Update May 17, 2017: This piece has been updated to reflect our most recent research into the top 20 most popular Church Management Software systems, from August of 2016. We also added videos and updated pricing where necessary.
Searching for church management software can be intimidating.
Especially as a large church. After sorting through all the options that are out there, you’re probably coming away asking yourself which systems are proven to work? Which ones are the largest, most popular and well-known systems?
While the small software companies can be just as good as the big ones, below I’ve outlined five church management systems that are considered to be some of the largest and most popular vendors, based on our Top 20 Church Management Software infographic.[sam id=”30″ codes=”true”]
The 5 Biggest Church Management Software Vendors
Here are the five biggest vendors in church management software in order of Capterra’s Market Score, which is a number from 0-100 based on the following three-part formula: 40% total number of customers, 40% total number of users, and 20% reviews and social media followers.
Capterra Market Score: 97
ACS, which has now been around for almost 40 years, provides churches with tools for managing their members, events, groups, finances, donations and donor relationships, volunteers, scheduling, and child care. Customers include Asbury United Methodist and Peace Baptist Church.
Pricing starts at $279.95 (one-time) for the basic church management and accounting package, but is highly variable based on the different modules and upgrades offered. Church management products within the ACS Technologies brand include Realm (administration and community for smaller churches), The City (social network), and Headmaster (school administration, pricing not available).
ACS Technologies has an abundance of robust features and is great for large and mega churches especially. A great plus is their church accounting software integration.
Some drawbacks, according to user reviews, are that it can get expensive and the interface can be a bit clunky.
Have you tried ACS? Please leave a review!
Capterra Market Score: 89
Servant Keeper is approaching its 25th birthday, and its market score has been steadily gaining momentum during the past several years. It now has more than 35,000 customers and almost 22,000 Likes on Facebook.
Pricing starts at $9.99 per month, and Servant Keeper offers a free demo.
Users say that Servant Keeper is very user friendly and highly versatile; it offers cloud, desktop, mobile, Windows, and Mac deployment. Reviewers also praise Servant Keeper’s help desk.
Capterra Market Score: 74
ParishSOFT is (Catholic) church management and accounting software for parishes and dioceses. Their products help churches manage their members, schedules, religious education, online giving, and also have features that help to connect the diocese with church staff, parishes and families.
They charge per module (and support and updates for the first year are free) or for a “family suite” of the basic features. The Family Suite ranges in price from $1,300 (for up to 100 families)-$3,850 (for up to 2,000 families), and if you have more than 2,000 families, it is $650 per 1,000 families.
ParishSOFT is great, according to testimonials, because it synchronizes the parish with the diocese, they understand Catholic parish management, they have great tracking capabilities, and they have a helpful customer service staff.
A downside mentioned is that ParishSOFT cannot operate on Apple computers or products.
Have you tried ParishSOFT? Please leave a review!
Capterra Market Score: 74
In addition to an awesome name, PowerChurch has a great reputation, earning an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 on Capterra. It cracked the top five on Capterra’s Most Popular Church Management Software list on the strength of its nearly 38,000 customers, second only to mighty ACS (as of 2016).
Pricing starts at a one-time fee of $395, and PowerChurch offers a free demo. PowerChurch comes in at No. 14 on Capterra’s Top 20 Most Affordable Church Management Software list.
PowerChurch offers a robust accounting module that is a hit with users, and our reviews also indicate that customer support is a big strength.
On the downside, PowerChurch keeps a very low social media profile—with no Facebook or Twitter accounts to speak of—making things difficult for users who prefer to communicate online via those channels. Users also found that the learning curve can be very steep.
Have you tried PowerChurch? Please leave a review!
Capterra Market Score: 70
Church Community Builder is web-based church management software that includes online giving, volunteer management, member profiles, and event management.
CCB offers graded pricing based on the size of the church, and you must submit information in order to receive a quote. However, according to current customers, their Standard Package for a church of about 800 will be in the thousands. Pricing is based on a church’s normal weekly attendance, and total cost for the first year’s subscription equals the base price for the version you choose (essential, standard, deluxe,), plus a one-time setup fee, and the fee for their recommended services (training, custom, implementation and data migration).
Church Community Builder has a great, clean look, and is very attractive, has good website integration, is very intuitive and easily navigated, and has many videos and knowledge base articles to help users.
A drawback is that some features are quite intricate and may require extensive training in order to fully implement them.
Have you tried Church Community Builder? Please leave a review!
Have any more insight or advice about these systems? Please leave a review using the links above, and add your thoughts in the comments below!
Also check out these articles, which compare more of the most popular ChMS systems, to guide you on your search for the right church management software:
- The Top 3 Church Management Software Options by Customers: A Comparison
- The Top 7 Free and Open Source Church Management Software Solutions
- ACS Technologies Alternatives: 5 Great Church Management Software Options Compared
- Church Asset Management: 5 Tools Compared
- Church Community Builder vs. Fellowship One