Who Uses This Software?

We want to help churches of all sizes with a holistic management solution. That means worship planning, financial reporting, administration & pastoral care, all centralised in one place.


Average Ratings

82 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $15.00/month
  • Pricing Details
    10% discount if you pay 6 months and a 20% discount if you pay 12 months.
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Mobile - Android Native
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Elvanto
  • elvanto.com
  • Founded 2010
  • Australia

About Elvanto

Elvanto offers fair pricing to suit every ministry size - small or large. Elvanto is an all-in-one, 100% cloud-based church management system with no add-on costs. We provide a program thats really user-friendly & intuitive, as well as being jam packed with powerful features. All accounts are securely hosted on servers across Australia, Europe and USA to comply with local security and privacy laws, and can be accessed from virtually anywhere. More information can be found at www.elvanto.com


Elvanto Features

  • Application Management
  • Association Membership
  • Automatic Renewals
  • Club Membership
  • Committee Management
  • Dues Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Event Management
  • Gym Membership
  • Jobs Board
  • Member Database
  • Member Directory
  • Member Portal
  • Nonprofit Membership
  • Payment Processing
  • Website Management

Elvanto Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Elvanto has been great to use, work with, and so helpful for our church!

Dec 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like how intuitive it is and how easy it is to figure out. I can teach functions to even the most tech-challenged people in our church and they are able to know what they need to do with ease. I also like the umbrella of functions it has under the one program for the price point offered. When you go from 100 to 200 active users the price doubling is a bit steep (this is why I gave value 4 stars), but it is comparable to similar programs, but easier to work with. Lastly, the customer service as well has been fantastic from day one and that was a major reason I chose Elvanto over other programs. Their speed of response is typically within 1 day, despite being in Australia, while I'm in the US.

Cons: More than anything it is their phone app, which is fairly useless at this time compared to just logging into the website on your phone (this is where 4 stars on Features comes in). The phone app has yet to be integrated with the majority of functions offered and the development has been too slow to get it going. Elvanto has a community Post board, which we love as a church, but to not have that on the phone app that can give you notifications of a new post seems like a huge oversight. The normal software I really have no issues with at all, if there is something hard to understand or more complicated, there is help available in the forms of tutorials or customer service is an email or chat away. The phone app, however, needs to be pushed through development and in big ways and then Elvanto will be a force to be reckoned with, and our church would have greater integration as people who don't get in front of a computer on a daily basis (i.e. young moms, blue-collar workers, etc.) would have it in their phones too.

Overall: Overall organizational unity and efficiency. Streamlined, standardized and unified volunteer coordination. Centralized mass communication, and a highly user-friendly worship service planning platform and the ability to store the church worship song inventory online for all to utilize as needed.

Elvanto is an excellent software to help track and organize your volunteers and programming needs.

Nov 09, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Elvanto gives you so many options for such a great price. Similar Software will charge you far more to complete the same functions and tasks.

Cons: The giving portion is not as up to date as other online and mobile giving platforms. For large organizations initial start up can be tiresome.

Amazing System

Oct 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: 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. An App would be AMAZING that has full function. As well as integrations to elevated reporting dashboards. We would love to build a follow-up app as well that links with Elvanto to make it easy for people to make calls, add notes, tag others while on the run.

Pros: Great customer service and high functionality! We as users have a lot of freedom to manipulate advanced searches and reports to cater to what we need. Top class in that department. Also the reporting functions for groups is amazing.

Cons: Doesn't have a full functioning app. Not user friendly for volunteers that are on the run and not working from our church office (for follow-up purposes). Dashboards could be better to show key indicators digitally and graphically inspiring. We don't use Elvanto currently for our rostering, only for database and pastoral/follow-up. We also create all our reports manually based on exported reports on Elvanto. We find the display is just as important and the numbers.

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

Aug 11, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: 1. Elvanto has a very intuitive admin interface (similar to Wordpress). It's very easy to navigate and full of features.
2. Elvanto features many integrations with other services, such as Songselect, Proclaim, Mailchimp and Tithely, all of which we use at our church.
3. Elvanto gives you the ability to add endless custom fields for each person. These become useful for generating just about any kind of report.
4. Elvanto's customer support is fantastic. They respond quickly and with detailed and clear information.
5. It's great for scheduling volunteers (like a worship team, or nursery workers).
6. It's great for keeping track of attendance, and following up with new people,
7. The Elvanto team is constantly making improvements and working on new features.
8. 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. Also, without 'conditional logic' (like Gravity Forms or Ninja forms) the Elvanto registration forms can be limiting for certain types of events.

Has most features it should, but could be more robust.

Jun 30, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I assist with several administrative functions for our church, and Elvanto is generally useful and has most of the features it should. I like being able to mass manage within flows and have emails automated. Searching for people is easy, which is great, too.

Cons: Missing key features here and there. For example, rostering can be frustrating. It's hard to assign people to see just the service locations/times they should, and then it's difficult to schedule in advance unless you're doing it on a separate calendar first. There should definitely be a visualization tool to see just an individual team over the course of a whole month, for example.

Streamlined and Fluid

Jun 29, 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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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: Not enough features. I'd like to see more cloud based integration with other apps (music for example).

Overall: Planning and organizational applications are wonderful when it comes to getting an entire team on board. Having communication simplified like this has helped immensely.

We have loved this software. They are great about adding new features to make this great.

Jun 09, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: We love the ability to customize user log-in. We can add different users with different amount of accessibility into areas of the software.

Also we focus a lot on being able to pastor people. We can add categorizes of notes. This helps us track and note where people are at. We can also add custom fields to in their profile to track spiritual growth.

We switched to this program and have been thoroughly satisfied. This was also a great price software for church databases.

Cons: It is a little difficult with customer service cause they are an Australian company so at times the time difference for us in the US is hard to maneuver.

The only other con we have found is the graphic appeal of customizing forms and mass email. This is something they are aware of. They have already made improvements since we have used their service.

Not super intuitive and functionality lacks

Jun 07, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: great branding and well designed logo - makes me want to like and use it more. Ability to add black out dates is easy and having th border of service in there is nice, too

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

It has been so easy to use, provides the functions that we need and customer support is excellent.

Jun 07, 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: Customization! We can make just about anything look the way we want it to. We can add different things to profiles, link them with Social Media, and if we had issues customer service was always on top of getting us what we needed in a very timely manner.

Cons: It is difficult at times to find what you're looking for based on the titles within heading/main page names (specifically groups and who falls into that or departments).

Overall: We were able to pastor our people better by knowing who they were and what they needed. the notes option is extensive and very helpful. It is a great benefit to our organization.

Elvanto is a great software that emphasizes the importance of real people.

