Below is our courtesy listing of Church Library, Worship, and Church Membership and Management software. (We don’t carry this type of church software.)
2014 Note: We no longer update this page.
A list of Church Library software
OPALS-NA http://www.opals-na.org Open source software you maintain and manage online. Annual subscription fee. Free evaluation period.
See Neil’s Online Church Library demonstration blog at www.churchlibrary.wordpress.com …a free alternative.
Tired of nametags that are UNREADABLE?
Need to register attendance?
Our NameBadger software prints out one sticky nametag on-demand in BIG LETTERS, and registers the person’s attendance. Designed for un-attended walk-up use in Sunday School, Fellowship, Meetings, Small Groups. …And it costs a fraction of what other industrial strength nametag programs cost.
Worship Software, Worship Video Clips, etc.
www.Sermonspice.com Sermon and Worship videos.
Church Membership & Accounting Software Links:
CCIS Church Management Software CCISsoftware.com
ChurchTRAC http://www.churchtrac.com/ free from very small churches
Shelby Systems http://www.shelbyinc.com
Church Watch Software http://www.churchwatch.com/
Church Pro Software http://churchpro.com
Servant Keeper http://www.servantpc.com
Shepherd’s Staff http://www.shepherdsstaff.org/staff/
Church Accounting Software Review Site http://www.churchaccountingsoftwareguide.com
Submissions to our list are welcome via email, however, we’d like to have you tell us WHY you think your software is different and better. Reciprocal links are appreciated.
Read: Computers in your church library -how to attract children (and their parents) to your resources. An article written for Church and Synagogue Library magazine.
1. Most churches utilize only a fraction of a program’s capabilities, but some features are nice to grow into. Consider software that offers you expansion modules.
2. Price should not be your biggest concern. Rather, ease of use, support, and the long-term stability of the company are paramount concerns. Don’t be penny wise, pound foolish.
3. Make sure the company you’re dealing with offers excellent technical support and easy to read manuals. Look for web-based support and help.
4. How long has the company been in business? Will this company be in business three years from now when I need a newer version? Is this piece of software a sideline or main flagship for the company? Do they really understand church accounting needs? …or have they simply repurposed business software?
5. Look at their version release schedule. Do they continue to improve the program? Is the current version they are selling up-to-date?
6. Make sure the company offers training …and then get it. Too often churches buy a new computer and new software package only to run out of money and never get proper training.
7. Make sure the people in your church who selecting your software know what they are doing. The church’s accounting software decision is no place for armchair techies and amateur bookkeepers.
8. Use an ONLINE SERVICE for your membership and accounting software. Most newer membership and accounting programs offer this option, and it has two huge advantages: (1) You and your designated members can access it anytime from any computer. (2) Online data is instantly backed up.
In addition to my work with Sunday Software, I write a Church Tech Blog at www.SUNDAYRESOURCES.NET
Here are some of the blog posts you’ll find there.
- Creating Free Sign-up Web Forms and Questionnaires
- How and When to Direct Mail Your Neighborhood
- Google Reviews Your Church? (Yes they do!)
- My experiences Looking for a new church
- Making a Church Website using Google’s Blogspot
- Ten Characteristics of a Healthy Youth Ministry
- Rethinking Youth Ministry
- What the Pastor Shouldn’t Say
- Problems with Pastoral Prayers
- How to open many websites with one click
- …and many many more.
Neil MacQueen is a Presbyterian minister, veteran of church offices, and Christian software developer known mostly for his work in Christian education. The recommendations on this page are his alone and none have paid to be here.