Over at Ministry Today Magazine, John Brandon writes about a program (plus individual hand-held wireless keypads) that allow people to answer questions anonymously that the preacher poses from the pulpit. Turning Point is a PowerPoint add-in, but doesn’t work well with Media Shout (we happen to use both).
The preacher can ask simple questions to gauge the congregation’s interest or level of experience with a subject matter. An example was "Porn Sunday" users were asked about their struggles. The responses helped people understand that they are not alone in their struggles. Because it is anonymous, those who use it believe that people will be more honest in their answers.
Another church used it to survey the congregation as to when throughout the week they would like small groups to be offered.
I got to their site, (see below) but did not find an easy way to find the cost. I am usually pretty out front when it comes to tech things…but I can think of a lot of other ways to spend our church’s money first.
Ministry Mag’s article: http://www.ministrytodaymag.com/display_cms.php?id=14362
or Turning Points website: http://www.turningtechnologies.com/