Jun 07, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The relational aspect of Elvanto has been extremely helpful. I'm a pastor that uses this software with the church and keeping up with people is the most important thing for our team. We want to keep track of people, but we also want to know what's going on in their lives. Elvanto gives our team the opportunity to share with each other notes about people we've connected with during the week. This is extremely helpful for us to keep each other up to date with what's going on in people's lives in our community.

Cons: This software doesnt have many downsides, but an issue would be the service programming. It just takes a few extra steps to do certain things like add notes for a specific department within that service. Sometimes just the organization of creating a service with different elements seems like it could be simpler.

A Quality Product

Apr 19, 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: End user usability.

Cons: Limitations with Access Permissions

Overall: I have been administering Elvanto across 5 locations now for close to 4 years. All locations have differing needs and we have found a great deal of flexibility within this program.

During this time we have seen Elvanto grow rapidly but in all this time never has their been any compromise in the level of customer service or the quality of a program they provide. I have found the team extremely approachable and always willing to help.

I am confident that they are continually reviewing the product and enhancing it for the benefit of their customers.

Would happily recommend this product to other churches.

Recommendations to other buyers: Love that the team is local and support is fast and friendly.

Full service package

Nov 29, 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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Pros: It does everything! (Except full-service accounting). And all the moving parts in the ministry coordinate and interact in a logical manner on a master calendar. You set the rules based on your organizational structure.

Cons: It takes time to set up, but honestly, there is no way to simplify this process. If you want control to make a program yours, you will have to take some time with it.

Overall: It's impossible to find a program that is super simple to navigate while being a full-service solution that you can customize to your needs, at least on the admin side. But Elvanto comes as close as possible to the best of everything. It can be a little overwhelming during the set-up phase, but the preset defaults help. They also have great customer service and very helpful documentation. If you want a powerful solution at a great price, Elvanto is the obvious choice.

Recommendations to other buyers: Be patient with yourself and the software. Take one area at a time and get it working great. Don't try to launch the whole thing at one time.

Great Product

Nov 07, 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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Pros: The various functionality options and that it is web based so your people can access it from any computer anywhere and reasonably priced.

Cons: Nothing

Overall: I really enjoy this App. It is web based so able to be accessed anywhere by anyone you chose. Pricing is reasonable and there are so many functions that it s a challenge to use them all efficiently! There is a bit of time involved in the initial set up but well worth it. It is also very user friendly and intuitive. The support guys are constantly improving and updating features and open to suggestions. It combines software like Pastoral Care, Planning Center and Pulse into one integrated platform. ie your database, songs, planning roster and pastoral care with notes and reminders all in one place. Your volunteers can have their own login, volunteer for rosters and communicate directly with their department heads within the app. The security level options allow various levels of access from volunteer to Senior Administrator. You can keep track of groups, training and services and customize for you own specific needs. You can send out emails and link to Mail Chimp and also send out SMS's linked to a provider of your choice from within the app. I love the new feature of being able to add and track Contacts, (as opposed to members), without including them in your payment subscription based on member entries. Contacts are people that you connect with through things like events and youth, that are not usual church goers, but you want to keep them informed of special occasions. It also has financial tracking functions which I think would be handy for very a small church or one in the USA and places where donations are tax deductible. You can also enter pledges and track them. I highly recommend this application and commend Ben and his team for the wonderful work that they are doing.

Recommendations to other buyers: All your data is stored off site and secure and not dependent on your local network and PC's to remain secure. No more losing everything because your PC dies.

Useful online church membership database

Nov 04, 2016
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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Comments: We've found consolidating our service, contacts and calendar management into one database has been very beneficial. Members use the site and the calendar flows into our website, we're also able to modify and create our own fields to manage volunteer training. The only frustration is the lack of functionality for printing a nice contact list with photos.

Best church database out there

Oct 26, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We've worked with many church databases over the years, but Elvanto trumps them all. It's so simple for volunteers to use, and it allows a database to function as it should: to serve those who use it. We love the ability to take notes on people as we pastor and lead them, the group functions are great, and the forms and reporting functions are awesome. We highly recommend Elvanto all the time!

Love elvanto

Oct 26, 2016
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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Pros: Power of searching/reporting.

Cons: Minor: Interface/workflows could be a bit more intuitve

Overall: Love elvanto. Very powerful. Fantastic support. Plus they're improving features/interface regularly.

Best bang for your buck

Oct 26, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Feature-set, price, customer service

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

Overall: We chose Elvanto as our Church Management System after looking through dozens of systems and demoing several of them. We are a small church of under 100, so we were looking for something cost effective without sacrificing features.

Elvanto had all the features we were looking for and was just within our budget. The key features that made Elvanto stand out and were our deciding factors were service scheduling, volunteer management, and calendar/event management. We also heavily use people management, people flows, and financial tracking, but these features were more common among the systems we tested.

We've been using Elvanto for about two years now and we haven't looked back. I've talked with customer support several times and they've always been prompt, polite and eager to help. They're quick to fix any issues we run into and are happy to hear about ideas for adding new features or improving existing ones.

I'm happy to recommend Elvanto any time someone asks.

Great product for building & managing church contacts!

Oct 25, 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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Pros: Friendly and knowledgable customer service; very powerful software once you learn how to use it!

Cons: Certain minor features don't work as expected; there is a learning curve.

Overall: I've been using Elvanto since early 2015 and have been the primary person responsible for building/maintaining our church's database. While there are a few features that seem counterintuitive, I've found the customer service to be excellent and highly responsive. The team works hard to meet customer's needs and they offer training to make sure you know how to use all the available features. They're continually updating and improving, and I'm regularly finding new ways that Elvanto can streamline my job as a church administrator and ministry director!

Recommendations to other buyers: Try the free account - it allows a small number of contacts and you can go through the tutorials to set up your account and see if it's right for you!

Great Affordable CMS

Oct 25, 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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Pros: Cost
Support is very responsive

Cons: Might not have every "bell and whistle" other programs have.
There is a learning curve to use it

Overall: Been very satisfied with the program and the price. It does everything we need and more at a much better price than the other programs we were looking at.

Great product, good support.

Oct 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: We've been using elvanto for the past 4 years, and found that overall it is a really well rounded and useful church database. Whilst its a fairly steep learning curve to setup (i.e. access permissions, departments, groups, locations, service types!), once its going it takes care of may of the people admin tasks that churches have. Tech Support are very fast to respond and always happy to help. Our main uses are:
* Compliance (i.e. accurate record keeping and reporting for WWCC's etc
* Giving leaders access to the info they need (access permission are quite powerful here)
* Events & Registrations
* Church member "intranet" so that the main website is outsider focussed
* Service planning & rostering
* Communications (email, sms)
* Followup reporting and Pastoral care CMS

It still lacks some desirable features (i.e. integrated event payment facilities [coming!], advanced reporting logic, advanced form logic, clunky files system), but update and new features are regularly rolled out, and often the result of user requests (we've had a few of our wishes granted... eventually!).

