Not only have we changed the name of Query Bits to Status Flags, we have also added some really, really nice features relating to these Status Flags. Some of the heavy lifting is behind the scenes and your System Admin will want to check that out and turn on the appropriate settings.
Here is what you will be interested in:
- Activity status – This displays on people records and automatically updates nightly based on your church’s definition of each status.
- Drop down menu on People Search – You can now search for Status Flags on the People Search page – and then Convert to Search Builder.
- Search Builder Condition – This allows you to select from a drop down, one or more of the special Status Flag Saved Searches that are used to set the Status Flags, thereby finding people who fit any or several of these statuses.
Some churches have been using the church Member Status to flag people based on their activity – such as Active Member, Visiting Attender, etc. This means that they have to manually keep track of when these change.
We prefer to keep the Member Status simple. In other words, a person is either a Pending Member, a Previous Member, a Member, or is not a Member. These do not require upkeep once you record their membership decision and any membership requirements, such as Baptism or New Member Class.
There is a lot I could say about Status Flags, but a blog is designed to be short and to the point. So, here’s the point – you will want to read about Status Flags and take full advantage of them at your church. Trust me, you will be glad you did!
Click HERE to read more.
REMEMBER, UNTIL YOUR SYSTEM ADMIN CHANGES THE SETTINGS IN YOUR DATABASE, THESE FEATURES WILL NOT BE VISIBLE TO USERS!