Church Management Software Designed for Apple Users
Church management software comes to meet the requirements of any church that wants to spend more time with its members and less time doing organizational things. New packages are being developed every month, with enhanced functionality and more attractive design for the churches of the new millennium. There are several criteria to consider when choosing a software package, some of them are presented in our article about church management. If you have a Macintosh OS the quest for the best management software is even longer, as most programs are made for Windows. Still, you should know that there are a couple of church applications designed specifically for Apple users. We will present the most highly ranked church software packages in the following.
Covering a wide range of desktop and web-based products and services for more than 50,000 clients, ACS Technologies is the world’s largest provider of information management solutions for small, medium and large churches, ministries and other non-profit organizations. They develop tools for managing finances, membership, church development, Web sites, etc. The company also releases application for iPhone, thus being able to assist church-going mobile device users in their ministry. An overview of their products can be viewed on their website www.acstechnologies.com.
Church Membership Online
Probably the most forward approach to church management is to take it online. Having all the data on a website so that every member, volunteer and congregation staff can update and work together on it regardless on their location is a real advantage. With Church Membership Online you will have the chance to do multiple things at once from a set of independent computers and you won’t have to periodically update the software to the newest version. Church Membership Online is compatible with both Apple Mac OS and Windows and three different browsers (Internet Explorer / Firefox / Safari). The software offers the following features: Member, Household and Ministry Management, Attendance, Contributions, Calendars; Custom Fields, Church Growth, Mass Emailing, Reporting, PDA Access.
They also offer reliable and inexpensive website hosting plans for churches and ministries, namely Church Office Online. It has an easy-to-use control panel interface and the disk size is 20MB for the Standard plan and 200MB for the Advanced plan.
Religious Suite Church Management Software
If you have a large and sophisticated church you will probably need a software that provides a very wide range of membership management functionality. The Religious Suite is available for both Macintosh and Windows Operating Systems and can handle an unlimited number of members. It offers complex functionality for managing both individuals and families, allowing you to can track members, attendance, groups, manage your finances, donations, pledges, and other forms or notices. You can download it for free at the Apple online store.
Aplos Simple Fund Accoubt - Church Edition for Mac 1.0
A very simple and flexible accounting tool for Mac users comes from Aplos. A more than friendly interface with only six buttons on the home screen welcomes the un-experienced user who also has the chance to test and learn the application in the provided 15-day trial. The application populates the giving statements when the transactions are entered and also automatically updates the people database. The use has the possibility to use the standard chart of accounts or he can edit, add, and delete accounts by hand. The price is $229.00.
Pro Presenter 3.5.5 for MAC
A very popular lyric presentation system among churches and ministries using MAC OSs is ProPresenter. The program can be adjusted to any size display, allowing slides and backgrounds to grow or shrink easily and its output screen fully supports any resolution, from standard-def, HD or even ultra-wide resolutions for multi-screen installations.
ProPresenter also supports Quartz Composer documents, an advanced graphics rendering system based on mathematical computations. These documents look like QuickTime movies, but are much smaller in size and can even accommodate external audio or video inputs.
It costs $399,00. Tutorials can be found on their website.