best apps for 2018 church management software

Church Management Software – Best Apps For 2018

How many different tools do you currently use to manage members, finances, volunteers, send out messages and more?

Church management software helps bring many of the tools you currently use into a single platform. The great news is many of these are web-based, making them accessible from any device, including your phone or tablet.

However, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that numerous options are available. Instead of digging through them to find the best, we’ve put together the best church management software apps for 2018.

Planning Center

According to Planning Center, their tools are used by over 30,000 churches. Planning Center is a group of different apps which can be mixed and matched to best serve your unique church. After all, why buy features you don’t need? Tools include:

  • Check-ins
  • Tithing management
  • Member and group management
  • Registrations for events
  • Tracking church resources
  • Service and volunteer planning/scheduling

Pricing varies greatly based on which features you need. The default plan for small churches starts at $70 per month with large churches coming in at $654 per month. However, everything is fully customizable.


Breeze is designed specifically for smaller to medium churches to manage a wide variety of tasks. While it’s not the most widely used church management software, it’s still used by over 4,000 churches. Pricing is $50 per month for all features, which makes it more affordable for smaller churches.

Some of the top features include:

  • Member and group organization and communications
  • Check-ins
  • Volunteer management and follow ups
  • Tithing management
  • Integration with third-party apps, such as for online giving
  • Event management
  • App for Android and iOS

Servant Keeper

Servant Keeper is available for on-site installation or as a cloud-based option. The latter is ideal for remote management on all devices. Currently, Servant Keeper is used by over 30,000 churches and one of the things users love most is the customization options. Some of the best features include:

  • Volunteer management
  • Group and member communication and directories
  • Detailed reporting
  • Contribution tracking
  • Easy communications
  • Attendance tracking

Due to the customization, it may be harder to learn at first, but once you do, it’s ideal for managing churches of all sizes. The one-time fee for for local and cloud is $599 (or $299 for small churches).

ChurchTrac Online

ChurchTrac Online is one of the fastest church management software solutions. In fact, it ranked higher than Planning Center and Breeze for being faster and more user-friendly. Access the cloud-based software from anywhere. Some of the many features include:

  • Tithing management
  • Membership and group management
  • Child check-ins
  • Detailed directories and reports
  • Communication options
  • Create custom calendars
  • Worship planning

Pricing starts at just $5 per month (or $50 per year) for up to 75 members. Pricing is only $40 per month (or $400 per year) for up to 1,000 members. If you’re not sure, try ChurchTrac for 30 days for free.


Elvanto is a cloud-based church management software solution that has all the features your church needs to get more done in less time. There are even tools for pastoral care and worship. Pricing is based on how many active adults you wish to manage in your church. Include as many children as you want for free. Plans start at $12 per month for up to 50 adults. Unlimited adults is $264 per month, which works well for larger churches.

Some of the top features include:

  • Financial management
  • Special mobile app for volunteers
  • Volunteer and service planning
  • Group and member management
  • Custom reporting
  • Calendar and event management

Take advantage of the onboarding service Elvanto’s offers if you need help getting started. If you need more than just administrative tools, this may be the best option.

For instance, the pastoral care tools include follow up reminders, crisis care management, attendance tracking, custom forms and more. The worship tools include advanced volunteer management and music management.

Use church management software to help grow your church more efficiently. The next step is to widen your reach with an engaging church website.

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