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Overview

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Church Windows is a church management software for modern churches to manage memberships, donations, church receipts, budget...

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ACS is a church management software designed to help churches of all sizes handle finances, members, services, background...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from
$

379

  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based
Starting from
$

279.95

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  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

5

4

3

2

1

488

324

99

19

9

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
91%
would recommend this app

5

4

3

2

1

46

35

26

7

5

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
73%
would recommend this app

Pros

The software makes tracking out money really simple and the ability to call with questions and receive same day help is wonderful.

RA

Rachel A.

I love that this program is very user friendly. Coming from an accounting background I appreciate the similarities.

ML

Mildred L.

I would rate it very well. Adequate support makes all the difference in helping to apply a good experience in working with any kind of software uses.

SN

Staci N.

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

When trying to correct mistakes or errors it can sometimes be tricky to do. I think this software requires more training than one would expect.

HS

Hannah S.

The scheduler program is used by our church, but must be handled separately from all our other calendars due to lack of integration with other programs.

JW

Jeanette W.

If I were to chose a negative, I suppose it would be the learning curve.

BG

Bill G.

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.

  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last reviewa month ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review4 months ago

Key features

  • Total features56
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Application Management
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Asset Tracking
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Built-in Accounting
  • Calendar Management
  • Campaign Planning
  • Check Printing
  • Child Check-in
  • Committee Management
  • Communication Management
  • Contact Database
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Donation Management
  • Dues Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Distribution
  • Email Management
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Management
  • Event Scheduling
  • Expense Tracking
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Reporting
  • For Religious Organizations
  • Fund Accounting
  • General Ledger
  • Historical Reporting
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Jobs Board
  • Mail Merge
  • Member Database
  • Member Directory
  • Member Portal
  • Member Types
  • Membership Management
  • Membership Renewals
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • Multi-Location
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Giving
  • Payment Processing
  • Payroll Management
  • Personalization
  • Pledge Management
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Small Group Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Transaction History
  • Visitor Tracking
  • Volunteer Management
  • Website Management
  • Total features47
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Application Management
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Asset Tracking
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Built-in Accounting
  • Calendar Management
  • Campaign Planning
  • Check Printing
  • Child Check-in
  • Committee Management
  • Communication Management
  • Contact Database
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Donation Management
  • Dues Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Distribution
  • Email Management
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Management
  • Event Scheduling
  • Expense Tracking
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Reporting
  • For Religious Organizations
  • Fund Accounting
  • General Ledger
  • Historical Reporting
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Jobs Board
  • Mail Merge
  • Member Database
  • Member Directory
  • Member Portal
  • Member Types
  • Membership Management
  • Membership Renewals
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • Multi-Location
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Giving
  • Payment Processing
  • Payroll Management
  • Personalization
  • Pledge Management
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Small Group Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Transaction History
  • Visitor Tracking
  • Volunteer Management
  • Website Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations1
  • Authorize.net
  • Church Community Builder
  • Constant Contact
  • Eventbrite
  • Facebook
  • Gmail
  • Google Analytics
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • PayPal
  • Planning Center
  • Pushpay
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Raiser's Edge NXT
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations3
  • Authorize.net
  • Church Community Builder
  • Constant Contact
  • Eventbrite
  • Facebook
  • Gmail
  • Google Analytics
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • PayPal
  • Planning Center
  • Pushpay
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Raiser's Edge NXT
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • Zapier

User reviews that mention these apps

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

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Church Windows

Church Windows - easy to use

Reviewed 6 months ago

It's still much better than my previous experience with ACS. Much more user-friendly. Support has gotten slow but always resolves issues.

Pros

Easier to use, once you understand the program. Lots of options for customizable reports. All our church info in one place.

Cons

The customer service has gotten slower to respond over the years. You can pay extra for premium support, which I don't appreciate. Been a customer for 15 years, paid a lot of annual fees for support.

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

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Church Windows

Pros and cons

Reviewed 3 years ago

Great for smaller churches because it is a lot cheaper than ACS. You get what you pay for. Overall a good value.

Pros

Ease of use. Love that it's easy to reclassify a check that has already been paid and record a check that was handwritten or eft. Payroll is fairly easy.

Cons

Hard to make changes to donations once posted. Sometimes you get a good customer service and sometimes not so friendly. I always have to call about my updates because they don't send a disc and I don't get it in my email or I don't see it in my junk mail.

Vendor response

Angel, Thank you for taking the time out of your day to submit a review of Church Windows Software. Your input is truly appreciated and helps make Church Windows better software. Please let us know if you have questions by calling us at 800-533-5227 or email us at support@churchwindows.com Thanks again, Church Windows Support

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Church Windows

Patience and then you'll be amazed at how it performs

Reviewed 7 years ago

When I took on a new job recently, I was introduced to Church Windows. At first, I used the same logic as I did with a comparable software, at the end of the day, that approach didn't work. So, rather than trying to figure it out myself, I was going to call its help desk every time I needed help. And you know what, that's how I learned the system. I spoke with Church Windows technicians almost daily,...

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