Alex Database Yearbook
Reports are due to Regional Office be Feb. 28
It’s time to reflect on the previous year and plan ahead with ALEX YEARBOOK data collection that begins in January and concludes at the end of February.
ALEX Yearbook is the tool used to record and study congregation statistics. It’s as a snapshot of your congregation that provides valuable data. Congregations, regions, and other ministries analyze various geographical trends to see changes in staffing models, look for ways to combine strengths, and more.
All yearbook data must be entered and submitted
electronically to the regional office no later than Feb. 28.
The ALEX Yearbook builds historical data in the system to grasp the past as we chart our future together. Entering weekly attendance throughout the year allows you to press a button that averages your data automatically, so you can review and make any necessary changes before submitting your report. If you are using another system to track your information, importing the data to ALEX may be possible.
Top reasons for completing the report.
ALEX allows congregations to maintain their ability to accept tax-deductible donations via non-profit 501(c)(3) status filed on your behalf by the denomination.
ALEX compares the congregation’s annual giving and attendance history over time. It looks for trends that may indicate adjustments are needed. For example, declining youth attendance may indicate that changes are needed or that demographics have changed. It may mean focusing on different ministries or services that better meet your community’s needs.
ALEX allows connection with other ministries that can help your congregation and point the way to new avenues of partnership. Each congregation has gifts and talents that allow them to do what they do best.
ALEX allows you to identify and recognize the volunteer ministries that serve your community and neighbors nearby. As you gather and input your data, you can reflect and recognize all that the congregation has accomplished.
ALEX helps the church identify things that matter and work together, showing our commitment to covenantal relationships. Think of it as each congregation has a piece of the puzzle. Once all the pieces are in their place, we see a complete picture.
The link below will take you to ALEX’s “Congregation” page: https://disciples.org/ALEX/congregation-user-info/. It provides training aids, worksheets, and links to other resources to help you with ALEX.