PowerChurch Software

PowerChurch Plus


4.5 / 5
74 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

PowerChurch Plus targets growing churches looking for membership, ministry management, and church accounting.


Average Ratings

74 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $395.00/one-time
  • Pricing Details
    SaaS model is $39.95/month or $455/yr.
  • Free Demo
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • PowerChurch Software
  • www.powerchurch.com/
  • Founded 1984
  • United States

About PowerChurch Plus

PowerChurch Plus is an all-in-one software solution that helps keep track of Membership, Contributions, Accounting, Events Calendar and more! Since 1984, PowerChurch Software has been serving churches and nonprofits by providing affordable and easy to use software that helps streamline your day-to-day tasks as a busy church administrator. With PowerChurch, you will find straightforward pricing and no high-pressure sales tactics.


PowerChurch Plus Features

  • Accounting Integration
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Built-in Accounting
  • Child Check-in
  • Event Management
  • Member Directory
  • Member Portal
  • Multi-Site Management
  • Online Giving
  • Pledge Management
  • Small Group Management
  • Volunteer Management
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Asset Management
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Donation Management
  • Fund Accounting
  • General Ledger
  • Payroll Management

PowerChurch Plus Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Best software for the price!

Jan 23, 2018
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: I cannot say enough PRO statements about PowerChurch. From the ease of use (if I can set up a Chart of Accounts - anyone can) to the variety of reports (more than I ever thought I needed) to the wonderful customer service (I brag about PowerChurch to everyone!), I cannot state enough how much I enjoy using this software. This is the 3rd church software program we have used in the my 23 years on staff and by far the easiest to learn and use. None others have compared to it! I love how the people are tracked in Membership and their offerings after entered into Contributions flow into the financial reporting side of PowerChurch. Why would anyone create more work for themselves and split up their work into separate programs when PowerChurch does it all?! I can honestly say that I have no interest in looking at any other software because I am thoroughly satisfied with all the results I get from using PowerChurch and all of its modules.

Cons: I wish there was a way to archive someone's attendance records after removing them from that class so that you could see a true record of attendance and not just current classes. I see where you can put a date for when they started in the class but not a place for a date of when they left the class.

Overall: Ease of use although I am not a CPA. This program has even made me want to finish my accounting degree because I feel confident using it.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on January 25, 2018

Hi Teresa,

Thank you so much for your review. We are glad to hear that you find PowerChurch Plus easy to use for tracking your Membership, Contributions, and maintaining the church¿s finances. Your suggestion about being able to archive attendance records has been forwarded to Program Development. Currently, when someone is removed from a class their attendance records are retained and can be viewed on the Attendance tab of their Personal Profile record. If you have any other ideas for program enhancements, send us an e-mail to wishlist@powerchurch.com.

Thank you!

For the price, no other church software offers so much functionality.

Jul 18, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Full-featured church database management system. There are many very slick programs out there, and some even claim to have church accounting. But they mostly mean contribution tracking and nothing else. If you want a program DESIGNED with churches in mind (unlike QuickBooks, which tries to be everything to everyone, but is truly awkward for real church accounting), and you don't want to have to piecemeal the accounting tasks between several programs, AND you can't afford Shelby Systems, ACH, or any of the other full-featured programs, then PC+ is for you. I can handle absolutely everything for church accounting with the program: contribution tracking, accounts payable (bill paying), payroll (including the ability to print or electronically file 941s, W-2s, etc.), general ledger, financial statements, etc. I have used about a dozen different programs for church accounting, and none even comes close to what PC+ does for the price. Yes, there is some learning curve, as there is with any program. Don't make the mistake of thinking that an "intuitive" program will cause you to handle accounting correctly. NO PROGRAM, NO MATTER HOW SLICK, WILL TURN A NOVICE INTO A GOOD CHURCH ACCOUNTANT. You have to know what you're doing regarding non-profit accounting, ministers' taxes, etc. if you're going to get it right. No software can change this. So if you understand enough to correctly handle church accounting, PC+ will help you do all of it.

Cons: Though the developers regularly update the program to fix bugs and add features, it is still based on an old database standard, which makes it feel like a "window-ized" DOS program. I have heard they are working on a new version based on something more modern, but there doesn't seem to be any hurry to get it done. Consequently, the program lacks things like fully-customizable reports. There are many choices in the kinds of canned reports and what can be included, how sorted, etc. There is also a report writer, but it is not for the faint of heart. There are a number of other ways that the program feels somewhat last century. That said, once you learn the "quirks" of the program (they all have them), you can learn to work with them to get the job done and quickly.

Overall: Helps me do full-charge bookkeeping for more than a dozen churches effectively.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on July 19, 2017

Hello, Phil,

Thank you for your in-depth review of the program. We're very glad to hear that PowerChurch Plus has been able to facilitate your bookkeeping for so many clients, and that you find it capable of handling all tasks related to church accounting. We appreciate and welcome the candidness of your feedback. Should you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at 800-486-1800 between the hours of 9AM to 6PM Eastern, Monday through Friday.

Works for us!

Mar 23, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Generally user friendly and shows data well.

Cons: Accounting forms are well designed generally, but not adjustable to the extent our application could use. Forms design is feasible but can be time-consuming. "Expressions" design screen displays VERY tiny characters that make composition and especially error correction an optical challenge. (Is that an extra comma or a dead pixel on my screen....?)

Overall: This review is based on the position of maintenance rather than everyday use. My initial experience with PCP began about two years ago when I was handed the "keys" (as administrator). PCP has been used at FBC since about 2007. At the time I got it, we were using the Membership and Contributions modules. My first big project was moving our accounting from a commercial package to the PCP Accounting module. That project has occupied most of my two-year term because we changed our fiscal year by six months and our computer system was attacked by a ransomeware virus; we had most essential files backed up, but lost the newer data that was duplicated from the commercial accounting package, so we re-initiated the move at the next FY. The Accounting module is running nicely now, and using PCP accounting will save us a bunch per year.

My next project will be to "encourage" a move from older software to the Events module and to advertise the capabilities of the Record Keeping module.

