Communications, Social Media & Technology

Internet and App Safety – Jonathan Smith (Session B)

Learn to use technology to manage technology.  How do we teach responsibility and provide accountability through technology?  Join us for a discussion of what tools are available and how to use them to do more than just spy on your kids.


Office 365 in The Cloud – Jonathan Smith (Session C)

Learn how Office 365 can meet all your file storage needs for both private and shared drives.  Get virtually unlimited storage space, secured in The Cloud and accessible from anywhere.  Never buy a storage area network (SAN) again and provide greater remote access than ever before.  Works for MAC, Windows and mobile devices, can use Active Directory permissions, includes tools such as Teams, Sway and Whiteboard, and much of it is free!


The Cloud:  Open Q&A – Nick Nicholaou (Session A)

Everyone’s talking about The Cloud.  They say your church is in The Cloud, but what does that mean exactly?  We’ll answer your questions about what The Cloud is, how it works, the pros and cons, and what it really costs.  Bring your questions—we have answers!


IT Game Plans for Successful Ministry – Nick Nicholaou (Session B)

Church IT teams and those responsible for leading them receive lots of feedback about how to accomplish their tasks.  Some input is credible and can work—some is not.  We’ll objectively discuss ideas that will actually help in areas such as decision making, policy setting, volunteers, insourcing and outsourcing, retaining IT staff, Windows vs. macOS, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), WiFi and the security sweet spot.


Avoiding Data Theft and Identity Fraud – Nick Nicholaou (Session C)

Every year more people have money stolen or—even worse—have their identity stolen.  Surprisingly, the most vulnerable are those aged 20-59.  In 2016, the FBI received nearly 300,000 complaints of cybercrime.  The total loss in the U.S. was over 1.3 billion dollars!  You will learn some of the most common fraud tactics, what latest trends indicate, and how to protect yourself and your family, church and congregation.


Managing and Empowering Staff to Work Remotely – Panel facilitated by Nick Nicholaou (Session D)

Church teams are an increasingly mobile workforce.  How do you manage a workforce that often doesn’t work onsite?  What are the benefits to the church?  What technologies work best?  What HR and legal issues exist?  Bring your questions!


Microsoft Teams:  The Central Hub of Office 365 Collaboration and Communication – Chris Green (Session B)

Microsoft Teams is a communications platform enabling workgroups to collaborate more efficiently.  It operates as a hub for your workgroup, offering file storage, instant messaging, discussion and real-time collaboration on documents.  Churches with multiple campuses or remote workers can take advantage of quick and simple video conferencing, included with most Office 365 subscriptions.  Some churches are using Teams to replace their phone system.  Come learn about this exciting new tool!


Leadership Training:  Now Streaming! – Tommy Smith & Son Vuong (Session A, C)

Are you ready to bring your leadership training into the 21st century?  As leaders, we want to help our teams improve, but finding engaging material can be challenging.  Attendees will gain a greater awareness of their leadership style and how it affects their teams, a better understanding of the importance of how leadership affects healthy communication, and practical tools to utilize technology for better communication and to reinforce their church’s vision.


MS Excel:  Tips and Tricks – Glenn Wood (Session B)

Learn to save time and work more efficiently by using new Excel skills and techniques.  Attendees will walk away with a detailed handout, practical applications, and new functions and tricks to amaze their boss and fellow staff members.  Bring your questions and try to stump the Excel guru!


Church Software:  Should I Stay or Should I Go? – Glenn Wood (Session C)

If you ask most church leaders, there is at least one software program they don’t like and want to change.  Sometimes changing software isn’t the correct answer.  We’ll explore when is the right time to change, how to select the best option, ways to implement new software, and how to get your staff on board with the change.


ShelbyNext Financials:  Ad Hoc Reporting and Pivot Tables – Alfred Johnson (Session A, B, C)

During this presentation, you will learn how to pull data from ShelbyNext Membership and ShelbyNext Financials.  You will also learn how to use data to create Pivot Table reports along with an accompanying graphical chart.


The Importance of Having a Totally Integrated Solution – Jim Weaver (Session A)

We are surrounded by data, but does it provide an integrated view of each person’s involvement across the ministries of our church?  Most churches are plagued with silos of fragmented data.  We’ll explore best practices among churches that have turned their data into meaningful ministry information.  Discover the practical steps to empower your church with instant access to a 360⁰ view of each person’s involvement.


Assimilation:  Going from Guest to Disciple – Jim Weaver (Session B, D)

How does someone go from first-time guest to fully engaged?  Learn how to define your assimilation process and use FellowshipOne to manage each step in the process.  In this session, we will explore ways to clarify the Guest-to-Disciple process, map unique milestones, and gauge progress.  Finally, we’ll apply this learning to a real-world situation to see how this process works and what it can teach us.


How to Improve Your Online Giving – Kacie Frazier (Session A, B, D)

This workshop will cover not being afraid to talk about giving, online giving software, effective ways to communicate why people should give, how texting affects giving, the importance of follow-up to future generosity, having a plan for legacy givers, creating a communication calendar, millennial givers and engagement techniques, plus time for Q&A.


Data Privacy and Cybersecurity in the Church – Chris Dolan (Session A, B)

Data leaks, hacks and phishing—oh my!  Housing sensitive data electronically has created a minefield of potential for people with bad intentions.  Many churches are vulnerable and don’t realize it.  Fortunately, best practices exist to keep data safe, if staff members are taught to recognize and combat attacks.  Learn why churches are particularly vulnerable to hackers, methods used to access your data, and how to create a culture of security among your team.