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ACS

Cloud-based church management and accounting software

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ACS Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

ACS product overview

Price starts from

$

279.95

/momonth
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

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

Training options

Webinars
Live Online
In Person

ACS pricing information

Value for money

3.6

/5

119

Price starts from

$

279.95

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Per Feature

Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
Pricing range

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ACS features

Functionality

3.7

/5

119
Total Features41 3 categories

Most valued features by users

Event Management
Membership Management
Volunteer Management
Pledge Management
Online Giving
Mobile Access
Third Party Integrations
Payment Processing

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ACS users reviews

Overall rating

3.9

/5

119

Positive reviews

68%

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Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend6.68/10
Rating distribution

5

4

3

2

1

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35

26

7

5

Pros
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.

AR

Aimee R.

What I like best is that it is an affordable, integrated, double-entry accounting system designed specifically for churches and small non-profit organizations.

BM

Brian M.

The customer service at ACS is outstanding and would recommend this company and their products to anyone.

Josh E.

Cons
And unless they've recently updated the software (unlikely), you can't even use it on iPad without an external keyboard. Further, their pricing structure is ridiculous.

WL

William L.

Set-up for reports is too complicated and graphs are difficult to arrange and filters are confusing.

DG

David G.

The lack of functional expense reporting is lacking given the current state of the art technology. ACS is also limited on the choice of administrators on who should access this or that.

CB

Cheikh B.

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Overall Rating

ACS is THE BEST!!

Reviewed a year 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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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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A Great Product Overall with World-Class Customer Service

Reviewed 3 years ago

ACS is a church software product with several different suites to choose from. I found the People Suite, then Realm, extremely helpful in keeping member records, and the Financial Suite gives the church the reports and information needed for making budget decisions.

Pros

ACS Realm is a simpler version of ACS People Suite, and much more intuitive. The implementation was smooth and the transition fully backed by their wonderful customer service. I also love getting a live, knowledgeable person on the phone within a few seconds of calling. Payroll is also very easy in ACS Financial Suite.

Cons

The Financial Suite is not intuitive, but mistakes have gotten easier to fix due to upgrades. The church is still waiting to switch to ACS Realm Financials, as payroll cannot be done there, despite well over a year of promises that it is happening soon. It would be helpful for Realm input of donations to flow to the Financial Suite. Also, ACS People Suite gave options for certain reports that cannot be run in ACS Realm.

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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ACS CAN DO BETTER

Reviewed 9 months ago

We no longer have problems managing the donations received and the registration of our members in a database.

Pros

The first remark is the customer service which is very reactive and quickly solves your problem. ACS is a very useful church management software, because we won't have the problem to manage the database of our members or the registration of the children, and even all the donations received. I like the way it stores information. Of course, it is not quick to master ACS, but once you have mastered it you have everything you want to know about reports, campaign follow-ups, etc. In conclusion, ACS is a very good software to store any kind of information.

Cons

Despite the fast customer service, we notice that during the months of February and March the wait is rather long. The ACS software often bugs or slows down when donor files increase. The lack of functional expense reporting is lacking given the current state of the art technology. ACS is also limited on the choice of administrators on who should access this or that. The ACS software needs to be upgraded, as the speed is poor when running large reports. The look needs to be redesigned not too aesthetically pleasing, but also the API access which is almost non-existent.

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  • Likelihood to recommend2/10

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There are better options

Reviewed a year 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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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Best Church Software - REALM

Reviewed 7 months ago

Great company and very helpful. They want us to succeed.

Pros

The ease of use. The versatility. They update and upgrade every week to stay relevant. Very helpful to make sure we are happy especially during Covid.

Cons

The ability to get a photo attached to your profile for an older person. That our church database is everyone - not just a database for members and one for donors/visitors.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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It does everything

Reviewed 6 months ago

ACS is dependable, strong and has always delivered. They have been in the game for awhile and show no signs of slowing down.

Pros

ACS does everything we need in church management software! Aside from service planning it does EVERYTHING needed!

Cons

I would love to see ACS step into the service planning side of things too and truly become an "all in one" stop shop! Interaction with CCLI, ect... The software does take a bit to get used to, it could be more user friendly.

ACS FAQs and common questions

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


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


ACS supports the following languages:
English


ACS supports the following devices:
Android, iPhone


Yes, ACS has an API available for use.


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

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