What's New

This is a release note summary on new developments for the product, Sojourner. Note that a new feature may not apply to your environment if you have not signed up for it. Please contact Greenfossil for assistance.

10 October 2023
  • Room Booking
    • New Fast Book option provides user with improved single day calendar showing all rooms for quick booking New
    • Fast Book page allows admin user to easily "Book for Others"
  • User Profile
    • Now includes a Documents section which allows uploading of personal documents like baptism cert
    • Pfile now includes an entry whenever a user account is disabled due to repeated login failures

19 September 2023
  • Communications
    • Message templates can be created and can be accessible by other users
    • Invalid email ids are now highlighted before sending
  • Service Plan
    • Service plan can now be cloned form existing ones
  • Directory
    • Pfile now contains CE history and pastoral notes
  • Membership Import
    • Now supports import of membership number, general remarks and pastoral notes

15 July 2023
  • Cell Group
    • Cell profile report now shows meeting frequency and week of meeting
  • Room Booking
    • Check in page now auto refreshes to show upcoming bookings
    • Displays public holiday time slots and allow admin to force book on public holidays
  • Directory
    • Newcomers now searchable by up branch leaders
  • Volunteer Rostering
    • Improved annotation for volunteer status: Accepted, Pending, Rejected

29 May 2023
  • Quick Menu
    • Menu now greys out features not available on mobile devices viz. reports
  • CG module
    • Cell Profile report now reflects recurring schedule for non-weekly meetings e.g. Second and Last Saturday
  • Room Booking
    • Admin assisted booking now allows selection of year & month instead of weekly navigation
    • Now allows amendment of Purpose field and dates for recurring booking
    • Creation of a new busy block now checks for existing bookings which conflicts with blocked dates
    • Booking calendar now shows tentative bookings which disallows duplicate bookings except by administrator
    • Room Booking Directory shows Room Booking Calendar as the default tab
  • Course & Event Modules
    • Admin assisted registration now provides more intuitive navigation
    • Improved duplicate name detection in pending registration list
  • Administration module
    • Account activation email template now editable by admin

23 March 2023
  • Room Booking
    • Booking menu now only visible to allowed roles
    • Admin now able to assign users to facility tree to allowed roles while previously this can only be done via a service request to Greenfossil
    • Added legend on Mange Bookings page
    • Calendar now shows booking purpose instead of booking owner
    • Now supports odd-month recurring booking
  • Relationship Tree (experimental)
    • Now shows given name of all extended family members
  • Main Dashboard
    • Now available to all users and displays information scoped to the user's access rights
  • Christian Education
    • Registration survey form renamed to Questionnaire

12 February 2023
  • Security
    • Now supports Singpass login New
    • Option to enforce 2FA if user does not login via Singpass
  • Pastoral Care. Enhanced Activity Logs section to be mobile responsive
  • Follow-up module
    • Activity Logs now show exact timestamps
    • Remarks on activity logs can be modified
    • Service newcomers can add CG preferences when "Join a Care Group" checkbox is checked
    • Newcomers can indicate multiple groups in Join CG form
    • Admin can edit email templates for follow up notification
    • Follow up dashboard now shows Newcomer and CG Request separately
  • Payment Gateway
    • Now supports Red Dot Payment Gateway New

10 December 2022
  • Relationship Tree (Experimental feature)
    • Supports span of seven generations New
    • Enhance the look of extended family tree graph
    • Added subject-centric graph
  • Room Booking
    • Enhance the look and color scheme of the room check-in UI
    • Check-in page now shows bookings for the day
  • Quick Menu. Enhance the look and color scheme of Quick Menu
  • Church Calendar. Enhanced the look and color scheme of the calendar
  • Main Dashboard
    • Improve the order of different sections
    • The charts now show the total number