A value for money system

Oct 24, 2016
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Data can be easily manipulated.
Value for money.

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

Overall: We have been using Elvanto for about 18-months now. It was a step up from our previous package. There was a bit of a learning curve as you would expect for learning any new system. We have been pretty pleased with the support we have received. One of the main reasons we went to Elvanto was the ability to export data and manipulate it for various purposes. While no package is perfect, overall we feel that Elvanto covers most bases and is good value for money.

Best Value for Churches

Oct 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: When looking for church management software, I came across Elvanto. Without doubt, this has been one of the best decisions for us. Having used other systems, and some concurrently, with Elvanto, it's been one of the best values. The price point is cheaper than other systems, and delivers more features than some. In fact, with a competing service, we were paying almost double just to have volunteer scheduling and child check in, whereas we get so much more from Elvanto. Now, because Elvanto does a lot, it's easy to get lost or overwhelmed in managing the system, but the support team has always been attentive, answering any e-mail that I've sent within 24 hours, even on weekends. The times that something wasn't available presently, I've been glad to see the team suggest it as a future feature, and even see some of them become features that I now use. We currently use this to manage everything, and am glad that there is no local software that need to be installed, since everything is web-based. In this way, implementation has been super easy, and we can allow more of our members to access what they need to without any limitations. This is one of the reasons why adaptation by my team was quick. I would recommend Elvanto to anyone looking for a ChMS.

Elvanto 100%

Oct 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Look, features, ease of use

Overall: We use Elvanto to manage the background of our church - small groups, rosters, calendar, events, registrations, member database, etc. It is excellent. Powerful, easy to use and loads of features. We have been using it for over a year and I don't even feel we've cracked all of it's potential. Customer service is fantastic. I always get a reply either instantly to within a couple of hours. I compared for months to other software and this one came out on top.

Recommendations to other buyers: Have two super users because there is lot to train if one leaves.

Excellent Overall Value

Oct 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We've been thrilled with Elvanto for so many reasons. We use it for member database, communication, giving tracking (integrated with a number of key giving companies), scheduling volunteers, planning services - and so much more. Online support is excellent. Can't go wrong here.

church by the bridge

Oct 24, 2016
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Good experience - always getting better! Would love a way to get volunteers to find their own replacement. Also better way of tracking attendance.

Best ChMS bar none

Oct 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: 1. User friendly interface
2. Robust platform
3. Ridiculously low price
4. Great customer service

Cons: Member page still need more work but they have assured meet they are getting to that after rolling out their wonderful event registration feature they have been working on.

Overall: I have been a loyal customer with Elvanto since 2014. Before Elvanto I had tried a bunch of other softwares out there but they fell short of what we were trying to accomplish. Some of the more decent ones that we demo-ed like fellowship one and Church Community Builder had tiered pricing that were pretty expensive. When we looked into Elvanto the major things that attracted us were;
1. User friendly interface
2. Robust platform
3. Ridiculously low price
The last ChMS we used was so inadequate that we add to subscribe to other services like Planning Center Online, MailChimp, Eventbrite, Trumpia (who by the way are crooks that were billing us without service and have refused to refund our money for two years now) etc, just to accomplish our goal. Since we signed on with Elvanto we no longer need all those other providers. Elvanto is not perfect yet like every other ChMS is not but they work tirelessly to keep bringing out new features. I even asked for a particular feature we wanted to allow members have access to the groups they belong and be able to interact with others within their group through their group page and Elvanto made it happen in a matter of weeks. I have been recommending them to churches in our network and they are loving it. Kudos to all the guys and girls at Elvanto. You keep doing what you are doing and I keep sticking with you guys. God bless you.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you need a software with great ease of use and that can handle all your ministry needs without breaking the bank, then you need Elvanto.

Excellent church management software

Oct 23, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Great software that really enhances our ministry with church membership, service preparation and church communication. Behind the software is a great team who respond very timely to questions, and suggestions. I've used one of the other big church management systems and much prefer Elvanto! Thanks Elvanto.

Elvanto Eval by NLS

Oct 23, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Simple use and getting the team connected in one platform.

Cons: Financial system

Overall: I really like Elvanto. I am holding my breath waiting for the Financial system to be improved. Once that is done it will be a total package system.

Excellent church management software with outstanding support

Oct 21, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: The implementation of Elvanto has allowed our church to standardise our rostering processes across our various ministries and given us an accessible and reliable source of information about our membership.

The application is intuitive and the online documentation is very comprehensive and helpful.

All requests for assistance have been answered promptly and helpfully by a team that is committed to the spread of the gospel.

Great product and great team behind it

Oct 21, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: After using several church management tools, we've loved Elvanto. The constant updates, the ease of use, and the fact that there just aren't any bugs... it just does what it's meant to do.

Really great program

Oct 20, 2016
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We've been using elvanto for a year or two now and it really is a brilliant program. We haven't even started using some of the features yet. Which perhaps is why I've given ease of use a lower score - it's not exactly the most intuitive program around. Having said that though, there are lots of tech non-natives using it at our church now and given a bit of time, they've become comfortable with it. The more we do that, the more it's going to be even better in serving the needs of our congregation. On top of that, the support service is first class. Always prompt, always helpful and really know their stuff.

Great CMS: Used for youth ministry.

Oct 20, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: No cost for adding children or contacts, free unlimited trial for up to 20 adults.

Has fantastic support team happy and keen to improve user experience and add new features.

A growing company with excellent customer service!

Oct 20, 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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Pros: Always growing, flexible, well designed, reliable

Cons: Customer service is offered based on Australian time zones (but this really isn't a problem for me 98% of the time)

Overall: Our church has used Elvanto as our primary church management system for nearly three years at this point, and we love it! They have a great customer service team. They are always working to improve and expand their services and functionality. They truly listen to the needs of their customers and do their best to meet them. There is of course a learning curve to find the best ways that it fits into your church's needs, but they really do a great job offering solutions for everything from volunteer schedules and check in (for kids and volunteers) to small group managment and tracking church members through classes.

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

Oct 20, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The fact that contact info, group and service attendance, notes, and activity log on each person is available with a few clicks.

Running reports,

Communicating with people through email and text is great. You can even do an advanced search and get really granular, and then just contact those people with one click. Simple and easy to use.

The best part about Elvanto is the People Flow concept. Keeping track of people at multiple stages of development with centralized notes has been amazing for us.

