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8.7 FP1 Version 20190315 (Released March 22, 2019)

New features and improvements:

  • Attendance
    • Updated Advanced Batch Entry and Basic Batch Entry default Who option to Everyone
    • Added ability to add Head count by clicking the Visitor button in Advanced Batch Entry
    • Added a separate Who option for deceased members in batch entry views
    • Improved the logic that is used to predict event dates when entering an attendance batch
    • Added Group by Household option to Attendance Behavior Report
    • Added ability to sort Attendance Behavior Report by Ministry Group and Person Assigned by last date attended
    • Added ability to print a generic Attendance Roster that includes everyone
    • Added the ability to filter by event for enrollees
  • Contributions
    • Updated to support TLS version 1.2, making records transferred over the internet more secure. This change was put in place by Vanco. All older versions of Shepherd's Staff will no longer automatically download records. 
  • General
    • Converted Month-at-a-Glance window to .NET. This window is currently visible only in the Attendance module but will be visible in other modules as Shepherd's Staff is rewritten.
  • Subgroups
    • Converted subgroup reports to .NET

Bug fixes:

  • Attendance
    • Sorted Households in both Advanced and Basic Batch Entry by sequence and then age
    • Fixed a bug in which users were unable to scroll up in data grids without first scrolling down
    • Scaled module appropriately on a Windows Surface tablet and other 4k resolution notebooks
    • Fixed "Did not attend" Attendance Behavior Report not sorting by last date attended
    • Fixed "Missed more than" Attendance Behavior Report to include people with no attendance in the selected time frame
    • Fixed a rare instance in which the Attendance Behavior report wouldn't show the correct last attended information
    • Fixed saved Attendance rosters to now save the Who drop-down
  • Finance
    • Fixed an error creating incorrect totals in the Account Tree for Income and Expense accounts
    • Fixed an error that occurred when restoring Finance only after a new report has been created
  • General
    • Removed Restore Finance Only from the Audit Log
  • Membership
    • Fixed an issue in which the LCMS annual report was double counting confirmed adults
8.7 Version 20180926 (Released September 27, 2018)

New features and improvements:

  • A complete redesign with all data presented in a single view with tabs, sections, and a new user interface.
  • Smart searches and filters on each view.
  • New way to customize Attendance including the ability to rearrange columns in each view.
  • All columns can be sorted.
  • Added the ability to save any view, report, or action for future use.
  • Redesign of batch entry including an all-new basic batch entry.
  • Any view can be made into a report by using filters and searches.
  • Refined, smaller list of special reports that pull data from multiple views.
  • Worship patterns and ability to analyze them.
  • New print preview with the ability to drill down into the data.
  • Improved keyboard navigation and shortcuts.
  • Several back-end changes to make Shepherd’s Staff more efficient.


Features removed or replaced in Attendance include:

  • Church Dashboard
  • I want to . . .
  • To-do list
  • Month at a Glance
  • Batch numbers
  • Various option in batch entry
  • Replaced find button with new search field in every view
  • “Fast Facts” from all views
  • Can no longer add, edit, or remove attendance summaries. They are now view only and are maintained behind the scenes.
  • Report descriptions
  • Selecting print in any view will always display a preview first.
  • Attendance History report
  • Mailing Labels (temporarily removed)
  • Report Writer (temporarily removed)
  • Attendance Behavior report replaces Absentees, Attendance Follow-up, and Perfect/Missed Attendance reports
  • Event Enrollees report (printed directly from enrollees view)
  • Sunday School/Church Class Roster replaced with Attendance Roster report
  • Ability to import and export subgroups
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  • How am I suppose to post an event summary? I do not have all the names of people who attended, I have a number of people. This is the information that I need to be able to input and it looks as if that option has been removed.

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  • If you are visiting this page to find out how to enter attendance, let me share a couple of things to make it easier since the manual is missing.

    Yes you have to click the unlabeled search box upper right.  After you type the first name and use the arrows to select the family, hit return to select it, the name will appear at the top of your list - most of the time. Hit the space bar to select the family members. But WAIT - you can just start typing the next families name and repeat the process for the next family.

    The only time you have to click the search box is the first time you are on the page OR after you click add in the center of the page. 

    What about the late attendance cards? Select Detail, then the add button to start to add the people. You can select Add Multiple which lets you add several people under the same event and date. When you are done, click the Cancel button - no not the done button, because there is not done button. In this case Cancel does not cancel the names you put in ONLY the process of putting in.  But WAIT..

    You will not be able to see the names you just put in until you do the following: In the side bar click Batches, then Detail. Now they show up.

    I will share things as I discover them. Add you own helps here also.

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  • OK, so to add attendance for people who turned their card it the old way was to click on the big A on the top.

    Now we select Detail and click the add button. Great. Even an option to add multiple. I enter a person, click save, enter the next name, save until the end. Then what?

    No done button. Clicking cancel cancelled all 5 names. Great. Back to entering them again. Start to enter them again and it says he is already in there. Have to click back to Batch and then back to Detail and he shows up. Missed that in the instructions book. 

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  • Why do you add extra steps to enter attendance? Before, I type part of the name, spacebar to select or up/down arrows. Now I type the name and then hit return.Yes it's only one step, times 90 families.
    Why are deceased showing up in attendance? They do not appear in Membership unless you check the box.
    Even when I got in rhythm of adding names it takes longer to do attendance. Not what I need.
    Hope you get the mailing labels back in before the next newsletter run...

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  • why is report writer temporarily removed ? not sure how to generate my attendance reports anymore?

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