15 October 2022

  • Security. Support for 2FA enforcement via SMS or email
  • CG module.  Support for flexible meeting frequency e.g. every Friday (weekly), 1st and 2nd Friday of the month (twice monthly) or 3rd Friday of the month (monthly)
  • Pastoral Care. Now allows edit of historical notes.
  • Follow Up module. Improved UI on heat map
  • Members Report.
    • Now supports various milestone filters: date baptised, date received Christ, date started serving, date first visited
    • Allow the generation and export of individual address and name fields

30 July 2022

  • User Profile
    • Now allows custom tags to be added to users and which are searchable
    • Now supports import of tags and relationship data
  • Course module.
    • Added lesson title, instructor and instructor bio fields
    • Topic is now optional
  • Event module. End date and session dates are auto-filled

4 May 2022

  • Main Dashboard. Numbers on dashboards are clickable to reveal list of persons behind the numbers.
  • Communication
    • OVERSEAS members are now include in recipient list.
    • Improved UI for notification method selection
    • Now supports WhatsApp notification
  • Volunteer Calendar. Improved UI to better differentiate teams.
  • Mobile UI.
    • Improved layout to optimise screen estate
    • Improved quick menu display
    • Improved chart display
  • Email subsystem is enhanced to enable sending of multiple 1000-recipients in one go.
  • Inactive Account constraints
    • Communications. Inactive accounts are excluded from recipient
    • Attendance taking. Becomes Active when attendance is
    • Event booking. Becomes Active when booking is made

29 March 2022
  • Cell Groups
    • Attendance Edit page now shows last updated date
    • Attendance table for Walk-in Visitors now shows last attended date
    • Contact field for Walk-in visitors is now optional
    • Attendance reminder now contains a link which CG leaders can use without requiring log in
  • Zoom Integration
    • Zoom account management feature allows CE administrator to use different Zoom accounts for different courses
  • Church Calendar
    • Now provides a list view which shows a chronological listing of events starting from current month
  • Main Dashboard
    • Numbers on charts are now clickable to reveal the list of member names represented in the number

25 January 2022
  • UI Themes New
    • Users have a choice of a number of predefined UI themes
  • Volunteer Calendar New
    • Event indicates if worship service plan is created, number of volunteers and number of items on plan
    • Admin can now generate service plan directly off the calendar
  • Follow Up / Pastoral Care Dashboard / Service Listing
    • Action buttons is now improved to be a drop down list to optimise screen real estate
    • Follow Up heat map now shows legend and sorted by assignee
  • Main Dashboard
    • Announcement panel now includes upcoming Birthdays and Wedding
    • Statistics chart can now be filtered by status: Active, Inactive, Overseas

14 December 2021
  • Worship Service Planning New
    • Create service plan with detailed order of service
    • Volunteers access to calendar of services, service plan and shared media
  • Main Dashboard New
    • Shows statistics in chart format:
      • Number of members by gender, by age group, by number of ministry involvement
      • Detailed breakdown of roles and number of persons per role in each ministry
    • Notification panel for church level announcements
  • Events Dashboard
    • Shows upcoming services, upcoming events, upcoming courses
    • Event calendar
  • Communications
    • You can now select an email template to pre-fill the subject and content fields
    • Announcement feature allows admin to create announcements which is pushed to Landing Page Dashboard announcement panel
    • Manage announcements: start and end dates, view history, delete
  • Room Booking. Right left arrow now moves calendar by number of days based on device real estate

16 November 2021
  • Zoom Integration New
    • Christian Education is now integrated with Zoom
    • New lesson meetings and new registrants are auto created in Zoom
    • At the end of each meeting, Sojourner automatically takes participant attendance, no manual intervention required
  • Dynamic Report Builder New
    • Administrator is now able to generate custom reports using custom filters and selectable columns
  • Volunteer Rostering
    • A volunteer now has an option to nominate another volunteer for an assignment 
    • Administrator can now view volunteer unavailability schedule
    • Volunteer roster can now be viewed in an intuitive calendar format
    • Volunteer report shows accumulated volunteer schedule for all services, filtered by date range and teams
  • Cell Groups
    • Contact field for walk-in visitors are now optional for attendance taking
    • Cell Type field in Cell Profile is now multi-selection
    • Preferred Day of Meeting in Join CG Request is now multi selection
    • Individual CG Detail report updated to show more details in one page
    • Leaders can now generate CG profile reports for his own tree
    • XFXZ 幸福小组 attendance taking -  BEST contact info is now optional 
  • Children Ministry
    • While adding a new child visitor, the user is now able to search for existing persons (members and visitors) to be linked to the child visitor as a parent or guardian
  • Christian Education
    • Topic is now optional
    • Added Lesson Title, Instructor and Instructor Bio fields