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

Overall: We use Elvanto for database, attendance, assigning contacts, running reports, email, and texting our people. However, the best part about Elvanto is the People Flow concept. Keeping track of people at multiple stages of development with centralized notes has been amazing for us.

Recommendations to other buyers: 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.

Vendor Response

by Elvanto on October 20, 2016

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?

Best CMS out there

Oct 20, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We have tried them all and once we switched to Elvanto, it solved many of our problems. We now track everything from first time guests to kid check in within Elvanto. The only two challenges we have found is 1) The worship planning is not awesome so we still use Planning Center for our musicians primarily for their amazing app. 2) You need a dedicated person running elvanto. It is completely customizable which is a HUGE bonus, unless you don't know what you're doing and don't give it the time it needs. Can't recommend it enough!

Love this software!

Oct 20, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: competes with most other ChMS with great functionality.

Cons: Lack of mobile app / Inability to filter giving statements to people with "home address" or "mailing address" - and also the lack of ability to print statements based on total household giving threshhold. Inability to take multiple actions on forms instead of just one action per form.

Overall: Elvanto continues to provide more and more functionality. Bang for buck compared to the other two major players in the ChMS market, they have the best product for us.

Good product

Oct 20, 2016
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: 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.

Overall: As a church plant, we appreciated getting off the ground with this software. 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. It has been extremely reliable with almost zero downtime. We been pleased for the three years we've used it.

Recommendations to other buyers: It's a good choice.

Vendor Response

by Elvanto on October 20, 2016

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

Great Church Database

Oct 20, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I love Elvanto. We have been using it for over 2 years. Every system has it ups and downs. However, for us Elvanto has the best features for us as a church. We love the way you can customize different areas. It helps us know people in our church, and see how we can help them grow.

I <3 Elvanto!

Oct 20, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: ease of use

Overall: I've been using Elvanto for about a month now as our church administrative assistant. I've found it very easy to use, and I'm not a "techy" person. It's awesome for communicating to our volunteers on a weekly basis!

Excellent Product & Service

Oct 20, 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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Pros: All the modules are amazing!

Cons: Our team doesn't like the service programming aspect so they use planning center

Overall: We are a new church plant and having been using Elvanto for over a year now. It does everything we need it to do from keeping peoples information to scheduling volunteers to financial tracking to kids check in. If we ever have a question, the support team is there and responds with a thorough explanation. One of the best church management programs I have used!

Work in progress

Oct 20, 2016
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It has practical usage for tracking attendees and volunteers as well as service planning.

Cons: Other functionality needs work. AS stated in my previous comments on the first page.

Overall: Elvanto has been a good tool for our church and our ministries. We do find many items, Elvanto is a few steps behind in implementation. Our first hand examples, are 1. use of forms and linking children, youth parents in demographic settings and groups. 2. Check-in printing of labels parents v children, 3. payment for events and registration through either events in the calendar and forms. 4. pulling reports
All of our topics we have submitted to customer support and we do get responses quickly. Not all topics are fixable immediately and we are often told the team is working on it.

Recommendations to other buyers: When implementing upgrades, consider 100 steps ahead. Ex: Forms and events are excellent in theory but you cannot accept payment. Reports are ok, but cannot be compared side by side and not all data inputted is accessible in reports. Check-in printing of labels is all or nothing. Cannot check in a whole family and only print child labels with 1 parent security label.

Every Church Should Use Elvanto

Oct 20, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Elvanto has everything a church needs to communicate, plan, engage, and manage all aspects of the church family and local community. Elvanto has extremely intuitive, yet powerful interface. Though Elvanto is growing fast, Ben and his team offer a personal touch. I have researched all options, and Elvanto is the only system you need to look at.

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

Oct 20, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The fact that it is able to do everything in one program. Rostering, service planning, attendance tracking, people flows, etc. That it's intuitive and looks good (with great a great ability to personalise) and that updates and improvements are coming thick and fast!

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.

Overall: We signed up for Elvanto early on in terms of their development. 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. Since making the decision to switch, we haven't looked back! Elvanto is user friendly, highly adaptable, looks good and is still continually improving. The mobile app still has a way to go to be fully functioning, and event payment still hasn't arrived yet, but I have no doubt that they will be worth the wait. While we as a church still aren't using it to its full capabilities, we are definitely doing things now, that are leading to growth, that wouldn't be possible without Elvanto.

Recommendations to other buyers: 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!

A great all-rounder

Oct 20, 2016
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Wise range of features.

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

Overall: 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).

Elvanto Review

Oct 20, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Elvanto has been a great system for us. The customer support has been great as we've grown and advanced our systems. Our next phase will be using more of Elvanto's capabilities to improve efficiency - I don't believe we're using many of these functions yet. Looking forward to exploring different pluggins/apps in Elvanto that link to our other platforms and talk to eachother (mailchimp, squarespace, etc).

Very happy with Elvanto cloud based mobile friendly Church Management System

Oct 20, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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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

Overall: We were looking for a church membership database software that was cloud based and mobile friendly so that all our pastoral staff could access it anytime, on the go, from anywhere, on any device, without installing any software. We also needed it to support Chinese characters, and Elvanto was one of the few that worked for us. After signing up for a trial, we found the system super easy to use and very intuitive. The price was very reasonable so we were very comfortable to give it a go and signed on.
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. We even managed to use their event management system to handle room and resource bookings. We successfully got our small group leaders to submit reports after every meeting thanks to the very handy email reminders. It is very helpful for our pastoral care staff to assign tasks to follow up. It is very easy to customize to our needs and they keep improving it on a regular basis. Their customer support is very friendly, helpful, and responsive to customer requests and suggestions.

Church management with lots of capabilities

Oct 20, 2016
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: All basic functionality for church and group management is there. The ability to lock down and manage who sees what of information. Integration with Google calendars.

Cons: The software has world-wide customers and some of the functionality does not make sense everywhere. 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.

Overall: Elvanto is really worth while! Our church has moved away from an operation based on numerous Excel sheets and document versions, and has been using Elvanto for the last two years. Just to know that you are looking at the correct version - be it contact information, group schedules or the detailed plan for the next service - has really helped us a lot!

We use Elvanto for
- LIFE group organization and management
- Planning services and large events
- Church member and attendees information and management
- Managing workflows for New Contacts follow-up
- Managing e-mail lists used with MailChimp
- Planning and sending out SMS messages
- Checking in children to Sunday school
...among other things.

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

It would seem like Elvanto has not managed to grow their development capability during the last two years. This, unfortunately, results in a reduced ability to develop new features in the pace that customers of online systems demands today.

On the other hand, their customer support is fast and accurate. Elvanto responds to their customers and manages to solve reported bugs within hours!

