As a church, one of your main priorities is reaching out to your community. Of course, planning events and services is not an easy task, especially for many different church groups.This blog post will focus on helping you choose the right online booking software and the specific tools to look for, to make your efforts effective and efficient.
Facilitate Event Planning
Planning community events are high on your list of things to do. Throughout the year, there are numerous holiday celebrations, services, and other get-togethers that need to be arranged. Having a good online booking software will allow your churchgoers to sign up for your organized events directly on your website. This will help you know exactly how many people signed up in order to make the necessary arrangements, like seating, food, and beverages, etc. This way, you reduce your chances of overestimating or underestimating the number of attendees and the amount of money and time that needs to go into preparations.
Keep Track of your Attendees
A good booking software will send out reminders to your attendees on the day of the event. This will reduce the number of no-shows. The system can either send text messages or emails, depending on how you configure your settings. A good booking software should also notify you in case of any cancellations. Keeping track of your attendees is just as important as planning the event itself. Make sure you look for the above-mentioned features when considering online booking software.
Look for a software that will also provide you with reports. These could be daily reports, and even monthly reports. Monthly reports will capture information, like how many people attended events this month, how many cancellations, etc. In terms of planning, these reports can give you a lot of insight as to what you can do better, or differently in the future.
Receive Payments/Donations Online
The ability to pay online is something many people appreciate. Your online booking software should allow you to receive payments or donations through online means. Of course, when choosing a booking system with such a feature, you have to make sure that it is highly secure and reliable. A booking tool with an online payment feature will help you maintain your finances in an organized manner. However, an online payment feature usually doesn’t come at a free price. Don’t let this scare you, because you can find one that is reasonably priced, and at the end of the day, it is a very good investment for you that will prove to be useful.
To summarize, there are various tools you should look for when searching for the perfect online booking software. Make sure your chosen software allows your churchgoers to easily sign up for the events you are organizing. Your churchgoers will highly appreciate a system that sends them reminders of upcoming events, as well as the opportunity to donate money online. Daily and monthly reports will give you a good summary of how you’re doing in terms of attendance and performance, so make sure to look for such a tool as well.