In previous tutorials, I’ve covered common actions that most of us will encounter on a daily, weekly or monthly basis as we manage our respective church operations using Church Community Builder (CCB).
Although CCB is great tool and a leading web-based Church Management Software, the current version does not contain *true* automation that automatically processes individuals based on a set of performed behaviors or simply time-based automation actions.
Yes, CCB does allow for you to create processes and queues. However, to process individuals from process to process and queue to queue, a person has to manually process and queue individuals. And what a time and labor intensive process this is and can be for numerous church administrators.
Not having true automation features for process and queues leads to a slightly unmanageable bottleneck of always depending on persons to remember to check and process queues for processes to be truly beneficial and worth their weight in gold. This can be a problem, a huge one at that, due to us humans always increasing and introducing the opportunity for error when managing a manual process.
Now, this does not mean that CCB’s development team will not include true automation functionality in the coming versions. I’m not privy to CCB’s product roadmap for future releases and features, but I would imagine that true automation throughout their product is on their roadmap and slated in the near future.
That being said, this automation talk leads me to the point of today’s tutorial in showing you how to automate repetitive tasks and operations using cron jobs. Simply put, cron jobs are nothing more than timed automated steps that consistently perform business logic.
In today’s tutorial, I’ll show you how to automate the process to backup your CCB data, and the birthday emailer using cron jobs in my Bluehost account. Not only will you save time and multiply your church’s operational efficiency, you’re going to fall head over hills in love with the consistency that using cron jobs can and will bring to your church operations. Continue reading