Elvanto Proud

Oct 20, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Designed with the church at heart

Cons: No sms inclusions, cost is less competitive

Overall: When we first started using Elvanto, we were generously given 1year to test the software as a new church. This helped us to evaluate our options and harness the opportunity Elvanto provided. Since we started using Elvanto we have not considered a different product given that the platform meets our needs. 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.

With such inclusions Elvanto is sure to set a standard other similar software look up to.

Besides, I believe Elvanto is a brilliant software and the team are doing an amazing job.

Recommendations to other buyers: See previous comments on page 1

Took our local church to the next level.

Oct 20, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Online/Cloud Based

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

Overall: Recommended by staff from another local church, we took the trial on and were given excellent customer support from Elvanto both online and on the phone. Our music team took to the rostering and song management right away.
Church member record management is now a breeze, freeing up admin staff and the Pastors for other tasks.
Great price points are providing excellent value as our church grows.
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. As was the addition custom fields.
Highly recommended.

Beautiful interface and exceptional customer support

Oct 20, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I've used elvanto's software for a number of years now and value its ease of use. Being able to easily train new users each year is made easy because of the intuitive and beautiful user interface.

The customer service is fantastic. New features are regularly added to the software in response to customer feedback.

Elvanto leads the pack

Oct 20, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Web 2.0 interface. Billed for the number of members, not for community contacts. Handy integrations with other products. Core features of church life are handled well.

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

Overall: Elvanto doesn't have every feature I want, but it has more than most, and everything it does, it does well. From the parish directory to rostering to service planning, it has a solid Web 2.0 interface that minimizes the need for training. It integrates with key products like SongSelect and bulk SMS providers, and its API allows handy customizations. What won me over was the ability to just upload an existing contacts database to test it out. No other product at the time was that open and flexible - Elvanto was a no-brainer for future-proofing our church systems.

Recommendations to other buyers: There are cheaper (and free) products, but this is best product in the space right now

Fantastic resource!

Oct 20, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: As a church, we've benefitted greatly from using Elvanto. It has definitely helped streamline and centralise a lot of our administration and management. The system itself has heaps going for it, but we're also really glad to choose something based in Australia.
Elvanto is really easy to use and has heaps of helpful support articles for any questions that might come up. The team are also very quick to respond to help requests or suggestions. The recent UI update has been much appreciated too.
As far as features go, Elvanto offers a broad variety and only sometimes does that come at the cost of depth. For example, the Worship Service management doesn't fully measure up to some of the other options out there, but it certainly does everything it needs to. I always find that what might be lacking in advanced customisation is made up for in usability and consistency.
I left a star off value for money, not so much because it is bad value, but because it would be nice to have the option to choose less features and save some money (as some of the others systems offer). Overall, you get a great tool for the cost, but when there's a number of features you don't use, it would be nice to just opt out of them.
Some features I'd love to see one day: a social space for church members to connect; a fuller-featured app that incorporates this community connection; and a resource for church meetings (agendas, minutes, attachments, etc.)
Ultimately, I have and would recommend Elvanto to any church looking to start using a church management system. Great job, guys!

A Great, Well Rounded ChMS System!

Oct 20, 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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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

Overall: There are positives and negatives to any system. The same is true for Elvanto.

I researched a huge number of Church Management Systems, but didn't find anything that fit exactly what we needed. However, I stumbled upon Elvanto. The design & pricing is what originally captured my interest. They have a nice, clean design that is easy to customize to fit your church's color scheme & logo. The pricing is also very competitive, nearly half of what many other systems cost.

I signed up for their free trial (which was also paramount). Many ChMS's simply don't offer an easy way to find out how well it will work in your organization. You have to schedule a demo and use demo data in a test instance that doesn't reflect actual data from your organization. This wasn't true for Elvanto, which was refreshing. You get to start with an actual instance and import your real data.

Then I had to contact support with a couple questions. I got a detailed reply within a few hours of asking. This is something that I had only gotten prior from Planning Center. Needless to say, I was impressed. That top notch support can make up for a myriad of faults.

There are some areas that they still need to work on. They are actively developing a proper event management area with ticketing, etc... and they are constantly trying to improve on their mobile app and many other areas.

In the end we decided to go with Elvanto. It works well for most everything that we need, and the things that we need additional help with, they've always been very quick to try and accommodate what we need.

Recommendations to other buyers: 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.

Great, simply great

Oct 20, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use

Cons: Reports are a bit clumsy and need some work

Overall: I have used this in a small church and now a large church. Works well in both. Great product. One thing that would make things better is a project management module.

Recommendations to other buyers: A project management tool like Trello would help.

Flexible, Scalable and Affordable

Oct 20, 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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Pros: Ease of use and ability to scale.

Cons: The time it took to have a solid mobile platform.

Overall: Elvanto has solved a ton of IT problems we had within our organization. It has centralized many areas that needed to be centralized. We still have many opportunities to maximize the resources and features Elvanto offers. It's grown with us from being a small church plant to now a medium sized church. It's awesome to know that it is ahead of us from an innovation perspective rather than behind us.

Recommendations to other buyers: Keep innovating and helping our churches grow for the kingdom. .

Best thing about this software is the Tech Support/Customer service is top notch excellent!

Oct 20, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Customisability

Cons: apps is still to improve.

Overall: Fairly easy to understand and use. The Customer service and tech support is excellent. Very quick to respond to enquiries. Has always been helpful with technical difficulties and been supportive in all queries.

Best Church Management Software I've used

Oct 19, 2016
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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Pros: Ease of use.
Feature Rich.
Fantastic Support.
Competitively Priced.
Integrates with many 3rd party applications.
Simply makes church management easier.

Cons: Check-In printing can be hit and miss (your average volunteer struggles if things go sideways).
No "Offline" check-in mode, so mobile churches need to consider internet services (and speeds).
BI is a little behind and could be improved. There are reports, but true "BI" and dashboards are missing.

Overall: I have used Elvanto for many years now and find it by far the easiest, feature rich ChMS around. Whilst functionality and UI are important, solid backup and support is critical. The Elvanto team are always on hand to answer questions quickly and the support team know their product (sounds obvious but not always the case!).

There is a cost to using the software, but for those trying to weigh up the difference between a manual system vs Elvanto, it's a no-brainer. I wouldn't run my business off excel so why run a church using excel? Everybody I have ever recommended Elvanto has started using it, and within 6 months they say why wasn't I using this before?

Is everything great? There are some areas that have been a frustration. The Check-In system has pro's and con's. Pro is it's web based and works from an iPad. The downside is the printing software is frustrating and doesn't always do what it's told. If you are a portable church this can be an impediment as you must have internet, and the print server can be a little hit and miss. Whilst it may seem retro-grade, I would like to see a rock solid, offline enabled application for child-check in, it's one of those areas that if it fails, goes sideways quickly.

