CahabaWorks Church Software

FrontRunners 2020

About CahabaWorks Church Software

CahabaWorks Church Software helps churches manage members, groups, accounting, payroll, events, payments and more using a unified portal. The platform enables organizations to maintain visitor records, update contact details, assign permissions, add notes, track pledges and define custom filters or layouts to sort member lists. CahabaWorks Church Software includes contribution management functionality, which allows supervisors to create and launch fundraising campaigns, monitor giving status, and group contributions into batches for account deposits. Features include membership directories printing, member information import/export, event check-in, custom data fields, finance management, security labels printing and more. Additionally, the payroll module lets admin...

CahabaWorks Church Software Pricing

It is also available at $650 per licence & $1500 per licence.

Starting price: 

$350.00 per year

Free trial: 

Not Available

Free version: 

Available

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CahabaWorks Church Software User Reviews

OVERALL RATING

SECONDARY RATINGS

Ease-of-use

4

Value for money

4.5

Customer support

4.5

Functionality

4

Showing 1 - 5 of 26 reviews

Tammy

Company size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Religious Institutions

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
5

Ease-of-use

out of 5
5

Value for money

out of 5
5

Customer support

out of 5
5

Functionality

out of 5

August 2020

Simple Software for Fund Accounting

We have looked at other software over the 9 years of using CabahaWorks. Everything else seems complicated to set up and use. After we've set up everything those programs don't do what CahabaWorks does easily. The best part of CabahaWorks is their helpful team who are a joy to work with. We have had a few problems over the years. Not because of CabahaWorks but because we have too much data. Cabaha support has always taken the time to help us archive or close out something in an effort to help us. Besides having a great product they have a great team.

Pros

CahabaWorks is simple to set up and get started. We have been using CahabaWorks for our church and mission organization since 2012. Its reliable with a look similar to Quickbooks but handles church fund accounting properly. I'm able to see very easily my general fund, dedicated fund, benevolent fund and church plant fund even if they all use the same bank account or credit cards.

Cons

We don't use the contribution modules in CahabaWorks. I tried to use the contributions module but it seem to post too many entries into the accounting area. I've never attempted to use the payroll module.

Reasons for choosing CahabaWorks Church Software

Shelby was too complicated and took too much of my time to do simple accounting tasks. QuickBooks doesn't properly handle fund accounting.

Reasons for switching to CahabaWorks Church Software

Our ministry leaders could not easily see their budgets with ParishSoft. We also needed to export reports into excel or a PDF document.

Response from CahabaCreek Software

Thank you for your detailed review of CahabaWorks. One of our primary goals was to provide a robust fund accounting product that is easy for churches to use. And of course, we are thrilled to hear that our support team is "the best part"! Thank you! We appreciate your business.

Replied August 2020

Patrick

Company size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Religious Institutions

Time used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
4

Ease-of-use

out of 5
3

Value for money

out of 5
5

Customer support

out of 5
4

Functionality

out of 5

August 2020

Great for the unique challenges of running a church office

So far, we only use the software for its financial tracking and its feature set is much more along the lines of what we have been longing for. I'm no accountant, but I was quickly up and running with the software and can now do just about everything I need to do with ease.

Pros

Beginning with the trial period that completely unlocks the product for a few months allows all prospective buyers the opportunity to work with any or all of the modules. The documentation is lengthy but, as such, is remarkably rich. Read it through at your leisure or search the PDF for specific words or phrases. I reached out to Customer Service a few times and was pleasantly surprised by the personal response I received. I wish more companies would use this model. The reporting features are satisfactory, but I end up exporting reports to Excel to get what I exactly want.

Cons

The technical aspects of it are not obvious. Where is my data kept? It's not on my PC so it must be with you. Can I trust you with all of our financial data? Remote data management is only as safe as the software manufacturer stays in business and keeps it secure and updated. The UI is dated, but I'm OK with that as long as the product is rock solid.

Reasons for choosing CahabaWorks Church Software

I had a bad taste in my mouth from Quicken products and couldn't quite get Quickbooks to do what I wanted. CahabaWorks is a better product in my opinion.

Reasons for switching to CahabaWorks Church Software

Quicken is not set up (or at least not intuitively set up) for the unique accounting challenges that come with keeping the books for a church. The fully-functional free trial was enough to really kick the tires on the product and realize that it was much more suited to our needs.

