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).

Screenshot of the login page

Member 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.

Screenshot of the member photo directory

Calendar

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.

Website Plugin:

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.

Screenshot of the calendar of events

Schedules

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!

Screenshot of the scheduling tools

Bulletin Archive

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.

Screenshot of the bulletin archive

Files

The files section 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.

Screenshot of the files section

Sermons

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!

Website Plugin:

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.

Screenshot of the sermon archive

Messages

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.

Screenshot of the messaging tools

Photos

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.

Screenshot of the photo galleries

Membership Management

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!

Screenshot of the member management tools

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.

Screenshot of the privacy settings

Bulk Editor

The bulk editor makes it easy for administrators can choose members from a search and then make bulk changes to them. The tool itself looks a lot like a spreadsheet, which makes it easy to compare data and find inconsistencies.

Screenshot of the bulk editor

Reports

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).

Screenshot of the report generator

Statistics

Church Social automatically generates detailed statistics from your congregation's membership information. This includes membership totals, age demographics, membership history, births by year, and more.

Screenshot of the statistics

Groups

Within each church you can find a vast number of different groups. These include bible studies, clubs, committees, small groups, and more. Church Social helps keep these groups organized online. Within Church Social, groups can message one-another, share documents, create schedules, share group information, and more.
Screenshot of groups

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.

Screenshot of the wards and districts

Office Bearers

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.

Screenshot of the office bearer tools

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.

Screenshot of the printable family sheets

Library

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.

Screenshot of the library

Livestream

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.

Screenshot of the livestream page