London City Mission is a busy ministry working with churches in the capital. IT Manager Derek Camfield told us that ChurchInsight moved the focus of their administration from paper to the Internet.
"Visitors have vastly more information at their finger tips before they contact LCM." London City Mission.
London City Mission exists to share with the people of London, patiently, sensitively and individually, the transforming love of God in Jesus Christ, and to enable them to join his Church.
We do this in many ways: for example church-directed outreach, community outreach centres and cafes, workplace chaplaincies, schools work, ministry to the marginalised (for example to homeless people) compassion ministries (for example to care homes), ministry to ethnic and social minority groups.
I was surprised that a Christian organisation had such a leading-edge product which seemed to be ideally suited to our requirements, when I came across ChurchInsight a few years ago in a circular letter from the Managing Director of STL.
I am responsible for all the IT and also the web site. The only way I can do this is with a stable, easy to use content management system. Where possible I can also delegate some of the updating to others in the organisation.
The features that we use the most are creating new groups, creating and updating web pages, and uploading media.
ChurchInsight is very easily configurable, with many tools to speed up work, excellent security, the search facility is amazing, and triple A compliance with disability requirements is a great feature.
The focus has shifted from paper based documents and publicity to web based materials. And it has made our communication with our supporters more immediate and up-to-date. By also using the site as an extranet we are relying on it to greatly assist our emergency plan.
Our staff use the web site as a central resource of information. Members have access to a range of facilities which contribute to a much greater sense of community. Visitors have vastly more information at their finger tips before they contact London City Mission.
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