Leading your church or organization into adopting a new technology, no matter how awesome it is, can be daunting. If you are like many, you are probably concerned about making a wise choice that will reflect well on you, your leadership, and your church/organization.
We understand and want to guide you to the best solution, even if it is not ServiceReef (seriously!). Our heart has always been to help guide organizations to increased Kingdom impact. There are a few tools out there created by folks with good hearts and intentions. Deciphering which is best for you can be a challenge. Here are a few key questions to be asking as you evaluate any new technology. Please note: Since this is a pretty intensive topic, you can also check out our guide for Choosing a Technology (coming in Fall 2019) which will help walk you through how to evaluate options in more detail.
Before you get too far in the decision process, make sure you have a good understanding of your internal teams and who might be impacted by new software.Based on their role, their questions will differ, but understanding their perspective on the process now will help streamline adoption later.Make sure you present the current problem you are looking to solve along with any benefits of a “change” with each stakeholder.That allows them to understand the gains you are looking to accomplish and help them feel a part of the solution that you choose.
Here are a couple of quick examples…
You might be familiar with the phrase “Penny wise, Pound foolish.” This English expression first appeared in a 1621 book by Robert Burton. It still rings true nearly 200 years later. When considering the cost of a missions platform, the key indicators often come down to the actual dollars that will be spent. While a part of the decision process, caution your key stakeholders that this isn’t the only cost to consider. Here are some questions to guide you to a fuller evaluation…
One key consideration is the investment each company is making yearly to improve the process for participants and stay on top of key developments within the Missions industry.ServiceReef is committed to driving the industry forward and is continually adapting the platform to ensure success for its partner organizations (i.e. YOU!).Each year, we create 1 or 2 key modules as well has hundreds of small tweaks to help provide a stable and secure platform.As long as you have ideas (and we haven’t run into too many admins without ideas ), we will continue to provide as many efficiencies and tools to make you successful.
Since each organization is unique, it might be difficult at first to figure out which platform is best for your situation.In guiding hundreds of organizations, we have found that there are some key shared principles to consider… whether you are a mega-church, a small organization running one trip a year, or anything in between.Here are some stories around various functions within ServiceReef… take a look at how some of your colleagues have become heroes by using this platform.
Today’s mission participant expects technology to be easy and available whenever they have questions.By ensuring that they can apply, track forms, get meeting reminders, or immediately access their updated fundraising status, you reduce the questions participants have while empowering them to own their preparation process.ServiceReef originally built their platform with the participant in mind, ensuring a seamless experience regardless of the device being used.
Although we all know that the true impact of Kingdom work may not be known in the days or weeks (or years) following a missions trip, the platform you select should have ways to gather a collection of data points that help you measure the impact on both the lives in the field and the impact on those that participated.ServiceReef captures this impact through two key areas:
Although you are in the process of considering a technology platform, you should keep in mind that there are ways to engage outside of the platform itself. How else will this platform help guide people along their missional journey? ServiceReef engages people in several ways both within and outside of the ServiceReef.com site.Here are a couple of examples: