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What is Congregation Management Software?

Congregation Management Software (CMS) is software or a group of software tools to help a congregation effectively and efficiently work with people, financial assets and physical assets. It is also called Church Management Software (ChMS) and is sometimes referred to as database software....

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Hosted CMS and Web-based CMS

The old-fashioned standard congregation management software (CMS) was software physically installed on a computer or a network, usually in the congregation's office or building. Because customers started wanting web access, the hosted solution was created.

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Getting Started with CMS

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  • As you consider a new CMS, spend about 70% of your time focused not on software, but on your existing procedures and desired new features. The CMS you choose should allow you to electronically duplicate the processes you have in place or want to have in place.
     
  • Seriously consider who will...
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This quick and credible overview without a sales agenda is a helpful introduction for congregations considering church management software (ChMS). It highlights the get-started basic questions: How...

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Founded in 1999 - a long time in tech years - Capterra is a vendor-funded, free-to-consumer online-consulting business to navigate the evaluation and purchase of management system solutions,...

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Congregational leaders tasked with finding church management software (ChMS) soon learn they can’t find the best answers without knowing the best questions. Finding this deceptively simple and...

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A free downloadable e-book, this approachable introduction to church management software (ChMS) covers the basics, including definitions, such as “web-based” vs. “on-premises solutions.” Find 10...

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Formerly Christian Computing Magazine, this free, monthly e-zine is for church staff and volunteers engaged in the technical-side of congregational life, from accounting to worship. It offers...

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In {{one chart | http://www.mbsinc.com/wp-content/uploads/chms-chart.png}}, Nick B. Nicholaou, president of Ministry Business Services, Inc. (MBS), visually summarizes 34 church management software...

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Wallis Metts, Jr., Ph.D., professor of communication at Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Michigan, is also an associate pastor at Countryside Bible Church in Jonesville, Michigan. Metts’ free...

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The target audience for this online community of IT professionals includes congregation information technology staff and IT professionals who volunteer for their congregation. The website...

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Often the best advice about congregation matters, including church management software (ChMS), comes from colleagues with day to day, real-life experience. {{The Church Administrators Yahoo Group | https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/churchadmin/info}}...

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Software Advice™, a Gartner company, claims to be “the world's leading information technology research and advisory company.” The company can offer free consultation and recommendations to buyers,...

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Choosing the church management software (CMS) that is right for your congregation can both ease the administrative load and enrich the ministry of the congregation. This article, from a veteran...

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eGive is an online giving resource with the goal of making it easier for congregants to donate funds. eGive software can process donations from either a checking account or credit card, and text...

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We now know that people first get to know your congregation through your website. We also know that there is an abundance of web development resources. The quality of these resources vary greatly....

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Vanco Payment Solutions offers online giving and electronic financial services for various organizations, including religious institutions. Parishioners can give online, use credit cards, have...

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