Now first contact needn’t be the last

Dave HallByDave Hall

Now first contact needn’t be the last

First contact with families approaching churches for a wedding, baptism or funeral need not be the last – thanks to new online software that helps develop lasting relationships with parishioners.

The Life Events Diary is a free tool for Anglican churches, making it easier for them to follow the latest data-protection laws and keep information in one, safe place. It also includes tools to help with pastoral care, offering timely reminders of anniversaries and helping administrators stay in touch with occasional visitors.

Developed by the Church of England in conjunction with iKnow Church (Church Edit), it has already become an essential part of ministry for many churches with lots of positive feedback. The C of E’s Tom Pearson will speak on the subject at CRE National 2019 (3pm, Wed 16 Oct).

‘Visitors will get an insight into the many opportunities Church of England churches have to build relationships with those who come to them for their services,’ said Tom. ‘And they’ll walk away with a clear understanding of how engagement, relationship and follow up is so important.’

• Life Events are on stand S95 and iKnow Church are on stand S94 at CRE National 2019

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