Pastoral Care Software


 

Pastoral Care is an on-premise church management solution. The solution enables churches to manage communications and relationships with their members. Key features include venue management, child safety management, wedding registration, financial management, funeral registry, data import/export and more.

Pastoral Care enables users to add new families to the church’s database or add members to an existing family. The solution lets users track attendance trends by creating rolls for Sunday school, kids’ programs, home groups and youth programs.

Pastoral Care can record givings, issue receipts and create summary reports for attendance, total givings and the number of commitments for particular events. It also provides a user dashboard that displays alerts, reminders, rosters and registries.

 

Pastoral Care - Add members
 
  • Pastoral Care - Add members
    Add members
  • Pastoral Care - Booking calendar
    Booking calendar
  • Pastoral Care - Create reports
    Create reports
  • Pastoral Care - Manage roster
    Manage roster
  • Pastoral Care - View family file
    View family file
Supported Operating System(s):
Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 10

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Spencer from Bendigo Baptist Church

March 2018

March 2018

A fantastic database program. At times, it can be slow and basic, but the fields are comprehensive

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It enabled attendance tracking and well as contact information, streamlining procedures.

Pros

It is a fantastic database service. The default fields are very comprehensive and you can add you own. It also organises it in a very simple manner. It has a huge range of reports and filters you can you to find and display what you are looking for, as well as contacting whole groups of people at once.

Cons

It doesn't handle multiple people accessing the database at the same time too well. It also has been prone to becoming very slow to load resources at times. It can also be challenging removing people from the database or separating families.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Martin from Beecroft Uniting Church
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2017

March 2017

Best Church Software Around

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I have been using Pastoral Care for the past 15 years. In that time I have found it to be the best means of keeping the statistics of the Church in order. With each update, Pastoral Care has only got better.

Pros

Ease of use. Extent of Features

Cons

Cost

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Jeem Services, Jeem Services

Date: March 2017

March 2017

 

Thanks for your review Martin, its always great to hear how Pastoral Care Software is blessing a church!

All the best,

Russell

 

Anita from Riverbank Christian Church
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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I have heard good reports with this database and have found it to be user friendly.
I am disappointed in the lack of training or professional development. There was a seminar in 2016 in Queensland but seeing we live in Tassie it seemed like an expensive exercise. Just wondering when there will be some sort of pd in Melbourne or Tassie. I volunteer my time at church and only have limited time to use it so any helpful hints, info would be great rather than just reading the online help tabs. Thanks!

Pros

there is plenty to learn, but I have limited time, easy to read and organised.

Cons

lack of help, time

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Jeem Services, Jeem Services

Date: February 2017

February 2017

 

Hi Anita, training seminars are expensive to run, and webinars are also expensive to setup and run properly. We train in all the major locations that have enough users to cover the costs.

Our training costs are significantly lower than commercial rates, and if you check out our web site, you will see we are booking for VIC and NSW currently. Hopefully we might see you in Victoria in April :)

 

Robert from Lugarno Peakhurst Uniting Church

February 2017

February 2017

Excellent customer support

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We recently migrated the software to a new server and had a few hiccups with remote access.
I contacted customer support and our issues were solved immediately. A most professional organisation.

Pros

The software is intuitive and easy to use. The remote access via dropbox is an excellent solution denying direct access to our server.

Advice to Others

If you have any issue contact the support they are most helpful and will contact you directly if the issue cannot be resolved via email.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Jeem Services, Jeem Services

Date: February 2017

February 2017

 

Hi Robert, thanks for your review. It is always a great help to others to be able to read what software is available and how it works for different people.

 

Andrew from Blacktown Uniting Church
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

It really works for us

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We have been using Pastoral Care since release 9, and we find that each new release brings a treasure trove of increased functionality.

Pros

It covers so much of our church's administrative and pastoral record keeping needs

Cons

the things I didn't like so much have been significantly improved in version 13

Advice to Others

doing the training is a great way to get maximum benefit

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Jeem Services, Jeem Services

Date: February 2017

February 2017

 

Hi Andrew, great to hear you have been with is for so long. Training is coming to NSW in March if you have anyone who needs it :)

 

Carolyn from Dubbo Uniting Church

February 2017

February 2017

A valuable tool

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We have been using this program for many years and find it a useful way to keep information safe and in a usable form. There are many options available which would suit almost any group and any assistance we have needed has been given promptly, professionally and with understanding that not everyone is a computer wizard. This is always followed up to make sure it is now working satisfactorily and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this program and the customer service that goes with it.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Jeem Services, Jeem Services

Date: February 2017

February 2017

 

Thanks for your review Carolyn. Its always great to hear how Pastoral Care is helping people with their everyday tasks.

