If you have ever shopped for Church management software, you know that pricing varies widely. Maybe you've even wondered why that is. I've done a lot of thinking about pricing ChMS through the years. Here are some of the different factors I've considered.
Tomorrow I'm heading to the Church Leader Insights training on Assimilation. I thought it might be interesting to write something ahead of time about my thoughts about the topic and then follow it up with thoughts on what I learned about assimilation from this excellent training by Nelson Searcy.
We've been thinking a lot about pricing lately. One of my favorite business blogs has been doing a series based on the book "Confessions of The Pricing Man: How Price Affects Everything". The author, Hermann Simon, talks about three basic strategies for pricing: Low, Premium, and Luxury. Each one has it's own strengths and challenges. We've struggled with this issue for a lot of years and have only adjusted our pricing twice. At a high level, this presses me to think about a really basic question. Is Church Management Software Worth the Money? Which begs the question, how much money? First, some thoughts about the value software brings to churches. Then, I'll relate this value to the 3 strategies.
You just invested time and money in a Church software application. You enjoyed the conversation with the sales person and got a lot out of their implementation process. However, the congregation has been slow or limited in using it.
Agility is the ability to improve speed and grace. It is the way an athlete moves on the field that gives him or her a competitive advantage. It is the way a lawyer exudes confidence with clarity and timing before the judge and jury. It is the way a software company innovates quickly, efficiently and beautifully to serve their clients. Agility is also the way some churches are able to constantly improve how they attract, equip and release people.
Last week I visited with the Executive Pastor and IT director of a church about an hour from me. Over a decade ago they built a really useful software application to manage their church. It is especially good at automating follow-up of guests. We talked back then about Churchteams and I was impressed with what they built. Obviously, they didn't need us.
In today’s world every church has data management needs. Managing church data doesn’t sound profound or spiritual, but it’s necessary. That’s why Church Management Software (ChMS or CMS for short) systems are wildly popular resources for church leaders. Since the 1980s entrepreneurs have been making software specifically designed for managing churches. As time has marched on and technology has progressed the abilities of ChMS systems has dramatically improved. As a result there are better services and products available for church management than ever before. If you are in the market for a ChMS, you will most likely want a system that includes the following much-in-demand features: