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January 2008 Letter from the Editor
By: Jill Pinheiro

If you're in charge of your church management software system, you know that it's a challenging job, making sure that your system is always meeting the specific needs of your church and evaluating the options available to you in this arena.

According to the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA), "The selection, installation and administration of your church's information management system are common tasks assigned to a church administrator. Keeping the information management systems current and able to meet the demands of both staff and members is an important asset."

With all of the various packages on the market today, selecting a package can be daunting, but it's a process that requires careful thought and planning.

"I recently spent time consulting with a large church in Texas struggling with purchasing a church management software product that fit," says CMS consultant Bart Hardison. "They had spent thousands of dollars on their current system, which they were not happy with, and recently spent even more thousands trying to develop a custom system. The time I spent with this church reinforced the idea of just how difficult it can be to choose a database solution for ministry."

According to Hardison, in order to choose a database that is best for your particular church, you have to have a plan.

"Whether your church is a small church with fewer than 100 members or a big church with more than 1,000 members, selecting a database is necessary," he says. "The right choice will bless your ministry in many ways."

Hardison outlines, in his article in this issue, how to go through the process of evaluating and selecting the best system for your church.

We've packed this issue with lots of other great information, to kick off the new year, covering topics such as buses and vans, office equipment, sports and recreation, and projection and presentation.

I'm always interested in hearing from you. You can reach me at jill@rpnmag.com.

God Bless,

Jill Pinheiro
Managing Editor

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