The routine accounting operations are relatively easy to set up, including custom check writing. We are able to use several of the ready-made reports, but would like to be able modify some of them rather than designing our own from scratch; we're working on a couple custom designs now, while learning our way through FoxPro.

Recommendations to other buyers: My first attempts at form design were done on the demo package, because I could do it at home with data that I assumed was all correct and located where it belonged. I ran into some frustrating results working with the donor restricted accounts, trying to design a simple 6-7 column form. When I couldn't get it to work on the Demo, I went back to our real data on the church installation, and the problems were not present!

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on March 29, 2017

Hello, Gerald,

It looks like your organization has been able to get quite a lot out of the Custom Reports feature in PowerChurch Plus. That's great to hear! Custom Reports can be quite complicated. You mentioned the ability to further modify built in reports, and we'd love to hear any suggestions or requests you have. Send your suggestions to wishlist@powerchurch.com. Additionally, as you're moving onto your next project, please don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions about Events or Record Keeping. We're available Monday - Friday 9AM to 6PM Eastern at 800-486-1800.

Still a fan after 20+ years

Aug 10, 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: Purchasing the program gives the user access to all its features; other programs require purchasing modules separately, and/or annual fees for updates;

The program can be easily installed on multiple computers on a network;

There is no additional charge for maintenance releases that are frequently issued to make the program more functional;

The program is updated every few years, and current users are able to purchase program updates for a very reasonable cost;

The online forum is very helpful in resolving issues that come up from time to time; also, technical support is readily available, even without a subscription;

Program developers are responsive to users; it never takes long for flaws in the program to be fixed. Also, the online versions and added features, like the children's check-in system, are readily available.

I'll probably think of other features after I submit this, but it boils down to the fact that Power Church Plus is a highly functional, flexible, user-friendly, cost-effective church database management system.

Overall: We started using Power Church for our membership database in 1995, and found it to be user friendly, easy to learn, and more than adequate for our needs. Frankly, our initial choice of Power Church was budget based; I had previewed Shelby Systems, and liked its features, but found it prohibitively expensive. I had also previewed some less expensive options, but when Power Church came to my attention, and the price was right, it seemed like a wise choice for handling our congregational directory information, and mailing labels. We also made use of the Activities and Skills module fairly soon after purchasing. A few years later, we decided to take advantage of the integrated features of the program, and switched to Power Church for contributions, payroll and fund accounting. I've never regretted it; in fact, I've helped three other churches set up their accounting systems in Power Church, and I would not hesitate to recommend it as a flexible, powerful and cost-effective program.

Recommendations to other buyers: I have to be honest, that I don't have extensive experience with other church database management systems. In my 30 years of working in church finance, though, I have had numerous conversations with others about various programs, and I don't know of any task I could do in another program that I can't do in Power Church. Just count me as a huge fan! ~ Diane Gross

Admin Assist

Aug 10, 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: There is no need to buy other programs for all the varied tasks that happen weekly. It handles all the data base stuff like people data, mailing lists, attendance even with a spot for a picture of the family to name just a simple few. It's calendaring/scheduling module replaced my other dedicated software program. The contribution module does a a better job of keeping folks money in order and reporting it than the other dedicated non-profit software does. The accounting module & contribution module replaces my dedicated $ program. If I had the time (a part timer) I would definitely find the sermon and inventory trackers helpful as well. It is network-able so I only have to train my Pastor's how to get in to the program and they have what ever information they need when they need it, without yelling for me. It won't break your software budget.

Cons: Creating custom reports is still tricky for me to do in program so I export to MsWord or Excel to get what I need done more quickly. It doesn't help me make the weekly bulletin or monthly newsletter.

Overall: I have been using Power Church since the third version and love it. (I think over 10years) It is as complex or as simple as you want it to be for your work. A great all in one software for the large or small Church office. It's flexible enough that you can start out using just part of it and grow into using more and more of it's features.

Recommendations to other buyers: I am happy to recommend this software and company support of it. I have not had a bad experience with it. It is my partner in being able to do my work for this faith family with maximum efficiency and grace.

Great software if you understand Debits and Credits

Mar 23, 2017
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Payroll, Accounts Payable, & fund accounting work fine but if you make a mistake, Lord Help you finding it. This is software for the college trained accountant I believe. Quicken is better for the novice but no Payroll included. The videos on your support helped immensely. Otherwise I would have given up!!

Cons: The last time I trained an assistant treasurer on this software it took several months and I ended up taking it back to fix all the mistakes. Too many things to remember for the novice accountant.

Overall: I would be using Quicken if it wasn't for the Payroll module. It's my favorite module and keeps track of the taxes and SS deductions but I had to have help several years ago setting this all up. (Three or Four sessions)

I do like the accounts payable module. Especially computer checks!! Someone else in our church uses the Contribution module but I had to train them in it. They are doing well. Prices are good for upgrades.

Recommendations to other buyers: Go take college level accounting classes before tackling it.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on March 29, 2017

Hi Jerry,

Thanks for taking the time to review PowerChurch Plus. We're glad to hear you find the Payroll module to be so full featured and useful. As you mentioned, our training videos are a great resource to become more comfortable with each area of the program, including Fund Accounting, which at first can seem a bit daunting to the novice. As always, please don't hesitate to contact customer support if you have any questions. We're available Monday - Friday 9AM to 6PM Eastern at 800-486-1800.

User Since 2010

Aug 10, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I've been around PC+ since 2001 first as an IT Tech installing for churches across So. Florida until My wife and I planted a church in Georgia of 2010. I can say that the actual use was a challenge for me and so different than installing for others but I made it through. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to use. All that You need is right here in PC+. the other reviews are honest and healthy reviews as users perfectly describe their experience. I'm sure we made a great choice.

Cons: I'm really not sure of the cons ... not saying that there isn't any. there is no one application out there is going to be the best since slice bread. yeas we had and have challenges, but we are able through the forums to get fast and quick answers when needed. However, if I had to pick a con ... well it would be the upgrade. to get the media, you have to pay additional dollars and that makes me shed a tear ... that is a lot.

