Max: Why did you originally seek out a ministry scheduling program?
Deacon Kest: I was looking for something to schedule the altar servers because I was doing the scheduling by hand. The liturgy director was struggling with scheduling also, and after looking at MSP, I got to thinking that we could use it to schedule all the liturgical ministries.
Max: What do you use MSP for most often?
Deacon Kest: Allowing ministers to find subs online. It just amazes me that it happens so smoothly, without me having to get involved, and the lightening speed of the whole thing.
Max: What are the greatest benefits MSP brings to your parish?
Deacon Kest: Well, first of all, the scheduler portion is so easy to use. With over 400 ministers, if I did it manually I'd be at it for a week or more. Another big benefit is how MSP facilitates ministers getting involved. Being able to keep families together and avoiding scheduling people twice in a weekend is conducive to people getting involved in ministry. The ability for ministers to find subs online without any intervention on my behalf saves me hours of work and has made it easier for ministers to commit to serving. All of MSP's tools, not only to generate, but to maintain the schedules are a big benefit.
Max: How do you use MSP's Emailer and what do you use it for most often?
Deacon Kest: I mostly use it for reminders. Every week, usually Wednesday, I send out reminders for the coming weekend. I also use it to tell ministers to login to the Web Terminal to update their availability for the next scheduling period.