Church Social is designed for all members of your congregation to participate in.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perhaps the most popular tool in Church Social, the app currently sends over 175,000 messages every month! Our messages tools make 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, groups or send to a custom list of your choice.
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!
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.
Church Social ships with a set of standard reports required by most churches. These includes membership reports, communicant member reports, ward lists, contact lists, special anniversaries and birthdays, login history and more.
In addition to these reports, Church Social also has a powerful report builder, which allows churches to create almost any report they want from their membership data. These custom reports can be saved for future use, and even optionally shared with the office bearers.
For even more customized control over the reports, we've also added the ability to generate reports from custom SQL queries. We essentially provide congregations with a sand-boxed SQLite database, prepopulated with their data.
All of these reports can be viewed directly in the app, downloaded as PDF, or exported to Excel (CSV).
Wards & Districts
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.
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 file folders.
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.
While more and more things seem to be moving online, one thing many churches still have is a physical library of books. The Church Social library helps make this (often underutilized) resource more visible. Librarians can archive the church's library within Church Social, making it available for all members to browse and search.
Many congregations livestream their church services. Church Social has a convenient way of adding that livestream embed to the app. Under the new church settings page, administrators can paste in their live stream embed code. Once done, a new "live stream" page will appear in the main menu.