Overall: I'm ready to upgrade!

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on September 20, 2018

Hi Rev Harold,

Thank you for your review of PowerChurch Plus. Glad to hear that you find the program fits the needs of your ministry. We agree that not just one application is the best for everyone. There¿s always room for improvements and we work hard to bring those changes requested by our users. As for purchasing the upgrade, we can provide you with a link to download the program, instead of sending you a CD and manual, at no additional cost. A PDF of the manual is included. To order or if you have any questions please give us a call at (800) 486-1800. We are available Monday ¿ Friday, 9am ¿ 6pm Eastern.

Thank you!

Great and affordable software for churches

Aug 13, 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: I love how easy it is to do my job and the clarity of reports I am able to present to the financial teams for the churches where I work.

Cons: The Cash Managemet Report is a great report for untrained people to understand their available funds. It would be great if this report could be done by fund like the Balance Sheet. I keep books for a church that has a diverse ministry and 3 bank accounts; and because the Cash Management Report is not available by fund, I prepare the Balance Sheet for each fund which requires doing some substracting of temporarily restricted funds from the cash in bank to determine available funds.

Overall: Updates to the payroll module in recent years are a definite plus making preparing tax returns SO much easier! The ability to handle temporary restricted funds is a definite plus over Quick Books. I was asked to audit books for a church using Quick Books, and they are using liability accounts to manage restricted funds. That procedure definitely paints an incorrect picture of the financial health of the institution and presents a opportunity for a very tense business meeting.

Recommendations to other buyers: While the software is very user friendly, anyone considering using it should be aware that no software can subsitute for an education in accounting/bookkeeping. Churches are very vulnerable to people wanting to serve the Lord but who unfortunately do not understand basic accounting principles. I have had the opportunity to try to train some of these people but no amount of training in how to use the software can substitute for some time spent either online or at a community college taking some basic accounting classes.

I've been using PowerChurch for over 20 years. The price is what brought me to the program.

Aug 01, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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Pros: Integration and price. Compared to other software companies who charge for every little maintenance update and require you to purchase monthly support programs due to crashes and difficulties in use PowerChurch is the best budget choice.

Cons: Accounts Receivable and Events. The accounts receivable is mediocre at best. We use if for our preschool and it is lacking. The calendar program has improved greatly over the years, but still has some much needed improvements for editing repeating events, etc.

Overall: The integration of accounting, membership, payroll, etc. is helpful. The addition of e-filing is especially nice, even if it costs an additional fee.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on August 04, 2017

Hi Cheryl,

We really appreciate you taking the time to submit your review of PowerChurch Plus. Thank you for also mentioning that the PowerChurch Plus program comes with all modules included for just one price. In regards to the Accounts Receivable section, it is just one of the areas that will receive major updates and improvements in the next version of the program. Feel free to email us at wishlist@powerchurch.com anytime you have suggestions.

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This is for PowerChurch Verison 10

Jan 08, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It is nice to keep all the information in one spot. I can look up a member's info and it is all at my fingertips. It is very straightforward without a lot of bells and whistles. If you make a mistake entering contributions it is very easy to fix.

Cons: There are multiple ways to do one that which can get confusing because they all give you slightly different results. It isn't very asthically pleasing. But it gets the job done. There isn't a great guide as to how to do things that I can find.

Overall: I use it as a church secretary on a daily basis. I enjoy it but would love to see it be more user friendly.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on January 09, 2019

Hi Rachel,

Thank you for your review of PowerChurch Plus Version 10. It¿s good to hear that you like how the program keeps all your information in one place. We¿ve made a vast number of changes and improvements since version 10 was released. Visit www.powerchurch.com/changes to learn more. To request a demo of the latest version, visit www.powerchurch.com/demo. If you have any questions, give us a call at (800) 486-1800, Monday ¿ Friday, 9 AM ¿ 6 PM Eastern.

I've been using Power Church for over 25 years. Can't imagine what my job would be like without it.

Sep 07, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The integrated system between accounting, contributions, and membership is such a valuable tool. It makes my job as Church Office Administrator much easier. The variety and ease of printing reports and capturing data is so beneficial. I really appreciate the relevant software updates and the collaboration with my electronic fund transfer company.

Cons: Too many questions when adding a new profile. I wish I could trailer this to my specific needs. Tailor making reports and the query process is not easy.

Overall: It makes it possible to perform my job.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on September 11, 2017

Hi Sara,

Thank you so much for your excellent review of PowerChurch Plus. We're happy to hear that the integration between the various modules of the program, combined with the available reporting options, have been so beneficial to the performance of your job. We always look forward to hearing suggestions or comments from our valued users. If you have any additional requests or recommendations, please don't hesitate to send us an email to wishlist@powerchurch.com.

Thanks again.

Outstanding Church Software

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Customized for churches. Outstanding customer service.

Cons: Writing special reports require experience but not needed often due to large selection of predefined reports.

Overall: Power Church is customized for church accounting. It gives you almost unlimited options in setting up different accounts to track funds customized to your situation. Like any software it takes some education and experience but the on line forum is a great place for help.

Their customer service is the best I have ever encountered by a huge margin. Response in many cases is immediate and they will always help identify and solve your issue. Program.is updated when needed and improvements come from customers.

Recommendations to other buyers: Use the online forum. A lot of common questions are discussed.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on March 30, 2017

Hi Morris,

We really appreciate you taking the time to submit your review of PowerChurch Plus. We're also glad to read that your customer service experience with us has been exceptional. Thank you for mentioning the Forum on www.powerchurch.com. It can certainly be a great resource to find answers not only from our customer support team, but also from fellow PowerChurch Plus users. Thank you!

Affordable, PC-based Member/Donation Management

Aug 10, 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: 1. PC-based with no limits regarding licenses/members/dollars.

2. Very affordable for all of the features included.

3. There are a good number of reports included with the software.

4. Their customer support and community forums are helpful, easy to use, and responsive.

Cons: 1. Lack of ability to customize the "appearance/design" of reports included with the software.

