An Introduction to Tags

Tags are the foundation for organizing your people into groups, managing their needs, and tracking their attendance. A tag is like a label that you apply to a person, and you can create a tag for just about anything. For example, you might want to have a tag to indicate who is a leader, a greeter, a teacher, or who is in a particular Bible study group. You can quickly find names that have a specific tag, or use tags to track a group's attendance.

Think of tags as labels that you can apply to a person. You can create as many tags as you need, and a person can be assigned to any number of tags. Let's take a look at a real-world example.

Meet Molly. She has been going to your church for several years. She's an active member that regularly serves in the nursery and occasionally serves as a greeter too. She's the parent of a preschooler, and a stay-at-home mom. She loves cooking and loves singing and and is in a Bible study group (If only everyone were as involved as Molly, right?) Here's what Molly's tags might look like:

Tags

How does this information help you? For one, you can see a person's complete involvement in your church at a quick glance. You might even say that tags help you to know your people better! Tags enable you to see who is plugged in to your ministry, and identify people before they fall through the cracks. Tags also help you to identify how people are gifted and how they want to serve.

Let's suppose you have an event coming up and need people to help cook. A quick search of your database shows that Molly loves to cook. You can quickly reach out to her (and others that have this tag) and recruit a team of volunteers for your event.

Or maybe your worship leader searches tags to find new people for the praise team. Also, Molly's bible study teacher uses the Bible Study Group tag to keep track of attendance at their weekly group meeting. If Molly misses a couple of weeks in a row, the leader knows to reach out to make sure everything is okay.

All this is possible with tags. When we take the time to assign tags to Molly, we can know her better, and we can help her to stay connected to the church body. We can see how to serve her and her family while also knowing how to let her exercise her gifts and abilities. After all, a church isn't a building; it's the people. When we know our people, the church can move in BIG ways!

In a nutshell:Tags are a foundational feature of ChurchTrac and you will use them A LOT.