Planting a church is hard work.

In the early stages, a small group of people handle the brunt of the workload. Sunday set-up, child care, budgets, communications, you name it.

Resources may be low, but solutions are still necessary. Thankfully, technology can help ease some of the burden. A number of free or low-cost technologies are available that even a church plant could afford.

Accounting Software:

Aplos

Web-based fund accounting software developed specifically for churches. Three options are available depending on your accounting needs:

Price: Church plants can qualify for 6 months FREE upon request; $25-$120/month depending on the features*, 15-day free trial available

*Organizations who make $50k or less in gross receipts qualify for a 30% discount.

Servant Keeper

Web and iOs solution that ties mobile apps, church management and accounting into a single platform. The software is customizable based on your needs and focused on saving you time.

Price: Starts at $10 a month, 30 day demo is available

Church Communications:

Dial My Calls

Web-based solution to send phone calls, text messages, and emails.

Price: Based on usage with unlimited plans from $7.49 a month

Mail Chimp

Email solution that grows with your needs. Manage lists, add subscribers through your website and more.

Price: Free for up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails a month, Paid plans start at $10 a month

Send Tree

Engage your church and save time doing it. Send text, email or voice messages to custom groups and help nurture and grow your church.

Price: Plans start at $9 a month and grow based on group size.

Church Management and Planning:

By The Book

By the Book has been providing feature rich software for churches since 1991. Roll Call will help your church manage membership, track and report on contributions, understand how folks are involved and much more. With child check-in, ipad access, and web connection options, Roll Call is a great solution for church plants.

Price: One time purchase with upgrades. Starts at $129

Church Community Builder

CCB’s Essential version was designed specifically with the church plant in mind and provides only the features absolutely necessary to launch a new church and begin building a well-connected community.

For the purposes of this program, a church plant is a church that has held its very first service within the last 12 months and has normal weekly attendance of 125 or less, including youth and children.

Price: Starts $200 one-time set up and $45 per month

Church Office Online

Church Office Online’s goal is to equip ministries with the best tools available. They believe that price should not hinder or be a barrier to the growing of the Kingdom. They aim to serve churches that have just started and are meeting in someone’s home up to churches with 5,000 attenders with their intuitive, web-based church management software.

Price: After the free 60-day trial, price is $25 per month for 0-60 records. Churches can also save by paying for a year in full and saving 10%.

Elvanto

Church management, worship planning, volunteer scheduling, child check-in, event management, online giving.

Price: Plans based on active number of adults. Special pricing available for church plants in their first year. Thirty-day free trial, no setup fees, and paid plans begin at $30 a month.

Digital Notes & Bible Reading:

YouVersion Live

Create scheduled events for you church that show up in the YouVersion app. Events can include: sermon notes, scripture references, prayer requests, bulletin information, small groups study, website links

Price: Free with an admin account to Bible.com

Mobile App:

BlueBridge

Build engagement, promote events, lower print costs, increase giving, communicate quickly with a mobile app.

Elexio

Share media, register for events, accept payments and contributions through a custom branded app.

Online Giving:

MoGiv

Accept tithes and offerings anytime with the ability to direct gifts to church projects or ministries. Supports recurring giving.

Price: Processing fee is per transaction – Credit/Debit Card Fee 2.9% + 70¢

Online Meetings & Conference Calls:

Free Conference

Free conference call app for meetings, conference calls, and bible studies. Includes mobile apps, automated invitations and reminders, moderator controls & more.

Price: Basic plan is free. Upgrade services and capability starts at $9.99 a month.

Presentation Software:

AirStream

Create custom worship experiences, share files with your team, synchronize service elements, present your presentation, direct and record your live stream

Price: Starts at $130 a month (This is on the high side for presentation software but not when you consider the live stream capabilities.)

Proclaim

Arrange song lyrics, announcement slides, and sermon notes from anywhere. A single license allows you to install Proclaim on as many computers as you want (Mac or PC).

Price: Based on church attendance. Starts at $19.95 a month.

Website:

Grace Church Website

Free website, domain registration, annual domain renewal, content management system, and hosting for organizations.

Price: Free with application and approval

Ministry Designs 2.0

Highly flexible, drag and drop website builder. Allowing you to keep your site up to date from anywhere.

Price: Initial set up $0, $60 a month after that