Spark Development Network

Rock RMS

5 / 5 32 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Churches of all sizes


Average Ratings

32 Reviews
  • 5 / 5
    Overall
  • 5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
  • Support
    Not Offered

Vendor Details

  • Spark Development Network
  • www.rockrms.com
  • Founded 2011
  • United States

About This Software

Rock RMS is a community supported open-source Church Management System that provides innovative features to churches of all sizes.


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

Completely Customizable and Affordable

Jan 21, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: We love RockRMS. It is incredibly affordable and can be customized to exactly what our church needs. After researching many, many ChMS and not finding what we were looking for, we stumbled upon Rock and it's been a game changer for us. It has the ability to transform and continue to meet our needs as our church grows without costing exponetially more. We have found our "perfect fit" with Rock RMS!

Recommendations to other buyers: I believe this software is going to completely change the game of ChMS. There are so many features that are available to meet each church's specific needs.

Grace Community Church of Riverside

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

Comments: Since our migration from our old Church Data management software to RockRMS, the training of our staff, and implementation of RockRMS to everyday use, we have loved it. RockRMS, by far has been a great move for us as a great ministry tool for ministering to our church, now and for our future.

Great ChMS

Jan 14, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I've worked for 11 years at megachurches and been integrally involved in the constant search for the perfect church management system. I've tried Shelby, Arena, and now Rock RMS. And let me tell you, Rock is head and shoulders above the rest. It is the most user friendly, intuitive interface that I've encountered (so people actually will use it) and it is a powerhouse of usefulness.

Excellent Start, Even Better Plan

Jan 12, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: We moved from Arena to Rock in tandem with some changes we were going through as far as how we do ministry. Rock either has a feature or gives you the tools to make the feature, for whatever your church can dream of. Rock is a very powerful ChMS solution that continues to get better without forcing you to make budget cutbacks in ministries to afford it.

A really easy to overlook benefit to using Rock, it's really easy to understand what you're looking at when a page loads because the pages are designed with that in mind. This is a huge benefit when training Volunteers or rotating staff (like interns).

The community is great! There's a strong community of Rock users that share a Slack channel and help one another innovate at their church and to fix problems when they arise. You no longer have to sit through the tier-0 checklist you normally get when calling tech support, rather you get to have a conversation with real people that have been working with Rock since before you ever knew about it. Being a part of this Rock community is what keeps me from being afraid of tackling all of my church's ChMS needs "without a team".

The most exciting thing about Rock is how customizable it is. Rock's Workflow Engine allows you to be very attentive to all of your attendees without having to manually check up on each person. You can do processes as simple as texting someone who visited for the first time a thank you message and an invite to coming events. You can even build full-featured follow-ups to someone joining a small group to make sure it's a great fit. The possibilities are actually limitless.

It's honestly a blessing to use Rock to leverage our technical skill to empower our ministries to do things that they've never tried to do before in fear of the administrative overhead. My church has only scratched the surface of what Rock can do, and it's already making a difference after being on Rock for less than a year

Recommendations to other buyers: Rock is MUCH more powerful if you have someone who can dedicate time to understanding your ministries and work to make Rock serve them well.

Helping us grow!

Nov 14, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I am part of a church plant in Miami, FL. We started off using Rock RMS, and it has been a huge help for building our church and keeping communication intact on our team. We have two full time staff members, while everyone else is part time or volunteering, so we don't have the budget for a huge database that comes fully equipped with certain features we don't really need yet. Rock RMS is open source and very customizable. It takes some time to get it up and running, and we had great support from their team (thanks again, Trey!). One of my favorite features is the ability to send emails or text messages directly from Rock RMS - it saves me tons of time each week!
I'm excited for all the possibilities Rock RMS will give us as we grow.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you have any people in your community who are software savvy, get them involved to set up and using Rock RMS will be a breeze. After that, literally anyone can use Rock RMS with minimal training.

WOW! Great Potential!

Nov 07, 2016
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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Comments: I recently walked through the implementation of Rock RMS at a church I was working for. The software functionality is incredible and sports the latest in developmental advancements and functionality from Content Management to Customization. I don't think I have seen a more powerful resource management system (especially that is open source). The collaboration and creation of this software has been miraculous.

I attended the Rock RMS conference in Phoenix about one year ago and could see that so many brilliant people were pouring their heart and soul into developing, testing, and refining this software. While it may always be in development, the team behind the software is great and the software itself offers capabilities well beyond other systems.

While the implementation and setup may require some special skills (as well as the customization), there is support to help from a willing and intelligent community, which is the backbone of any great software.

Recommendations to other buyers: Read the documentation carefully (which is also beautifully designed).