2. There is a pretty good learning-curve for creating customized reports of your own.

Overall: My church was forced to change software when our previous vendor stopped supporting their PC-based software and was pushing for a cloud/web-based upgrade. My small church only needed software for membership management and donations. Call me "old-school" but I just did not want to transition to the cloud. PowerChurch Plus was the perfect solution. It is one of the few programs out there that is both affordable and PC-based. There were no strict license requirements or user/member/dollar limits. Their support in migrating data from our old software to PowerChurch Plus was timely, accurate and supportive. I have only used PowerChurch Plus for 7 months, but I love its speed and ease of use. Oh, for those who want to be cloud/web-based, they offer an online version, too!

Recommendations to other buyers: PowerChurch Plus is a good, affordable program with lots of capability especially for small- and medium-sized churches.

My experience with PowerChurch has been excellent!

Jul 11, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
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Pros: PowerChurch gives me the ability to manage multiple funds and accounts quickly and easily. It also gives me the ability to manage membership, church attendance, gauge growth of individual classes, etc. The customer service is excellent. I am not one who likes to call and wait to speak to a representative and I don't have to because the online help is excellent. On the two occasions I did have to call the hotline, customer support was quick and friendly.

Cons: I do wish there were more updates and that the service itself looked more modern. The firmware updates do not roll out quickly and sometimes there are bugs that need to be addressed.

Overall: This software benefitted our church treasurer greatly. No more account ledgers tucked away in a filing cabinet. Myself and my pastor can now quickly and easily access financial records without having to find the keys to the filing cabinet and decipher the filing system the treasurer uses to tuck things away!

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on July 16, 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to submit your review of PowerChurch Plus. We're happy to read that you've had such an excellent experience, and that the program has been such an asset to your church in terms of membership and financial management and reporting. We're always working to release updates and improvements for PowerChurch Plus, so please don't hesitate to contact us if you run into something you think may be an issue in the program. You can reach us at 800-486-1800, Monday through Friday 9AM - 6PM Eastern. Thank you again.

Simple to use and easy to understand

Dec 05, 2017
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: Functional and easy to use the system for financials and membership files. Reports are easy to select and pull off for other volunteers in the church.

Cons: Could have more integrated fields between family and personal profiles. There are times you have to go into each separate field to put in the same information. It should populate all fields.

Overall: Easy to use the membership records and maintain them with notes and other informaiton. The financials are easy to use and adding the budget is very easy as well

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on December 06, 2017

Lisa,

Thank you for submitting your review of PowerChurch Plus. We're happy to hear that you find the program easy to use, and that the reports and note-taking options help you do your work as a church volunteer. We'd love to hear any specific suggestions you have in regards to the integration between family and personal profile records. Feel free to send an email to wishlist@powerchurch.com with your thoughts or requests.

This system was already in place when I came to this job, but it was easy to learn.

May 16, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use. It's has lots of functions, we don't use everything that we could, but with a move to online function this will be expanded to include the Check-in system.

Cons: Reporting could be more robust. I'd like more options when selecting the data that can be used in a report. I'm hoping the online version will have those options.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on May 16, 2017

Hello Kris,

We're happy to hear that you've found PowerChurch Plus easy to learn and use. We're currently working on adding more features and reports for future releases of the program, and we'd love to hear any suggestions you have in regards to reporting. Please send any requests or recommendations to wishlist@powerchurch.com. Additionally, if you're having trouble getting the information you need in certain reports, don't hesitate to give us a call for technical support. We're available at 1-800-486-1800, Monday through Friday 9AM to 6PM Eastern.

quite satisfied!

Aug 10, 2016
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: Software is user-friendly. Updates are free.

Cons: It takes a long time to create the database but once done, any changes are a breeze. It would be great if the software would have cross-reference capability. We would not have to download different reports to get details on a certain document.

Overall: Excellent value for the money. A member of our Church Board, an accountant by profession, decided to purchase this software. As a bookkeeper, I am so grateful for his choice. Technical Support is very helpful at the beginning. If the technicians are busy, you leave a message and they call back within 1 hour.

Recommendations to other buyers: If your organization is large, get an individual just to create the database. Also, it is helpful, but not essential, to have an accountant or a senior bookkeeper to understand the mechanics of the software, so as not to make errors at the beginning. It takes more time to correct mistakes than to do it right the first time around.

PowerChurch

Aug 10, 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: This is very easy to use and to teach others how to use. There is a large variety of reports available and we can also create our own reports.

Cons: Creating our own reports is more difficult than it should be.

Overall: I have used PowerChurch software at one location (FUMCSB) for over 20 years as Computer Manager and another location (FCCSB) for 10 years as bookkeeper/secretary. Both positions are part time--two days weekly at one and 3 days weekly at the other. At FUMCSB we began using this program only for attendance and contributions, saving the contributions on an external floppy disk. In 2010 we began using it in conjunction with Vanco Services for online giving. In 2013 we began using it for accounting and in 2014 we began using a second Fund for Preschool in order to account for Preschool separate from the General Fund as well as Consolidated with the General Fund.

Recommendations to other buyers: Don't delete any checks; reverse them instead.

PowerChurch Plus is great accounting software for your place of worship

Mar 05, 2019
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: I like how easy it was to set up repetitive tasks. This made it very easy to input the weekly contributions from our congregation.

Cons: It can be very overwhelming at first setting everything up and getting started. I would recommend reading the manual very carefully and using it as a reference if you run into any issues later down the road.

Overall: Overall, I was very pleased with PowerChurch Plus. I was treasurer at our church and it definitely made my job that much easier.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on March 08, 2019

Hi Spencer,

Thank you for taking time to review PowerChurch Plus. We are glad to hear that PowerChurch Plus was the right tool to help make your job easier. It¿s good that you made use of the reference manual as you were setting things up. We also offer online videos to help users learn the program. Don¿t hesitate to call us if we can help you along the way.

Love PC

Aug 15, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
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Pros: PC is user friendly and produces wonderful reports.

It integrates well with several other software making exporting & importing exceptional.

Cons: Most CPA's in Naples, FL doesn't understand the accounting software portion of PC.

