For your organization to begin using the Online Community Connector, you must first create a user account on BlessEveryHome.com.
Enter your information into the fields on the Create Account page. The name, email, and password are your personal credentials for logging in so don't worry about any branding of your organization quite yet. The address field is asking for your personal home address. This creates a prayer list based on your neighborhood. Other administrators from your church will be able to create their own credentials as well. When you have verified that the information is correct, click 'CREATE ACCOUNT' to begin the next step.
When you create your account, you will be sent an email with a confirmation link in it. Click the link in the email to activate your account. The email can sometimes take a couple of minutes to get to your inbox. If some time has passed and you still haven't received the email, please check your spam filter or any other blockers that might have blocked the email. Otherwise, contact your organization's IT department and see if any emails have been blocked.
Once you click the confirmation link in the email, you will be able to login to your account. Once you are logged in, click 'MY ACCOUNT' in the top-right of the page.
When you create an account, you will start off with a free Light role that will give you a prayer list for your personal neighbors. To add a Church role, click the 'ADD ROLE' button to begin signing up your church for BlessEveryHome.com. The add role function will always be the last box in your roles section.
Then click the 'ADD CHURCH' button.
The first step of signing up your church is to find it. Use the search field to find your church. It helps if you enter your city first followed by the name of your church. Select the correct option that appears in the suggestion box as you type. If your correct option does not appear, use the magnifying glass button to run a search based on your input. If you absolutely cannot find your church, press the plus button and manually enter its information in the fields that appear.
NOTE: If you are having trouble finding your church or you cannot select it because the system says that your church has already signed up, CLICK HERE to submit a help ticket and we will gladly help you. It helps if you use the same email in the help ticket as you use for your Bless Every Home Account.
In the next step enter your church's average weekly attendance into the appropriate field. The Memberships section allows you to associate your church with an association that uses Bless Every Home. This step is optional, so if you do not belong to an association, do not feel obligated to check a box. You can always add an association later in your role settings. Read through the terms and conditions and check the "I Accept" box to confirm when you have read them. Click continue when you are done.
You should now be taken to the church's subscription page. The first box labeled 'Bless Partner' is for churches that want to be able to track the progress of all of the Lights in their congregation who are using BlessEveryHome.com. The New Movers box is for users of the Online Community Connector that want to see who is moving into their organization's community. The Community Connector box will subscribe you to the Online Community Connector. This powerful tool allows you to get household information for the houses surrounding your church. This article is focused on the Online community connector so for this example we will choose an option in the third box. The price of the Online Community Connector is based on the congregation size of your church that you entered when registering your church. You can Click Here to see the different prices for differently sized congregations. It is cheaper to pay for the annual subscription rather than the month-to-month, but is up to your church what works best for you. Regardless of which option you choose, the Online Community Connector is an annual commitment for the first year. If you choose to do the monthly recurring subscription, you must complete 12 payments. You can then cancel anytime after that.
Once you have selected which subscription to proceed with, you will be prompted for a coupon code. Coupon codes are sometimes given to associations to give to their churches or in instances where a pre-payment has been worked out. If you don't have a coupon code, just hit 'CONTINUE' to proceed to the next step.
On the next page, enter your credit card information. We accept payments from Visa, Mastercard, and Discover Cards. Verify that the information typed is correct and then click 'SUBSCRIBE' to finish the subscription process. You can also click the Authorize.net Verified Merchant Seal to be reassured that your payment is being processed securely.
Once your payment has been processed, you will now have a 'MAP' button on your yellow navigational ribbon at the top of the page. Click it to be taken to the Online Community Connector.