Technology Acquisition & Front End Analysis for the Small Church

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Tom Spence is a retired Marine Corps officer. He is an ordained minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is husband, father, and grandfather and returned to live in his native Oklahoma in 1999.

As a Marine Tom served in the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Marine Divisions; as a student and instructor in profession level schools; as a series commander and staff officer at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina; as the Inspector-Instructor on Independent duty in Des Moines, Iowa; and as a Program Manager in Orlando, Florida. He also served a year with the United Nations as Patrol Base Commander, Sector Operations Officer, and Deputy Commander of the Southern Sector in Iraq and Kuwait (UNIKOM).

He has degrees in political science, biblical studies, theology, and counseling. Beyond his Marine Corps experience, he has been an independent trainer, counselor, and newspaper manager. He is currently the Pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Burns Flat, Oklahoma.
Tom's two most recent works are in the areas of life skills education. They are The Profanity Problem: And what to do about it, and Acceptance of Authority: Returning to the boundaries of law and ethics. These two lessons target those who contend with populations that cannot seem to get a grip on a temperate vocabulary or following rules set for the benefit of society. These lessons are especially targeted at inmate populations, students with disciplinary problems, and groups with a self improvement curriculum.

Tom recently published two plays. One is based upon the 9th chapter of John's gospel. It is titled: 9 Encounters of John 9. The second is based upon the Parable of the Talents and is simply titled: Ten Talents.

Tom publishes hundreds of articles online each year as a freelance author, including two blogs and the local paper.

Other titles by Tom Spence


ReBaselining America: Setting a foundation of liberty for the next 200 years
Christianity for Marines
Sea Stories


Even the Elect
First Steps Towards Eternity
Tough Day at the Plate

Wit and Wisdom Workouts

The Best of Out of the Box


9 Encounters of John 9: A Play in 3 Acts
Ten Talents: A Play in 3 Acts

Life Skills Education

The Profanity Problem: And what to do about it
Acceptance of Authority: Returning to the boundaries of law and ethics

Technology Acquisition & Front End Analysis for the Small Church

Authored by Tom Spence

This course aims to provide the small church session, committee, or commission with the basic framework for assessing the needs of the congregation and finding viable solutions to those needs when major technological purchases are being considered. While this is a tough task; this training attempts to focus on the basics without omitting critical details. The goal is to make this process simple without becoming simplistic.

Specifically, this course is designed to:

Assist the group with determining needs and writing needs statements.
Assist the group in broadening its perspective, to wit: not all needs are best met with technology solutions. The group that desires to serve the church best will examine multiple alternatives and solutions.
Identify additional manpower requirements with or without technology.
Assist the group in finding a way to try on the potential purchase before buying.
Consider not only the equipment purchase, but the life cycle cost. Consider not only the equipment purchase, but the implementation plan.
Ask the Return on Investment (ROI) Question before purchase. Provide a repeatable format for major acquisitions in the future.

Technology acquisition is tough business. Done well, it rivals pastoral search committees for intensity, building committees for volume of information to digest and internalize, and the discipline of maintaining a healthy diet while working in a candy store. Done well, it also produces good fruit, even if the decision is something other than a technology purchase.

Publication Date:
1463555199 / 9781463555191
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8" x 10"
Full Color
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Business & Economics / Purchasing & Buying

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