Regardless of the size of your church you don’t have the luxury of debating when and why you should use church management system (ChMS) or software. If anything, this post is helping you clarify the why. I’ll also suggest some self-diagnostic questions. We’ll also explore what should / shouldn’t be happening in churches already using ChMS. So, churches already using ChMS should also find this useful.
WordPress.org recently announced ETA of WordPress 5.2. I love updates because I like new shiny things. Besides that, they (should) mean better security and better performance. Before we cover things you could do to prepare, here are three things I’m particularly looking forward to in 5.2:
The Church Tech scene has changed and evolved over the past ten years — what does church tech look like, today?
Talk of church websites and basic sound design were once a premium that few churches could afford. Fast forward to today, and each of us hold more technology in our pockets than we could have ever dreamed possible.
So where does that leave us?
It’s no secret that we at ChurchMag are big fans of Church Themes (both the actual products and the people behind it). I don’t know if they’ve ever sponsored our site but several of us use their themes and church content plugin for our sites and have paid to do so (this is not sponsored content). So when I heard there was a “Church Content Pro” plugin coming out and they were switching to packages pricing, I was intrigued. Here’s why you should be excited about the changes.
Besides typical church services (experiences etc), every church, every now and then, will run an event. These events vary. Some are for specific groups or interests, and others more general. Conferences are a great example of a deviation from ‘typical’ events. Some events required registration and payment. After Setting up a WordPress event website, I thought this post might be helpful for others.
We’ve found that it is hard to compare church management software. The pricing can be hidden. And the features can seem more like comparing apples to watermelons rather than apples to apples.
So this fall we sent surveys to over 200 church management software providers asking in-depth questions about features, pricing, clientele, and the companies behind the code. Sixty-one responded and were willing to share details beyond their sales pitch.
This list represents over 12,000 cells of spreadsheet data that’s been analyzed and distilled into an easier way to compare cost and features. In fact, we calculated the estimated 3-year costs for each solution regardless of if pricing was a one-time purchase, a flat rate subscription, or a tiered-rate subscription (i.e., based on congregation size, licensed users, or modules).