Church Windows is a hybrid church management solution that helps church administrations manage their day-to-day activities and interactions with followers. The solution offers various modules to the users that include membership, scheduler, donations, accounting and payroll. It can be deployed either on-premise or hosted in the cloud.

Membership features enable church administrators to view and track household and individual records, customize data fields, record interaction notes and create attendance and visitation reports.

Church resources, events, volunteers and rooms are managed and tracked within the scheduling application, while member contributions and giving histories are maintained in the donations module. Church Windows’ accounting module offers fund accounting capabilities with a customizable chart of accounts, recurring transactions, reconciliation and more. The payroll module helps users to manage payroll processes and generate reports on salary history, taxes, allowances, deductions and more.

Support is offered via online videos, workbooks, webinars and customized training sessions.

Member profile
Member profile

Member profile

Record member participation

Record member participation

Calendar

Calendar

Equipment management

Equipment management

Accounting dashboard

Accounting dashboard

Sample donation report

Sample donation report

Supported Operating System(s):

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10



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Stephan A. from Office Manager/Lay Minister, First Presbyterian Church of Mandan, ND; Environ. Scientist (retired)

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

Church Windows is awesome

Great for doing end-of-year reports for members IRS

Pros

Easy to input giving and print reports
Nice to be able to add account numbers anytime

Cons

Adjusting contributors names upon marriage/divorce and death of family members

Review Source: Capterra

Donna from Ascension Lutheran Church

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

Easy way to capture all of your data

Pros

The ability to access data with a few clicks of the keyboard.

Cons

Church Windows updates sometimes change the way you need to complete entries or queries. This is frustrating.

Review Source: Capterra

Linda from Trinity Lutheran Church

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

Church Windows is great!

We have been able to combine the secretary and treasurer positions in our church, which has netting a savings of several thousand dollars.

Pros

It is very user friendly. We have had the membership and donations modules for about 9 years and added the accounting and payroll modules within the last 2 years. Within that time period, our treasurer decided to retire. The church combined the administrative assistant roll and the treasurer roll - in part due to the fact that the Church Windows system gives us all that we need. The support staff is very helpful which has been a blessing going from Quick Books to the Church Windows system. I also really like the 20 minute education sessions. It really helps.

Cons

There really isn't anything that we don't like. We've streamlined our reports from 10 pages to 4 or 5.

Review Source: Capterra

Margaret from Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

Church Windows Revew

It allows a small congregation to maintain payroll and accounting records without the added expense of hiring an accountant. I have always found the support team to be helpful and responsive. The free webinars are also very useful - particularly the ones designed for year-end procedures!

Pros

It is user friendly for someone who is not a trained accountant or bookkeeper. Allows me to print professional appearing reports that are easily distributed to committees. The reports provide the information needed for various finance committees. Stored history in the various modules is helpful when I need to recall various transactions or help a committee remember a particular vendor or reason for an expense. Reports in the donations module are helpful during our stewardship campaign to track pledges and donations and compare them to previous years.

Cons

I do not like the most recent version of Membership! I think the previous version was much easier to read and edit. The result is that I use membership much less frequently. I also used to use it sending email blasts to our congregation but now use Mail Chimp instead.

Review Source: Capterra

Debbie from United Methodist Church

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

Church Windows

Overall a good experience. It's a good program, just takes a while to learn.

Pros

It seems to be pretty thorough. Customer service is awesome!

Cons

It's kind of confusing. Not easy to print. Labels can be especially confusing. Some things are difficult enough you have to have customer service walk you through it.

Review Source: Capterra

Joy from St. Paul's United Church

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

November 2018

I am very pleased with the software. I like having access to ongoing learning options in the webinars (I used to receive emails about these dates coming up but now I don't which causes me to forget to go looking for them myself!) It takes awhile to become familiar with the software and how it works but now that I am comfortable I am most pleased that I can produce so many reports. I am sometimes frustrated that I don't have enough data from members of the congregation or ministers to produce more detailed and comprehensive reports. The creation and development of them is sound. The support staff is excellent in solving problems and being friendly and supportive. They respond in a timely manner.

Pros

Ease of extracting information from the data to create reports.
The number of boxes where details may be entered is excellent - every possible situation has been considered, including winter or out-of-town school addresses plus different last names for individuals within the family unit plus multi-level phone numbers and emails.

Cons

I love to have the support of the software by speaking with a real person.
My patience challenges me at times to wait for the phone call back!
Sometimes there are difficulties in choosing the right report ie. directory vs. basic because the format of the directory report is good but there are decisions embedded there which override any selections I might make for the report ie. individual vs. family identities

Review Source: Capterra

Sandra from Grace United Church of Christ

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

Church software for an efficient office

Very easy to use and the webinars and support are great

Pros

It is so easy to use and the support is quick and very helpful

Cons

I don't have any dislikes of this software

Review Source: Capterra

Michele from First Congregational UCC

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

Church Windows Software

I use Church Windows to handle payroll, enter donations, pay invoices and balance all investment accounts

Pros

This program is fairly intuitive and straightforward.

Cons

I would prefer a little more fluidity when creating reports and doing searches. For instance, when attempting to print one specific donation statement I have to do a manual search even after entering search parameters that should narrow it down.

