The team’s characteristics are an important consideration to ensure that the software will work for the entire church operation. Additionally, the team needs to come to a consensus on one church software solution that they all feel will do the job and that the church board will approve. While this sounds easy, it’s anything but easy.
There are certain characteristics to look for, like strong bonds, conflict resolution, and problem solving characteristics to name a few, when considering who should be on the team. Church politics and past personal feelings need to be checked at the door, so that the team can make a decision that increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire church and not a few selected areas. Along with this there are certain technical skills that should be represented. For example, a CPA for church fund accounting is essential to ensure everything is in compliance. An IT (Information Technology) person is important to understand and explain various different technologies to the team as a whole and what additional cost there will be above the software (e.g. possible server installation). One or more pastors can explain the current ministry difficulties and how best to solve them, and a representative for the donation and church member data entry can offer insight into the day-to-day operations.