I need someone to contact me.

Overall: I especially like the internet access where I can work from home or from the church office.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on August 16, 2017

Hello Sandy,

We're happy to hear that you've found the reporting and third-party integration within PowerChurch Plus to be user friendly and full-featured. We're also glad that the PowerChurch Online service has been so useful, allowing you to access the program from anywhere with an internet connection. You mentioned the accounting module in PowerChurch Plus, and we'd be more than happy to assist you with any questions. Please don't hesitate to call us at 800-486-1800, Monday through Friday, 9AM - 6PM Eastern.

Multiple Uses in this Database

Nov 27, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 6.0/10 Not
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Pros: We have used PowerChurch+ in many ways. First, the membership module has been very useful for keeping track of members, attenders, and visitors. Each person or family you input can be labeled as such. A convenient church directory can be printed from this module. We have used the payroll module, which is robust. We have never used the inventory module, but looks to be useful.

Cons: Each point of data must be input to build your directory/database.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on November 30, 2018

Hi Ed,

Thank you so much for taking the time to compose and submit your review of PowerChurch Plus. We love hearing from our customers, and we're happy to hear that, specifically, the Membership and Payroll modules have been so useful to you and your organization. As you mentioned, Payroll is one of many robust areas of the program, and PowerChurch Plus is a full-featured church management solution. PowerChurch Plus does rely on manual data entry for many areas of the program, but we're constantly working to introduce and improve the ability to import directly into PowerChurch. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions about this or any other features. We can be reached at 800-486-1800, Monday through Friday, 9AM to 6PM Eastern.

Thank you!

Used with success and confidence since 1991

Aug 10, 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: Everything you could ask for such as membership data, financial record keeping and reporting, inventory of building and music, and ministry service. And it is all integrated! Exceptionally user friendly and takes little time to learn.

Cons: Too many pages of paper not used to the fullest extent that they could be. If you have not used a fund for a couple of years it still prints out a sheet every month. Can't seem to shut that fund down for a time.

Overall: We have used Power Church since 1991 and absolutely love it. Have not had to call for support since the first two or three years. Updates have been great and not costly at all.

Recommendations to other buyers: This is the best integrated system for the least cost that we were able to find and it has worked fantastic for us. You can print almost any report anyone could ask for.

We've been pleased with this software. Both stable and simple, it allows us to manage data easily.

Jun 27, 2018
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: We've appreciated the simplicity of entering and erasing contacts; the options for expansion (i.e., accounting, calendar); and the remote option.

Cons: At points, the editing can be cumbersome. My assistant and some of our volunteers have had trouble with this aspect consistently.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on June 28, 2018

Hi Reagan,

We appreciate you taking the time to submit your review of PowerChurch Plus. We're glad to hear that the program has been a benefit to you in terms of the ease of data entry, keeping track of contact information, and the additional modules built into the program such as Accounting and the Events Calendar. We're constantly working to introduce new features and improvements into PowerChurch Plus, and always welcome feedback and suggestions. Feel free to e-mail any ideas to wishlist@powerchurch.com.

Thank you!

Power Church is Powerful

Feb 02, 2019
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: This is the best product I've found for church accounting. Everything you need in one platform. From membership to contributions to inventory.

Cons: The only downside is that you cannot pay invoices electronically. You can only write checks.

Overall: This software allows me to keep accurate records for my church, pay invoices, payroll, catalog messages, keep information and photos of members. Been using it for over 15 years.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on February 07, 2019

Hi Regina,

Thank you for taking time to submit a review on PowerChurch Plus. It¿s wonderful to hear from a long time user who still finds the program meets their needs. We also appreciate your suggestion about an electronic bill pay feature. It has been forwarded to Program Development. If you have any other ideas, please don¿t hesitate to send them to wishlist@powerchurch.com.

We Stayed with Power Church

Aug 11, 2016
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
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Pros: (1) Membership and Activity Tracking

(2) Finance

(3) Room SCheduling

Cons: We wish there was a better interface with the caladar system for our web page. Possibly we need to switch to the Online PC+ system

Overall: While on the board of our local church, we did an exhaustive study into Church CMS. We selected Power Church Plus after that study. Then while serving as the Manitenance and IT coordinator we briefly went to a competitor because it was first with the Children's Checkin Module. After a horrendous start-up and about a year of use, we went back to PC+ when it developed their own version of the check-in system. I believe we have been users now for about 30 years and happy with our relationship.

Recommendations to other buyers: (1) Di not try and sort circuit the start-up by skipping training your users.. (2) Get input from users and potential users as to what they feel is important to track

I couldn't do my job without Power Church!

Jul 25, 2018
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: I have been using Power Church for over 27 years. The seamless connection from Finance, contributions, and membership makes this product extremely valuable. I appreciate the updates that are provided.

Cons: I can not think of any cons to using Power Church. It is very reliable and helps make my job much easier.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on July 26, 2018

Hi Sara.

Thank you so much for your glowing review of PowerChurch Plus. We're very happy to see that our program has helped you to do your job so well, and that you find the integration between each module so seamless. We work very hard to introduce updates and features that benefit our customers, and we're glad that these updates have been beneficial to you. If you ever have any ideas of new features, please send them to wishlist@powerchurch.com.

Great Software

Aug 10, 2016
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
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Pros: The people behind this software listen to their users and improve the product in ways suggested. We rarely run into a problem that PC developers aren't already fixing. The modules work great, especially Membership, Accounting and Contributions. The Events and Receivables are good, amazing considering the price for this Software.

Cons: I wish there was a little more flexibility in the Events module for booking rooms for events

Overall: PowerChurch has been used here at St. Barnabas before I was hired 18 years ago. It has grown with us as we have grown, both in features and functionality. But it has always stayed a quality product.

Recommendations to other buyers: This software does everything you want or need for an incredible price. The support people are knowledgeable and helpful.

Long-time PowerChurch user

Aug 11, 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 is a **real** accounting system, with strong controls and audit trails.

