ParishSOFT Review - why 4 stars?

ParishSOFT Review
ITQlick Score: 92/100
ITQlick Rating: (4/5)
Pricing: 6/10 - average cost
Category: Church Management -> ParishSOFT
Ranking:Ranked 3 out of 27 Church Management systems
Company: ACS Technologies
Typical customers: Small, medium and large size businesses
Platforms: Desktop
Links: ParishSOFT pricing, ParishSOFT alternatives

Shlomi LaviShlomi Lavi / updated: Dec 15, 2021

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What is ParishSOFT?

ParishSOFT is a cloud-based church management software designed for effective coordination and ease of administrative burden of churches. The software comes with features such as:
  • Family Suite: ParishSOFT provides a family Suite that gives access to member records, online giving history, program management, and more in real-time from any device, any time.
  • Accounting: With ParishSOFT, Church admins have instant access to any internet-enabled devices financial records and reports. This feature eliminates the complicated, stressful, and time-consuming church bookkeeping.
  • Giving for Parishes: This feature makes it easy and convenient for parishioners to provide with online giving. This feature enables members to securely offer one-time or recurring contributions from their desktops, smartphones, or tablets.
  • Facility Scheduler: With this feature, Church admins can organize all parish events, facilities, and equipment with ease and confidence. Church admins can track everything happening at their parish and make sure its running smoothly.
  • ParishCast: Church admins can engage members with ParishCast, ParishSOFTs rapid notification system. This feature enables admins to quickly relay information from routine announcements and emergency communications to parishioners the way they want to see them.
ParishSOFT is a church management software that started in 1998. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. The company has a workforce of up to 200 employees.


What is ParishSOFT rating?

The rating of ParishSOFT is 4 stars out of 5 and the total score is 92 out of 100. The ratings are based on our unbiased experts. Learn more in our rating methodology page

Who uses ParishSOFT?

The software is a useful solution for faith-based organizations of all sizes and a variety of types. It can be used by churches, parishes, educational institutions, and dioceses etc. Diocese of Knoxville is among the notable clients of the software.

Is ParishSOFT the best Church Management system?

ParishSOFT is ranked 3 out of 27 software in their category (Church Management systems).

What are their main features and functionalities?

The software maintains entire member history including current contact data and family relations and facilitates quick creation of personalized emails. It allows creation of pictorial directory for all members or a ministry group in addition to generation of census reports. It also facilitates tracking of all contributions, accepting on-time and recurring gifts offline and online, and sending personalized letters to members.

Parish Data System helps in the creation of personalized contribution reports and generation of printed certificates for different sacraments. It also helps in the tracking of student enrollments, attendance, service and permanent records. Other capabilities include background checks for all adults, electronic storage of all sacramental register information, pledge management, and others.

What are ParishSOFT's pros? (3 Pros)

  • ParishSOFT makes posting contributions fast and accurate
  • End-users have all Parish information in one platform that they can access from anywhere
  • The IQ feature is excellent and very easy to use and create reports

What are ParishSOFT's cons? (1 cons)

  • Users complain of the inability to create simpler, data-specific reports with the user-chosen fields feature

Who are their main alternatives?

ParishSOFT competes with other church management systems like TouchPoint Church Management, Church Community Builder, and Churchteams. We will compare these Church Management systems in some specific aspects below.
  • Functionality: ParishSOFT offers features like Family Suite, Accounting, Giving for Parishes, Facility Scheduler, ParishCast, etc. When compared to its alternatives, TouchPoint Church Management offers features like People (available in ParishSOFT), Involvement, Analytics, Giving (available in ParishSOFT), Communications, Mobile (available in ParishSOFT), Check-in, Admin Tools, Ticketing, Tasks & Notes, Resources, etc. Church Community Builder offers features like People (available in ParishSOFT and TouchPoint), Check-in (available in TouchPoint), Schedules (available in ParishSOFT), Giving available in TouchPoint and ParishSOFT) Groups, Processes, etc. Churchteams offers features like Dashboard, Giving (available in all the alternatives), Membership, Groups, Check-in, Volunteers, Registration, Communication, Workflow Automation, etc.
  • Customers/Industries: ParishSOFT has church admins as customers in parishes/churches like The Archdiocese of Denver, Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Community, Pax Christi Catholic Community, The Archdiocese of Atlanta, Saint Anthony Parish of Hawthorne, Christ the King of Tulsa, etc. Churchteams has church admins as customers in parishes/churches like Harvest New Beginnings, The House of Hope Atlanta, West Ridge Community Church, Elgin IL, etc. TouchPoint Church Management has church admins as customers in parishes/churches like Westover Church, Redeemers churches and ministries, AbundantLife, Bellevue, Fielderchurch, St. Ann Parish, Salem Alliance Church, Village bible church, etc.
  • Cost: The license cost information for ParishSOFT is unavailable. According to ITQlick expert cost research, ParishSOFT is cost-rated at 3/5. This means it is average-cost church management software. The rating system considers this software rated 1-2 as low-cost and 4-5 as high cost. The license cost information for the Church community builder is unavailable. TouchPoint Church Management starts at an estimated annual cost of $1,800 for 600 members. TouchPoint offers a free trial and a free version. Churchteams begin at $37 per month for up to 200 people.
  • Cloud-based/On-premise: ParishSOFT and all its alternatives are cloud-based.
  • Scalability: ParishSOFT can accommodate churches/parishes of all sizes. TouchPoint Church Management can also accommodate churches/parishes of all sizes but is best for midsize-to-Large Churches. Churchteams can accommodate medium and large churches of 200 to 4,000 members.
  • Support: ParishSOFT offers support channels like Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, a Knowledge Base, Phone Support, and Chat. TouchPoint Church Management lacks FAQs/Forum and Phone support but offers all other support channels of ParishSOFT. Churchteams offers 24/7 (Live Rep), which is lacking in ParishSOFT and TouchPoint but offers all other support channels of ParishSOFT. Church community builder lacks FAQs/forums but offers all other support channels of Churchteams.

What is the cost of ParishSOFT?

What is the REAL total cost of implementation? on top of the total cost of licenses which is easy to calculate you need to add the cost of training, customization, data migration, and other "hidden cost". ITQlick pricing score is 6 out of 10 (10 is most expensive). Find here the REAL total cost breakdown for ParishSOFT

What should you ask ACS Technologies during a demo session? (65 questions)

Schedule a demo with ParishSOFT and access 65 must ask questions for the vendor while watching ParishSOFT in action.

Is it the right software for you?

Pastors/Church admins seeking to drive their churches missions through technology and services will fit well with ParishSOFT. ParishSOFT is purpose-built for Catholic organizations by Catholics. ParishSOFT enables parishes and dioceses to enlarge their ministries through an integrated suite of software solutions. Examples of parishes/churches with ParishSOFT are St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cathedral of St. Peter, Diocese of Sioux Falls, SD, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Cambria Heights, NY, St. Cecilia, Cincinnati, OH, etc.

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Shlomi holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Information System Engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Shlomi brings 15 years of global IT and IS management experience as a consultant, and implementation expert for small, medium and large size (global) companies.