How much did I pay you may ask?

$350

That’s right. I’ve never seen a deal like this.

It’s not a commercial grade computer, but I expect to get a few years our of them. Amazon stock is low, so get them before they’re gone!

You can get a little faster one for $200 more here.… Read the rest

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Is fingerprint check in weird and creepy?

Posted on 12. Oct, 2010 by .

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So, I need your help. I’ve been using Fellowship One for many years now and based on the equipment we have we’ve been doing assisted check in. Essentially, that requires a volunteer to man the computer and check families in. However, I want to move toward self check in because it’s much faster. With Fellowship One, one of the best ways to do self check-in is using bar codes. However, I was talking to a manufacturing sales rep and he was suggesting that I look into fingerprint scanning as an alternative to bar codes. In the long run, it’s easier and faster. It’s not security based or anything like that, it’s just a speed thing and convenience thing (people forget to bring their key fobs, but they usually bring their fingers).… Read the rest

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How much do you pay for labels?

Posted on 08. Oct, 2010 by .

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I’ve got a question for you.

How much do you pay for labels for check-in?

Why do I ask?

Well, I know that a lot of you out there are feeling the tight restraint of budget cuts. I don’t care how big your budget is, anyone would love to save a couple of hundred bucks for their ministry, right? Several years ago I moved into a new postion. The budget was a mess as it was one big pot and most expenses were coming out of that. When it was time to budget for the next year I was having to investigate what expenses were being lumped into this pot. I was trying to find all the things we spent money on and work that into the budget.… Read the rest

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Creative way to get touch screens without buying touch screens

Posted on 31. Aug, 2010 by .

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So I’m excited about this little piece of technology. We currently use Fellowship One for check-in, but we’re only using it as assisted check-in. I want to move toward self check-in stations, but I only have one touch screen. I know that you don’t have to use touch screens, but let’s face it, it’s a better experience. I know that there may be others in a similar situation. You have a lot of monitors already, but you want to move to touch screens. Touch screens cost $500 each (let me know if you know of a better deal) and that’s cost prohibitive for most ministry budgets.

Then I came across Magic Touch, a little device that turns any monitor into a touch screen.… Read the rest

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