Parish Data System (PDS) from ACS Technologies is a hybrid church management solution that caters to parishes, schools, dioceses and helps them to manage, automate and organize their day-to-day operations. The solution can either be deployed on-premise or hosted in the cloud.

PDS offers users various modules to manage finances, contributions, communications, events, reports, schools and childcare and more. In addition to church management features, PDS offers users tools to handle processes unique to Catholic institutions such as a sacramental register for recording, indexing and searching baptism, confirmation, communion, marriage and death records, 'Formation OfficeTM' module for tracking religious-education data and coordinating tuition, fees, contributions and fundraising and a diocesan communications solution, which synchronizes databases across parishes, schools and dioceses.

Additionally, PDS supports integration with other ACS Technologies products, including The City which is a social platform where church members and leaders can connect and collaborate.

Support is offered via phone and email.

Accounting and ledgers
Accounting and ledgers

Accounting and ledgers

Contribution reports

Contribution reports

Member giving history

Member giving history

Individual and family profiles

Individual and family profiles

Online donation form

Online donation form

Facility scheduling

Facility scheduling

Supported Operating System(s):

Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8, Windows 10



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john from Joan of Arc

Denomination:  Christian, Catholic

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

January 2018

Want a program that was cutting edge for Windows 97... your found it!

Do the people who made PDS use PDS? It sure doesn't seem that way. This is the most outdated program I have ever had the displeasure of using. If there was any competition these guys would be out of business.

Pros

it does function. I don't have 100 characters of positive feedback for this program, I am just writing this to fill space.

Cons

Painfully slow. I almost never work on it exclusively, the wait is just too long. You need another task to fill the wait time.

From the moment you logon you are brought back to a time where dial up was your only option for internet. The program Unintuitive and full of glitches, its all around the opposite of user friendly.

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Zach from St. Jude Parish

Denomination:  Christian, Catholic

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

Ease-of-use

Functionality

May 2017

Great software....for 1981

If you're looking for church management software (CHMS), skip this one in favor of something updated in the past several years. Planning Center Online is the top contender of all CHMS I have looked into - with far more functionality, customizability, and features of all kinds beyond what PDS can offer.

Pros

It "gets the job done"....with the basic functionality to save all sorts of data used in a parish context.

Cons

Feels like I stepped back several decades whenever I log in. Interface is outdated and unintuitive, slow to load, occasional hangups while it tries to remember what it's doing. I have worked at two parishes that use PDS... because "it's what we've always done." It is/was a chore at both places.


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