Very Pleased

Nov 06, 2016
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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Comments: The Rock Church has been using RockRMS for over a year and have been very pleased with the features and the community of users behind it. We would recommend this software to any church large or small.

If all church software was built around this same paradigm, it would be so much easier for startups and smaller churches to survive.

These guys ROCK RMS.

Recommendations to other buyers: Try it! It is free to try, so you have nothing to lose.

Great Software, Better Community

Oct 27, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We've been on Rock for about 18 months now. We are thrilled with the flexibility of Rock. We have complete access to all our data so any report we want can be generated. We have the ability to add fields we need and if needed purchase or write plug-ins to fill any integrations we need. The only function that isn't there yet that staff ask about is volunteer scheduling. We were able to do our migration to Rock ourselves. There are partner vendors available to help churches that don't have the IT staff to handle doing it alone. The developers regularly seek feedback on features and are very open about what is coming next.

The community surrounding Rock is AMAZING! There is an active Q&A board and Slack channel. Questions are answered quickly by someone in the community. Questions and problems of all types are answered respectfully and helpfully. It doesn't matter if you are an IT person, developer or ministry staff, questions from the most basic to the super complicated are welcomed. The community is very willing to share anything that they have built or coded. Ask someone how they did something and they will likely send you the files or code needed to do it.

It is great to have software, developers and a community that truly want to make my local church as efficient and effective as it can be!

Rock can do it all

Sep 30, 2016
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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Comments: We have been very pleased with Rock's capabilities. What comes in the "out-of-the-box", core features has been so much for us to explore and implement, while also having the ability to grow in almost any way through all the open ended features if you have a capable developer to bring larger churches to the next level.

As a medium sized church we have found that with a little work we can have Rock doing so much for us that we weren't able to do with a pervious database. With no developer on staff, I have still been able to learn some basic things that have helped us go beyond the core features and tailor-make Rock do things specific to our needs.

Recommendations to other buyers: Plan a strong implementation, test, test, test and use the community resources on the website and through slack for support issues. The community can help you!

Rock CHMS!

Sep 12, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: This is a great tool for your non-profit no matter what size you are. From a staff of 1 to 10,000 this tool will greatly help your reach. Very easy to use with a great community behind it supporting all sort of questions and concerns. With new feature being added all the time the sky is the limit.
Easy to use and administer.

Rock is wonderful!

Aug 11, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: The Rock has made keeping up with the people in our church almost effortless. Attendance, membership dates, prayer requests, specific needs, and reminding us of upcoming birthdays are just to name a few things it does for us. With profile pictures, important dates, and connecting people through the relationship feature, this software not only helps formally build our records, but informally we are able to get to know our members and visitors better. I have loved everything about the Rock.

Recommendations to other buyers: The Rock doesn't cost you anything. If you are looking for a church management software I would encourage you to at least check it out.

RockRMS is ROCK SOLID

Aug 12, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Extremely well-documented software, very high quality, we've encountered very few bugs and glitches.

Recommendations to other buyers: Requires technical help in house, not for the faint hearted.

Moving to rock

Jul 09, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: We're moving from Arena to Rock for our church. We love the ease of use and that it's built mobile first. We look forward to digging into the workflows to make the most of its abilities. The community is great--we can jump on slack and get any question answered by people who know and USE the product daily.

Recommendations to other buyers: Get involved with other churches who are using it. You'll find a group more useful than any paid tech support I've ever encountered.

Exactly what we needed

Jul 09, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Knowing the investment of time and learning needed, we were looking for the right church software for several years. We were impressed with the rock community and the potential with the software 18 months ago. We implemented a few portions of the software 12 months ago, and decided to baby step our way into all of its capabilities. We knew early on in the implemtation process that Rock was going to something really good for us. And already, with out even using all of the features, we are in love with the program. We don't even want to think about the "dark ages" (life before Rock RMS) any more. As a church administrator and a ministry leader of a church, Rock has been an incredible resource for our church.

Recommendations to other buyers: Rock is worth the investment it takes to implement at your church. We could not take the complete plunge and implement all in one day, so we took an approach to implement over 12-18 months, and it has worked well for us.

Rock RMS is the next generation of ChMS

Jun 20, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Rock is easily the best designed church management system on the market. The database architecture lets you get almost any type of data you could want in, and out with ease. Customizable groups, contributions, event registration, and relationship management tools are going to be invaluable for our church!

It's FREE, and community supported. Hop in and ask questions on the forums or in the Slack, and you'll get answers fast. The churches using Rock are what make the product truly shine. Best practices and product features aren't dictated by a vendor from on high... they're from people actually doing ministry and working with Rock every day.

Take the leap to Rock!

Rock Pops!

