There are many church management software solutions on the market, to say the least. It can be overwhelming for churches to find an offering that fits their style, needs, and budget. From time to time we focus on some of the lesser known and start-up software companies because they're often newer to the market and have a fresh approach to church management software (ChMS).
While the five companies listed below are not all “new,” many of them are “newer” in that they were launched less than five years ago and serve churches of different sizes and scope from church plant to mega, from US to international.
Now for the list (in no particular order):
1) Easy Church Tools
Easy Church Tools began as a sermon podcasting company in 2006 and grew to introduce church giving software in 2010. In early 2012, they launched their latest product: Connect Manage, its web-based church management software offering.
Connect Manage offers simple tools to import, connect, report, track attendance, and manage all kinds of stats of your church including: Total number of people, totals for adults, children, and families. Plus the percentage of people active in ministries and small groups. Their software also offers important dates features that remind church staff of birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and graduation dates for each member in your church.
Easy Church Software's church management tools are designed for small to medium sized churches. Larger churches usually will have greater needs for their church management software. They don’t claim to have every feature, but do focus on important things as well as adding features to meet the specific needs of churches they work with.
Their Connection Step system will help churches keep track of new visitors through a customizable and welcoming process and also allows churches to keep track of new visitors and make sure they are connected into the church. The profile data that can be added can integrate with Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks too. This helps churches keep in contact with people using methods other than just email or phone. Connect Manage pricing is low and offers phone and email support with every account. Easy Church Tools are compatible with smartphones and tablets and offer additional features to make church easy.
To find out more visit Easy Church Tools.
2) Church Desk
SimpleChurchCRM’s philosophy is to offer web-based church management software in a way that is simple, straightforward, and created for non-technical users. Created four years ago, SimpleChurchCRM got its start by working with local churches and they continue to do so now. Practically, the software streamlines features like child check-in, group texting, and online giving. They offer robust mobile apps for leaders and child check in volunteers that offer practical features for any size of church.
SimpleChurchCRM works with churches of all sizes. They work with many church plants and smaller churches who enjoy their mobile apps and their easy-to-use iPad child check in app. Tracking follow ups is important for churches of all sizes, so our interactions feature provides a way to involve staff and leaders in visitor and member follow ups, without requiring them to log in to SimpleChurch. For medium and large churches, their integrations with Mail Chimp, Constant Contact, and Planning Center Online are popular. Their mass contact tool allows churches to mass email, text, and voicemail groups in order to stay connected effectively with members and visitors.
SimpleChurchCRM also offers an integrated online giving system with industry-leading low rates, text-giving, mobile giving, and kiosk giving. Information is kept in one place, where the appropriate pastors and leaders can access important information, anywhere. Attendance is easier, since small group leaders can take attendance on their smart phone. Child care volunteers can even SMS text message a parent of a child during a worship service via our native child check in app for iPhone. SimpleChurchCRM’s mobile apps allow leaders to take attendance, record and assign ministry visits / calls, send mass emails / texts / voicemails to groups, and add visitors. Parents can even check in their child on their iPhone as they walk onto campus, before reaching the check in station.
To find out more visit SimpleChurchCRM.
4) Breeze ChMS
– Rostering and Service management for your volunteers and worship team
– People Flows and built in reports to help support your pastoral processes
– They have servers across Australia, Europe and the USA, which deals with a lot of privacy concerns churches face today.
-Mobile access to the information they need anywhere. Their system fully supports smart phone and tablet use.
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You stated the list is in alphabetical order, but it isn’t. So, is there any significance to the ordering?
Hey Traye! Good catch! Looks like my team edited this article recently and (whoops) the alphabetical order got jumbled. So you are correct–the list is in no particular order. Another great site to review and look up Church management software is http://www.capterra.com/church-management-software/ – they list lots of reviews and also go over features to help churches know what they are getting. I highly recommend them!
Thanks for the great post Lauren! Very well written. I would like to make you, and anyone else who is interested aware of a new church management software that our team is developing. As of right now, it is completely free! The url is https://churchuser.com
Hi David, Thanks for your comment! We haven’t heard of Church User before, so shoot me an email lauren at churchtechtoday dot com so that we can carry on the conversation. There are always new church software options popping up and we’d like to add you to the list for our next software review! Blessings, Lauren
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Hey Bryan! Sorry I didn’t reply to your interview request. I don’t think I’d consider myself an SEO expert. I’m a pro blogger, writer, and church tech “expert” if you want to call me that. Happy to help where I can. Shoot me an email at lauren at churchtechtoday dot com.
Thanks Lauren for sharing, after reading this article I registered for 30 days free trail with 1st company easy church tool and enjoying my free trail. Till date I recommend it and thanks again for sharing.
Glad the free trial was helpful. Which software did you opt to try? I’d love to hear how it’s going if you’d like to post a comment with your feedback. Cheers, Lauren
How’s the free trial going, Stella? Which software did you try out?
Great article Lauren! Wanted to make you aware of another ChMS company called Seraphim Software. Check us out at http://www.seraphimsoftware.com
Thanks for letting us know about Seraphim, Chip! We’re excited to learn and share more with our audience. Blessings, Lauren
Chip, I’ve been checking out Seraphim, great product! It seems that a lot of Chms companies are offering their own in house online giving software as part of their software package. Does Seraphim offer one?