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Jon VerLee

Jon VerLee
Jon VerLee is the founder and CEO of Breeze Church Management. Before starting Breeze, Jon attended Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and was a student ministry pastor at Ada Bible Church. Today, he's honored to lead a passionate team dedicated to serving churches around the world.

Recent Posts

Speed Upgrade to Breeze

Posted by Jon VerLee on October 31, 2017

Updates

Over the past few months we've had the honor to begin serving many more churches as more and more churches sign up for Breeze. While we're excited about being able to serve these churches, we want to make sure the speed of the system is lightening fast for all users across the platform. To help with this, we've recently made three updates that should help keep Breeze running fast for everyone: Servers Upgraded We've added significant server capacity to our cloud infrastructure to be able to...

Include Tags on People Excel Exports

Posted by Jon VerLee on October 24, 2017

Updates

One of the most flexible and versatile features in Breeze is the tagging system. Being able to group any number of people together and filter by that group can have many different applications. Recently we introduced an update that allows tag information to also be included on Excel exports. Here's a quick video showing how it works.   We hope this allows you to serve the people connected to your church even better by generating spreadsheets that include exactly what you need. Enjoy!

Specify Who Receives a Printed Name Tag at Check In

Posted by Jon VerLee on September 12, 2017

Updates

We’re excited to announce that for churches who print name tags at check in, more customization options are now available. We've added: The ability to specify if certain people do not need a name tag printed, need a name tag, or need multiple name tags The ability to print a third name tag for a diaper bag We've put together a quick video (1 min 55 seconds) showing how this works:   You can find our documentation on this under Tag-Specific Settings. We hope these updates allow you to serve your...

Breeze is Hiring a Remote Part Time Team Member!

Posted by Jon VerLee on July 25, 2017

Updates

Update 8/7/17: Thanks so much for the flood of interest in this position. We're honored by all of the submissions and at this point have closed the application. If you applied you should be hearing from us over the coming weeks. We'll likely post again in the future and so feel free to keep your eyes out for the next time we're hiring. Thanks again!   Hi There! As we continue to grow, we're excited to be looking to expand our team. We're currently looking for someone to join the Breeze Team as...

Schedule Future-Dated Follow Ups

Posted by Jon VerLee on July 18, 2017

Updates

While assigning a follow up is a powerful feature to make sure the right people are met with and cared for well, in many cases it would be ideal to schedule a follow up to be assigned in the future. A few scenarios where this might be useful include: When someone had surgery and should be checked on in a couple of weeks to see how they are recovering When a potential volunteer would like to be contacted at the end of summer about volunteering during the school year When regular one-on-one...

What We've Been Working On Lately

Posted by Jon VerLee on July 11, 2017

Updates

At Breeze we're constantly working to make things simpler, more powerful, and more productive for your church. While most weeks we have multiple updates that we release, we tend to only share the big ones so as to not overwhelm your email inbox. Many of the more minor updates are important though and we wanted to take a moment to share a more complete list of what we've been working on lately. Hide Sensitive Data for Specific People Specific information for individuals can now be hidden. More...

Hide Sensitive Data for Specific People

Posted by Jon VerLee on June 27, 2017

Updates

We’re excited to announce that for churches that invite their members to log into Breeze to view other profiles as an online directory, specific information for specific people can now be hidden. For example, let's say there's a single mom who doesn't want other members to view her home address but she still wants to provide it so the church staff has it. This update provides a solution to this scenario. Here's a quick video showing how it works:   For more information, check out our...

Do Not Email & Do Not Text Settings

Posted by Jon VerLee on June 20, 2017

Updates

While being able to send group emails and texts is a powerful feature, in some cases people may want to be excluded from these communications. Solving this by removing them from the group or event may not always make the most sense. We're excited to announce that users can now specify if a person should be able to receive group emails or texts sent through Breeze. Here's a quick video showing how it works:   For more information, check out our documentation on restricting emails and restricting...

Breeze is Hiring: Work for Breeze (and your church)

Posted by Jon VerLee on May 30, 2017

Updates

Update 6/8/17: Thanks so much for the flood of interest shown in this position. We're both honored and humbled at everyone who is interested in sharing their gifts in helping churches and joining our team. At this point we've closed the open application and will be in contact with applicants within the coming weeks. Hi There! As we continue to grow, we're excited to be looking to expand our team. We're currently looking for someone to join the Breeze Team as a "Breeze Advisor". Advisors help...

Progress Bars Added to Exports

Posted by Jon VerLee on May 16, 2017

Updates

We're excited to announce that when exporting data from Breeze, users will now often see a progress bar displaying the export's status. This can be especially helpful for larger exports that may take several minutes to complete. For larger exports, users will also have a link appear allowing them to receive an email when the export completes. Users can then navigate away and work on other tasks and simply check their email when they'd like to access the file. We hope this interface update...
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I cannot say enough about Breeze. Their customer service is so friendly, you feel like you have friends and family helping you get started, they're prompt to reply and will do whatever they can to help you get things sorted out. It's been so easy to learn, our staff is loving it and best of all even our staff who are not computer savvy find it a breeze (pun intended). We are just thrilled by our choice.

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