Jun 10, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Rock is THE ChMS to beat.

It might not have every feature that some of the competitors have, but it also doesn't have the bloat of unneeded modules. You do not have to wade through a "rich feature list" of unnecessary applications. Every component has been intentionally designed and implemented. Overall, Rock has the core features that matter and will help your church.

One feature example that stood out to us at Real Life Ministries is called the "workflow engine." Without touching an ounce of code, we were able to create a workflow that altered a person's connection status based of off their attendance, a highly useful tool for our ministries.

However, the ultimate selling point for us wasn't necessarily one feature in particular, but rather the whole concept of "the sky is the limit" for design and function as it pertained to the current and future needs of our church. From what we have found, no one gives you that much freedom in a ChMS. Once again, the moment we found Rock we decided we needed to look no further.

Taste the Explosion.

Very Flexible

Apr 03, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Rock is incredibly flexible and simple to customize to your organizations needs. We don't have a lot of database experience, but have been able to make the changes were need for our organization. We switched from Church Community Builder and everyone on staff has liked working with Rock exponentially more, and our donors like the online giving more since it's much easier to set up and manage.

Loved Rock RMS from the beginning!

Mar 31, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Rock has been everything our church was looking for. Powerful, flexible, easy. And the price is right!

The Best ChMS Available

Mar 31, 2016
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Ok... It's not ChMS its RMS (relationship management system).

It's not just providing you with a bunch of inter office reports. It interacts with your church members. Everything from small group sign ups, group leaders being able to email or SMS message one member or the whole group at once. Event registration, online giving, and being able to view and print your own giving history.

On the Admin side there are tools like inviting your members to take a disc test, and the results are posted on their profile, being able to mark flag talents in an individual profile, there are obvious things like taking attendance, I love that with reports you can instantly select a filter and merge it to an Avery mailing label!

There is so much more! It's all open source, and there is a great community of helpers to answer your questions.
This RMS is amazing and our church loves it!

Amazing software

Mar 31, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I've been using Rock RMS (Rock for short) for several months now and am amazed at the flexibility and ease of use in such a powerful platform. The ability to have all of the required ministry tools in one place is priceless. I also love how they keep adding new features and have a simple update/upgrade feature that doesn't require downloading or uploading new files, they are handled via the Rock Update service a "one-click" update.

Rock RMS has been an easy-to-use, affordable, communication, organizational tool for our church!

Mar 06, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I'm a preacher and I figured out how to install and use Rock. We are small enough (about 225 regular attendance) we entered all our data directly into Rock. We make a nominal donation each month to support the project. It would not be possible to afford a high end software solution such as Rock if we paid retail/subscription pricing. We host Rock online, with a real monthly cost of about $30 (in addition to our donation to Rock). We use Rock to organize and communicate with our volunteers, host our church website, and maintain info on everyone who worships with our church.

Great Free Church managment

Nov 16, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We love using Rock.

Pros: Free, powerful, able to be customized, build in cms. RockRMS also has a great community of churches who are helping each other with implementation and best practices.

Cons: Rock can have a high learning curve for non-techie admins.

Rock continues to help us grow relationships....

Nov 16, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The ability to look at my iPad or cell phone on my way to a hospital visit to see everything I need to know about the person before I walk through the door is HUGE! The way this software can be customized is unbelievable! We came from CCB and this is SO much more useful. The fact that it is free is great, but we believe in Rock and how it is designed for the work of the Church so much that we are donating money to further the development. Being a open source project you can look at the code. The top line of code is.... "To God Be The Glory". That says it all.

Support is a funny word. With our past experience we had a number we could call and with enough time and the ability to explain the problem to the "right" person we could get a resolution... eventually. Rock itself has no number to call. What they offer is a community of users that are eager to help one another solve problems and develop customizations to the software to make it suit each individual ministry. I have found that with one post to the community forum I have an answer very quickly. There also is now a support company that has created a division to be a "one stop shop" for everything from hosting to support for Rock.

ChMS software is just a tool. Our staff would not want to go back to doing ministry without THIS tool.

Years of Experience Applied to Open Source Church Management

Nov 12, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Pro: Open source. Strong community. Community driven development. Excellent documentation.

Con: As of 2015 it's still early version, but growing stronger each release.

Rock RMS is a collaborative effort of several churches and developers who know exactly what church software should do - or be flexible enough to handle.

In addition, Rock is a very powerful Website Content Management System (CMS).

No more needs for a separate staff mobile app. Rock uses Twitter's Bootstrap as it's visual framework which means everything you can do on your desktop scales beautifully down to tablet or phone. In addition, that means anything your congregation needs to do (online giving, prayer request submission, etc.) works perfectly from their mobile device as well.