 

Dianne from Anglican Parish Mandurah

February 2017

February 2017

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I love using Pastoral Care 13 and would love to promote it throughout our Diocese, however it has not provided the level of functionality that we were expecting. Trying to use networking and cloud together, has proved to be difficult as we can't seem to get them to sync correctly. WA members need training availability. This would help immensely. If we could solve these problems and I was able to get the training I'm sure if would be better received in other Parishes here in WA.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Jeem Services, Jeem Services

Date: February 2017

February 2017

 

Thanks for your review Dianne. Our recent survey only showed up 6 people wanting training in WA. We need a minimum number so much larger than that to afford the costs to get training delivered to you. There are training options coming in NSW and VIC in the next 2 months.

 

Rod from Elizabeth Church of Christ

February 2017

February 2017

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We began with Pastoral Care 10 and the program does lots of tasks. Our issue is with using the program - we don't find it intuitive or user friendly. It seems to be the kind of program and help area that points you in the right direction but leaves you to work out exactly how to produce the report or complete the task . We have worked out what we want to do over the last 10 years and written our own instructions for our office staff.
We are all in the "over 50" category but nevertheless each one who has used/uses the program finds it a little difficult.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Jeem Services, Jeem Services

Date: September 2017

September 2017

 

Hi Rod, yes, I remember you and your church from some of the training seminars in the past (one we ran at your church)

Thanks for your review, we are aware that Pastoral Care has grown to be a very powerful program, and this can sometimes overwhelm some people with the amount of options. You have already worked out the bets way to get the most, get a bit of training, and also write your own proceedures that are specific to how you work. Well Done!

We are working on creating a manual that is more task orientated than feature orientated, and hopefully this will address some of the "how do I do this" scenarios.

Best regards

Russell

 

Linda from Shared Ministry Kaniva & Serviceton
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

A Church "Must!"

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This program is wonderful in keeping all the information about your people in one safe database. It is versatile as well as functional.
I like its ability to generate bulk emails with specific criteria eg Worship Team.
It is a must for effective and efficient ministry record keeping.

Pros

Easy to use and easy to create forms and reports from

Cons

I am waiting to do training so that I can learn the full extent of the functions of this program

Advice to Others

It is a must- have!

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Jeem Services, Jeem Services

Date: February 2017

February 2017

 

Hi there Linda, if you like it now, your going to LOVE it after training. Thanks for your review.

 

Jill from Churches of Christmas Gladstone
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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We have used this program for many years and seen it grow from good to great. With the cloud facility included now we have found it an invaluable tool for maintaining church records and making up to date information available and accessible to all staff at all times. The reporting capabilities are very powerful. The way the program works isn't always as intuitive as some other programs but easily learned. The privacy features are more than adequate and give confidence in using it. There are some features we don't use, for example the financial features. Being able to have multiple "churches" is a great feature and one we use to enable different groups to keep their own records. Overall this is a great program that saves us time, helps us keep track and stay people focused.

Pros

Powerful reporting tools.
Great privacy protection.
Keeps up to date information and data available at all times.

Cons

Not always ready to use.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Jeem Services, Jeem Services

Date: February 2017

February 2017

 

Hi Jill, thanks for your review. We always love to hear how people are going with Pastoral Care.

 

Jenny from Bendigo Baptist Church
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Great product

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We have found PC12 to be an amazing product that is an absolute gift to the church. The program does much more than we have even tried to do, the security is rock solid and support fantastic. I would highly recommend it.

Pros

Price, features, ease of use, security, flexibility, user manual.

Cons

If I open the program and then do not use it for a long period of time it will crash.

Advice to Others

Because we own the program outright, we don't have to worry about monthly fees to the myriad of companies (mainly American) that provide similar services. Once they hold our information, we have a very reduced capacity to ensure it complies with privacy laws and they can hold you over a barrel if you want to get your info back. Pastoral Care is the best solution.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Jeem Services, Jeem Services

Date: January 2017

January 2017

 

Thanks for your great review Jenny, always a pleasure to hear how Pastoral Care helps our churches!

 

Scott from Gympie Wesleyan Methodist Church
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

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Pastoral Care has been a great addition to my office tools to manage our Church databases, directories and various ministries.

Pros

The latest edition is much easier to use than previous ones. The custom reports and directories are great and very easy to use now.

Cons

I would still like some more freedom to put some details into Custom forms without having to use a whole "group" of fields.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Jeem Services, Jeem Services

Date: January 2017

January 2017

 

Hi Scott, thanks for your review. Yes, Custom reports has come a long way since we started them many versions ago, its great to hear how you are using Pastoral Care.

 

Jo from Shellharbour City Centre Anglican Church

January 2017

January 2017

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Feel very frustrated that despite downloading and printing all 1700+ pages of the Pastoral
Care User Guide it's no real help when I want to ask a question such as "How do I start to create a directory for my church?" I am hoping to attend a training day asap. Currently I am picking my way through the maze and getting some results, the help icon is helpful some of the time but with no availability to ask questions one to one it is a very frustrating experience. Messaging has its place but nothing beats talking to someone on the phone to get immediate answers.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Jeem Services, Jeem Services

Date: January 2017

January 2017

 

Hi Jo, thanks for your feedback. Yes, training will really open your eyes, and you will move forward very quickly. Have you found the Help menu item on our website, from there you can get to the Help Desk to ask a question, and we always respond to "how do I" questions, and if needed, we can and often do call people to assist.

