Church Web Tools

My Take on Formstack

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For the past few months I have worked diligently to find the best form/registration system out there and feel confident in saying that I found it in Formstack.  To this point it does everything that we had hoped it would do along with including many features that are beneficial that we didn't even realize we wanted.  Here are some of the primary reasons that we love Formstack:

  • Simplicity- it's easy for our staff to setup and manage date, but even easier for the end user!
  • Complexity- it can be simple, but can also manage very complex forms and data as well.
  • Integration- being able to export data seamlessly through Google Docs, Constant Contact, and others as well as the payment processing with PayPal is incredible (worth upgrading to PayPal Pro).
  • Innovation- in the few weeks we have been using Formstack we have already seen it improve and they make visible their future improvement plans

While I do really like the platform, there is one thing that I does disappoint me: no phone support (at least not that I can find).  Honestly, their forums are fantastic and answered all of our questions, but I like knowing that I can have someone on the phone within minutes if I need help with any issue.

I would love to know what you're using and what your experience has been!  If you're using Formstack I would love to hear how you're using it and any tips/tricks you might be able to share.

Introducing Church Web Tools

Screen shot 2012-08-04 at 6.12.59 PM A couple months ago at CBC Online we were looking for a simple LifeGroup Finder for our LifeGroups Online and could not find an affordable solution that would work for us.  I went through the popular solutions out there and they honestly did too much and definitely costed too much.  We needed a simple solution and Church Web Tools proved to be the perfect fit.

I randomly came across Church Web Tools through a Google search and when testing it quickly became a fan.  It's a simple, very affordable, and fairly flexible solution.  The finder is easily embedded as a Facebook App or can also easily be added to your site as a Shadowbox pop out.  One feature that we are not able to use that is very cool is the map functionality so that people can find a physical group near their home.

Since adding the LifeGroup App to CBC Online, I'm looking to add the Prayer Request module next.  It's actually their featured Application, but we wanted to try out the LifeGroup Finder first.

If you're looking for a solution for either a LifeGroup finder or Prayer Request module, I highly recommend you checking out Church Web Tools.  The guys are fantastic to work with and you won't be disappointed with their product.

Heart Your Church Interview

I was honored to be interviewed by Jason Stambaugh of Heart Your Church.  Jason is a serial entrepreneur and a visionary when it comes to Social Media and the Church.  I hope you will take a few minutes to watch this interview and then jump over to see the full article here.