MPUG 2019 - Sessions

Welcome to "the year of the Small Groups!" Here's how it works:

  • The TED Talks will be 20 minutes of a Presenter talking followed by 20 minutes of discussing the topic in a small group setting
  • The TED Panels will be 30 minutes with a Panel of people talking followed by 30 minutes of Q&A with the panel

As you scroll through the sessions available, you may find yourself asking, "Why are some of these offered more than once?" We're glad you asked! We know that our Discussions and Q&As will be in high demand, so we are offering each of them twice to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to attend the sessions that best suit their needs.

You can also view all of the Sessions and Optional Day of Training Tracks in this downloadable pdf.

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Wednesday Sessions – 9:00am

Introducing ... !! A tour of what's new in MP

Set phasers to stun! This high-level overview will give you a sneak peek at all the new things that are coming out in MP soon!

Check-In Suite Warp Speed: Label Sets

Learn how to create and copy label sets, add logos, and tweak fonts and spacing.

Check-In Suite Warp Speed: Classroom Manager

Classroom Manager is now part of Check-In Suite. Haven't used it yet? Check out how this valuable tool manages your classes and attendance. New features include load-balancing rooms.

How-to: Tweak Page Views in the System Setup

Page views aren't scary when you get a basic understanding of how they work! Come learn tips and tricks to get the most out of Page Views.

How-to: Manage Invoices & Payments

Invoices and payments are powerful components of MP. Learn how to manage and get the most out of them.

How-to: Get the most out of the Knowledge Base

The Knowledge Base is The. Most. Helpful. tool for users and SPoCs! Learn how to search it and find Release Notes, FAQs, etc.

How-to: Trim/Transfer Selections, Create Advanced Searches and Views

You know your data is good, but there's just so much of it! Have no fear: if it's in MP, then you can find just what you need. Come find out how.

Help Me! Bar: Coaching on Custom Forms & Products

Have you tried using Views and Filtered pages yet? Too scared? Stuck? Beam up to our Help Me! Bar and let our team of Mr. Scotty's help you give 'er all she's got, Captain!

Please note these are not counseling sessions. No crying aloud or allowed. Also no alcohol will be served at this bar. ;-)

Wednesday Sessions – 9:50 am

Take me to Your Leader: Getting Pastors using the App vs. the Platform

Pastors are speshul :) so don't expect them to be like everyone else! Give them the tools that work best for them and how they think.

SPoC Spotlight: Serve your church staff without losing your humanity

SPoCs, you want to serve your staff. Really, you do. Yet some of them seem determined to remain un-servable even when your logic is compelling. We'll help you help them.

Check-In Suite Warp Speed: Rooms & Groups

New to Check-In Suite? Need an overview of how Rooms and Groups are now handled? Spoiler Alert! It's different than Check-In 2 ;-)

How-to: Setup Notifications for Views and Records

This session shows you how to use View Notifications and introduces Record Notifications! Wait... Whut? Oh yeah! Suit up and get ready to explore a whole new galaxy of notifications that will boldly take your staff where they've never gone before.

Staying sane during statement season - prep for success!

Follow our best practices to set yourself up for a sane statement season! Checklists, fix views and a large bar of chocolate. Success favors the prepared ;)

Introducing ... !! An in-depth tour of what's new in the Portal

NEWS FLASH! The newly re-envisioned MP Portal will be unveiled in this session! Be the first to hear and see all the new and improved aspects of a new approach for the Portal.

How-to: Communicate well and the Stats to prove it

The IT team doesn’t get to have all the fun. MinistryPlatform is a powerful communications tool that can supercharge your church promotions. From focused marketing to campaign analytics learn how the Comm Team can get in on the action. 

Help Me! Bar: Coaching on Views & Filtered Pages

Have you tried using Views and Filtered pages yet? Too scared? Stuck? Beam up to our Help Me! Bar and let our team of Mr. Scotty's help you give 'er all she's got, Captain!

