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ACS FAQs

Q. What type of pricing plans does ACS offer?

ACS has the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $279.95/month
Pricing model: Subscription

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Q. Who are the typical users of ACS?

ACS has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Small Business


Q. What languages does ACS support?

ACS supports the following languages:
English


Q. Does ACS support mobile devices?

ACS supports the following devices:
Android, iPad, iPhone


Q. Does ACS offer an API?

Yes, ACS has an API available for use.


Q. What level of support does ACS offer?

ACS offers the following support options:
Knowledge Base, Phone Support, FAQs/Forum, Email/Help Desk, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

ACS product overview

Price starts from

279.95

Per month

Per Feature

What is 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.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

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

Training options

Webinars
Live Online
In Person

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ACS pricing information

Value for money

3.6

/5

126

Starting from

279.95

Per month

Per Feature

Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
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ACS features

Functionality

3.8

/5

126

Total features

42

3 categories

Most valued features by users

Event Management
Membership Management
Mobile Access
Third-Party Integrations
Volunteer Management
Electronic Payments
Online Giving
Payment Processing

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ACS users reviews

Overall Rating

3.9

/5

126

Positive reviews

68

%

Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend6.72/10
Rating distribution

5

4

3

2

1

49

37

28

7

5

Pros
The customer service at ACS is outstanding and would recommend this company and their products to anyone.
The onboarding team and the customer service reps are easy to work with and try to be as helpful as possible. The Church Life app is great, and has been a blessing to our church members.
What I like best is that it is an affordable, integrated, double-entry accounting system designed specifically for churches and small non-profit organizations.
Cons
Set-up for reports is too complicated and graphs are difficult to arrange and filters are confusing.
ACS used to be the leader in this industry, but that was in the 1990s. Unfortunately, their software is still stuck in the 90s.
Honeslty the software is stuck in the 90s, I am shocked how far behind the programing is, it was not user friendly at all.

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Josh E.

Director of Administration

Religious Institutions, 11-50 employees

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Overall Rating

Aching for ACS

Reviewed 3 years ago

Transcript

Josh: My name is Josh. I am the Director of Administration. And for ACS Technologies, I gave a rating...

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David W.

Senior Pastor

Religious Institutions, 11-50 employees

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ACS is THE BEST!!

Reviewed 4 years ago

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David W: Hi, I'm David, I'm a senior pastor, and I give ACS software a five. We are one of ACS' oldest...

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Judy G.

Religious Institutions, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Consistent Product

Reviewed a year ago

Good product

Pros

Wonderful and quick Support when needed.

Cons

Learning to use from scratch. Report creation sometimes complicated

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Nadine M.

Nonprofit Organization Management, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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ACS - small group management

Reviewed 8 years ago

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.

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Religious Institutions, 11-50 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend2/10

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There are better options

Reviewed 4 years ago

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...

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.

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Jean K.

Religious Institutions, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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ACS - Finance - People - Headmaster

Reviewed 6 years ago

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...

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.

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Andrea R.

Accounting, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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ACS User For Over 20 years--Using 10.0 Now

Reviewed 8 years ago

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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