Tuesday, July 22, 2008

ChMS - Church Growth Software

Ok, here we go. First off, if you haven't already, you MUST read the summary of what we are looking for. This is critical to understand my comments. The vendors being reviewed work hard to provide a good product to serve the church, and they should be commended for that. Our needs are very specific, and just because a product isn't right for us does not mean that it isn't perfect for your church. By the same token, just because we didn't like a product does not mean it doesn't meet needs or provide genuine value to its clients. The blurb and "target market" are taken from the capterra list I referenced in my first post. Finally, my thoughts are my own and not an official position of my employer. Thank you.

Church Growth Software - Church Growth Software
Purpose Driven Church Management Software that helps record Membership, Attendance, Finances, Follow-up & Prayer Requests.
Target Market: Small - Large
Quick Summary - Looks very windows centric, but could be good.

Level 2 Analysis:

How big? - My impression is small, possibly one main programmer and small staff
How many customers? - It seems focused on church plants, no idea
How long in business? - Seems relatively mature
Are they profitable? - Probably
Technical Details - Windows software

Volunteer Management - Highly reliant on the S.H.A.P.E. methodology of Saddleback.
Web Integration -None that I could discern.
Attendance - Seems cumbersome by manual, but probably ok.
Assimilation - Oldschool approach.

Level 2 Summary - This is not a good choice for us. It is windows software that is highly reliant and integrated with Saddleback’s approach to ministry. It does not appear to accommodate other ways of doing things. It also appears focused on church plants, which we are a bit beyond. No further research needed.

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