If you want a church app for your congregation, Rock can be the brains for it. One of the founding churches has put their source code on GitHub for anyone to use.

The last ChMS you'll need.

Nov 05, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Rock is a sophisticated CMS with lots of church/relational management functionality built in. Unlike most of the competition, it is highly (ok, completely) customizable and can be considered more like a box of Legos than a completely pre-defined product... What you build with it is completely up to your skill level and imagination.

While Rock has most of the expected features of a ChMS/RMS, its "killer app" is the Workflow engine. This functionality lets mere mortals "program" sophisticated operations that would normally take a developer. Combine that with "Lava" (Rock's implementation of Liquid markup) and you have an environment that's extremely powerful yet approachable by non-developers.

The only "con" with Rock is that it's based on the .NET MS stack. Though some (LAMP stack zealots) find this off-putting (and it *can* be more difficult to find an acceptable Windows host on which to run this Enterprise application), this technology was chosen for specific reasons and there's no need to reject it based on one's predisposition to LAMP. It's solid. That said, the RockRMS site maintains a list of Windows hosts that run it well.

Easy to use, feature rich, flexible, great community.

Nov 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We've implemented Rock and it's very easy to use. Training and adoption has been quick. The built-in features are numerous and more are evolving. The workflows feature especially is huge for automating manual processes. The community is great and quick to help. I'm excited about Rock's future!

5 Stars to the Team Behind this awesome Software

Nov 01, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I can't say enough about how much we love Rock RMS. We are a church plant who has been using the Rock for about 10 months now. We were able to import our existing data from F1 and have not looked back.

The customization and control that you have over every single aspect of this makes it a no-brainer.

Small church all the way to MEGA church.

The community of developers working on this project will blow your mind at their love for the Big C Church and their passion is greater than any I've ever seen.

You won't go wrong giving Rock RMS a try.

Complete, Flexible, Extendable ChMS

Nov 01, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I believe that Rock RMS is going to change the way churches can minister to their people using technology. With the majority of other systems out there, you are limited when wanting to implement new ideas or new processes unless they fit into the system's workflows already. With Rock, EVERYTHING feels like it's customizable. You don't have to fit into a predefined workflow, you can create your own workflows. If you can't customize it within Rock, the open source project allows you to extend functionality by developing your own code or using Rock's extensive APIs to meet whatever your needs may be

I could not be happier with the project and hope the community around Rock continues to grow so the project can continue to get better and better!

Rock is the Best

Oct 31, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: No other solution provides the quality or Open Source philosophy that the Rock does. It is relatively new but already miles ahead of other solutions.

Excellent software

Oct 31, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Great church management system. Easy to use for the end user and simple to configure for the administrator.

Customizable and Easy To Use

Sep 18, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: As a organization that's been searching for the right management system for many years, and tried quite a few along the way, we've been so excited to implement Rock RMS. From the earliest stages of development there's been a deliberate effort to involve the community and create something everyone can contribute to. From the forums to the readily available source code and even the new ideas frequently submitted, the ecosystem surrounding Rock RMS has really made it what it is today.

Great new features are constantly being pushed out from a team who actually uses the software they develop. As amazing as this product is, I can't wait to see what it will grow into in the coming months and years.

Great features and huge potential for this new product

Aug 29, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Rock RMS is the future here at Central Christian Church in Arizona, where I work as the Network/Systems Administrator. We are migrating from Arena (Shelby) to Rock this year. As a large church (10,000+ weekend attendance and five campuses) we have robust needs and requirements for our Management System; from event check-in, communications, website, people management, contributions, process/workflow management, reporting, and more.

I have been able to watch Rock develop from a bare-bones system (v 1.0) to a robust and feature-rich product that can perform all the functions a church like Central needs. But, it is flexible and intuitive enough to be used by smaller organizations (not just churches!) without robust in-house development and IT support.

For me, the biggest feature/benefit with Rock is its flexibility and configurability. As you think about the data you need to maintain, the tasks you want to automate, the ways you want to communicate, you will find that the flexibility with Rock can make it possible.

Spark Development Network is actively developing the product, adding features/function/polish. As an open-source product, Rock RMS is also seeing an active and growing 3rd party developer community offering further improvements and features. The support community is also developing rapidly, as more people use the product and become familiar with it. The community forums are a great resource for users to get their questions discussed and answered. Finally, the documentation that Spark has provided (and continues to create/update) is fantastic! There is a treasure-trove of manuals and videos that dive deep into all the great functionality in Rock, without being too technical or difficult to consume.

My experience with Rock, and the community surrounding it, has been excellent. I know that the Spark Development Network team (and others) have been working tirelessly to make this product as excellent as it can be. And, the work continues!