5 October 2021

  • Room Booking Integration New
    • Now integrated with ACT365 cloud-based EM door access system
    • A booker presents booking QR code to door reader to gain access to room
  • Room Booking. At the start booking page, you can see an entire week of bookings by selection of rooms
  • Children Ministry
    • Allows creating of new groupings by administrator for class configuration
    • Child visitor profile now shows additional child info like class and allergies
  • Members Report. Now includes an option to list accounts without roles.
  • Pastoral Case
    • Only leaders with permissions can view pastoral cases for members within their tree 
    • Pastoral cases for each member are now viewable within the P-File

24 August 2021
  • Directory. Now outputs child and adult visitors with more info
  • Cell Groups. Now allows taking of No Meeting attendance
  • Birthday / Anniversary Report
    • Previously only available for the admin user to generate for the entire church, this report is now available for leaders to generate for members in his tree
    • Excludes Deceased and Terminated members 
    • Allows filter by date range 

2 August 2021
  • Security. Account activation email link can now be re-triggered by administrator
  • Room Booking
    • Booking calendar now shows a full-week view in desktop and 3-day view in mobile devices
    • Booking report is exportable as CSV or PDF
    • Now sends ICS file in email for confirmation, cancellation and amendment
  • User Profile. Now supports highest education level and car plate number.
  • Christian Education
    • Previously when a course pre-requisite has multiple criteria, a user must satisfy all criteria before he can register for the course. The administrator now has the option to set it so that a user would meet the pre-requisite as long as he satisfies one of the criteria.

1 July 2021
  • Directory
    • Output for "Terminated" people now shows the termination reason
    • Includes Remarks and Misc Remarks fields in search output
    • Includes room bookings in search output
    • Includes children tag in search output
  • Christian Education & Event 
    • Event photo can now be cropped and adjusted for size and aspect ratio
15 June 2021
  • Quick Menu New
    • The menu bar now features a Quick Menu option which brings you to a graphical version which allows power users to type key words to zoom in on require menu options
  • Site Config
    • You can now change your own favicon and login screen background image
  • Children Ministry
    • Attendance report now includes a class filter in addition to session filter
  • Christian Education & Event
    • Registration link can now be downloaded as a QR code
  • User Profile
    • Added a new field called NRIC Prefix
    • Address field can be auto-filled by submitting the postal code
  • Cell Groups
    • CG Member Import now supports a role column

1 June 2021
  • User Profile
    • Now displays information on current roles and spaces of a user
    • Address field now provides a link to show the location in a google map
  • My Course/My Events
    • Course/event listing to be provide full info just like for admin listing including graphics
  • DNC feature New
    • Now supports DNC which allows admin user to set the DNC channels for any user who requests for no contact via phone call, SMS or email or any combination of these channels
  • Members' Report
    • You can now select the required columns to show in the report
  • Room Booking
    • Now supports global block out dates, so admin can disable all bookings in one place
    • Now Meeting Purpose field is mandatory to make a booking
  • Survey Form
    • Added visual demarcation between questions in edit mode
    • A member's P-File now includes a new tab showing all his submitted surveys

25 May 2021
  • Birthday / Anniversary Report New
    • Report menu now offers 2 new options: Birthdays and Anniversaries over an adjustable date range
    • Leaders' page shows birthdays and anniversaries of all leaders
  • Church Calendar
    • Revamped UI for better appeal and allows clicking on events to make bookings or registrations
  • Follow Up Module
    • Now allows admin to define roles which will be performing following up for newcomers
11 May 2021
  • Survey Form New
    • Create custom survey forms for members
    • Supports auto re-indexing of survey questions
    • Supports drag-and-drop of question positions
  • In-app Editor
    •   The in-app editor is upgraded to support tables, multi-level indentation, text attributes, image resizing etc. 

