The idea of tracking and managing a constantly changing group of worshippers can be daunting, but with the help of certain software programs, it can become like second nature.
There are hundreds of management programs out there, each specifically designed to assist with church programming.
Here are a few standout software options;
ACS Technologies has been around since 1978. Their software helps organize and manage churches and nonprofit communities for an affordable one-time price of $279.95. Boasting a membership of around 50,000 churches, this is one of the most popular programs because of its easy-to-use interface.
Features include an online giving option, child care check-in, directories, volunteer management, and attendance tracking. With cloud access, you can access vital information at any time, anywhere.
One of the biggest complaints about ACS is the inability to customize it. Pros include the different levels of software ACS offers. ACS Realm focuses more on membership management, while the ACS Financial Suite focuses on payroll and donations. If you’re having trouble, their 24-7 online support team can help.
With a price tag of $9.99 per month, Servant Keeper couldn’t be much more affordable. If your church is just starting to look into management software, Servant Keeper offers a demo and a low-commitment offer.
The program is said to be the easiest interface to use, especially for those who may not be familiar with software program installation and use. Many customers boast about the app that goes along with the program — it allows you to access donor and membership information as easily as checking your email.
One of the cons involves the limited hours for customer service, known as the HelpDesk. Although not 24-7 like ACS, the HelpDesk replies in a thoughtful manner within regular business hours. Many reviewers have mentioned that customer service representatives are extremely knowledgeable about the program and skilled at solving any problems that may arise.
PowerChurch makes it a mission to focus on the customizable aspect of church life. It’s a pricier program, at $395 for a one-time purchase of the desktop software, but one that has been trusted by more than 30,000 churches for over 30 years.
PowerChurch Plus is well loved because of its accounting system, which translates to Microsoft products. Church financial managers continue to trust and recommend this program because it does exactly what it’s supposed to do.
Negatives include the outdated interface and lack of flashy features. Newer software programs designed for churches are equipped to evolve with the changing technological world, offering marketing features like newsletter creation and email collateral.
People have also mentioned that novice accountants might find it hard to track and manage their institutions’ finances through the portal without some basic accounting knowledge.
Church Community Builder differs from the other programs due to its specific goals: to build community, engage people, and grow disciples. It’s the cleanest and most updated software on this list, with a plethora of options and uses to assist with every aspect of church management, from accounting to event planning to pledge management.
The hefty price point can deter many churches from subscribing. The cost of a subscription depends on the size of a church’s weekly attendance, ranging from $120–$270+ per month.
If you’re looking to manage a small group of worshippers, it may not be the best idea to spend thousands of dollars a year on a program that can be handled by less expensive competitors. But if you have a large congregation, this powerful tool could be the best platform to help you grow.