In recent weeks we have deployed a total remake of the Parishioner’s module for churches. This new enhancement will give users a more mobile-friendly application that runs better on mobile devices like Android phones and the iPhone. The original parishioners module, created over a decade ago — long before even the first iPhone, had screen sizing limitations. The new enhancement constitutes months of development so our client’s needs are met with the ever-changing technology. Time flies, especially in the computer world. 🙂 You can try a free trial to see the new interface.
Let’s take a look at what the parishioner module used to look like in this screen shot.
Now let’s look at several screen shots of the new interface. For less confusion, we have split this into two sections. Part I is the desktop section and its screen shots; and part II is the actual mobile phone screen shots. We will start with the desktop section of the interface, then move to the mobile section in part II.
Part I (Desktop Section). When you first log in you will see the following screen. Let’s take a walk through the options.
The yellow outline box and bubble shows the menus that can be selected and is currently set to the “Home” menu. The other selections are contributions (Fig. 2), church directory (Fig. 3), and settings.
On the “Home” menu, as seen above in Fig. 1, the family can view the household information and individual information. If the family clicks on the “Individual Information” link, noted by the green bubble, they can view and edit individual church member information. The church must give them read write access for the family. Read access will only allow them to view the family’s data.
When the word edit appears, as noted by the purple bubble, the family can click on it and edit certain fields of their record. They however can’t edit their contributions or other people’s information in the church directory. This edit option happens at the household and individual records and is updated immediately on the system for the church and its staff. Keep in mind there are two reports to show the last time a family logged in and what changes were made, which are found under People-> Households-> Household Reports. Look for the reports that have ‘Parishioner’ in the report name.
The setting menu allows them to change their family password and has three fields for the current password, new password, and confirmation of the new password. The church should create a policy for their passwords so families do not choose easy to guess passwords.
Fig. 2 above is what the screen looks like for the contribution menu selection. The yellow box highlights the ability to do a sort on any of the column headings.
Fig. 3 above shows an example of the included church directory that church members can have at their fingertips when using IconCMO. When a mobile device is used the church directory goes from a two column to a one column directory, making navigation easier for mobile users. This will be seen in the up coming screen shots.
Part II (Mobile Section). Let’s turn our focus to what the mobile parishioner’s solution will look like when viewing from a much smaller screen – like an Android phone. Below you will see two screen shots showing this — Fig. 4 and 5. These were taken from an actual phone and depict the same information as above, but on a smaller screen that typically has less room for navigation and displayable data.
Above in Fig. 4 you see the screen shot of the actual navigation menu (illustrated by the black bubble) on a mobile device by using the square with lines in the upper right hand corner. Otherwise the navigation menu disappears so the user can see the data for their family, like the following screen shot — Fig. 5.
As you can see in Fig.5 by the black bubble, the menus (Family Information and Individual Information) have moved under each other instead of side by side as was in the Fig. 1 illustration on a desktop screen.
We are taking suggestions for this new streamlined interface from users. Please submit them either at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the support forum found on the IconCMO system.
Note: The classical view is still available by clicking the link at the bottom that say “Switch to Classical Interface”.