It’s no secret that having the right software tools to power your ministry is critical in today’s society. We live in an app-based, digital world. As churches continue to evolve, they are adopting multiple platforms: church management software (ChMS), a church app for their congregation, online giving services, and more.

These platforms are effective at saving time and appealing to the next generation. However, they become inconvenient when church members must enter their personal details into several platforms.

If church members are already registered in your church management software, what if they could also see their giving analytics in your ChMS dashboard? What if your church app could link directly to your online giving service in a seamless and painless way? What if your church could run a background check on a new volunteer without having to enter their personal details in another program?

Thankfully, top church software makers have made it clear that they share the same goal. They want to make amazing software that makes your job easier, saves you time, and allows your ministry to thrive. That includes making software that works together with other software platforms.

A New Level of Integration is Here

Protect My Ministry

Top church software developers are putting a heavy focus on deep integration with other software platforms. Protect My Ministry by Ministry Brands is one company that has made it a priority to link with many ChMS solutions and let you run background checks with ease. 

Josh Weis, executive vice president of Protect My Ministry, says,

The most healthy way to do background checks is to integrate them with the church software to serve members and congregations well. Your volunteers are all there in your database. You can set up volunteers in groups and very simply run a very effective background check. The church management software plays a very important role in the background check itself.”

Josh goes on to say,

Our goal truly is to serve the church well. There are all kinds of tools out there–like RockRMS and Church Community Builder. We’ve been pretty open with the companies we integrate with, and it’s been nice to know that they’re willing to recognize the importance of working together. We think it’s important to serve the customer.”

Pushpay

Ministry Brands isn’t the only company offering powerful integrations with other software. Pushpay, a leader in online giving, integrates its platform with 24 software solutions. Pushpay integrates with software from Ministry Brands, and they even offer support for Quickbooks Online. Kent Woodyard, director of partnerships and integrations at Pushpay, said,

We are committed to open transfer of data and building partnerships/bridges with other innovative companies serving churches. We believe that churches are served best when different platforms – even some who are marginally competitive with each other – so we like to figure out a solution to be able to serve the church together. Our 15 API integrations (and counting) is a reflection of our commitment to this.”

Pushpay makes it clear that they are open to supporting as many integrations as possible to benefit your ministry.

Our broad array of supported solutions ensures that – wherever they go – Pushpay will already be there. Ready to serve,” says Woodyard.

Tithe.ly

Other platforms such as Tithe.ly also offer tight integration with various software solutions. Their website says that they are constantly adding new integrations to their list of church database partners. They encourage you to contact their sales team if the platform you use is not listed. They may possibly be able to offer an integration.

As a general rule, it’s a smart idea to contact the sales team of a particular software platform. You can ask them about specific integrations before purchasing. Not every platform will support the integrations you might be seeking, so check with the company first.

How to Leverage These Powerful Integrations

Every company may have a slightly different process for setting up software integrations. It’s a good idea to start by looking at the company’s online knowledgebase. This will usually include a wide variety of articles on how to use the platform. You can also reach out to their support team, and they should be able to point you in the right direction.

Using robust software platforms will save you time and money. It’s also a great way to reach out to the next generation by offering new options for first-time guests to get connected with your church. As software continues to evolve, integrations will only get better. Software developers are becoming unified with their goal of growing God’s kingdom and helping you do ministry. That includes making sure their software plays nice with other software.