Best CRM for churches

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CRM software allows companies to manage relationships with customers. Many church members will use them in their everyday work. Churches don’t have customers! But they do need to manage relationship with their congregations and visitors. Thankfully there are church specific CRM tools out there, generally called Church Management Software comes in – a CRM specially designed for churches!

Managing a church requires you to be able to track attendance and giving, schedules services and classes, organise volunteers, communicate with members and organise special events and much more.

In 2024 you’ll want a Church management software (ChMS) that is cloud based, so staff and volunteers can access and use it and preferably with desktop and app versions.

Here are our top 3

Planning Center

Planning center starts with a database of people and then you can add on the options you require, making it scalable as the church grows.

The software includes modules for managing:

  • People
  • Events
  • Services
  • Giving – you are charged for monthly donations, starting at $14pm for 75 donations (Credit card fees are on top)
  • Price range $0 – $1293 per month

Breeze

Has modules for people, groups, check in, giving, messaging and service planning.

It integrates with MailChimp for sending email and QuickBooks for finances.

The Web based software

  • Manage their databases
  • Create groups
  • Send and schedule email and SMS text messaging
  • Offer online and text message giving
  • Generate contribution reports
  • Set up event registration and manage volunteers
  • Securely check-in children and print name tags

Price $72 per month whatever your church size.

Church Admin Plugin

Church Admin is a comprehenseive Church Management System for churches of all sizes. It bolts on as a plugin to a Church’s WordPress powered website. WordPress is the most popular website system.

Church Admin starts with people – the address list of everyone connected to your church whatever their membership level from first time visitor to member. You will be able to track their integration and send email or SMS to any group, team or individual in the list.

Price range $0 to £129 per year.

The free version includes the people module.

The basic version allows your users to manage your address list, calendar and sermon podcasting and costs $12.50 per year.

The standard version allows your users to manage your address list, calendar, rotas (schedules), communication tools, sermon podcasting, free events and much more and cost $40 per year.

The premium version includes all the standard features, plus the Our Church app, child protection, online PayPal and Stripe giving forms and more. A premium subscription is $129 per year.

The Church Admin plugin is ideal if your church website uses WordPress and all the data is stored securely in your website database.

The only thing missing compared to the other solutions is service planning and that is in the pipeline for 2024.

Get the free manual now with this form…

Or even better subscribe to the Premium version at 25% off the annual subscription, using the coupon code CRM25.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - ANDY MOYLE

Andy Moyle is an experienced church planter based in the United Kingdom. He helps to serve and shape church planting in the mainland of Europe for the Relational Mission family of churches. The Church Admin plugin has been a labour of love for nearly 20 years serving the worldwide church and is used by churches of 50 and churches of thousands!