Shining Light

4.5 / 5 41 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Churches


Average Ratings

41 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $10.00/month
    See pricing details
  • Pricing Details
    Free up to 50 people, $10 up to 500 people, $20 up to 1000, $30 up to 2000
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Shining Light Technologies
  • shininglighttech.com
  • Founded 2008
  • United States

About This Software

Responsive web interface works on all browsers and all computers, tablets, and phones. Organize membership data. Plan services. Assimilate prospects. Manage outreach contacts. Assign visits. Record spiritual decisions. Coordinate systematic canvassing. Manage small groups. Connect multiple generations of disciples. Surface ministry opportunities. Schedule volunteers to serve in ministry. Care for hurting members. Share ministry profiles and letters. Manage giving and generate tax statements.


Features Checklist

  • Attendance Tracking
  • Built-In Accounting
  • Calendar Management
  • Child Check-In
  • Donation Management
  • Event Management
  • Group Management
  • Learning Management (LMS)
  • Library Management
  • Member Directory
  • Member Profiles
  • Membership Management
  • Multi-Site Management
  • Newsletter Management
  • Online Payments / Giving
  • Pledge Management
  • Volunteer Management
  • Website Management
  • Worship Planning

Product Reviews

Awesome Church Aide!

Jan 28, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: What a blessing to be able to have all your Church information right at your fingertips! I'm realitively new at being hands on with inputting info in, etc., but... it's been great! Thank the Lord!

Great resource for churches

Jan 26, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's a one stop shop for all things church

Cons: Sometimes I get locked out of features I have permission for

Overall: I love how everythinge is in the same place. From members to prospects to giving records. Our church loves Shining Light Tech!

Very poor product.

Jan 25, 2017
2/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Its free

Cons: Everything else

Overall: The user interface is constantly changing. Once you figure out where one thing is, it changes to a different location.

Recommendations to other buyers: Stick with a user interface

Vendor Response

by Shining Light Technologies on February 03, 2017

Brandon, thanks for the candid feedback. We did make significant changes to the interface over the past year to make the experience responsive on mobile and tablet devices, and we are sorry for the inconvenience of learning the new interface. We will create training videos to make it easier to use the software.

Solid, inexpensive church management software - great value for starting out

Jan 25, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Price

Cons: Somewhat limited in what it had to offer

Overall: Upon arriving at the church I now pastor three and a half years ago, our church was not using any church database software. In the past, they had used a standalone software (non web-connected) and at that time, hadn't even used that for some time.

I came across Shining Light and for the price, it was something that was quite helpful as we started managing our members and visitors. Although the layout was a bit dated, I was pleasantly surprised as Shining Light started updating the look of the software and even offered mobile access (somewhat limited).

Although we have moved on to a more robust platform, I recommend this for any small church or church that hasn't moved to a web based solution. Technical support was always answered in a timely fashion. All in all, the value for this church database solution was solid.

Well Done Program

Jan 25, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Organization is key. This program really helps me to organize our church in many different ways. Without it, it would be hard to keep track of everything we are able to do with this program

Overall: This program has been a real blessing to our church. We really appreciate it and has helped us in many different ways.

Meets the Need

Jan 25, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: This product is geared to meet the needs of a busy pastor. There is an understanding of the role the user has. Support has been speedy to complete the task in a timely matter.

Shining Light Shines

Jan 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Happy that when I have had a problem the support staff takes the time to solve it! Thankfully my problems have been very few, but his attention has been great!

Grateful for Shining Light

Jan 21, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Shining Light is a blessing to our church and assists us in caring for the flock. The way it allows us to store information is great. I love the new format, has taken some getting used to, but any change has that effect. Wonderful tool for the local church

Financial Secretary

Jan 21, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use

Cons: Some more access to back end to be able to write different reports and merge duplicates

Overall: I use all functionalities of the software and I find it very user friendly. On rare occasions when I have a question, support is just an email away.

Recommendations to other buyers: No

Great program !

Jan 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We use this for our church attendance and member records and it is great! Anytime I need an address or see the last time someone visited it is as easy as a couple clicks. Also every week I get updates if a member was not in attendance right to my phone!

Shining Light is great!

Jan 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Great quality and easy to use.

Overall: Shining Light is a great program for churches. My Pastor loves it! We use it for keeping church attendance, Sunday school records, missionary reports, and tracking visits. It is easy to use and first class quality.

Great software, great price, great service from a Christian developer.

Jan 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Have been with Shining Light since 2009, constantly developing and growing, sound investment for any church.

Great program for contacting my Sunday school class

Jan 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: How I always have record at my fingertips. Everywhere I go I can look up my class.

Cons: I would like a notification when a student has missed my class.

Overall: I love how easy it is to look up people and add notes when you visit them. This program helped me keep track of my Sunday school class and now I can see when a student has missed my class

Recommendations to other buyers: An app would be nice so it would be easier to log in and locate members in my Sunday school. But it is not necessary.