Would this prevent me from using the check-in system? Categorically NO. Unlike some ChMS systems the printers are cheap DYMO's so the overheads and supply options are cheap and easy.

Elvanto have a strong record with feature updates that are well thought out and 'released when market ready'. Product development has been strong and the team are always willing to listen to new ideas or feature requests. Not everything get's implemented, but they do listen and good ideas (or necessities) get implemented quickly. Elvanto is agile.

It's not a perfect system (none are), but compared to most other ChMS systems around Elvanto is one that must be in the top 1-2 on your evaluation list.

Recommendations to other buyers: 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.

Elvanto helped bring functional structures to our growing church

Oct 19, 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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Pros: It's all in one. It's in the cloud. It brings simplicity and clarity to complex things.
It's very adaptable to the individual needs of our church.
They are constantly improving the platform.

Overall: Elvanto is a great all-in-one solution for managing the life of a church.
Because it's in the cloud, and it covers all areas of church life, we've been able to use it to empower our existing and upcoming leaders to make disciples, lead teams, and effectively minister for themselves.
It's had a massive impact on understanding our position with salvations, attendance & group health. It's also helped us create clear pathways for New People, New Christians, and New Volunteers. All of this has helped us stay on track and maintain focus as we continue to grow.

Recommendations to other buyers: We assume that Elvanto has built in feature to accommodate the needs of many other churches. As a result, we look at each feature and think, "that must be there for a good reason, I wonder how we can make use of that for our church."

Powerful and flexible product

Oct 19, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Elvanto is a high quality, flexible, very easy to use product that has helped us greatly in our ministries.

A fantastic tool that provides above and beyond

Oct 19, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We've been using Elvanto for 3 years now and it has easily scaled as our church has grown in number of people and in busyness. It has been able to provide all we need and more.

We love Elvanto

Oct 19, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Its flexibility and the way it supports local church function at any size.

Cons: -

Overall: We have been using Elvanto at Gateway Church Geelong now for well over 2 years. Our initial interaction with using Elvanto was during the trial period. The team were highly helpful in helping us transfer over from another PC based program that was locked to one machine.
They were able to help with tweaking elements that would have hindered our transition within minutes of making them aware of our challenges.
This made it an easy decision to go through the challenge of changing our processes and taking our database online.

The final result is this. Elvanto has changed the way that the people in our church interact culturally, personally and as a community.
Our teams, groups, database, rostering, has become part of our 'Community Hub'. It's the place where key correspondence is posted, either in blog format on the members home page or via pages that only certain groups, teams or leaders can see in the member area. Being able to filter categories and people groups has changed the way we communicate in a functional way.

I could go on forever... the short of it is this. If you are using excel or a primitive software that is locked to one persons computer... just start the trial and email lots in trial period to see the benefits. Your people will end up being better contributors because they are in the loop and included as community.

Recommendations to other buyers: This software will revolutionise your practice and outcomes.

WE LOVE ELVANTO!

Oct 19, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Elvanto has enabled us to better care for people and be able to track and report on things that we would never have thought about. The Check In feature for Kids Church is incredible, Rosters are extremely customizable and versatile for additional events or services outside of the norm. Giving access to volunteers is great as you can restrict as much as you need to which makes it easy for them. Being able to integrate with other sites for email campaigns or SMS is also a big advantage. Elvanto's service is EXCEPTIONAL and they are always willing to assist and go beyond expectations. They are also open to feedback and possibilities and are always looking and implementing new features as the need arises. WE LOVE ELVANTO!

Fantastic Program - Changed the way we do church

Oct 19, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: rostering, notes, calendar management, online event rsvps, ease of use

Cons: occassional glitch but very rare

Overall: We switched to elvanto about 3 yrs ago, until then we had used several other programs which we ended up just using very basic functions of storing details of congregation members. Over the past few years we have grown from a 200+ church to 400 + members. I have to say that elvanto has grown with us. The ease of use and functionality has been great as a smaller church and also now as we grow.

With elvanto we quickly realised this program is super easy to use and our members enjoy the features it offers (rostering, event rsvp's etc). We are now using elvanto across our church from runsheets, rosters and email to pastoral care notes, events, calendars and group management.

Elvanto has always answered cries for help quickly and any issues we have is usually because we've pushed the wrong button and happen very occassionally

It truly has changed the way we manage our church database runsheets and services. Thankyou!

Elvanto offer a great product supported by very helpful and responsive service.

Oct 19, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It is very easy to use and has all the features that a medium to large church needs. It is reliable and doesn't cost much for what it does.

Cons: None worth mentioning.

Overall: The Elvanto product is very suited to medium and larger churches. It offers very flexible configurations and supports people, services, events, volunteers and music teams very well. In rare cases where additional functions are required, it can be extended if required through a very flexible API. The support staff are very responsive and willing to help resolve problems, or propose enhancements. The product continues to improve and many requests for features have been incorporated.

Recommendations to other buyers: If a church is using spreadsheets and a standalone product on an office PC to manage their church they should seriously consider switching to elvanto.

Helps us to Shepherd More People

Oct 19, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Elvanto is excellent ¿ we've seen it develop into an incredible pastoring assistant. We particularly love the volunteering / services tools and the attendance and reporting.

Solid and simple

Oct 19, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use. Practical features for organising church life.

Cons: Not always intuitive, but solutions are usually workable.

Overall: A solid and simple church database with some really good features. It has helped us tremendously in getting people organised and in the flow of church life. There always seems to be a way of extracting the information you need, even if it isn't always obvious. Overall, we are really pleased our church is on Elvanto.

Easier for our staff, empowering for our congregation

Oct 19, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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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.

Overall: We've been with Elvanto since 2012 . It now supports all the core activities of daily life in our congregation - in one program, with one subscription, and without any software compatibility hassles.
This is easier for our staff who ride one learning curve then rise to draw on all Elvanto's capability. This is also empowering for the congregation, because we use Elvanto in a way that empowers the congregation. They plan, communicate, and take action though Elvanto.
As a result...
We follow up and support our people better through accurate attendance and directory information.
We know more specifically what's been happening through the wide range of reports on hand.
We plan our calendar more clearly and book facilities and resources with more confidence.
We communicate more frequently and clearly with our congregation in our emails and SMS.
We organise more effectively for our worship life through the rostering, service planning, and song selection capability in Elvanto.
We equip people with resources through blog posts, sermon outlines, and documents whenever needed.
We have learned to use the new functionality of a program that is in active development [in a good way], as they are responsive to user feedback.
We relax over costs because we only pay for people who are actively involved in church life now - and can still keep in touch with others as Contacts.
We have even more ways we COULD use Elvanto but choose not to so far - such as the online giving or the small group attendance.

