SAMIS (Salvation Army Management Information System) is the only recognized tool for collecting and reporting corps ministry unit statistics. Every corps officer or leader responsible for using SAMIS should complete SAMIS training. Training dates and times are posted on the Lotus Notes - Notice Board, under Canada and Bermuda - Training.
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SAMIS Statistics During COVID-19
The following guidelines outline how corps are to collect statistics during the COVID-19 pandemic period while public gatherings are banned.
Sunday and Mid-Week Worship Services
Corps that are broadcasting worship or mid-week services can use the fields #virtual meetings and #virtual households to record statistics. This allows for the understanding that there may be several people viewing in a household together. These are new fields that have been added to SAMIS for various activities including Sunday Worship - AM, Prayer and Bible Study.
Corps whose members are tuning in to the territorial worship service provided virtually every Sunday are not required to record how many did so. Those numbers will be reflected in the future as a collective number from THQ.
Corps that are using virtual platforms for other regular activities that allow individual counts of small groups such as Women’s Ministries groups, prayer and Bible study, or Sunday school can enter their statistics into the same activity, under #virtual meetings and #virtual households as well.
Seekers – First Time
During these days of uncertainty many seek spiritual counsel by phone, and the potential to extend God’s kingdom is great. If opportunities to lead people into a relationship with Jesus arise, please make sure you indicate in the area Seekers – First Time. This can be entered under the Activity – Pastoral Visitation.
Post Service Social Media Viewing
Some virtual platforms allow for post-viewing of previously live streamed services. If possible, collect post-view totals separately under Internet and Media: Statistics from Website Traffic, Social Media Impact, Radio or Television Broadcasting. #Events references 'broadcasts, podcasts, or key posts.’ Find guidelines on how to add this activity to an account on the THQ Corps Ministries website: https://salvationist.ca/corps-ministries/corps-administration/samis-help/activating-new-programs/
Phone calls, mailing cards and regular devotionals can now be entered into #ministry connections. This box is now available on some Activities such as Adult Fellowship, Older Adult Fellowship, Sunday School - Sunday, Pastoral Visitation - Officer.
During COVID-19 many corps are reaching out to members and group participants in different ways. Delivering care packages or packages of resource materials can now be counted under the box #care/resource packages. Do not use this area for food deliveries considered assistance. This is for other gift and ministry packages.
If there are questions regarding the execution of these guidelines contact email@example.com
2020 YEAR CLOSURE
A reminder that as of February 28th you will no longer be able to enter statistics into SAMIS for 2020. Please make sure all the entries for 2020 are up-to-date. SAMIS ROLL numbers should be updated as well. Find the Rolls Management Handbook here: https://salvationist.ca/corps-ministries/corps-administration/membership/rolls-management/ After February 28th the only changes to the 2020 statistics that can be made are edits to the Rolls area, and only by the Area Commanders.
SEEKER - FIELD NAME CHANGE
As of March 2021, the field names for Sr Seeker - 1st Time, Jr Seeker - 1st Time, Sr Seeker - Other, Jr Seeker - Other will be changing. These will be changed to Salvation Decision - Adult, Salvation Decision - Youth, Prayer & Commitment - Adult, Prayer & Commitment - Youth. This change is expected to bring more clarity to what statistics should be entered into this area.
WM - Healthy Lifestyles will be discontinued as a separate statistics in SAMIS and will be removed from the data entry options in March. Statistics for this type of program should be added together with WM - Fellowship Focus Groups. If you have entered statistics for WM Healthy Lifestyles into January or February 2021, please move them to WM Fellowship Focus to retain the information.. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org