Response from CahabaCreek Software

Thank you for your review of CahabaWorks. We are glad that you are so pleased with our support! We do hide some of the technical details as many of our users are not technically savy and appreciate our user friendly interface. However, your church data is absolutely stored on your machine. We only get a copy of it if you use the remote backup capability or if you send it to support when requesting assistance. You can also back it up to a flash drive at anytime using the File... Backup feature.

Replied August 2020

Anonymous

Company size: 201-500 employees

Time used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
3

Ease-of-use

out of 5
3

Value for money

out of 5
3

Customer support

out of 5
3

Functionality

out of 5

March 2019

It is not controversial and easy to use.

Am using it for my church as church members database software.

Pros

What I like most is the quality of it, the fastness, use for using, the fact that you can save the picture of a member too.

Cons

The is absolutely nothing that i hate about the CahabaWorks. But the least about is the saving, how to save it.

Response from CahabaCreek Software

Thank you so much for taking the time to review CahabaWorks. We are glad you are pleased with the quality, responsiveness and ease of use. We are not sure about what you mean by saying that what you like the least is the "saving, how to save it". If you are talking about backups I want to be sure you know there is a File... Backup option on the menu that allows you to backup your data locally or to us. We also prompt at exit for you to backup. However, it is true that this is not a cloud solution and backups are not automatic. Please contact support@cahabacreek.com if I misunderstood your concern.

Replied April 2019

Anonymous

Company size: 2-10 employees

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
4

Ease-of-use

out of 5
4

Value for money

out of 5
5

Customer support

out of 5
4

Functionality

out of 5

September 2018

Well-Rounded Software

We are a midsize church using the software for managing our membership records and tracking contributions. We use this package for our complete accounting system.

Pros

Easy navigation, very nice accounting and banking section, customizable notes for members

Cons

The occasional twitches of the screen (part of the working window will shrink on occasion. Also, the cost... it is a nice software package... but they say you are abusing paying for the "support". But when that date comes, our pretty much shuts your software down. Do, instead of passing an annual fee for support, you are really pursuing for annual usage of the software with a mandatory annual upgrade (i could understand if this were for a web-based software, bit not for a desktop software)

Response from CahabaCreek Software

Thank you for the positive review of CahabaWorks. We are pleased that you find the accounting and navigation features useful and that our support has been responsive to your needs. We are aware of the occasional screen blinks and have that issue on our current list of issues for development to pursue. As you noted, licensing does revert to the limited-feature FREE edition if support lapses. As it became more common for us to have to make changes to accommodate Windows automatic updates, we found customers remaining on old unsupported versions were creating a lot of inquires for problems we had already fixed; they simply needed to upgrade. This is one of the reasons so many companies are moving to the web-based model for software where they can more easily control updates.

Replied September 2018

Anonymous

Company size: 2-10 employees

Time used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
4

Ease-of-use

out of 5
4

Value for money

out of 5
5

Customer support

out of 5
3

Functionality

out of 5

September 2018

A birdseye view from an accounts perpective

Overall I would say it is a good system and has a great support team that has always been extremely helpful.

Pros

I like most everything about the system except for the reporting function which is described below. It is basically user-friendly and easy to use. The payroll function in particular is great. I personally do not do the contributions side but can attest to it being easy enough to figure out as I have had to post a couple of deposit transactions and was able to get it done with little stress.

Cons

I really struggle with the reporting functions. I need to be able to provide more detailed in depth reports that what are currently available. An adhoc reporting function would be helpful or at the very least having the ability to export more detailed information to excel. Another issue that I see is the fact that if you are in a fund account and want to see what has transpired you have a tab that shows activity which is nice but it would be helpful if it showed debits and credits as such. There should be positive transactions and negative transactions but what you see on the screen all look positive. Considering that a lot of churches have volunteer church members doing the financial work that may not be accountants or have a strong understanding of accounting it can cause problems.

Response from CahabaCreek Software

Thank you for taking the time to review CahabaWorks. We are pleased that our support has been excellent and that you find it user-friendly and easy to use; that is one of our primary goals. Although all reports can be exported to Excel, we acknowledge that the Microsoft Report Viewer that we leverage is not very user-friendly with the export format. We would like to get your specific feedback about the fund views to the development team; please email support@cahabacreek.com with more details on what enhancements you would like to see.

Replied September 2018

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