Review Source: Capterra

Tonja from Woodmont United Methodist

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

Professional & Productive

CWindows has been most beneficial with membership, donations and payroll for me. I hardly ever have a church member find an issue with their Giving Statement, and that says alot about the software. The revamped membership module has integrated members & visitors so much so that keying in data is a breeze. And I doubt that I'd be doing payroll if it weren't for Church Windows. Seriously, ya'll are the reason I wear so many hats over here!

Pros

I liked the software so much at my church job that when asked to "help" with the membership and receivables at the church I am a member of, I gladly accepted ... with one condition: that they purchase and use CWindows! The software is so easy to use, across the board, that I knew anybody would be able to come in behind me and learn it as quickly as I did.

Cons

The latest update was more of a complete rewrite. I lost a good bunch of data in this update, too. I've had to re-key alot of that lost data, some of which I was unable to retrieve. I'm still learning what the new update is capable of doing. It's almost like I'm having to learn a whole new program. I feel very inadequate at times when I'm in the program now.

Review Source: Capterra

Pamela from St. David's Lutheran Church

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

Very Satified customer

Pros

Everything that you can do with the program. There are still something that we have trouble with sometimes, but you call for support and they are always willing to help you.

Cons

Sometimes the changes, but I know that they are trying to improve the program to make it more efficient.

Review Source: Capterra

Mary from Trinity Lutheran Church

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

Been using Church Windows for many years.

I use Scheduler, Member and Visitor data and Attendance. Overall it is fun and easy to use.

Pros

Ease of use, training available, able to use church windows for reports for attendance and church statistics.

Cons

That other people don't bother getting training that use church windows and their mistakes are difficult to correct.

Review Source: Capterra

Melissa from First Methodist Church

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

Church Windows Software Outlook

Pros

There's a lot that you can do with this software. We use only the membership but our accountant uses more.

Cons

I have a hard time getting my computer to update to the new version everytime we have a new update. I have called before to talk to a representative but it depends on who you get if theyre helpful or not and we do pay extra for the help.

Review Source: Capterra
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Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

Nice and Easy

Pros

The modules can be fully used separately and fully function. The support group is extremely helpful and quick unless its a weekend which you have to wait until Monday when they are in the office which would be helpful for them to office help on the weekends as some of the church staff only works the weekends.

Cons

There is not a good online help directory that is easy to find the answers.

Review Source: Capterra

Debbie from Zion's Reformed UCC

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

Church Windows Software is a Great Value!

I have had a very positive experience with this software and the developer. I have used similar software in the past, but I prefer this software overall.

Pros

The basic functions are fairly easy to use. You can learn as you go without any major issues. They offer "coffee break" sessions monthly on more advanced uses of the software. Their customer support is outstanding. They respond fairly quickly when a request for help is made. The end of the year is their busiest time for support, but they will let you know how long it will be before a tech will be able to assist you.

Cons

In our busy office it is hard for me to keep up on the updates. If the latest update is not available on the main part of the website, they will create a link for me to go to the update that I need to catch up on all the updates.

Review Source: Capterra
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Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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November 2018

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Pros

Ease of use - very user friendly. Church Windows syncs easily with Vanco Payment Solutions.

Cons

Remembering how I pulled a report in the past.

Review Source: Capterra

Karen from St. Andrew UMC

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

My Experience with Church Windows Software

Pros

It's easy to learn. Once learned it takes care of itself.

Cons

I don't like the membership module. It isn't as easy to use as previously.

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Donna from The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

Church Windows Software

This software allows me to print labels for specific groups in a timely manner. We can pull many different types of information from our records in Church Windows. It really helps us to keep organized.

Pros

Considering I had no training on this software, it is fairly easy to navigate and retrieve what you need. I love the fact that I am able to go to the Church Windows website and find training videos or live training sessions to attend. If you forget how to do something, you can watch a video and get the information you need.

Cons

There are quite a few updates since the version we are using. If you get comfortable with how your version works, an update comes along and if you choose to update, the method you were using may have changed. Although, you always have the option to call Support and they are very willing to walk you through the steps of the new version.

Review Source: Capterra

Christine from Park Avenue Congregational Church

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

Church Windows works great for our congregation

I use it mainly for administration purposes and find it great. My treasurer wishes that there was a longer line for a description of each line item when inputting deposits.

Pros

The newest updates have really streamline the process of looking up and finding different members. It's not as many clicks and doesn't take forever like it used to. Thank you!

Cons

Sometimes after the updates, it seems like entry boxes get moved around and it would be nice to get a little summary of what has been affected after each update.

Review Source: Capterra

Donna from Calvary Lutheran church

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

Calling for support.

Pros

There are multiple ways to access the options.

Cons

We only work one morning a week so we call support quite often. We can't always watch the webinars that might help us.

Review Source: Capterra

Don from Sand Springs United Methodist Church

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

It's a Challenge!

Pros

It is nice that this offers us a relatively integrated piece of software. Some elements of it are good and can be easily navigated.

Cons

It is so hard to eliminate duplicate membership entries. Why is Payroll a separate module? Designing custom reports is a huge ordeal and very cumbersome. There is so much about this program that is unique that it is hard for new people to transfer knowledge from other applications; this makes training harder. Installation and maintenance of the software is very cumbersome because of the methods used for updates. Customer support is very difficult when you need help and have to wait for someone to call you back. When you're dealing with part-time employees, this is a big problem.

Review Source: Capterra

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