One of the most frequent questions I’ve received from churches about Elvanto is this:
“How do I store the details of people who aren’t members of the church?”
It’s a good question, because storing these details is a good idea – especially for the purpose of remembering and praying for these people.
It’s a common question, because the cost of Elvanto is based on the number of adults stored in the system. For churches where the budget is tight (i.e. most churches), this can be a discouragement to store details of people who are connected to the church, but aren’t yet members.
So today I was pleased to read this good news from Elvanto:
“Contacts were established out of the need for Churches to be able to manage and perform functions on people who weren’t necessarily members of the church. Now you can do things like add people to groups and people flows without them being active in the system. Contacts allows for people to be stored on the database for community outreach purposes, but distinguishes them from being members or active people in the database. They are stored in the system at no charge.”