Cons: PowerChurch has a pretty good scheduling system, but I think it would benefit with some upgrades, particularly with the reports and the calendar displays. It does have a pretty seemless link to Google calendar, which helps.

Overall: We've been using PowerChurch for over ten years and we're very happy with it. We started using it for membership management, for which it is very good. Not long after this, we stopped using our old accounting software and started using PowerChurch because it is a true double-entry accounting system with strong controls. Over the years we have had **very** few problems with PC, and the support team is excellent in responding. As far as value, I believe PC is a feature-rich system at very reasonable price.

Disappointed

Aug 26, 2016
3/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The accounting module is excellent. The membership module is above average. For the cost, there is nothing that compares. The library module is great for a church or pastor's library.

Cons: The printer interface is below average. The interface between PC+ and Windows is still not up to the times. The enter key does not enter, but instead it tabs to the ok button so that you can hit enter or click with the mouse.

The Check In System is slow and not user friendly IF you can ever get it to work. I have several friends who also purchased the system and they all have the same issues. it does not connect to the server like it should, the check in server locks you out all the time, and the manual does not give any information about how to fix the issue. BE PREARED TO PAY IF YOU WANT SUPPORT. If you decide to call or email support, you will pay to talk to anyone. This is the biggest disappointment in the company. The product does not work and you have to pay additional fees to talk to someone to get it to work. Even then, it will not keep working which requires additional dollars and support.

Overall: I have been a user of Power Church Plus since 1986 (dos os). I have stuck with the product because the accounting portion of the product has been excellent all these years. However, the other interfaces have been iffy at best when 1st introduced. The upgrade to windows was painful as well. The Power Church 11.5 version we are using is great, but the check in system is horrible: it does not interface well, it crashes weekly, and the setup and instructions could not be worse. I have used many other programs similar to PC+ and they all have performed better overall. However, the cost for those programs is prohibitive. I am disappointed that Power Church would put out a product like Check In System which does not work and is so hard to use on both server and kiosk ends.

Recommendations to other buyers: Power Church Plus 11.5 is a good product. Do not buy any add on software.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on August 26, 2016

Hi Michael,

We're very sorry to hear that you have been experiencing issues with the PowerChurch Check In System. It's our understanding that you've since spoken with a technician regarding this issue, and that it appears to have been resolved by installing the latest updated Maintenance Release for PowerChurch Check In. If it has not been resolved, or if you continue to experience any further problems, please don't hesitate to give us a call at 800-486-1800. As always, if your issue is in any way related to a problem in the program, we will not charge for technical assistance.

We'd like to thank you for being PowerChurch Software customers, and please let us know if there's anything we can do to improve your experience!

Power Church Plus at Alger Park

Aug 11, 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: The similarity of the structure in all of the modules enables us to find and use the information that we are looking for, even in modules that we use infrequent in our specific job.

Cons: I really cannot think of any real negatives, even after many years of using the software

Overall: On the rebound from a bad church software experience, we purchased v.3 of PCP+. We have kept on using the software to the current version because it meets ALL of our needs, and the support staff has been very responsive to our questions and needs.

Recommendations to other buyers: Get the software, and remain current with the latest version and support payments. The support staff has, in our experience, gone the long mile in answering questions and concerns.

Good Church Software

Oct 12, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
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Pros: I liked that this software can be both the accounting software and the directory as well. It stores names, addresses, photos as well as printing a detailed list of donations for each parishner.

Cons: The only thing I have had issues with is printing the reports. Many of the reports I have used are very similar so it is hard to find the exact one I want. I kind of like to be able to mark reports as a favorite so it would be able to find it next time easier.

Overall: Organizing my church.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on October 13, 2017

Hi Sarah,

Thank you so much for your review. We're happy to hear that you've been able to take advantage of the membership and accounting portions of the program in the organization of your church. PowerChurch Plus contains a feature known as Quick Tasks, that allows you to create a customized quick menu with whatever options you choose to include, particularly your favorite reports. If you need any assistance setting this up, or have any other questions, please give us a call at 800-486-1800. We're available Monday through Friday from 9AM to 6PM Eastern.

Overall a great program that combines membership, contribution, and accounting functions.

Apr 22, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like that PowerChurch is membership, contribution tracking, and accounting all-in-one. Our online giving through our website using one of the partners of PowerChurch gives us an integrated import function and has increased productivity of processing online giving.

Cons: There is no communication component that includes group texting abilities. We will have to subscribe to an outside provider and set-up another system to achieve this desired outcome.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on April 24, 2018

Hi Valarie,

Thank you for submitting your review. We're happy to read that PowerChurch Plus works well overall for you across the different modules of the program. Thank you for pointing out the streamlined online giving function that we've developed with Vanco Payment Solutions. As far as group texting capabilities, we're always happy to hear requests and suggestions from our users. We'll pass this request along to our Development Team, and please feel free to email us with any other suggestions at wishlist@powerchurch.com.

partial review of power church

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: easy of data entry

Cons: awkward payroll module

& poor formatting of the half-page directory printout

Overall: I am running PowerChurch Plus 11.5. I mostly use the Contributions module. I like the functionality mostly except for one thing. Power Church takes my entries which are dated the same and combines them together in a single sum for that date on the bank reconciliation. With electronic giving and two services each sunday, we have quite a few bank deposits during the month. In order to keep peace with the treasurer (who does the reconciliation), I need the power church deposits to match the bank deposit amounts. Therefore, I have to jump through hoops to make Power Church give me the separate amounts. I do this by faking the dates. This is relative easy for our second service collection. I just date the entries on the Monday after the service. However the electronic giving from Vanco has dates all over the place. I have to go into the CSV file and make sure every deposit is unique and doesn't match one of the 8 or 10 Sunday collection deposits. This is VERY time consuming and subject to errors. Why can't Power Church give me the option of not combining dates?

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on March 22, 2017

Hi James,

Thank you for your feedback. PowerChurch Plus can certainly do what you are trying to achieve. It creates separate bank deposits for each posting. Therefore, you could enter and post each service separately using the same date.

As for the Vanco CSV, there is now a direct integration with Vanco that accurately creates the accounting transactions so that you can reconcile.

