ACS

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Cloud-based church management and accounting software

About ACS

ACS is a church management software designed to help churches of all sizes handle finances, members, services, background checks, contributions, accounting processes, payroll, purchase orders, and more on a centralized platform. Ministries can maintain a record of incoming or outgoing contact, track members' attendance and participation levels, set up visitation programs, and enhance outreach opportunities.

ACS allows organizations to host events for churches and local communities, accept partial or full online payments, inform members about schedule changes or updates, and provide visitor badges to guests. Churches can engage with members in small groups, share calendars, and use the search functionality to retrieve data such as addresses, phone numbers, and emails from the database. Ministries can manage contribution statements, process check payments, accept one-time or recurring gifts, and track budgets or spend based on fund, committee, department, and project. Parishes can also file federal or state taxes, monitor employees' vacation and sick leave, set up spending alerts, and document insurance claims on a unified platform.

ACS enables churches to track asset details from acquisition to maintenance, print barcode labels, manage invoices, and view locations or directions on a map for home visits. The software also stores data for multiple ministries in a centralized repository and lets administrators configure security rights for staff members.


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Overall rating

3.9 /5
(126)
Value for Money
3.6/5
Features
3.8/5
Ease of Use
3.5/5
Customer Support
4.5/5

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Judy
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  • Industry: Religious Institutions
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Consistent Product

Reviewed on 08/06/2023

Good product

Good product

Pros

Wonderful and quick Support when needed.

Cons

Learning to use from scratch. Report creation sometimes complicated

Nadine
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  • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

ACS - small group management

Reviewed on 12/06/2016

We are a non-denom multi-site church in the DC suburbs (predominantly African-American) with apx...

We are a non-denom multi-site church in the DC suburbs (predominantly African-American) with apx 4000 in weekly attendance and 10,000 watching services online. We chose ACS software over the competition because it was robust enough to meet our needs. And like most churches...our needs are varied and nuanced.

Pros

1. The customer support!!!! If I can't figure out how to do something, there are so many ways to get help: Phone calls to a live person that walks me through things step-by-step, webinars, other ACS users in different online communities, etc.
2. The flexibility of the product and how it's grown...and continues to grow...to meet our needs.

Cons

The volunteer management piece isn't as directly integrated as we would like.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Religious Institutions
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 2.0 /10

There are better options

Reviewed on 30/10/2020

To be fair, it's been a few years since I have spoken to ACS customer support and they were...

To be fair, it's been a few years since I have spoken to ACS customer support and they were friendly and tried to be very helpful at the time, but it wasn't a good experience. We had issues with updating older versions of the software and trying to make it work within our own bylaws and Canadian law, which wasn't on ACS as a software manufacturer, but it didn't help the overall experience. There seemed to be a disconnect between how we were (poorly) implementing the software and struggling with teaching staff and the way in which the ACS team communicated to us and told us to get excited about functionality that never worked in our context because of difficulty of implementation. Thankfully, there are better software options out there today - including Realm, which we transferred to from ACS and have had better luck.

Pros

If you spent a lot of time setting things up and were using it daily, ACS seems to have the capability to have good functionality. I've been in two different organizations where that wasn't the case, and heard similar things from other users, which meant ACS was something that I used only when I really couldn't get someone else to do the thing I needed, or I really needed to find a piece of information. It seems to be a great place to store all kinds of information.

Cons

The user interface was difficult, making learning it (and teaching it to church staff who are often technically slower) very difficult. Because people never learned it, it was used poorly and data was sometimes out of date, making the whole database only really functional for the financial side of things and we never managed to get the use out of it that we often hoped and tried for. Overall it was a frustrating piece of software when we had to engage with it and people would create their own systems and spreadsheets as work arounds.

Jean
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  • Industry: Religious Institutions
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

ACS - Finance - People - Headmaster

Reviewed on 03/08/2018

We selected this product years ago, because we needed a church database software that could do a...

We selected this product years ago, because we needed a church database software that could do a good job with Finance/General Ledger processes. The product we were using at the time did not perform well. We researched a variety of products, narrowed our search to 3, and visited areas churches that were using the 3 products to test them out. At that time, ACS was much more user friendly than the other products. We have now been talking to ACS about converting to Realm. Watching demos, Realm is much more modern looking and ease of use is high. We will be working on transitioning to this within the coming year. After talking to other churches who have made this transition, we will take a gradual approach - activating Realm with staff for a time period first before fully activating with the entire congregation.

Pros

Performs general ledger and accounts payable functions well. Headmaster is used for Preschool/Kindergarten classes.

Cons

Headmaster is a little cumbersome to use, but you get used to it. Heavy on data entry to set up students. We looked into using Event Scheduler, but determined it was too cumbersome for our use.

Andrea
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  • Industry: Accounting
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

ACS User For Over 20 years--Using 10.0 Now

Reviewed on 05/10/2016

Our church is medium sized. We love the Flex Contribution Forms and it's layout. Customer service...

Our church is medium sized. We love the Flex Contribution Forms and it's layout. Customer service is spot-on. I agree with all other users who have reviewed. Ease of use, love the People and Financial Modules with its reports which we own. Don't know much about REALM but I think we would be interested. What would seal the deal is the reporting for my Boards and administrators.

Pros

Ease of use--the reporting is awesome.

Cons

Could look more pleasing to the eye like most of the programs today. But it gets the job done. I've seen the progression over the twenty years I have used ACS.

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ACS offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: USD 279.95/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Not Available

ACS pricing starts from $279.95 per month.

ACS has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

ACS supports the following languages:

English

ACS supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

We do not have any information about what integrations ACS has

ACS offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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