Elvanto Features

Elvanto

An all-in-one hosted church management software solution

4.61/5 (88 reviews)

Elvanto Feature Summary

  • Log attendance and process child check-ins efficiently
  • Accept online donations and manage accounts
  • Schedule and manage events with integrated Event Calendar
  • Additional calendar support for Google Calendar
  • Keep detailed people, family, group and volunteer records
  • Set user access permissions at multiple levels
  • Embed event calendars into external church websites
  • Choose from a variety of report types to generate and share
  • View live updates to a centralized activity dashboard
  • Get automatic event notifications to dashboard or mobile
  • Manage multiple sites across multiple locations
  • Secure data hosting and daily automatic backups
  • Change dashboard branding to match church identity
  • Custom fields for adding diverse details to people contacts
  • Supports check-in methods including barcode scanning
  • Print name labels for service attendees
  • Fully customizable web-based interface to match workflow
  • Mobile apps available for iOS and Android devices

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Mobile Integration (26 other apps)
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Third Party Integration (25 other apps)

Mobile apps

iOS App


18 reviews

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Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Android App


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Elvanto Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Elvanto's features:

Kennon Bickhart

A Great, Well Rounded ChMS System!

2016-10-20

You get to start with an actual instance and import your real data.

Pros

Service Planning, People Management, Customizable Reports, Group Management, Check-in System, Top-notch Support, Responsive Design for easy access across all devices

Cons

Form Builder can be limiting on available actions after a user submits a form, Reports are super customizable but many built-in reports cannot be saved in an easy to view location, Mobile app is a work in progress

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Elvanto

Visit their Help site (help.elvanto.com). They have a super helpful forum, and support form. Use them. They will help you get the most out of the software as quickly as possible.

Source: Capterra
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Chris Pope

Best Church Management Software I've used

2016-10-20

Whilst functionality and UI are important, solid backup and support is critical.

Pros

Integrates with many 3rd party applications.

Cons

There are reports, but true "BI" and dashboards are missing.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Elvanto

Check it out, you will kick yourself if you choose an alternative without thoroughly evaluating Elvanto. I've used a few systems and Elvanto needs to be a prime candidate on your list.

Source: Capterra
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Drew Caperton

Elvanto has been a game-changer for our 300+ member church

2016-10-20

We use Elvanto for database, attendance, assigning contacts, running reports, email, and texting our people.

Pros

The fact that contact info, group and service attendance, notes, and activity log on each person is available with a few clicks.

Cons

The user interface for services and volunteering is a bit off par.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Elvanto

Always willing to listen and fix problems. Even though they are in Australia and we are in Texas, I've never been stranded by them.

Source: Capterra
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Response from Elvanto


Thanks so much for the feedback Drew! I'd love to hear what we can do to improve our services and volunteering interface. If you had time, could you email in your thoughts to support [at] elvanto [dot] com?

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Janel Navran

Amazing System

2017-10-13

Would love to really implement new integrations to help engage people in new ways and make it easier for volunteers and staff to use Elvanto on the run.

Pros

We as users have a lot of freedom to manipulate advanced searches and reports to cater to what we need.

Cons

We don't use Elvanto currently for our rostering, only for database and pastoral/follow-up.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Software Advice
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Jon Guyer

Elvanto leads the pack

2016-10-20

It integrates with key products like SongSelect and bulk SMS providers, and its API allows handy customizations.

Pros

Billed for the number of members, not for community contacts. Handy integrations with other products.

Cons

Confusing variety of ways to attach files to songs and services. API is missing some key features for service planning.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Elvanto

There are cheaper (and free) products, but this is best product in the space right now

Source: Capterra
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Thomas Almnes

Church management with lots of capabilities

2016-10-20

Elvanto has a nice REST based API (altough a bit limited) which lets you integrate with other applications and systems.

Pros

All basic functionality for church and group management is there.

Cons

I had hoped that Elvanto put more effort in making functionality that is flexible and an fully featured API. In this way every church has the ability to ajust the system to their needs.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Andrew Yang

Church Management made easy!

2016-10-20

I reviewed quite a number of church management tools, and Elvanto was by and far the best tool that we came across.

Pros

From small groups, to rostering, even integration with CCLI.

Cons

Not many cons, but if I need to add something here then in the reporting section, we require the information in some specific ways.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Elvanto

Give it a try. It does take a little while to setup but it is worth it.

Source: Capterra
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John Teo

Very happy with Elvanto cloud based mobile friendly Church Management System

2016-10-20

They are more than just a membership database and over the years we have have steadily used more and more of their features to manage many aspects of our church activities like scheduling volunteers, and planning services.

Pros

so easy to use that even our most tech averse pastoral staff are able to use it

Cons

Difficult to track extended relationships (aunts / uncles / cousins / etc.) beyond the standard family unit

Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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David Brandt

Tons of features, great customer support, everything you would need in a ChMS at a great price!

2017-08-12

Pros

Elvanto lets you create event registration forms, that allow you to add registrants to your database. That is helpful for follow-up.

Cons

The mobile app could use some more of the admin functionality.

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Michaels Aibangbee

Elvanto Proud

2016-10-20

Nevertheless it would more valuable to see a few more features included as part of the package, like SMS inclusion, chat/Call app integration, project management app integration and a fully functional mobile interface.