15 April 2021
  • Communications Module
    • Optimised sending batch emails and SMS to handle at least 1,500 BCC email/SMS.
  • Service Booking
    • Now supports attendance taking via mobile phone scanning of QR code

    • Now provides an SMS report to show volume of SMS utilisation by month
  • Room Booking
    • Booking directory allows searching of bookings by person and allow admin to take action like amendment or cancellation of bookings
    • Now supports check in by room attendee

1 April 2021
  • Room Booking module New
    • Allows management of room locations, booking slots, available and blocked out times and booking rules
    • Allows users access to calendar of available rooms and selection of available slots
    • Booking is tentative until approved by admin
    • Allows admin to create booking with recurrent schedule: daily, weekly, monthly, every Nth weekday of a month etc
    • Admin assisted booking allows forced booking over unavailable slots
  • Church Calendar
    • Mobile view now shows Day of Week

24 March 2021

  • Family Tree Viewer New
    • From the Relationship panel of a user's profile, you can click to see a visualisation of the immediate family relationships that are defined for the user
    •  You can also view inferred relationships based on relationships that defined by the user's own related persons
  • Communications Module
    • You can now create a communications message to be run at a later time
    • For customers who has the Children Ministry module, you can select Parents/Guardians or Emergency Contacts when using the Communications module to connect with Children Ministry Students
  • Service Booking
    • Now validates contact numbers to be one of the following formats: 3xxxxxxx, 6xxxxxxx, 8xxxxxxx, 9xxxxxxx

17 March 2021

  • Private Event Booking New
    • You can now set up by-invitation-only events which are not open to public viewing and booking
    • Management of invitation list
    • Batch booking
    • Most of the public event features are available here
  • Public Event Booking
    • You can now configure for an event to issue e-tickets through email, SMS or both
    • You can now customisable message templates for each event
    • Booking report is now available to Station Personnel
  • Termination Remarks. When a member status is updated to Terminated (deceased, left), there is now a Termination Remarks field to capture related details. Previously the Misc Remarks field is used for this purpose. Misc Remarks can now be used to capture other information.

1 March 2021

  • Public Event Booking New
    • This is a new module for the management of recurrently or one-off public events like  
    • Booking of service seats which enforces MCCY rules
    • Issue of e-tickets with a unique QR code for each attendee
    • On-site check-in and validation of QR code
    • Amendments and cancellations by users
    • Admin-assisted booking to support non-savvy users
    • Automated event creation, no on-going admin intervention required
    • Booking, attendance and attrition reports
    • Booking assistant role doing bookings on behalf of members who are not so savvy
    • Station Personnel role for actual day attendance taking, booking, cancellation
    • Intuitive UI on mobile, tablet or desktop platforms

8 February 2021

  • Add Service Member. You can now add new service members directly on the service tree main page.
  • Calendar. You can now embed the church calendar link in your external web sites or apps for public access.

16 November 2020

21 October 2020

  • Volunteer Rostering. Improved view of roster calendar by removing constraints on column width and display of long names

28 September 2020

  • Event Module. Created Event Admin Role with similar access as Course Admin

16 September 2020

  • Follow-Up Module. Added new state "Called". The standard flow is now Unassigned -> Assigned -> Called -> Assimilated.
  • Volunteer Rostering Module New. Enables admin to create rosters of volunteers for weekly or ad hoc services
    • Allows adding of volunteer roles needed for each service.
    • Allows defining how many volunteers are needed per role.
    • One-click auto assignment of volunteers to roles based on predefined algorithm.
    • One-click notification of all volunteers for an event.
    • Volunteers given option to accept or reject assignments.
    • Allows admin to override assignments.
    • Auto send reminders to volunteers 2 days before event.

