3. Activating My ChurchSuite

Introduction

My ChurchSuite is the ideal way for members to stay connected to one another and keep up to date on all that’s going on in the life of your church or organisation. Through My ChurchSuite members are able to update and manage their own personal details and those of their children, sign-up for events, join small groups, keep on top of the rotas they’re serving on and much more!

Access to My ChurchSuite is by an invitation process initiated from your admin-facing ChurchSuite platform, so you can easily manage access to suit your church context. My ChurchSuite can also easily be styled for your own church, providing a familiar experience to your church members. And My ChurchSuite is accessible from any web browser and via our free iOS or Android apps - app download links are embedded in the My ChurchSuite invitation email preset.

Each of the menus in My ChurchSuite are related to an underlying module in your admin-facing ChurchSuite system. Before sending My ChurchSuite invitations to your church members, you will first need to activate My ChurchSuite in each module's settings. Here's how...

Activating My ChurchSuite

In order for My ChurchSuite to work in other modules, it first needs to be activated in the Address Book module as this is the basic repository of contact data from which My ChurchSuite invitations are issued. You won't be able to send any invitations unless My ChurchSuite is activated for the Address Book.

To activate My ChurchSuite, head into the Address Book module's setting accessed via the cogwheels in the top right hand corner of the page. You'll need manage module or Administrator permissions to access this.

The module settings page has four tabs: Module, My ChurchSuite, Connect and Embed. Click on the My ChurchSuite Options tab and scroll down to the Settings section and make sure Enable My ChurchSuite access is ticked. My ChurchSuite is now enabled for your account; although none of your contacts will be able to access My ChurchSuite until they are first invited - see the related support article to do this. The remaining Settings relate to the Search for Others contact search functionality - see the related support article for guidance on configuring this option.

Still in the Address Book module's settings, switch to the Module tab and locate the My ChurchSuite & Privacy options section (about half way down the page). This section is all about the default privacy settings that are assigned to new contacts added to the Address Book in the future. You may wish to tick Allow My ChurchSuite login. Subject to your privacy policy you may also wish to enable other options by default too. Remember, no new contacts will be able to access My ChurchSuite until they are invited; however, you can still set the default privacy settings to be applied to new contacts so that they're in place when you do send their My ChurchSuite invitation.

Remember to save any changes made in the Address Book module's settings before navigating away from the page.

If you don't wish to set these module option defaults for all new contacts, you can still set them for individual contacts by enabling their My ChurchSuite & Privacy setting on a person's contact profile in the Address Book, on a contact-by-contact basis. Simply browse to a contact in your Address Book and select Edit from the drop-down menu at the top of their profile...

...then locate the My ChurchSuite & Privacy section in the centre of the page. You can now set the My ChurchSuite settings as required for just this one contact. Save the contact's profile when you are finished.

Activating My ChurchSuite for the other modules

For each module that supports My ChurchSuite - Children, Calendar, Small Groups, Rotas and Giving - click into the module's settings (the cog wheels icon in the top right-hand corner of the module) and select the My ChurchSuite tab. To enable that module's My ChurchSuite functionality simply check the box that says Enable My ChurchSuite access - the example below is from the Children module.

Remember to save your changes before navigating away from the page. Repeat this step for each module in turn. Note also that there are a number of other helpful My ChurchSuite settings on the My ChurchSuite Options tab for each module - further support articles are available covering these options.

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