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Virtual Corps Ministry #stillopen, #stillserving 70% Recent statisticss show that 70% of corps in the Canada and Bermuda Territory conducted virtual Sunday Worship in 2020. "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people." Ephesians 6:18 45% of corps conducted VIRTUAL Prayer and Bible Study or Cell Groups. 62% Initiated systems for calling and mailing cards to corps and group members.Finding ways to connect regularly that are not dependent on technology proved successful. 46% Delivered special care and resource packages to members. Sermon door delivery, special packages for Sunday School activities, Mother's Day gifts and more. 37% INCREASE in Pastoral Visitation over last year. COVID brought the need for pastoral ministry to the forefront.  Even though in person ministry was limited, new methods were used. Throughout the pandemic Salvation Army corps have made every effort to connect with members and those in need in the community.  Community & Family Services locations with the financial aid of Agriculture Canada record the following:   12,277,156 pounds of food distributed $709,715 distributed in gift cards 1,168,019 meals served 285,082 households served 30,031 new households served. For information on entering SAMIS information visit www.saMissionResource.ca/samis-help

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.

 

Weekly Programs

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/

Ministry Connections
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.

Care Packages
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 samis_help@can.salvationarmy.org




NEWS

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


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 samis.help@salvationarmy.ca