On that help menu on the website, there is also a Tutorial Link that has video tutorials on each of the areas of Pastoral Care.

 

Trevor from Faith Works International
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

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There are a few changes or inprovments I would like to sujest. One is, under the title 'individual condition' I think it woud be great to add 'member' as a choice. Because we have active people that call our church their home but they are not members.

Pros

user friendly

Cons

I do not find it easy to proform alot of the benifits in the program

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Jeem Services, Jeem Services

Date: January 2017

January 2017

 

Thanks for your review Trevor. For Membership we recommend using a Status, as this is intended for such categories. To learn more about usage of the various features, check out our video and audio tutorials for PC12 and PC13 at www.pastoralcare.com.au, look for the help menu there and select tutorials.

 

JIm from church@paravista

January 2017

January 2017

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We use PC13 mainly for the Church Directory and compiling the Duty Roster for each 3-monthly term. The product covers much more of church management than we need to use.
I would like to see more enhancement in Directory design, particularly with photograph inclusions for each family entry, otherwise a great product that we use extensively.
Cloud use of the database is a great asset, it allows remote access for home based work.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Jeem Services, Jeem Services

Date: January 2017

January 2017

 

Thanks Jim, photos can be added with Custom Report designer, this tool built into the program will allow you to create your own directory layouts.

 

Arthur from Darling Downs Christian Life Centre

January 2017

January 2017

Love Pastoral Care

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Installed Pastoral Care to help establish a new church so we could keep our information up to date. I had used Pastoral Care previously and found it the best data collector for church requirements.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Jeem Services, Jeem Services

Date: January 2017

January 2017

 

Hi Arthur, thanks for your review, we are always pleased to hear how people are using Pastoral Care.

 

Alan from Gateway Presbyterian Anna Bay

January 2017

January 2017

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Overall very good. Previous requests for assistance have been dealt with quickly. However, when sending emails to groups or roster groups there is no provision to CC another person. This limits the use of PC as quite often someone outside the group needs to be copied in (this has previously been raised as help desk request)

Pros

A great way to keep an up to date database that can be shared with the Ministry team.
Great tools for organizing rosters.
Ability to keep data on attendance.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Jeem Services, Jeem Services

Date: March 2017

March 2017

 

Thanks for your review Alan. We appreciate all feedback. Your CC request has already been added to our pathway request list and will be considered for inclusion in Pastoral Care.

Not all new feature requests are added straight away, and this is governed by the complexity and impact on the current currently released version.

While your waiting for the feature to be added, you can always use the Tracking Email feature to send a copy of an email to a person not in the list. Tracking will send the email along with a list of who the email was sent to. Try it out and see if that helps for now :)

 

Ian from Caboolture Region Uniting Church
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2017

January 2017

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In 2007 The Caboolture Region Uniting Church sought to find software to manage membership details and to develop communication processes that worked more effectively with our members.
The Pastoral Care program opened up other opportunities to manage congregational life and to respond to other problems within church management and administration.

We have been using Pastoral Care since 2008 to initially manage membership rolls. As our use developed and the training for the use of Pastoral Care Program through the training programme in Toowoomba that particular year, we have increased the database of membership details to suit the management of three congregations.
Today the program manages Rolls, Email communication on a weekly basis, Rosters for congregation worship preparation, Membership directory, Blue Card registration, Congregation and membership reporting for statistical purposes.
We are starting to utilise the visitation and care of members this year as we commence ministry with two ministerial agents. This will allow better security of internal communication of pastoral issues.
The resources for financial, library, venue booking and asset register are yet to be explored, as at this point they are managed by other methods.

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Ease of use and seamless updates

Advice to Others

Start with your membership roll, then expand your use an your experience and computer confidence develop.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Jeem Services, Jeem Services

Date: January 2017

January 2017

 

Thanks for your comments Ian, Great advise to start small and work your way up, as our software does do so much when you get into it!

 

Janice from St Marks Lutheran church

January 2017

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I love the flexibility of Pastoral Care although there were some teething problems. The option to add extra fields for adding all sorts of information is great. The possible reports are endless. One thing which is not flexible is "condition" for family or individual, I would love to add some of my own for "grey area" attendees. I attended a training session which was very useful but the manual is set out for training, difficult to find things in it.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Jeem Services, Jeem Services

Date: January 2017

January 2017

 

Hi Janice, thanks for your feedback. We are having another training seminar in NSW and VIC in the next few months, so more training might be helpful. When looking for help, try the online tutorials on the web site, pastoralcare.com.au click Help - Tutorials to find the subjects available.

 

Karen from All Saints Anglican Parish Chermside

January 2017

January 2017

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For our parish, the child safe aspect of the program is essential and vital in helping us keep track of our blue cards and in our case our safe ministry checks along with our Liturgical Assistants license renewals. This is a wonderful time-saving feature.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Jeem Services, Jeem Services

Date: January 2017

January 2017

 

Thanks for your review Karen, we love to hear how people are using our software :)

 
 
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