Jethro gives you the ability to quickly plan your church gatherings by dragging and dropping service components. It helps you to select appropriate material for each service and produce run sheets for leaders and pew handouts for attenders. Service planning takes a bit of work to set up initially, but once the foundation is laid your week-to-week planning becomes very smooth.
If you’ve already set up rostering you will have completed some of these steps already.
Before we plan individual services in detail, we need to tell Jethro what the schedule of services is – what dates there will be services and their basic properties.
Service components are items that you can choose to include in a service. Jethro categorises your library into songs, prayers, creeds and other. Each component belongs to one or more congregations – eg. you may have some songs that are used in morning services but not evening services. Here we will create some basic items to demonstrate the concept.
You can also use the “import” function in the component library to import multiple service components in one go.
Once you have set up your service schedule and component library you can edit the run sheet for a particular service.
Several advanced features are available via the service item context menu, which appears when you click the down-arrow on the right hand side of each item.
At the top of the run sheet is the “copy from previous” link. Click this if you would like to copy items from a previous service. This saves time if many of your service items are the same each week.
At the bottom of the run sheet is a “comments” box. This is useful for adding comments on the service overall, eg “special lunch to follow the service” or “no kids program today”.
Once you have saved the run sheet for a service you can use it in various ways.
So many churches would benefit from having a good member database tool. Easy Jethro is certainly one of them. Being built locally also means that customers have easy access to the developers should they have suggestions to improve an already good product.
Pastor people, not paper.
If you’re a pastor, you need to keep track of people (1 Peter 5:2). But you don’t have a photographic memory and you’re not an accountant. This is easy if you simply tell a machine who turned up each week, and it tells you who’s been missing for a while.
If you’re a pastor, you need to focus on the important things (Acts 6:1-4). Not on passing around scraps of paper or emailing spreadsheets. This is easy when there’s one reliable, secure place where everyone can help themselves to the info they need.
If you’re a pastor, you need to be able to delegate (Exodus 18:13–23). And to know whether the delegated work is actually getting done. This is easy when there’s a central register of what needs to be done, who’s doing it, and whether it’s finished yet.
An online church database like Easy Jethro means you can care for people more effectively, while the normal church admin rolls on around you.
Jethro has served us well since 2007. Everyone can find the information they need, and we can easily see the big picture of our church’s ministry. As the number of members, staff, congregations and sites has grown, Jethro has helped us to make sure nobody falls between the cracks.
Andrew Katay, Christ Church Inner West
There are hundreds of church databases on the market. Our service is based on the Jethro PMM open-source software, which we host in a reliable, secure environment. We think you’ll find our database is a good fit because it’s easy.
Easy Jethro is a cost effective solution. Our $29 per month plan is ample for most churches,
and there are discounts if you pay a year in advance.
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There are other church database providers with roughly similar functionality that are more expensive than Easy Jethro. Because we leverage the existing Jethro PMM open source software (built and used by a bunch of churches over several years), our costs are around the hosting, maintenance, security and support of your system – we don’t have to pay a team of developers to build it from scratch.
The Jethro PMM software is free. But to run it, you need to know how to install it on a web server. Then you need to make sure the web server is secure enough. Then you need to make sure it’s regularly backed up and the server is kept up to date with security patches. With Easy Jethro you don’t need to worry about any of these details – you pay us for the service and you get a reliable, secure Jethro system that just works.
Many churches run their own Jethro PMM systems and for some churches that’s a great option. But the cheap web hosting you might use for your website probably doesn’t have an appropriate level of security for storing personal information like you do in Jethro. For example you’ll generally be sharing the server with a bunch of other users who may have installed insecure software, and the lack of SSL encryption means your username and password can be eavesdropped on the network.
We use industry best practice to make sure your data stays secure and intact. This includes
The US Patriot Act does give the US Government access to private data. It applies to servers that are located in the US or owned by US companies. This has raised some questions about whether Australian organisations can store private information on US servers without breaching the more stringent Australian Privacy Act. Easy Jethro is an Australian company that stores your data physically within Australia on Australian-owned hardware so you can be confident that by using our service you are not breaching Australian privacy laws.
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