Pros

Designed with the church at heart

Cons

No sms inclusions, cost is less competitive

Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Elvanto

See previous comments on page 1

Source: Capterra
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Brian Roskamp

Best bang for your buck

2016-10-26

We chose Elvanto as our Church Management System after looking through dozens of systems and demoing several of them.

Pros

Feature-set, price, customer service

Cons

Some features could be improved to be made useful (like calendar/event reporting, printing, and emailing)

Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Patrick Browne

Took our local church to the next level.

2016-10-20

SMS and Emails to groups and/or the whole church take seconds. Automatic reporting i.e. who's having a birthday in the next few weeks emailed the elders was easy to setup.

Pros

Online/Cloud Based

Cons

Takes a bit to train church members in the use of the rostering system

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Kim Moriconi

WE LOVE ELVANTO!

2016-10-20

The Check In feature for Kids Church is incredible, Rosters are extremely customizable and versatile for additional events or services outside of the norm.

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Source: Capterra
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Wes Gunn

Good product

2016-10-20

It helps you organize your church with service planning, scheduling, groups, and communication. There are a few functions we wish were added, but the team regularly adds greater functionality.

Pros

Financial management, scheduling, church directory, awesome introductory price for church plants

Cons

It doesn't currently integrate with our online giving platform (EasyTithe), limited on the groups side with members being able to see and communicate with each other, Some things are difficult to figure out how to customize.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Elvanto

It's a good choice.

Source: Capterra
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Response from Elvanto


Thanks Wes! We'll be sure to reach out to EasyTithe to see what we can do about integration!

We are currently working on message boards for groups in the Member Area and will be adding more features like group search and more.

What are the areas you found difficult to customize? I'd love to look to see what we can do.

Cheers,
Ben

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Gerald Mbebe

Elvanto is a useful up but expensive and not all that you will need to run a church

2017-12-23

It's useful for running a church

Pros

Ability to schedule volunteers, plan services, keep a database of visitors.

Cons

It's expensive, third party applications don't work as advertised.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Software Advice
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Gordon Wild

Easier for our staff, empowering for our congregation

2016-10-20

We follow up and support our people better through accurate attendance and directory information.

Pros

A very comprehensive solution to church management, with flexible pricing, customisable appearance and functions, secure access control, and freedom from software compatibility issues.

Cons

Getting the broader congregation to draw on its capabilities. Staff and key leaders have taken this up well. There can be cultural expectations that church life is 'low-tech' and simple - I can respect this is some ways. But passwords and online comms are as common as cars and phones in the 21st century. It's ok for people to have to learn.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Kristen Wickstrom

Not super intuitive and functionality lacks

2017-06-07

Pros

great branding and well designed logo - makes me want to like and use it more.

Cons

there needs to be an option to add service days to your cal through an integration, not easy to upload a photo, confusing navigating through the line up - need to be able to text people when you click on their name

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Source: Capterra
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Simon Patterson

A great all-rounder

2016-10-20

For a small church like us, Elvanto provides an excellent all-round database with many functions that are not usually found within the same software (e.g. people AND songs AND children).

Pros

Wise range of features.

Cons

Reports and outputs are not always very easy to make user-friendly and human-readable.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Pete Hughes

Great, simply great

2016-10-20

One thing that would make things better is a project management module.

Pros

Ease of use

Cons

Reports are a bit clumsy and need some work

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Elvanto

A project management tool like Trello would help.

Source: Capterra
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Mike Hastie

Love elvanto

2016-10-26

Plus they're improving features/interface regularly.

Pros

Power of searching/reporting.

Cons

Minor: Interface/workflows could be a bit more intuitve

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Bryan Sparks

Best There Is!

2015-11-13

For leadership it is great to quickly go to someone's profile and see activity and overview about them.

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Source: Capterra
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Don Reddin

Really good ChMS

2016-10-20

Am looking forward to a more robust mobile app; otherwise, I can't think of anything at all that I'd change!

Pros

Ease of setup and use Great integrations Excellent support Not expensive

Cons

Mobile app is pretty basic

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Elvanto

It's excellent, and can help you disciple people!

Source: Capterra
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Response from Elvanto


Thanks Don for the feedback! We've got some new features coming in the Mobile App very soon!

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Darryn Gadd

A value for money system

2016-10-24

One of the main reasons we went to Elvanto was the ability to export data and manipulate it for various purposes.

Pros

Data can be easily manipulated.

Cons

Some of the report layouts aren't as intuitive as we would like.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Jake Wickstrom

Streamlined and Fluid

2017-06-29

Having communication simplified like this has helped immensely.

Pros

Super relative to what it's meant for and makes the drudgery of admin easy. I used to hate setting meetings but this takes the pain away completely.

Cons

I'd like to see more cloud based integration with other apps (music for example).

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Robbie Hayes

The best all-round database available - and still on the improve!

2016-10-20

They weren't quite as good as CCB as a database, or PCO as a planning tool, but the fact it could do both in the same system made it worthwhile.

Pros

Rostering, service planning, attendance tracking, people flows, etc.

Cons

The service planning still lacks a little adaptability in terms of look and feel (compared to PCO) and images still can't be added to nametags. Can also seem like too many configuration options are possible when starting out (people categories, demographics, locations, groups, services) which can make starting a little confusing.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Elvanto

Start off small and then gradually get your people on board with one function at a time (making great use of the very adaptable access privileges) - communication is key!

Source: Capterra
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