Please don¿t hesitate to give us a call at 800-486-1800 and one of our support technicians would be happy to assist you.

Thank you!

Capterra loader

Great integrated program for churches

Sep 07, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
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Pros: Various integrated modules: membership, contributions, accounting, etc.

Cons: I would like to see more report options.

Overall: I am not an accountant, but with the unlimited tech support I receive from PCP, I have been able to learn how to effectively use the various modules, including payroll and accounting!

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on September 20, 2018

Hi Kay,

Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that our support technicians have helped you learn to efficiently use the program. We would also like to hear your thoughts about report options that would be helpful to you. Please do not hesitate to send those ideas to wishlist@powerchurch.com.

Thank you!

Outstanding value!

Aug 11, 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: Does almost everything your church would need. Networking is included so it's easy to set up several workstations. The Payroll Module is great with no costly maintenance or yearly fees.

Cons: Accounting is a little difficult to set up the first time

Overall: Great product for all your church management needs. Easily handles membership, attendance, activities, fund accounting and payroll. Very reasonably priced with great support and documentation.

Recommendations to other buyers: We found great local support and training in our area such as Summit Accounting. It's well worth the investment to attend a training session that covers everything in one day

Capterra loader

I use Powerchurch Plus on a weekly basis.

Feb 13, 2018
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: This software is easy to use on the contribution and membership parts. It was easy to set up, and very easy to complete my work weekly.

Cons: I do not care for the accounting part of this software. It has been difficult to learn and use. I would like to see the windows become larger where I could view the entire ledger, instead of entering item by item.

Overall: It definitely helps me in my weekly tasks of data entry for my job as the Administrative Assistant (also accounts payable and receivable) at our church.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on February 15, 2018

Hi Shana,

Thank you for taking the time to submit a review about PowerChurch Plus. That¿s great that you find the Membership and Contribution modules help you to easily complete your work each week (and leave you time for your photography passion). As for the things you don¿t like in the accounting, why don¿t you call or e-mail our technicians with a little more detail and maybe they can give you some suggestions that will help.

Thank you!

Notable accounts payable software!

Apr 03, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
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Pros: Integrated data entry software. The software offers end users membership reports and personal profiles. The software allows users to bill members for service and generate invoices. The software is an absolute simple way to manage members contributions. The software allows users to export data in various file types. Overall, the system set up options are relatively simple to modify depending on users preferences.

Cons: Integration of Microsoft Office products are limited and does not convert certain files to be compatible. Duplicate entries of data must be deleted and not updated at once to delete the previous duplicate entry. Updates regarding software may not be readily available upon logging out of the system. Most recent reports of crashes of the software may include limited customer support while utilizing the software. Pricing plans of enterprise information are available upon request.

Overall: By utilizing the PCPlus software users will gain a better understanding of accounts payable within an all-in-one platform. Users will be able to update members information such as address or invoice information per contribution. Administrators can notify members of contribution within the email client of the PCPlus software. In addition, active funds is a new feature within the version 11 that allows users to exclude deductible contributions to be listed on statements based upon goods or services. Other features include adding a "new code" to implement rather than entering multiple additions for the original contribution fund.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on April 27, 2018

Dear Candace,

We're having some difficulty understanding many of your comments about the program. They don't match with how the software is designed to work. We're also having trouble verifying you as a PowerChurch Plus user. If you are, and have any questions or issues, please don't hesitate to contact us so that we can help clarify any of the program functionality for you. You can reach us at 800-486-1800, Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm Eastern. Thank you.

Power Church Plus review

Aug 12, 2016
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The best thing is that every thing works together from contributions to accounting. The reports are many so you can get in info that you need from the past

Cons: I would like to see lookup keys for acct. payable so when you put in a name it will come up or all the Toms will come up. The system now is time consuming to look up the vendor if you don't know the vendor ID

Overall: We have been with Power Church Plus for many years and have found it very easy to use. their response to help is very good.

Antiquated Software

Dec 05, 2016
1/5
Overall

1 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It runs on a computer.

Cons: 10-15 years behind in modern software architecture and user-friendly interface. Doesn't integrate information, can't make root changes and very well and nonintuitive.

Overall: We have been using this software for years. We went away from it because the very fact that is a multi-database system that is not integrated - by design. We found everything from the accounting, to name tags and attendance to be very time intensive, nonintuitive and cumbersome. It does have features that others lack but feels like a software that would have been great in the 1990's not so much for today. Training and support come at a premium where you must pay lots of money for 1-2 hour videos. Not user-friendly, not flexible. The best way I can explain this software is its written by engineers for engineers. Hope this helps.

Recommendations to other buyers: Avoid purchasing unless you own a DeLorean and can go back in time to the 90's where I'm sure this was a huge hit.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on December 06, 2016

Hi Mark,

We really appreciate your input and are sorry you seem to have had such a negative experience with our products. The PowerChurch Software team is constantly working on refining and streamlining the user experience. To that end, we are always interested in hearing any user suggestions on how to improve that experience. Please keep in mind that Cornerstone Community Church has unlimited access to technical support by phone or e-mail, which is included with your PowerChurch Online subscription. We are always more than happy to address any issues you may have.

Vice President, Bookkeeper

Aug 11, 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. Multiple funds. Warnings for dates and out of month. Easy to find mistakes. Easy to correct mistakes. I have not used the check reader and some of the other functions as I currently reside in Africa as a missionary but do the accounting from here. Training is a plus.

Cons: Would like the ability to have a second ministry on the same software. I have had some trouble downloading the updates here in Zambia, but not sure why.

Overall: Have used it since 2000 and only had to call for help one time. I like the fact that I don't have to have it in the cloud but only on my laptop. The manual is quite clear and easy to use. Set up is very easy. I have helped two other organizations set up on Power Church and have recommended it to several others. The regular updates are appreciated.

Recommendations to other buyers: Wonderful for churches and small ministries.

18 Years With PowerChruch Plus

Aug 10, 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: We like the four different modules you can work with or choose options to work with. You can use selective options to work with this system or you can fully integrate the entire system into your loperations. Depends on the size of your church and what you wnat to do with it.