Why Elvanto compared to other church management software [CMS] solutions? It was flexible pricing, customisable functions and appearance, software-as-a- service convenience, and a complete set of functions across the board - pastoral, worship, communication, and calendar planning. Elvanto fulfils and exceeds our congregation's expectations and agendas.

Criticisms? Frankly the larger challenge with CMS is the church culture. For some, church life is a sanctuary which they wish was free of passwords or pins. This shift is small pain for large gain, if they take it up. The usage curve is far from level - about a quarter of our people use E most days - and about a quarter log in maybe once every few months. I'm ok with that.

In short, choosing to go with a CMS, and Elvanto specifically, has been the single most significant step forward in organising church life that we have made in the past ten years.

Ticks All The Boxes

Oct 19, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: All in one solution. Simple to use and high levels of engagement from our volunteers. Overs a wide scope of functions.

Does Many Things and Does Them All Well

Oct 19, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It has all the different systems and one system, but it doesn't feel too big or overwhelming.

Cons: The only con is that it's still new so sometimes there are minor bugs or glitches. But they are always really fast to fix them.

Overall: I love how Elvanto keeps all the things we need in one place. It's easy to use. It's easy to train people on. And you get all the features for one price! Not only does it look beautiful, it actually functions how you want it to.

It's easy to set up and run out of the box. Then the more you use it, the more you realize how powerful it is. In church world, you always feel understaffed understaffed. Think of Elvanto like hiring three or four different people to keep track of all the stuff you wish you could keep up with.

The customer service is that good. You feel like they're just a part of your team.

That's all the things I can think to say. Seriously can not recommend this enough.

Recommendations to other buyers: Trust the Elgato team to help you set it up. They really know what they're talking about and understand how churches operate. Since you get everything for the same price, you don't have to worry about them trying to upsell you. So you really can trust their suggestions on how to set it up.

Great system, great support

Oct 19, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Great feature set, Easy to use

Cons: Could use more API functionality to expand the platform for larger churches with specific requirements.

Overall: We have been using Elvanto for a number of years now and have been very happy with it. The team are very helpful and have always looked after us. Highly recommend Elvanto.

Elvanto Brings Churches out of the Organisational Dark Ages.

Oct 19, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I am an Associate Pastor and have implemented Elvanto at my current and previous churches. Compared to the hodgepodge of systems we were using previously, Elvanto is light years ahead. It has stacks of features, and they are always adding new ones. It is highly customisable and can be set up to record and manage a whole array of data. The main challenge is always to get the other staff and volunteers using it the way you want to. But, once they grasp the system, it becomes a huge boost to the organisation of ministry. It is very reasonably priced, given that you are only charged on active adults within the church (not children or youth, and not community contacts).

Elvanto systems

Oct 19, 2016
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Thank you for Elvanto System which our church has been using for over a year. The system is very comprehensive however does need someone who is a systems person and computer savvy to navigate it. Once you have this then the system is fantastic for any church. We still struggle a little having people to help when necessary from a technical point of view.
Recommendations :- I would love to see a face to face training platform for groups to attend or someone available to visit churches and help set up based on their needs....of course this would be at a cost. Cheers Kim

Church Management made easy!

Oct 19, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Extremely flexible and very well thought out. From small groups, to rostering, even integration with CCLI. Elvanto covers all areas within a church.

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. We weren't able to get it to produce the reports that we would like, so we've had to use some work arounds.

Overall: I reviewed quite a number of church management tools, and Elvanto was by and far the best tool that we came across. Since we've implemented Elvanto, rostering our volunteers, managing our events and services has been so much easier!

Our church volunteers love using Elvanto too. Now they can't imagine doing ministry without it!

Recommendations to other buyers: Give it a try. It does take a little while to setup but it is worth it.

Really good ChMS

Oct 19, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of setup and use
Great integrations
Excellent support
Not expensive

Cons: Mobile app is pretty basic

Overall: Switched to Elvanto about 18 months ago when we needed more features. The features have been great, and matched our needs well. Am looking forward to a more robust mobile app; otherwise, I can't think of anything at all that I'd change!

Recommendations to other buyers: It's excellent, and can help you disciple people!

Vendor Response

by Elvanto on October 19, 2016

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

Fantastic option for churches that is simple to use!

Oct 19, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use.

Cons: Not robust enough for some places.

Overall: So easy to use and doesn't take long hours of training. Check it out... I've used 3+ different ones and would always push to have Elvanto!

Vendor Response

by Elvanto on October 19, 2016

Thanks John! What areas do you think are not robust enough? We're wanting to continue to improve any way we can :)

Awkward and difficult

Jul 17, 2016
3/5
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1 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
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Pros: [Should be] everything in one: it was meant to get rid of the myriad of different systems we used for child checkin, accounting, communications, booking venues, and volunteer follow up... They recommend having a dedicated technician for the first 2 years full-time to help integrate. I can see why, but that's just not in our (or many church) budgets, and without it we just couldn't seem to get off the ground.

Cons: Child checkin: only supports one printer (the most expensive & most glitchy), doesn't work well with Macs, couldn't get the iPad/tablet system to work at all, and tech support was pretty slim. After 3 years, parents still aren't used to the system (not intuitive). Bookings: allows users to double book spaces without flagging problems to an overseers - people assume since they "booked it" it's fine, but program just puts duplicate entries rather than denying access. Accounting: after a month of training, our accountants vetoed using the software, saying it was too complicated and didn't accomplish their needs. Volunteer management: allows for some management, if you have a consistent team. If your team changes weekly, then you might as well just email them yourself - there's no nice solution for this.

Overall: After a year of searching for an "all inclusive" church management software, we landed on Elvanto. Unfortunately, it's been difficult to implement, not user-friendly, and most of the features we look for ended up being such long processes it's never really stuck. Support is a timezone away and many of our issues come back with a "not our fault." 3 years in, and we've had so many bad experiences that half our staff team is unwilling to even try to make it work anymore. This may be a one-stop-shop, but without serious tech experience on your staff, and a high commitment level from the users, it's just not worth it.

Recommendations to other buyers: Unles you are a high-tech savvy church, with solid tech support and a firm commitment to push through the learning curve, don't bother. There are simpler systems out there that do the job as well or better.

Vendor Response

by Elvanto on October 19, 2016

Sorry to hear about your bad experience Kirsten. It really sounds like our customer support was lacking in your case as some of the issues you have faced (like setting up multiple check-in printers and getting them to work) should be easy to sort out. At this stage we are stuck with DYMO label printers (those expensive ones you mentioned) simply because other label printers don't have good web support. We are keeping an eye on the other manufacturers and will integrate with them as soon as we can! Bookings I believe we did have a bug where it wasn't bringing up conflicts but this has been fixed since. We're constantly improving and fixing any bugs that appear. Accounting is not something we fully support. We focus on tracking giving and let proper accounting software to handle that side of things. We plan to create some integrations though. Lastly volunteer management. We've recently released scheduling preferences that should help make it easier to manage volunteers.

Simple and effective

Jan 20, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Have been using Elvanto now for the last 5 years and it keeps getting better and better! Have put forward ideas and whenever we've had problems they have been incredibly helpful and quick to respond!

Best There Is!

Nov 13, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We have used Fellowship One and Elvanto. Our team LOVES Elvanto. It's easy for the average person to be able to use it to accept volunteer roster and be able to use the calendar/events easily. For leadership it is great to quickly go to someone's profile and see activity and overview about them. We love Elvanto and tell everyone about them! Fellowship One has great reports, but you need a degree in computer programing to be able to pull one. Elvanto reports are easy to generate and can be sent to team members quickly. Event registration and forms are two of our most used features. Love that is mobile and Mac friendly!

Installed at our local church of 500+ Active People to replace 2 other systems.

Nov 08, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Best system I've ever worked with, especially if you look at the price point.
You can combine multiple systems and have everything in house and supported by a great team.
Learning curve for staff is easy and members love it.
Volunteer management is the best out there and it also offers integration with many other systems.

The search stops here!

Nov 04, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: I searched for months for church management software, and reviewed more products than I can remember.

Many were either expensive, difficult to use, only relevant to U.S. churches, lacking key functionality or bloated with unnecessary functionality.

I signed up for the trial with Elvanto, and haven't looked back. The pricing is perfectly reasonably (especially given the extensive list of features all included for the one price), it's easy to use, easy to customise and the customer service is second to none.

I don't normally rave about products, but this is one I have been happy with from start to finish, and recommend confidently whenever I get the chance!

The Search is Over!

Sep 26, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: After months of extensive research on ChMS solutions, I frankly couldn't find any one that I could wholeheartedly adopt and endorse. The current options were one or more of the following: 1) not easy to learn and use; 2) have an outdated and/or klunky interface; 3) more social network than ChMS; 4) are easy to learn but lack key features/functions; 5) are feature-rich but are too expensive.

However, a few weeks ago, I read about Elvanto for the first time, and I started a free trial. Elvanto was the solution that I was imagining, except better! This is the only software I know that combines 1) a super-intuitive interface, 2) all essential features and many advanced features, and 3) affordability.

I especially love what they've done with groups. As someone who previous managed 45 community groups, 100+ leaders, and 700+ members, Elvanto would have been a godsend as a single tool that allows me to set up group rosters, contact entire groups, have leaders report attendance and comments.

Easy to use and everything you need for church management!

Mar 27, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: The software within this web-based, in-the-cloud system is amazing! It does everything you'll need to run your church efficiently, and it's very easy to use.

Cons: I love everything, but if I have to pick the least favorite thing, I'd change the looks of the website we work from. It's very nice, but there are a few things I'd do different (more colorful, square boxes for the photos of the congregation vs. round ones, and a cleaner looking layout). But, here's some good news. They're going to give Elvanto a new facelift very soon.

Recommendations to other buyers: I've tried the downloadable and "in the cloud" church management software of many, many companies - even the popular ones - and, I¿m here to say that Elvanto should be at the top of the list! To start with, the customer service is fast and friendly! There were times when I literally had to wait days or weeks to get a question answered with some of the other companies, and that has never been the case yet with Elvanto! Most times I get a response within minutes. My method of contacting them has been either email or live chat. I also have the option to call the sales rep any time. The software within this web-based, in-the-cloud system is amazing! It does everything! I won't even try to name everything. The list would be massive, but trust me; you won't need to use multiple programs to keep your church in order. Elvanto does not do income/expenses, but I didn't want this feature. I love using QuickBooks Online, which works amazing for our church! The fact that Elvanto is a web-based system (in the cloud) makes it a powerful system with that feature alone. I can manage my church from anywhere and on any device (computer, tablet, smartphone)!! The administrative side of Elvanto is so powerful and the most customizable I have seen yet! And let me mention here again that when I say I¿ve tried many, many other systems, I really have. For a year and a half, I tried many free trials and even bought some programs, only to be let down by either the customer service or the lack of customizing, lack of features, or very limited Member Portals! Every little thing I¿ve thought of while using Elvanto that would be nice to be able to change, I have found that I could customize! Amazing! And I¿ve found customizing possibilities that way exceeded my expectations. With Elvanto, I can manage my entire church effectively, efficiently, and quickly, and I can be just as creative as I want to be! Elvanto will powerfully handle the management of all my people, groups, worship teams, community, volunteers, events, finances (including all our giving, batches, reports, year-end letters, labels, etc.), and so much more! Elvanto has a mass email and mass SMS system that is the best I¿ve found anywhere! Using Reports within Elvanto is amazing! There are many reports already set up, but the ability to customize reports far exceeds anything I¿ve seen! Another great feature is the ability to schedule each service in our church. I can assign the volunteers for that service and they will get notified by email, or I can choose to not have emails sent (they can choose, too), but instead allow them to view their schedules on their very own member portal (another awesome feature I¿ll mention in a minute). The services feature is wonderful and much more than I can talk about here. Now, the Member Portal was one of the big selling features for me! I wanted to make sure the folks in our church had a place they could come to, stay connected and be aware of announcements, events, a church directory (very customizable), their schedules, and pretty much anything else I want to add to this area! There¿s also a wonderful calendar I can do anything with! Phenomenal! Our folks are so excited, but probably not as excited as I am because the ease of use and the time this system will save me is a prayer answered! Although I haven¿t used it yet (I¿m still setting things up), Elvanto has a great child check-in system. You can print customized labels for the kids, manage check-ins from any computer or device in your church, and more! Importing data from your old system is a breeze! There are multiple easy and fast ways to do it. And yes, you can export easily if you ever want to, as well. Elvanto also has integrations with other companies to make it an even bigger powerhouse for your church! To name a few, PushPay (online giving right on your website or smartphone that integrates with your giving within Elvanto), Song Select (awesome for the worship team), Mailchimp, Twilio, etc.! Love it! Elvanto is very customizable with colors, backgrounds, your logo, etc. They are even upgrading things to an even better look (which is already wonderful). Well, I could go on and on, but trust me, this is one church management, in-the-cloud system you will want to try! I believe you will love it! And I know it will make running your church easier, more organized, more efficient, and so on, whether you have 50 people or thousands! You¿ll have more time for the things that really matter: God and the folks at your church and in your community! I thank God for Elvanto! And I think you will too!