Please note these are not counseling sessions. No crying aloud or allowed. Also no alcohol will be served at this bar. ;-)

Wednesday Sessions – 10:40 am

Introducing ... !! A tour of what's new in MP

Set phasers to stun! This high-level overview will give you a sneak peek at all the new things that are coming out in MP soon!

Check-In Suite Warp Speed: Label Sets

Learn how to create and copy label sets, add logos, and tweak fonts and spacing.

Check-In Suite Warp Speed: Classroom Manager

Classroom Manager is now part of Check-In Suite. Haven't used it yet? Check out how this valuable tool manages your classes and attendance. New features include load-balancing rooms.

How-to: Tweak Page Views in the System Setup

Page views aren't scary when you get a basic understanding of how they work! Come learn tips and tricks to get the most out of Page Views.

How-to: Manage Invoices & Payments

Invoices and payments are powerful components of MP. Learn how to manage and get the most out of them.

How-to: Get the most out of the Knowledge Base

The Knowledge Base is The. Most. Helpful. tool for users and SPoCs! Learn how to search it and find Release Notes, FAQs, etc.

How-to: Trim/Transfer Selections, Create Advanced Searches and Views

You know your data is good, but there's just so much of it! Have no fear: if it's in MP, then you can find just what you need. Come find out how.

Help Me! Bar: Coaching on Custom Forms & Products

Have you tried using Views and Filtered pages yet? Too scared? Stuck? Beam up to our Help Me! Bar and let our team of Mr. Scotty's help you give 'er all she's got, Captain!

Please note these are not counseling sessions. No crying aloud or allowed. Also no alcohol will be served at this bar. ;-)

Wednesday Sessions – 1:55 pm

Take me to Your Leader: Getting Pastors using the App vs. the Platform

Pastors are speshul :) so don't expect them to be like everyone else! Give them the tools that work best for them and how they think.

SPoC Spotlight: Serve your church staff without losing your humanity

SPoCs, you want to serve your staff. Really, you do. Yet some of them seem determined to remain un-servable even when your logic is compelling. We'll help you help them.

Check-In Suite Warp Speed: Rooms & Groups

New to Check-In Suite? Need an overview of how Rooms and Groups are now handled? Spoiler Alert! It's different than Check-In 2 ;-)

How-to: Setup Notifications for Views and Records

This session shows you how to use View Notifications and introduces Record Notifications! Wait... Whut? Oh yeah! Suit up and get ready to explore a whole new galaxy of notifications that will boldly take your staff where they've never gone before.

Staying sane during statement season - prep for success!

Follow our best practices to set yourself up for a sane statement season! Checklists, fix views and a large bar of chocolate. Success favors the prepared ;)

Introducing ... !! An in-depth tour of what's new in the Portal

NEWS FLASH! The newly re-envisioned MP Portal will be unveiled in this session! Be the first to hear and see all the new and improved aspects of a new approach for the Portal.

How-to: Communicate well and the Stats to prove it

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Help Me! Bar: Coaching on Message Templates/HTML

Have you tried using Message Templates/HTML yet? Too scared? Stuck? Beam up to our Help Me! Bar and let our team of Mr. Scotty's help you give 'er all she's got, Captain!

Please note these are not counseling sessions. No crying aloud or allowed. Also no alcohol will be served at this bar. ;-)

Wednesday Sessions – 2:45 pm

Ted Panel: Stewardship Views

Are you lost in a vortex of Stewardship views? Well, we do have almost 100 of them! Learn about some favorite, handy, and must-use views from veteran users.

Prayer Warp Speed: Support Prayer in Your Community & Congregation

Did you know your congregation can submit prayer requests on MobileTools? And Group Leaders and Pastors can search and view the prayer needs of all their group members.

Hear from a panel of experts on how they were able to put the power of prayer in the palms of their people's hands.

