Churches are communities of faith but are also complex organizations. Just like any business, churches need tools to help with administrative tasks and tracking key factors. There are lots of options on the market, but it’s important to pick the right church management software for your church.
Over the past couple of years, these are the most desired features for churches searching for software.
#1: The Database: People & Families
This is the backbone of the entire software. This is where you keep track of all your people and their personal information, such as gender, birthdate, address, and contact information. It’s also important to be able to group people together in family units.
#2: Events & Attendance Tracking
It’s important to be able to add your events and church services to a calendar so you can see a clear view of what’s coming up. It’s also important for churches to be able to input attendance for each of the church services. Whether your church does person-by-person attendance or a simple head-count, it’s one of the most valuable things you can track.
#3: Texting and Email
Communication has become one of the most critical factors for churches. It’s crucial to be able to filter your database down to a certain group of people, and easily send a text message or email to that group.
Some church management systems allow you to sync with texting services and email platforms, but some systems have texting and email built-in, which is the best option.
#4: Online Giving
Digital Online Giving has become more and more important over the past few years. People carry cash and checks less, and want to be able to automate their donations. A few of the top church management systems have online giving built-in, so you can simply get the code for your giving form and embed it onto your website. Features like Text-to-Give and Kiosk-mode make it easier for your donors to give.
#5: Kids Check-in
Another popular feature churches are looking for is Kids Check-in, which allows your team to check kids into the Kids Ministry when they arrive. You can print off security labels for the kid and the guardian, to make sure the right person is picking up each child.
#6: Guest Follow-Up
This has always been a hot topic with church leaders, but more and more, the “automation” part of guest follow-up is the key feature.
Church leaders want to be able to set up a workflow, then let the software do the heavy lifting of automatically sending texts, emails and creating assignments across the staff.
As you are shopping, take your time and find one that suits your church well. Most of the strong companies will give you a Free Trial so you can check it out before you buy it.
Good Luck in your search for the perfect church management software for your church!