Did you know there are over 150 different Church Management Software (ChMS) companies out there?
If you google things like "church accounting", "text in church", "child check-in" and "church giving software" ... you will be bombarded with ads from companies all around the world that are making some sort of a promise.
"Software designed to help you find freedom to focus on what matters in your ministry."
"Software to mobilize your church."
"More Time on Ministry, Less on Administration."
"A connected church can do more."
We have to admit, some of those tag lines do sound pretty sweet. Who wouldn't want to have a mobilized church that has the freedom to focus on their ministry and connecting its people? (See what we did there) ?
The problem with most Church Software...
It's expensive?? ?
The average monthly cost for many of the church management software companies is $600+ a year. And that's for a church under 500 people! If you have a database over a few hundred people, you might as well go ahead and sell the church van just to pay for it! On top of this, many church ChMS companies don't even publish their prices. If they do... it's either hard to find, complicated to understand, or there are a bunch of hidden costs like "setup fees" or training classes. Yikes!
It's hard to use ???
Many of the ChMS companies out there require that you do things like take a 40-hour training course, attend a 3-day conference, and watch a two-hour webinar in order to understand how to use their software. Okay... we're exaggerating a LOT here. There is some truth to this though. Learning anything new can be a little hard...but we don't think that church software should take days to learn.
Church Software Doesn't Do Ministry
We're living in a time of constant communication and increasing automation. Between email, texting, calendar reminders, and apps for just about everything... there's a lot happening! We each have to take a step back and remind ourselves of what true ministry is.
Ministry is providing school supplies for underprivileged children in our community.
Ministry is praying with a grieving family at the hospital who just lost a loved one.
Ministry is helping a single mother by providing her with free childcare so she can work.
Ministry is watching over a widow and helping her do household chores on Saturdays.
Without action, ministry is just a list of to-dos that never gets done.
What makes ChurchTrac NOT overrated?
ChurchTrac is the most affordable and most user-friendly Church Management Software. Period.
While other companies are busy making up fancy marketing schemes and adding fluffy features that hardly anyone uses, we've done the opposite. Since day one we've kept ministry above money. Keeping ChurchTrac the most affordable and most user-friendly church software is very important to us. We like to think of ChurchTrac as a powerful software tool that equips churches and ministries to proclaim the gospel.
One more thing...
Every ChurchTrac subscription includes complimentary support from our award-winning support team with years of ministry experience. This even includes our free church software tier. Go ahead and reach out to say hey. Our ministry is your ministry ?