Community Management System

For the LUTHERAN Church, by FRESH BREAD MINISTRIES

The system is working without any known issues.

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Who can use it?

Anyone who is part of the Lutheran family of Churches

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Security

Secured by 256-bit SSL encryption
Servers are housed in an N+1 Compliant Data Center
Daily backups and firewalls in place
World class secure login system

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Compatibility

Compatible with all devices and operating systems.
Uses your device's internet browser.

Features

The MyELCRN is a Church Management System with a secure database and communication portal for various congregations. It is produced and maintained by ‘MyCHurchIT’ in partnership with Fresh Bread Ministries (NPC 2015/508839/08), and provides a recordkeeping system for churches and organisations and, through its communication portal, seeks to facilitate communication among the world Methodist people.
The Church Management System is created to serve all denominations and congregations and has been an exciting ecumenical project.

Personal Portal

For individual members and congregants of a church
Features:
• View and update your personal details • Add your partner and children
• View and update your children’s details
• View the roles you hold at your parish
• Access your church directory and view your church’s details
• Monitor your giving to the church (under construction)
• Store your bank details for reimbursements from your church
• Advertise your business (under construction)
• Advertise job opportunities (under construction)
• Advertise yourself for employment (under construction)
• Register for events and monitor your booking

Local Church Portal

For local churches
Features:
• Maintain a congregational roll
• See an overview of your member’s demographics
• Add and update church members’ details
• Assign members to small groups, pastoral areas, congregations or other groups in your church (under construction)
• View list of members by their suburbs
• Record church service attendance and giving (under construction)
• View upcoming birthdays (sixty days in advance)
• Retrieve members’ usernames and on the member’s request
• Add baptism, dedication and confirmation records
• Update and maintain list of church staff
• Update and maintain church’s contact details and service times
• E-mail church members
• Send PUSH word messages for laptops, smart phones and tablets.

Synod Portal

For the use by the National Committee and Synod within the denomination
Features:
• See an overview of the Region’s demographics
• Easily search for churches or members in your Region
• Update and maintain list of Regionally created Groups
• Update and maintain list of clergy and lay-leaders in the Region
• Update and maintain list of Region’s staff
• E-mail church members
• Send PUSH word messages for laptops, smart phones and tablets.

Organisation Portal

For organisations, such as guilds, retired clergy and widows, institutions
Features:
• See an overview of the organisation’s demographics
• Manage list of members
• View upcoming birthdays of members (sixty days in advance)
• Securely record members’ bank details for online payment
• E-mail members
• Send PUSH word messages for laptops, smart phones and tablets.

Events Portal

For event management
Features:
• See an overview of your event
• Use as registration for the event
• Securely track and monitor payments for the event
• Track the financial progression of your event

The MyELCRN Story

This project carries the blessing and support of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Republic of Namibia.  We are grateful that God called together a group of people who wish to serve churches with tools that encourage effective ministry in the name of Christ. This would be for the benefit of the Body of Christ, who in turn would serve the world that God loves and to whom God sends us. The team from the ELCRN responded in 2017 to God’s call to assist Churches to share the good news and mission of Jesus with innovation and formed a partnership in mission with Rev Christopher Harrison, who had formed Fresh Bread Ministries for this purpose.

This led to the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement by our Bishop on behalf of the ELCRN with FBM in June 2018, for us to use the MyChurch Management System as a missional tool. A task team was immediately set up, under Pastor Wilfred’s auspices to manage the process. Christopher had already a Memorandum of Agreement from 2015 with ‘MyChurchIT’ which was formed by the Anglican Church of Southern Africa with the vision to see vibrant churches clearly growing spiritually, numerically and holistically, through a network of like-hearted people. The visionaries behind the MyChurch system were Michael Kunz and Bishop Martin Breytenbach pictured here with Christopher. God led them to form the MyChurchIT as a NPC in 2012, which started with websites, but soon evolved when there was discerned that the Churches in Southern Africa and Africa needed a well-maintained database system. The idea of an on-line system was turned into reality for Denominations throughout the world. The system was then completely rewritten in 2016 with the wider forms of church and church related organisations in mind, and to call it ‘MyChurch’. As God guides us and as we work with God’s churches we refine and evolve the system to serve for God’s gloried, and so Christ’s Church will be more effectively missional in making disciples. This has included other denominations and other independent and networks of churches.

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