Shining Light Review From FBC Caldwell

Jan 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Eliminates the need for multiple programs because we have our giving, attendance and directory all in one platform. The events registration feature is very useful. Works well on computer and tablet as well as my phone. The new search filter in directory is great.

Cons: The missions page in the new version seems to have issues (can't load pictures, not all missionaries come up).

Overall: We have been using Shining Light for almost two years. We have found it very helpful, it has integrated our offering recording and reporting, directory and missions database into one program, which has been a great time saver and also gives our information to our pastor and staff at their convenience and right at their fingertips. Still some issues with moving our missions pictures into the new version but other than that we are very happy with the experience.

Recommendations to other buyers: Would like to see a feature where visitors could be sorted in a list by date visited not just in alphabetical order.

Good for tracking

Jan 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Good site.. great to organize church info! Easy to use and figure out. Good resource for church leaders.

Review of Shining Light

Jan 18, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: In the past, we seemed to have some issues with the directory being cumbersome. The groups seemed to be confusing and the mobile app was not that great, but all these things have been fixed, the program is now more user friendly, and it is something I highly recommend.

Highly recommend Shining Light

Jan 18, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Low cost and ease of use.

Cons: No major complaints

Overall: We have been using Shining light for about 4 years without any complaints or problems. The support staff had been working hard to keep the software very user friendly and up to date. There is not a better Church management software out there for the money. I highly recommend Shining Light.

Great possibilities

Jan 14, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Having all member data in one place is great.

Cons: Entering and sorting data is time consuming.

Overall: I like the concepts and possibilities your product shows. I feal that recording attendance records is tedious with the required steps involved and the time it takes to load each phase. I also find the search for birthdays and anniversaries unsatisfactory. Some of the dates did not get uploaded with the data so generating a monthly list of those dates is near impossible. Being able to search for a specific person is great , but editing the head of a household is challenging.

Great product

Jan 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Customer support has been great. We have asked for dozens of changes and he has made them. Any concern we have ever had has been taken care of in a timely fashion. We still like the original version better and he has allowed us to use the classic version and still have some of the new features!

Thank You for Asking for our imput

Jan 13, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Giving

Overall: Dear Shininglight, We have been using your cloud app for one year. Honestly I do not use it much.
because If I want to use it it is not as quick connecting as facebook. This is something I would suggest. Another thing. As a pastor I want to pray for our church members in a pictorial, alphabetized directory. I f you could do that- Wow. We have entered our missionaries pictures and are working on the pictures of our members. We do Like the Online Giving. But there are some additional corrections and ease buttons needed

Vendor Response

by Shining Light Technologies on January 14, 2017

Thanks for the suggestions. We will definitely consider these great ideas.

Looking forward to learning more...

Jan 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The pop-down menus ... many options to choose from that fit our needs.

Cons: The search feature.

Overall: I enjoy Shining Light Technologies database system much more than our previous database system. I gave 4's b/c I have things I would like "databased" and not sure how yet; but also b/c I have searched for items & nothing came up, so I proceeded with entering brand new info. & an error message pops up that info. is already in the system.
I don't have anything to do with the financial aspect so I can't comment.
Although, I would have preferred a workshop-type training, I do look forward to learning more about what SLT can do.

Recommendations to other buyers: Not at this time.

SLT meets the need!

Jan 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The comprehensive nature of the software

Cons: Some areas are still in dev plus new tutorials are needes

Overall: SLT is an outstanding comprehensive ministry tool to evangelize, manage, & monitor church activities and health. I recommend it for any size church.

For the money a good investment

Jan 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use

Cons: Sometimes hard to find features

Overall: Overall we have had no issues using Shining Light. The customer service has not been the best. Hard to get ahold of someone when needed. However when we were able to speak to someone they were very helpful. They are constantly updating features and making the software easier to use.

LBC Review of Shining Light

Jan 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Able to keep track of all people entering our church each week

Cons: Not very user friendly on mobile and hard to create profiles.

Overall: We find that the new updates are harder to navigate to print out lists. We end up using the classic site a lot more.

Recommendations to other buyers: No

Great tool for any ministry. Easy to use.

Jan 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I have used shining light for 6 years now and have seen many upgrades added. I will be honest...I use the old classic site. For me, it seems easier to use. It's possible that I just haven't been shown the new features to fully understand how to use it. What I do use is very helpful for church and personal use.
Help with tech support has always been timely and helpful with verbal explanations or youtube videos.

Excellent Church Software

Jan 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We have been using Shining Light for 8 years. it is an incredible tool for any ministry. We use it for keeping and tracking attendance, mass emails and texts, to utilizing it for our Outreach ministries. It does anything and everything we can possibly think of and when we have questions or ideas, the customer service has been stellar. I would highly recommend this software to any ministry regardless of size. You wont be disappointed.

Great Overall Value

Jan 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Its simplicity and thoroughness. Rarely do you find that combination.

Cons: Visitation follow needs a little clarity.