Overall: PowerChruch Plus has been the easiest Software program to work with compared to others we have experimented with and compared it to.

Easiest Church Software Yet!

Oct 12, 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: Easy to learn

The variety of reports it will generate

Database easy to use

Contributions module is wonderful

Cons: haven't found any yet

Overall: I have been using PowerChurch for most of my church career. I have found it easy to set-up, easy to use, and if I have a question, the user's guide explains things simply. I love the reports it generates and the variety of things it can do. Thank you PowerChurch for this software!

Recommendations to other buyers: It's worth every penny!

While great for tracking contributions, Power Church LACKS in too many areas.

Sep 29, 2017
3/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The greatest PRO for Power Church is the recording of financial contributions of church members. While it has a number of other capacities (room reservations, and calendar options), none of these other capacities are user-friendly. However, it is not bad for the cost.

Cons: The entire program lacks usability and ease of access from devices other than your desktop. Power Church has not kept up with the app-driven world and has very little capability to assist in communication with our team members, or church members as a whole. We are forced ucrrently to use an entire other web-based program (Constant Contact) for the purposes of communication. This means we have to keep our contacts (emails) up to date in a minimum of 2 places (for us 3+ places because of our use of Planning Center).

Overall, my experience with Power Church is that it is "clunky" to use, and only serves our needs in a limited capacity. There is not even a way to track 1st time guests. The only reason our church is still using Power Church is because of the massive effort it would take to switch over to a new program as a 78 year old church. In addition, our one secretary has some computer limitations in learning a new program.

Overall: The only benefit to our church has been tracking contributions of our church members.

Vendor Response

by PowerChurch Software on October 09, 2017

Hi Jason,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We¿re glad to hear that the Contributions module fits your church¿s current needs. The Constant Contact integration has the ability to sync e-mail addresses so you don¿t have to update changes in both PC+ and Constant Contact. Please give us a call and we would be happy to walk you through taking advantage of this feature. In terms of usability from other devices, our PowerChurch Online service offers access across multiple platforms, as well as a mobile web interface for staff members to view Membership information and record Attendance on the go. You can reach us at 800-486-1800, Monday through Friday, 9AM to 6PM Eastern.

Great Software Program For All Churches

Aug 12, 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: Easy to use, covers all the accounting bases and gives us lots of usable information. Also, maintenance updates are provided on a regular basis and good technical support.

Cons: Just a few quirky features I would like to change, but nothing major.

Overall: PowerChurch Plus is an outstanding software program for all churches, both large and small. It covers all facets of church accounting procedures which makes it easy to keep track of church business and activities. Before buying PowerChurch Plus, our church was using Quick Books software which was not designed for churches and was difficult to use. PowerChurch Plus made my job much easier, cut my time in half, and gave use much more usable information. It was well worth the price and I would recommend it to all churches based on my experience.

Recommendations to other buyers: BUY IT. It is worth every penny that it will cost you.

Like this product

Aug 10, 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: I can input info at home and print to my home printer. I am a volunteer and not an accountant but when I have accounting type issues customer support is great at helping me through them.

Cons: Sometimes have problems with the formatting of reports.

Overall: My experience w/ PowerChurch is only with the financial modules. We have been using PowerChurch for about 7 years. Started with the PC version and have since gone to the online version. There are 4 of us from our church, 2 staff & 2 volunteers, who use it so the online version works much better for us. The online version allows you to use it from home, using our home printers which is much better than the PC version where it was set to use only the printers in the church office. Before I had to go to the Church office to print checks, statements, etc and now I can print them at home.

Good, Great & Bad

Jan 04, 2017
2/5
Overall

1 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love the contribution end as well as the mailing list and personal information. All that is really GREAT!

Cons: The accounting end of it. It should be easier to use. I used to do the double entry, but that was outdated years ago. But with your software, I had to go back to it. I also don't like that I look up a check in the check register and can't go directly to the check to see what it was for. I have to go to yet another screen. On Quickbooks, you can double-click and it will open up.

Overall: I love the contribution, mailing list, personal information. All that is GREAT!! The customer support is GOOD, as is the value for the money. What is bad is that this reminds me of where Quickbooks was at 15 years ago. I know Power Church keeps improving and hopefully sooner than the 15 years will be extremely easy to run on the accounting side of things. There are a lot of things that I can't do in PCP that I could do in QB. I have been doing accounting for over 30 years, so I do have experience.

Recommendations to other buyers: Just keep improving and improving...you'll get there. I just hope it's soon as opposed to later.

Powerchurch User

Aug 10, 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: Very stable; no software problems during our 3 year usage. Able to tailor everything for our needs and pretty much do everything we want to do with it.

Cons: Some of the canned reports could use a few more options to be more useful. Typically can run a query to get what we need if no standard report, but would be easier if a few more standard options.

Overall: Installed for 3 years. Using membership, attendance, contributions, accounting. Running accounting on separate computer and transfer contribution data over to accounting system.

Recommendations to other buyers: Because of the common interface, easy to cross train people to work in different modules. Very good user manual and basic vidoe training.

Office Manager

Aug 10, 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: Does what we need it to do. Tech support has been great.

Cons: custom reports are limited.

Overall: We've used the product for over 8 yrs and are extremely pleased with what it provides. If we have a question, the tech support has been great in helping us resolve any issues or questions.

Great product. Excellent service.

Aug 10, 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: We only have to enter a transaction once.

Cons: Posting! And not being able to drill down to an original transaction from a report.

Overall: Our church has been using this software since 2014 and love that it integrates contributions and accounting with easy to run reports for financial presentation and prints our donation receipts all from one system!

Recommendations to other buyers: You won't regret purchasing the software. The superb customer support is worth it! (Not that we have had to contact them often.)

Recommend Especially for Small Churches

Nov 15, 2016
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: User friendly

Overall: As a church administrator who started as receptionist, I can attest to the ease of use and setup of Power Church Plus. For those small-church secretaries out there who wear many hats, this software will help you streamline your payables and payroll. Check it out!