CiviCRM a try

I’ll be a bit quiet for a few days — busy time at Day Job, Thanksgiving, plus much of what I’m doing is behind the scenes. Planning and preparation. (Be sure to follow me at Twitter at 2udc; anything short and timely will come out there.)

I want to start off right, so I think I should keep good records and use constituent relation manager (CRM) software from the start. (If you use Salesforce at work, you know what I mean, but I don’t have that kind of money or established infrastructure.)

The days of “fill out this card” — I hope — are over. I’m trying out CiviCRM, on Drupal content management — not Joomla; it doesn’t have the user controls I need — at Absolutely no content or styling yet, nor am I ready to accept well-wishers’ or inquirers’ info, but I offer it at the early stage as a possibly appropriate first step for other church starts. (I’ll also be reviewing what other religious organizations do with CiviCRM and Drupal.)

He’re the guide I’d use to train people on CiviCRM, if you want to learn more. If you can install your own WordPress, you can do this. And pointers to people who are already doing this appreciated.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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