Your church management system (ChMS) may be the most foundational piece of software and technology you possess. It centralizes your database that captures and contains the most precious intelligence church leaders want about the members of their church. Ideally, your church management system will help you do more ministry effectively and efficiently. But what happens when your ChMS isn’t meeting all your needs?
Your first thought might be to begin looking for a new ChMS. While that certainly is a possibility and may ultimately need to be the step you must take, you might want to consider how a third-party solution could solve some very specific problems.
A church management system is designed to cover many different systems and processes that exist within a church. Every ChMS has its strengths and weaknesses. There is no such thing as a “perfect” solution, especially when it comes to specific ministry functions like events and giving. These two aspects of local church ministry can be complex and require software functionality beyond what presently exists within your ChMS.
The good news is that you may not need to switch to a new ChMS in order to improve your functionality in a specific area(s). ServiceU regularly replaces the existing technology surrounding event and giving management within every leading church management system on the market. Through the use of integration (layman translation = making sure two systems sync with each another) tools, the church may never know it is working in two different systems. This is a common practice in major software systems such as church management software (church) and enterprise resource planning software (business).
Specialized software means you’ll get the functionality you are looking for and integration means you’ll be able to continue to maintain one, centralized database of information that you can use for reporting and key decision making in your next staff meeting. So take a deep breath. You may not need to replace your existing ChMS if you’re looking for functionality in specific areas such as events and giving.
What software are you using that complements your existing church management system?