How-to: Keep your Data Clean using Views and View Notifications

GETTING it clean and KEEPING it clean are two different things. But no worries – we've got a view for that. Or 50 views. But who wants check to 50 views every day? [Crickets] We thought so.

Our panel of experts will share how they've changed the drudgery of data cleanup into the joy of efficient minor changes by using View Notifications.

How-to: Setup and Manage Facilities

Let's talk about all the ways you can use MP to manage your facilities - in OR out of the box! Bring your expertise to share and your questions to be answered! We'll chat about what things out of the box have been successful, what customizations you and others have done, what we all wished we'd known when we started, challenges we've overcome, etc.

Engagement Warp Speed: Engagement Tracking

Resistance is futile - you must assimilate! Hear from our panel of experts how they've set up levels and criteria of engagement for their congregation, triggers and flags that identify when they need to reach out and care for someone, and tips on how to help their people take next steps in the life cycle of their church.

SPoC Spotlight: Leveraging Volunteers

Do you have more on your list than you can do in a day? Do you wear more than one hat at work? Who doesn't, right? Join us for this discussion on how to make the most of those precious volunteers who are willing to help you get things done in MP. You don't have to do it alone!

Help Me! Bar: Coaching on Skinning the Portal

Have you tried Skinning your own Portal yet? Too scared? Stuck? Beam up to our Help Me! Bar and let our team of Mr. Scotty's help you give 'er all she's got, Captain!

Please note these are not counseling sessions. No crying aloud or allowed. Also no alcohol will be served at this bar. ;-)

Wednesday Sessions – 3:55 pm

Care Cases: Warp Speed

Does your staff care? (Correct answer: Of course they do!) But are you using MP Care Cases to help them care BEST? Engage in this session to see how other churches are spreading the love with Care Cases.

VBS Warp Speed: Leverage MP for a successful VBS

KIDS LOVE VBS!! Adults who need to organize everything to the Nth degree so it all runs smoothly?... not so much. If you're 'that person', join this discussion and hear how other churches have successfully been to the dark side of VBS and back... and lived to tell about it.

Take me to Your Leader: Views & Reports to Support Decision Making

"You want WHAT report? By WHEN?" [furiously work to make it happen] ... [Weeks later] "How did you like that report? Oh, you haven't read it yet?" [SMH]

Is this your life? Then stop in for this session with our panel of experts to hear about how other churches have figured out how to get the right information to the right people at the right time who will A) read with enthusiasm and B) be joyful about using it to support their decision making!

SPoC Spotlight: Get your staff on board the MP Train

If your entire staff is on board the Starship MP, then you don't need to come to this session! :) If not, and you've got some laggards on your hands, here's how you can get them to drink the Kool-Aid.

Registrations Warp Speed: Custom Forms, Products & Options

Have you used the MP Portal to register people for a free event? How about a paid one? With a deposit? Or one with products and options? Ok, smartie, how about all of that PLUS a custom form? Wherever you've leveled up to, you can always do more, right? Come listen to and engage with the panel of experts to see how you can up your game on the Registrations front!

How-To: Configure and Assign Security Roles

With great power comes great responsibility! Giving the right permissions to the right people can be daunting and somewhat nerve-racking if you're not confident you know what you're doing. Come listen and engage with our panel of experts to hear about what approaches other churches take to make this a stress-free task on their list.

Help Me! Bar: Coaching on Creating, Transferring, and Trimming Selections

Have you tried Creating, Transferring or Trimming selections yet? Too scared? Stuck? Beam up to our Help Me! Bar and let our team of Mr. Scotty's help you give 'er all she's got, Captain!

Please note these are not counseling sessions. No crying aloud or allowed. Also no alcohol will be served at this bar. ;-)

Thursday Sessions ­– 10:40 am

Ted Panel: Stewardship Views

Are you lost in a vortex of Stewardship views? Well, we do have almost 100 of them! Learn about some favorite, handy, and must-use views from veteran users.

