Tuesday, July 22, 2008

ChMS - Church Management Solutions "CMS"

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 good products 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 Management Solutions - CMS
Church management software that tracks membership, contributions, attendance and outreach. Includes fund accounting.
Target Market: Small - Large
Quick Summary - It's improved, but the web side seems tacked on

Level 2 Analysis:

How big? - 44 People
How many customers? - Lots
How long in business? - Long time
Are they profitable? - Most likely
Technical Details - Windows

Volunteer Management - Nope
Web Integration - Total afterthought
Attendance - Probably
Assimilation - Nope

Level 2 Summary - After looking at products like Ascribe and CCB, CMS seems positively archaic. We never used their membership software before (we used to be a finance customer), and I don’t think it has gotten much better. We are looking for the next generation of church management software, and CMS is not that product.

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