Need Connect

This exciting new application was created with the goal of helping churches face the new challenges of serving and mobilizing your community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We acknowledge it is not perfect, and will not address fringe scenarios, but plan to iterate over time. We pray this enables greater reach and connection among our congregations and communities as we navigate the current climate in which we find ourselves.

Need Connect is a responsive MinistryPlatform application where:

  • Users can request assistance with Needs, from pre-filled options or text write-in, such as groceries or errands
  • Users can offer to provide for other’s needs
  • Approved Providers gain access to the Connect Board where they can view, claim, and complete needs to assist with
  • Automated emails for confirmations and reminders, with actionable links included are sent

Additionally, from the Platform, staff can manage and assign needs to approved providers.

Need Connect is a separate application that is fully integrated with MinistryPlatform. Like other MinistryPlatform applications, it can be accessed from anywhere. Need Connect is designed to add valuable functionality to your church ministry by allowing users to interact with your church easily and safely while being instantly captured in your MinistryPlatform database.

Authentication

Any visitor to Need Connect may create a User Account. For the Connect Form, a User Account is optional, but will speed form completion. For the Connect Board and My Assignments, a User Account is required. The login, create account and password reset functionality for Need Connect is the same as the Platform, Widgets, and the Batch Manager Tool and will create a User record. These Users will not count towards your monthly number of supported Users unless you assign specific Security Roles to these users (which is not required for full functionality of the Need Connect).

Accessing Need Connect

The Need Connect application is hosted on Think Ministry's shared server but is directly connected to your MinistryPlatform system no matter what server on which it lives. The three sections of Need Connect include:

Self-Hosted Churches

If you are a Self-Hosted Church, the URL to Need Connect is configured as follows:
https://<your church name>.ministryplatform.cloud/needconnect.

For example: If your Platform URL is https://my.name.org/ministryplatform, your Need Connect URL is https://name.ministryplatform.cloud/needconnect.

Note: The URL is the same as your BMT URL but with /needconnect instead of /batchmanager.

Cloud Hosted (Higher Ground) Churches

If you are a Cloud Hosted Church, the URL to Need Connect is configured as follows:
https://<your church name>.ministryplatform.cloud/needconnect.

For example: If your Platform URL is https://name.ministryplatform.com/ministryplatform, your Need Connect URL is https://name.ministryplatform.cloud/needconnect.

Note: The URL is the same as your BMT URL but with /needconnect instead of /batchmanager.

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Last Modified: 4/1/2020

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