Overall: Our experience with Shining Light has been wonderful. Easy to use and quick response time when we have questions. We have looked at several options but Shining Light was the best value by far!

Recommendations to other buyers: Keep up the good work.

Great Tool

Jan 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Love that I can access it from my smart phone

Cons: Would love for there to be an app

Overall: This is a great tool for churches to use. Great way of helping follow up on visitors, taking attendance and record keeping . Very valuable !

Recommendations to other buyers: Keep up the great work

Great church directory software

Jan 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We have been using Shining Light for years and love the ability to access our church directory through our computers or mobile devices. Our Sunday school, church, and bus attendance is easy to record and the reporting is great. The cost for this software is reasonable even for small churches.

Tammy Fisher's review

Jan 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: User friendly and easy to learn

Cons: Would like mail outs or labels to be a little easier

Overall: I have tried three other church websites, and Shining Light has been the best. It was easy to learn and I love how we have access to all the address from our phones if we need them. I do wish it was a little easier to print out labels or to do a mail out. I have only done that twice and both times it was a little complicated. Having that to just be a push of a button would be amazing!

Love the product

Jan 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Scheduling and attendance

Cons: changes are frequent but sometimes hard to get used to and too many.

Overall: I have been using this product for a few years. I mostly use it for attendance & scheduling for different ministries. I was a leader of a moms group and it was very helpful in tracking the moms and being able to reach out, track faithfulness, and encourage them. It was also very helpful in scheduling people for the many childrens classes we have, without double booking. I find it is easy to use and they listen to your suggestions for product improvement.

Shining Light Review

Jan 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Shining Light is very user friendly and a great way to track visitors and Sunday school attendance. I highly recommend it!

Easy to use.

Jan 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I have average computer skills, and I liked that the software didn't assume that I was at an advanced level. Everything seemed to be easy to use, or have good directions. The only issues I had were that I couldn't figure out how to move information around to make a directory. Other than that is was great for everything from attendance to tithe.

Great Resource for churches of any size

Jan 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easily accessible.

Cons: Some times it has a slow refresh rate

Overall: Shining Light has been a great help to me with keeping track of prospects, visitors, regular attenders, and members. The fact that it can be accessed from any computer , phone, or tablet makes it a necessary resource for any church wanting to connect with and meet peoples spiritual needs. In addition to the visitation module, there are many other areas of the ministry that the software has the ability to organize and improve the church ministry record keeping. This program is awesome!

Shining light experience

Jan 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Comments: I had no problems when I used it. Sometimes I'd just get lost a little or some things would move to weird pkaces but over all it's okay.

Great product for the start-up church

Jan 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: The product at Shining Light is of great use for one who is looking to start a church. It can allow you to be very detailed in your door knocking! Thank you

A growing software

Jan 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: The software is an up and coming software. Its developing into a very handy tool for our ministry. Great customer service for bugs and development ideas.

Ways to improve for easier use

Jan 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use

Cons: Constantly changing and no directions when things are changed. Would be nice to receive an email with directions of how to use new format.

Overall: I think shining light is a great program. It keeps everything organized and is easy to use. I do however have a few suggestions that I think would be helpful to myself and other users. When entering a new person on the new interface I can only add very minimal info unless I go back in and edit. I think it would be nice If when entering a new person you could add all needed info. such as Name, Address, Phone, and email. Those are the most common answers people will fill out on a visitor form. I also notice on the new interface the outreach section does not link to google maps anymore. I could go there myself but it was very convenient to have it in shining light. I know many people use their phones for directions but many of our outreach groups involve Seniors, and they appreciate when it is written out word for word on paper. These are some changes that would be helpful to me personally. Thank you for taking the time to review the thoughts of the users. I appreciate your hard work and for the development of this program.

Job well done

Jan 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I handle the tithes and offering portion of the software. Your upgrades make it easier to enter, and develop reports, and letters.

Shining Light is a great resource for Churches to use

Jan 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I really like how easy it is to print off visits. Also how the software works on my phone.

Cons: Sometimes searching for people in the directory can be challenging seems that the search often brings random people into the search.

Overall: I have been using Shining Light for about 2 years now. I am transitioning the new interface. So far I have really liked the new look and feel of Shining Light. Overall it is a really good software. I primiary use Shining Light for Outreach and it the software helps me keep the recent visitors organized. And on the customer service side, Shining Lights staff are quick to help with any questions. I would recommend Shining Light to any church.

Recommendations to other buyers: N/A

I don't think I would recommend this anyone. Not very user friendly.

Jan 13, 2017
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: On the classic site I like the directory setup

Cons: Not an easy way to do anything. so many steps to get to one category.

Overall: I don't think I would recommend this anyone. Not very user friendly. There is not an easy way to do anything so many steps and extras.

Vendor Response

by Shining Light Technologies on January 14, 2017

Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your candid feedback and let you know that we will add more tutorial videos to make it easier to learn the new interface.