Church Social is designed for all members of your congregation to participate with.
Private, Secure Member Accounts
Each member in your congregation can login to Church Social using their own secure, private account. As a web-based app, all members need is an Internet connection and they can use the software. Additionally, Church Social has a role-based permissions system which allows administrators to give assigned members access to specific tools (e.g. a bulletin editor who uploads the bulletin each week).
Member Photo Directory
The searchable photo directory gives members easy digital access to photos, contact information, birthdays, anniversaries, ward information and more. Families can upload their own photos, while any member can submit correction requests when they find mistakes. With this feature, everyone helps contribute to keeping the directory up-to-date.
Calendar Of Events
The first thing members see when they login, the calendar provides a helpful overview of what’s happening in the congregation that week, and in the months ahead. Events range from birthdays and anniversaries, to bible studies, youth conferences, fundraising events, committee meetings and more. Any member can contribute to the calendar and create an event making this a dynamic, practical tool with real, reliable information.
The calendar is private, but events such as regular worship services or community activities can also be marked as “public”. If you have a website built with WordPress this plugin automatically displays these events on your church’s public website.
Scheduling Tools, with Reminders
Bring the various church-related schedules online in a powerful way! Much more than simply uploading an existing document, you can build schedules for the nursery, ushers, host family, collections and more RIGHT INSIDE THE APP. Members can check online to see the schedule, and if you enable email reminders, Church Social will automatically send them a reminder email up to seven days in advance. Your members will LOVE this feature!
Send the bulletin out early and make it available online! Have a bulletin editor upload a PDF version of the bulletin each week and email it directly to the whole congregation using the emailer tool.
The document archive makes sharing member-only documents safe and easy. Upload and store policy documents, minutes from congregational meetings, church logo files and a host of others. It’s even possible to create private categories for council, consistory and the deacons.
Everyone can benefit from listening to a past sermon, but the audio/video experts in your congregation will really appreciate the sermon archive. Upload multiple file formats for each sermon, including audio (MP3), video (YouTube/Vimeo) and documents (PDF). Take it a step further and assign multiple Bible passages to a sermon, and even readings from the Three Forms of Unity!
If you have a website built with WordPress, this plugin automatically makes sermons publicly available on your church website! Public visibility is set at the format level, which allows you to make the full service available to members, but only the sermon portion available to the general public.
Bulk Email Tool
Perhaps the most popular tool in Church Social, the app currently sends over 30,000 emails every month! The “emailer” makes it possible for members to send the entire congregation an email in just a few seconds. No more managing email lists yourself—this is always up-to-date. You can even segment the list based on gender, ward or a create a custom list of your choice.
Interested in seeing photos from special church events, but don’t feel comfortable publishing them on your public website? Church Social photo galleries allows any member to upload and share these moments, while still respecting the privacy of the members in your congregation.
Member Privacy & security
Church Social respects each member’s personal preferences with a series of privacy settings. Hide a family entirely, or simply disable their birthday, age, anniversary, address, phone numbers or email.
With Church Social, your data is safe. The software is 128bit SSL enabled, passwords are one-way encrypted and the software uses a role based security system—which is defined by your administrator. Learn more about how secure Church Social is here.
Powerful Membership Management Tools
Church Social makes managing your membership information a simple task. No more struggling with Excel, old databases or laborious software updates. Instead, simply have your statistician enter your member information and then watch this data “come alive” through member accounts, email lists, statistics & reports, notifications and more!
Member Import & Export Tools
One of the more challenging tasks for congregations when they first sign-up for Church Social is migrating their existing membership data to Church Social. We’ve made this process much easier with our bulk import tool.
Once all your data is entered, you can let go of your old system of member management because your data is not “locked in”. Our bulk member export tool allows the export of membership data to a spreadsheet format (CSV) that you can keep and backup outside of the software. This also serves as a handy report generation tool.
Statistics & reports
Church Social automatically generates detailed statistics using the membership information you enter. It greatly reduces time spent by statisticians running regular reports by providing several that are always ready-to-go. And, if the report you need does not exist, simply generate it using our bulk member export tool.
Wards, also known as districts, are a common way for churches to organize members into smaller groups for the benefit of proper pastural care by office bearers. Church Social has a robust ward management system, which allows for a variety of different office bearer assignment and ward naming techniques.
Office Bearers Tools
To assist them in their important roles, office bearers (pastors, elders and deacons) are given special access to more sensitive membership information within Church Social. For example, office bearers are shown previous marriage information, dates of loved-ones deaths, membership history and more. They are also given access to the private council only document archive categories.
Printable Family Sheets
Not all members in your congregation will be comfortable with an electronic member directory, which is why Church Social makes it really easy to create high-resolution, print-ready family sheets. Output them all, and then in the future, only print the new or updated ones. These are ideal for use in a binder style directory, and are available in both full page and half page formats.