ACS Church Software

ACS Church Software 4.00/5 (80.00%) 10 votes

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From the site:  ACS technologies has been one of the top selling church software programs for a long time.   Thousands of churches use ACS to run their church.  ACS has a cloud-based service or it can be installed locally throughout your networked church office.

The story: ACS Technologies has bought up quite a few of their competitors, amassing a large number of customers.  Typically purchased programs are faded out and those customers folded into the ACS brand.

  • Year Founded: 1978
  • Location: Florence, SC
  • Number of Customers: 50000

What it does:  Between the many programs they now own, and the many modules that are available for each program, ACS Technologies can sell you a program for pretty much anything your church or ministry will want to do.  They also offer web based and premise-based church software packages.  With all the separate pieces, some modules do not generally work with the different programs, so make sure you know which modules come with the program you are purchasing.

  • Content ManagementCustom User Interface
  • Customizable Fields
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Database Integration
  • Dialog Scripts
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Donation Management
  • Email Integration
  • Event Management
  • Facility Management
  • Facility Scheduling
  • Analytical Reporting
  • Asset Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Automatic Reminders
  • Calendar Management
  • Case Management
  • Check Scanning
  • Child Check-In
  • Family Records
  • Fingerprint Identification
  • Fund Accounting
  • Group Management
  • Mail Merge
  • Membership Management
  • Microsoft Office Integration
  • Microsoft Outlook Integration
  • Online Member Address Map
  • Online Payment Processing
  • Online Store
  • Payroll Management
  • Pledge Management
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Registration Management
  • Remote Deposit Capture
  • Scheduling
  • Secure Member Directory
  • Task Management
  • User Access Controls
  • Volunteer Management
  • Website Templates
  • Workflow Management
  • eCommerce Integration

Price: Expensive. No advertised pricing. According to users it typically will come to thousands per year for the average church.  It’s hard to nail ACS down on pricing, but products for smaller churches start at $100/month while hefty products that average sized churches will need will be much more expensive.

Typical Customer: Large churches with average attendance over 2,000.

Number of Churches: ACS claims 50,000 customers total for it’s conglomeration of many different church management packages.  It’s hard to know how many are actually using them or how many are using any single program.   At the time ACS purchased MembershipPlus, the previous owner of that program claimed to have 50,000 units distributed (although industry insiders claimed most of the installations were given out as pre-installed ‘freeware’ through Kingdom Computing, which sold computers pre-loaded with ministry software to churches in the early 1990’s).  So it’s pretty much anyone’s guess.

Purchase Model: Leased SaaS options as well as premise based purchase options.  No pricing available on website at this time.  Customers say there are large up-front fees ($2,000-$10,000) followed by large monthly maintenance fees (avg $350/month) and Software as a Service rental fees (thousands annually)

Pros: ACS has some very robust applications.  Pretty much any function of ministry can be accomplished using one of ACS’s many separate tools.  It’s also a benefit that you can choose either web-based or premise based solutions.

Cons: Expensive, complicated to use, disjointed modules from a confusing array of programs.  A quick glance online will show that many users are struggling greatly with the complexity of the ACS products user interface.  Church staff are typically not computer geeks, and if it’s not fast and easy they will howl.

At the end of the day: ACS is another good program that is more suited for very large churches with extremely robust and capable I.T. staff.  If you don’t fit that bill, you may want to look elsewhere.

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3 Responses to ACS Church Software

  1. Betty Harris

    Our church uses ACS. I’m the primary user. I’m not sure how it compares to other programs. Anyone ever switch from or to ACS from another program? How did it compare?

  2. Edith Strome

    ACS stinks compared to what I used before beginning this job. At previous job I used PowerChurch. It was a small, 800 member church but did what I needed, including the contributions and was pretty much user-friendly. I’m finding ACS very user UN-friendly. Just trying to get the right labels to print is a 12 step process, it seems. Why does everything have to be so difficult? Sorry, but I’m venting on the program. It looks old, and its’ slow. And this church is a little bigger; maybe 1200.

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