Rolling Hills Community Church works smarter with solutions that work together.
Based in Tualatin, Oregon, Rolling Hills Community Church makes an impact through both local partnerships and global outreach efforts, using Blackbaud solutions to connect the church and power its ministries.
Rolling Hills Community Church operates with a mission: To reach the world one person at a time in learning to think, love, and live like Jesus. The church embraces outreach initiatives and welcomes as many as 1,800 churchgoers to Sunday services in Tualatin, Oregon, while reaching a total membership of 5,000 people. With Blackbaud’s seamless solutions for fund accounting and fundraising and relationship management, Rolling Hills can focus on making the greatest impact through local and international ministries.
Margie Turner has served as accounting director at Rolling Hills Community Church for 30 years and has seen a lot of changes. “We found Financial Edge to be the perfect marriage for our accounting software,” she said, recalling when the church started using Financial Edge in 2007. “Financial Edge allowed me to track all of our activities. It gives me a great tool to be able to drill down and figure out what’s going on and how we’re doing.”
About six months after they started using Financial Edge, Rolling Hills began having challenges with their fundraising and relationship management solution. Turner said she and her assistant “basically went on strike” until the church decided to add Raiser’s Edge® and added, “We have never looked back.”
“I like the integration and how the software flows for us,” Turner said. “Having that integration with Raiser’s Edge into Financial Edge is really important for me.” The church uses Raiser’s Edge to keep track of events, and the ability to integrate that information into Financial Edge eliminates the need for long journal entries, “making my life simpler.”
Engaging Visitors, Building Relationships
On a daily basis, Rolling Hills focuses on helping people connect to their church. Raiser’s Edge provides Turner and the rest of the staff with the information they need to welcome visitors and engage donors. For example, Turner identifies first-time donors and shares their information with the senior pastor, who then writes the donors personal thank-you letters.
Rolling Hills is currently migrating to the advanced capabilities offered through Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT® and Blackbaud Financial Edge NXT® and will be transitioning to online giving on the Blackbaud platform as a result—streamlining their operations even further. “I am very excited to bring online giving into Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT, so we don’t have to do a lot of data entry,” Turner said.
Living Their Mission by Serving
With Blackbaud solutions, Rolling Hills Community Church can be more effective in its outreach campaigns, which have become a driving force for the church. “Several years ago, we asked ourselves: ‘If Rolling Hills did not exist in this community, would Rolling Hills be missed?’,” Turner said. “And the answer was, ‘Probably not.’ That’s why we got involved in all these community efforts.”
Now, church members and staff partner locally with organizations like Tualatin School House Pantry and Family Promise to provide necessities, such as food, shelter, support, and healthcare to those in need. In collaboration with several churches across Washington County, Rolling Hills works to provide overnight shelter every winter.
The church also looks abroad as it fulfills its mission and is currently focused on efforts in Serbia, Nicaragua, and Albania, where the church recently built a playground in partnership with the organization Kids Around the World. With each of those initiatives, church staff can revisit that question, “Would Rolling Hills be missed if it did not exist?” and recognize how much the answer has changed.
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