Hope Team

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou may have noticed a “Hope Team” section has been added to the main admin screen.

We have just started a practical helps ministry called “Hope Team” in our church. We’ve added some functionality into the WordPress Church Admin plugin. You can create jobs like babysitting, hospitality, visiting, DIY etc and then add people to the team and select jobs.

At the moment you can just print a pdf and sync it to Mailchimp. Soon I’ll be adding bulk sms and email functionality so you can communicate needs to hope team members.

Hope it helps

Address List Changes for v0.5943

I’ve made a few improvements for the Address List section of the plugin over the last few weeks.

Firstly display is valid HTML5 with microdata – it looks the same, just works better!

There’s now an edit link next to each entry.

If a site user is logged in and they click their edit entry icon, they will be able to edit their household.

For that to work, admins need to make sure that directory households have a site wordpress username and password setup by the plugin – that can be done from the Display Household page and by editing each member of a household.

Household Maps

Ugly dummy imageWe bumped through our Google Static Maps courtesy limit, so I have put the requirement for an api key if you want to use the little maps.
You can sign up for an api key here, then just add api_key=# to the shortcode or you will get the ugly dummy image!

Blended Families

Here are the latest improvements (v0.5935) to the Church Admin plugin for Church websites using WordPress…

  • I’ve finally updated it to display blended families better.
  • There’s now a first name next to a mobile number or email address, where a houshold needs that clarity!
  • All phone numbers are clickable for dialling on smartphones and tablets (for the geeky “tel:” works that magic – bit like “mailto:” for email addresses.)
  • The rota pdf is now formatted in columns month to view

 

Adding people to ministries

I wanted to make it easier to add people to a specific ministry in the church – which helps with communicating by email and rotas. So as of v0.580 when you click on a specific ministry within the Ministry List, you will be able to see who is in that ministry and delete them or add new ones.

The add field is autocomplete so you can add more than one at a time with commas.

For privacy, only partial names are shown!
For privacy, only partial names are shown!

Hope it helps!

What other features would you like to see?

Small Group Maps

The latest version 0.557 of the WordPress Church Admin plugin has gone international and maptastic!

1) Addresses are now entered in a one line format to be more international friendly. On the output pages a comma will trigger a new line.

2) People can have a prefix before their surname like “van der” – but the directories will still be sorted by alphabetic surname

3) You can store a meeting venue for small groups and geocode the address for a map
[church_admin type=”small-groups-list” map=1] will give the map format if you have geocoded addresses and defaults back to the old format if not.

[church_admin type=”small-groups-list” map=1]

Improvements to Church Admin Plugin

I’ve made some improvements to the Church Admin Plugin in v0.52

Main menu – vastly improved with drag and drop and close

Rota management – the rota now uses autocomplete to store people in their job! You can also email the rota out to participants

Sermons – can now be uploaded and podcasted – mosts hosts have an upload limit of 8MB, so there is a facility to add already uploaded files that perhaps you have ftp’d.

The cache of emails is now stored in a subdirectory the uploads directory – with a redirect in the old directory.

Photos You can upload photos for people, but not much use is made of them yet

Fixes

  • Activation errors
  • Tied up code and initialise all variables more correctly
  • Functions that require people to be in the directory first only show when directory is populated.

Coming Soon

  1. Shortcodes page in the menu to list all the shortcode options
  2. Photos in the directory as an option
  3. Bible passages in the sermon uploader
  4. Rewrite of the calendar module – with ical support
  5. Instruction Manual

Writing and updating the plugin is pretty time consuming but fun and largely fuelled by coffee, so if you like, please thank me with a brew!…


What would you like to see added to the plugin?