About the Home Page

The Home page is the first page you see after you log in to the My Own Church website. This page serves as your starting point for working in the My Own Church application.


Overview of the Home Page

Important Links and Controls

Church Name and User Name

ConnectNow Family Suite Modules

Main Page Buttons

Quick Links

Suspense Activity Group

Religious Education Group

Overview of the Home Page

The Home page provides links to important tasks and information as well as buttons that give you quick access to main areas of the application. You can start anywhere you want by clicking a main button, a Quick Link, or one of the main buttons. You can quickly exit My Own Church and access any one of the core modules in the ConnectNow Family Suite by simply clicking the desired module tab.

Elements on the Home page are identified in the callout links accompanying the illustration below. Place your mouse pointer over a link (without clicking) to view a brief description of the element. For a more detailed explanation, click the callout link to jump to the description given later in this topic.  

Your Home page view may look different from the one shown below. The components and controls are privilege-based and tied to your login credentials.

Important Links and Controls

In the upper-right, your Home page contains these links and controls to improve your user experience:

       HELP: opens the application's Help file, an online resource that provides information and instructions on how to use My Own Church to perform a given task..

       CONTACT: opens the Get Support page on the ParishSOFT website where you can submit a question or request assistance from the product support department.

       HOME: returns you to the Home page.

       SIGN OUT: logs you out of My Own Church.

Church Name and Username

Shows the name of your church and the username of the logged-in member.

ConnectNow Family Suite Modules

Each core module in ConnectNow Family Suite has its own tab. Click the tab to exit My Own Church and access the desired module.

Main Page Buttons

The main page buttons display the main pages in My Own Church:

       : displays the Home page.

       : (if visible) displays the Pictorial Directory page, which contains a directory listing of members in your church. The directory includes both family and member photos, if available, along with email and home address (if permission is granted by the family or member to publish).

The Pictorial Directory button is visible only if the Pictorial Directory feature is enabled for your church. Only a user with Organization Admin privileges can enable the feature, which is turned on or off in the Administration module.

        displays the Organization Directory page. This page functions a data source for Organization lookup lists available throughout ConnectNow Family Suite.  

       : displays the Giving History page where you can access the giving history records of members in your church.

Quick Links

       My Own Church: click this link to display the My Family page. From this page, you can access your personal census, giving history, and ministry schedule records.

       Family List: click this link to view your organization's Family List records in ConnectNow Family Directory.

       Member List: click this link to view your organization's Member List records in ConnectNow Family Directory.

Suspense Activity Group

The Suspense Activity information is visible only if you have Suspense Reviewer privileges assigned to your login credentials.

The Suspense Activity contains notifications about changes made to Family Directory records in the organizations you manager. You also receive notifications whenever someone registers for a new user account. The notifications are organized into three groups:

       Notifications

       Family Updates

       New User Registrations

Alert Icon

An alert icon (a number enclosed by a blue rectangle) is displayed whenever a change is made that requires your attention. Clicking the icon opens a page where you can view details associated with the change request and take action on it, if necessary. The number signifies the number of pending notifications.

Notifications

The Notifications section alerts you to changes made to family records in the organizations you manage. The system updates you whenever any one of the following changes is made:

       Change in a family’s registration from one organization to another.

       Updates to a family’s address.

       Updates to a family record resulting from a duplicate merge.

An alert icon shows you the total number of notifications requiring your attention. If you manage multiple organizations, you see the name of each organization in which a change was made and the number of pending changes. Click the icon to open the Notifications page in the Administration module. On that page, you can view the type of change made and details associated with it.  

Family Updates

The Family Updates section alerts you to changes made to family and member records by individuals in the organizations you manage. Types of changes include, updates to addresses and phone numbers. If you manage multiple organizations, you see a breakdown of where changes were made.

An alert icon shows you the total number of pending change requests requiring your attention. Click the icon to open the Family Directory Updates page in the Administration module where you can view details associated with each request and take the necessary steps to accept or reject it.

New User Registrations

The New User Registrations section alerts you to requests for new user accounts. If you manage multiple organizations, you see a breakdown of where registration requests were made.

An alert icon shows you the total number of pending new user registrations requiring your attention. Click the icon to open the User Registrations page in the Administration module. On that page, you can view details and take action to approve or deny the request.

  • Religious Education

  • The Religious Education section alerts you to pending registrations for Religious Education classes submitted by members in your organization.

    An alert icon shows the total number of pending class registrations requiring your attention. Click the alert icon to open the Pending Registrations page in the Religious Education module. On that page, you can view details and take action on each request.

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