There are numerous companies providing great solutions for church management software. However, your options may be fewer in the future. Recently, Active Network has purchased both FellowshipOne and ConnectionPower, and will be adding some of the unique features of ConnectionPower into FellowshipOne in the near future. I’m thinking that we will see more of this as software companies realize that they can do more combined than in competition. This means that choosing a system is even more important now, because you don’t want to pick one that gets left behind (I just had to throw in a little evangelical humor there ;-))

For our church, we’ve been using ConnectionPower for a while now, so this news is a little bittersweet. Even though a better product will be the end result, the system we are currently using is going away. That means that we will have to retrain everyone on a new system. At this point, we’re not sure what we will do. I want to wait a little and see how things work out.

I’ve always been impressed with Church Community Builder, and Elexio’s new system looks promising as well. BVCMS is also an open-source alternative that we will take another look at.

Are you using one of these systems currently? What are your thoughts?

for more information about the ConnectionPower Acquisition – see the press release here

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  1. December 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm — Reply

    Hi Mike, Although we’re kinda new, and we launched last February your visitors to your site should really check out WCC™’s at http://www.WebChurchConnect.com…we give out free demos and stuff so if you’re interested you should check it out.

  2. Bevan
    December 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm — Reply

    Mike, This post from 2011 is interesting but scanning you subsequent posts I can’t see what you decided after this software merger. I’m interested what ChMS software you are using now at the end of 2014.

    • December 14, 2014 at 7:41 pm — Reply

      That’s a great question. I really need to do a blog posting explaining our choice and how we have used it. We ended up going with Churchteams. It did everything we wanted at a price that was great. We use the children’s checkin and small group functionality on our church website. It has worked well for us. Most of the programs have grown in complexity and we felt that Churchteams was a good fit for our size church.

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