Accounting systems used at your church

(Tim Peterson) #4

I was just going to post this identical question! We are in the same boat but moving from ACS Finance. Would also love feedback on what people are using/recommend. We have heard good things about Intacct, Netsuite and GP/Dynamics. Heard Intacct is pricy but worth it if we can swing it. Thoughts?


(Nick B Nicholaou) #5

I consult heavily in the ChMS and Accounting solution space… let me know if I can help (,


(Andy Baker) #6

Hey Mark,
We use Intacct as well. Our weekly attendance is around 5000.

Hey Ted, I’m interested in knowing what type of integration with MP you have between MP and Intacct.


Accounting Software and Implementation Costs
(Tim Hollinger) #7

We moved from V5 to Arena but kept financials in V5 and then later moved those to Shelby Next Financials. Our AWA is ~2,000. The Financials transition was actually pretty smooth thanks in large part to the skill of our accounting staff. As long as we’re using Arena the integration between the Membership and Financials side of the database has been great. I imagine if we ever moved to another ChMS we’d probably keep using SNF unless that ChMS had a robust replacement.


(Tony Dye) #8

For anyone considering a switch in accounting systems, it would probably be well worth your time to talk with Higher Ground Technologies. 901-333-7777. If you’re a Ministry Platform Church, this is even more exciting!

(I"m not an employee of Higher Ground, nor compensated. I just believe in what they’ve come up with.)

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(Eddie Holeman) #9

Fellowship Greenville uses ShelbyNext Financials and we have about 2500 per week.


(Joe Jarvis) #10

Intacct - have roughly 14,000 weekly - Would love to see if anyone is integrating intacct with Rock.


(Steve Klein) #11

Late to this thread but we use Quickbooks :confused: We have roughly 4500 weekly and are hoping to upgrade our financial system next year.

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(Norman Ho) #12

Dynamics NAV is a good option.

You can put NAV on an Azure VM connected to SQL Database to make it fully cloud ready. Then for your HTTPS connection, you can use a service like Incapsula to add 2 factor (SMS or Authenticator) to screen the traffic. You can whitelist IP addresses for the desktop clients to connect securely to the VM which also uses an encrypted channel.


(Brad Crawley) #13

We use ACS financials. I love our finance people but other than our new controller most are very reluctant to any change. We have used ACS for 15-20 years.

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(Colin West) #14

We are on Shelby V5, stayed on it after moving ChMS from shelby to Fellowship one a decade ago, now we are planning a move to Ministry Platform but finance still wants to hold on to Shelby for now. ~3500 4 campuses

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(Donald Flanagan) #15

I never thought our Financial Services would let go of Shelby v5, but much to my surprise, THEY are talking about making a switch. What a difference being told that Shelby v5 will be going away at some unspecified point in the next 5 years makes! It also helps that we changed over to Ministry Platform which handles the contributions side pretty well, so all they have to find a solution for is the general ledger/AP/AR side.

I don’t know what they will settle on, but the opportunity to make a change is exciting!

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(Jeremy Hoff) #16

Followup Question – what makes your chosen software AWESOME… or AWFUL? What about the software makes your accounting team ministry superheroes?

Jeremy Hoff
Shepherd Church
(818) 831-9333

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(Norman Ho) #17

Dynamics NAV on Azure Cloud with SQL Database (Azure):

  1. Accessible anywhere in the world
  2. Secure, reliable and scalable
  3. Long roadmap of new features
  4. Easily upgradable
  5. Able to manage multiple business organisations in the same instance
  6. Lots of NAV vendors to choose from
  7. Lots of ERP features

(Greg Brenneman) #18

Our Christian school will need to replace our current accounting software (Logos GL, hosted version) and we have options from Ministry Brands of ParishSoft or ShelbyNext Financials. What opinions exist of those 2 vs. some version of QuickBooks?

We do not need integration with any ChMS, since all student data exists in ProgressBook Suite.

Products like Intaact are WAY out of our price range.

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(Samantha Charlet) #19

I am the finance person at our church, avg attendance is about 700/week, and I have a quote from Sage Intacct that is 3 times what we are currently paying for all of ACS… I would really like to move from ACS Financials, but can’t find anything that would do what it does for the price. Mark, did you ever get a satisfactory answer?


(Dave Mackey) #20

Hoping to update this discussion to the present. Could you take a minute to share where you are at these days with your accounting software? Accounting Software and Implementation Costs


(Joe Jarvis) #21

We’re still on intacct - we’ve since moved to Rock and Kingdom First Solutions has helped us do some integration with it.

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(Greg Brenneman) #22

Our school ended up with Elexio Financials (now being renamed Shelby, which it is based on) and our church uses Aplos, which integrates with CCB.

Elexio helped us with data migration from our Hosted Logos, and mostly works well. It is entirely web based, and we were able to have a local install of the older Logos GL to read archive data.

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(Colin West) #23

Greg, how is aplos. We are unexpectedly launching a church of about 200 weekly and are in a press to find the best chms and accounting mix