2 September 2020

  • Resource Sharing Module
    • Add Ministry as a constraint, to control which Ministries are allowed access to the resource.
    • For each shared resource, show who has accessed it and when.
  • Events Module. As a logged in user, you can now register for a event or view your event history through the menu option "My Events"
    • The option My Events > New Event Registration brings you to the event registration page with all the fields pre-filled (name, mobile, email, church).
    • The option Me Events > My Event History displays a list of events you have registered for and your attendance rate.
  • Updated course / event registration success message so that it indicates confirmation email has been sent if registrant matches an existing member in the database.

18 August 2020

  • Follow-Up Module NewAllows service or event visitors to be tracked in Sojourner for follow-up
    • Admin assigns to a CG leader for follow-up, with deadlines, email notifications and email reminders
    • Standard flow is Unassigned -> Assigned -> Completed
    • Follow-up dashboard provides overview of different status for visitors: Unassigned, Assigned, Requested to Reassign, Requested to Drop, Dropped, Assimilated
  • Pastoral Care Case Management New. Provides case management features for Pastoral Care team 
    • Admin or Pastoral Care team creates cases for affected members
    • Ability to add Visits and Notes against the case.
    • Dashboard provides overview of different status for cases: Not Visited, Visited, Follow-up Required, Closed
    • Member's P-file record will include his/her pastoral care cases
  • Cell Group. Summary attendance report now includes a section for walk-in visitors and assigned newcomers.

29 July 2020

  • Church Calendar New
    • Show's all course sessions, events and recurrent services created in Sojourner.
    • Supports monthly and weekly view.
  • CE and Events Module
    • Supports pre-requisite
      • by membership types
      • by roles / role type
      • by ministry spaces
      • by courses attended
    • Added a lesson attendance subtotal row to attendance report
    • Now supports import of historical course attendance where 
      • Import file contains only one lesson per historical course to indicate who attended the course
      • Course code provided in import file is unique
    • Now supports view only access to course attendance and registration reports
  • Role type. Allow administrator to set the role type of each role e.g. Leader, Admin, Participant
  • Resource Sharing Module New. Allows administrator to upload managed resources (files or links), with the following controls:
    • Membership types
    • Roles or role types
    • Resource status
    • Availability date range
  • Ministry Tree
    • You can now add a person to a role in the ministry tree by searching for his phonetic name i.e. Chinese,Tamil...
  • Cell Groups / XFXZ 幸福小组
    • Generates XFXZ/幸福小组 attendance report with a focus on BEST and includes Salvation Date 
    • Allow someone who is an XFXZ Leader of a space the ability to add anyone in the system as an XFXZ Assistant or XFXZ Member. However a XFXZ Leader has no access to user profile details of those he added.

8 July 2020

  • Events Module New
    • New module which allows the church to create events for online registration.
    • Supports attendance taking like course module.
    • Supports per-event survey questionnaire.
  • Cell Groups. Now supports capture of  Salvation Date for walk in visitors
  • Cell Attendance History Report. When viewing the cell attendance history of a cell group, the date range can be set to see data which falls within the range. Previously, after viewing the attendance history of one cell, the selection of another cell for viewing will cause the date range to be reset to the default value of the most recent one month. Now, the date range setting is remembered as the user selects different cells.
  • CE/Events Module
    • Updated tooltip for Registration button to Register participants as an administrator.
    • In public registration page, if there's more than one course available, set default to "Select one" instead of selecting the first available course.
    • If course's unique registration link is clicked, and today is outside the application date period, show the message "Course is not open for registration yet".
    • For course listing page, highlight in green application date field which matches today.
  • Self attendance taking for online events. How it works:
    • With one click, admin sends an email to attendees with a self-attendance link.
      • Link can only be accessible on the day of event.
    • On the day of event, admin retrieve a 5-character event code.
    • Attendees opens the self-attendance link and enter the 5 character event code to take own attendance.
  • Import. Now supports import of relationships.