Prayer Warp Speed: Support Prayer in Your Community & Congregation

Did you know your congregation can submit prayer requests on MobileTools? And Group Leaders and Pastors can search and view the prayer needs of all their group members.

Hear from a panel of experts on how they were able to put the power of prayer in the palms of their people's hands.

How-to: Keep your Data Clean using Views and View Notifications

GETTING it clean and KEEPING it clean are two different things. But no worries – we've got a view for that. Or 50 views. But who wants check to 50 views every day? [Crickets] We thought so.

Our panel of experts will share how they've changed the drudgery of data cleanup into the joy of efficient minor changes by using View Notifications.

How-to: Setup and Manage Facilities

Let's talk about all the ways you can use MP to manage your facilities - in OR out of the box! Bring your expertise to share and your questions to be answered! We'll chat about what things out of the box have been successful, what customizations you and others have done, what we all wished we'd known when we started, challenges we've overcome, etc.

Engagement Warp Speed: Engagement Tracking

Resistance is futile - you must assimilate!

Hear from our panel of experts how they've set up levels and criteria of engagement for their congregation, triggers and flags that identify when they need to reach out and care for someone, and tips on how to help their people take next steps in the life cycle of their church.

SPoC Spotlight: Leveraging Volunteers

Do you have more on your list than you can do in a day? Do you wear more than one hat at work? Who doesn't, right? Join us for this discussion on how to make the most of those precious volunteers who are willing to help you get things done in MP. You don't have to do it alone!

Help Me! Bar: Coaching on Creating and Tweaking Check-in Labels

Have you tried Creating and Tweaking Check-in Labels yet? Too scared? Stuck? Beam up to our Help Me! Bar and let our team of Mr. Scotty's help you give 'er all she's got, Captain!

Please note these are not counseling sessions. No crying aloud or allowed. Also no alcohol will be served at this bar. ;-)

Thursday Sessions ­– 11:50 am

Care Cases: Warp Speed

Does your staff care? (Correct answer: Of course they do!) But are you using MP Care Cases to help them care BEST? Engage in this session to see how other churches are spreading the love with Care Cases.

VBS Warp Speed: Leverage MP for a successful VBS

KIDS LOVE VBS!! Adults who need to organize everything to the Nth degree so it all runs smoothly?... not so much. If you're 'that person', join this discussion and hear how other churches have successfully been to the dark side of VBS and back... and lived to tell about it.

Take me to Your Leader: Views & Reports to Support Decision Making

"You want WHAT report? By WHEN?" [furiously work to make it happen] ... [Weeks later] "How did you like that report? Oh, you haven't read it yet?" [SMH]

Is this your life? Then stop in for this session with our panel of experts to hear about how other churches have figured out how to get the right information to the right people at the right time who will A) read with enthusiasm and B) be joyful about using it to support their decision making!

SPoC Spotlight: Get your staff on board the MP Train

If your entire staff is on board the Starship MP, then you don't need to come to this session! :) If not, and you've got some laggards on your hands, here's how you can get them to drink the Kool-Aid.

Registrations Warp Speed: Custom Forms, Products & Options

Have you used the MP Portal to register people for a free event? How about a paid one? With a deposit? Or one with products and options? Ok, smartie, how about all of that PLUS a custom form? Wherever you've leveled up to, you can always do more, right? Come listen to and engage with the panel of experts to see how you can up your game on the Registrations front!

How-To: Configure and Assign Security Roles

With great power comes great responsibility! Giving the right permissions to the right people can be daunting and somewhat nerve-racking if you're not confident you know what you're doing. Come listen and engage with our panel of experts to hear about what approaches other churches take to make this a stress-free task on their list.

Help Me! Bar: Coaching on Creating, Transferring, and Trimming Selections

Have you tried working with Processes yet? Too scared? Stuck? Beam up to our Help Me! Bar and let our team of Mr. Scotty's help you give 'er all she's got, Captain!

Please note these are not counseling sessions. No crying aloud or allowed. Also no alcohol will be served at this bar. ;-)

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