24 June 2020

  • Mobile Access.  When viewing any Service or Ministry Tree on a mobile device, the user interface now provides a slider drawer which allows you to view the full tree before you select a space. The drawer auto hides to reveal the details of the selected space. To select another space, just touch the drawer handle to slide it open.

  • Communications Module
    • At the first step when selecting roles, a new filter is provided which allows you to specify the sending mode:
      • Send Either, which sends emails to those members with emails and sends SMS to those without email but has mobile number.
      • Send Email Only, which sends emails to members with emails.
      • Send SMS Only, which sends SMS to members with mobile numbers.
    • On Email/SMS Editor page, the system now shows the number of recipient at the Email section header and SMS section header, to give an indication of how many messages will be sent.
    • On user selection page, an export button is provided to export the list of users who are uncontactable i.e. those with neither email nor mobile numbers.
    • Allow the sender email to be a preconfigured admin email. For each email sent, the system defaults the sender email to this email address.
    • Allow the To email field to be replaced. By default the To field is set to the user email. It can be replaced with another email. If left empty, To will default to the pre-configured admin email.
    • Service space has been added to the navigation tree so that you can select from any ministry or service space to determine your target audience

  • Directory. The search output now shows the last login time of each user.

10 June 2020

  • Members' Report. The report now occupies the entire width of the screen, thus displays more information.

  • Communications Module. At the first screen when selecting roles, you can now use the Membership filter to select only those who belong to the selected membership type(s).

  • CE Module
    • In the course listing page, you can now use "Copy Registration Link" button of each course to copy its specific registration link to the clipboard. This is a convenience feature so that you can embed this link in your external web site, if required, and when the user clicks on this link the specific course will be pre-selected in the registration page.
    • As a logged in user, you can now register for a course or view your course history through the menu option "My Courses"
      • The option My Courses > New Course Registration brings you to the course registration page with all the fields pre-filled (name, mobile, email, church) except for the course to register for.
      • The option My Courses > My Course History displays a list of courses you have registered for and your attendance rate for those courses.

6 May 2020

  • CE Module.
    • Improved course management page with pop-up help text for each action button.
    • Attendance taking by scanning is improved to display an indicator when an attendee is a walk-in participant instead of a registered participant.
    • Attendance report is improved to
      • Show lesson date in the Lesson column header.
      • Indicate attendance with "Present" instead of lesson date.
      • Indicate absence with "Absent" in red instead of a dash.

  • Members' Report. The latest supported import spreadsheet template is available for download on the member import page.

24 March 2020

  • Members' Report. The column Phone will now display the preferred number if the user has indicated a number as preferred. Otherwise it will show the latest updated contact number regardless of whether it's mobile, home or office numbers. 

28 January 2020

  • Communications Module. Only applicable roles to a selected space will be shown for selection, while previously it shows up all roles that are declared in the parent spaces.

  • CE Module. You can now take attendance directly against a course from the course listing page instead of first searching for a course session by date.

4 December 2019

  • AGM
    • The system now allows more than one AGM and EOGM per year.
    • It now supports the notion of population by congregation. For instance if you have a Chinese Service space, you can now organise an AGM that only accepts church members from this service as official attendees for a Chinese Service AGM.

  • Members' Report.
    • Export button on Members Report page now allows export only by roles with the permission to export.
    • The import spreadsheet now includes a Enable Login column. By default, the value is "No" if not specified. If value supplied is "Yes", the system will send an account activation email to the member which will guide member to define his password to complete his/her account creation.
    • The import spreadsheet now accepts Partial ID instead of Partial NRIC. This is so that the admin can input any partial ID based on NRIC, passport or other identification  applicable to the member being imported.

21 November 2019

  • Cell Attendance. When a Cell Leader or Cell Admin is taking cell group attendance, the system will automatically select the cell group if the user only has one cell assigned to him/her. Only when there's more than one cell assigned will the user be required to select which cell group to take attendance for.