Icon Systems Launches First Church Software iPad Web App

Posted by: on Aug 3, 2011 in Client News | No Comments
Icon Systems Launches First Church Software iPad Web App

New technologies often enhance workability leading ministers and church staff to a higher level of productivity. With efficiency in mind, Icon Systems has released a fully-functional, real-time IconCMO church software iPad web app that simplifies church management in fresh ways. Icon Systems is first to market with this type of church app, that includes membership, contributions, payroll, and full fund accounting. Icon Systems is confident that the many advantages of iPad and iPhone devices make it a necessary technological advancement for churches.

“We desire to put valuable technology tools in the hand of churches, that’s why we’ve worked extremely hard to be first to market with our church software iPad web app,” remarks Bill Gifford, president of Icon Systems, Inc. “The iPad web app architecture used for IconCMO allows iPad users to interact directly with the servers, meaning that when users make changes, others will be able to access the updated information in real time. The church staff, volunteers, and members will always be on the same page.”

The company also recently released its church software iPhone Lite app (iTunes App Store) which provides pastors, staff, and even church members with the ability to view the church congregation’s demographic data on the go. It helps with church community communication, small groups management, and driving directions or maps straight from the membership database.

By using iPads and iPhones for productivity, churches can cut down on hardware maintenance costs, provide expanded mobility to leaders by giving access to church software data from any wireless or 3G connection, and offers less technically-savvy folks an easy way to oversee administration and get connected to their church. A recent Microsoft survey advised by 2014 Mobile Internet will exceed Desktop Internet usage. Icon Systems is ahead of all other companies by preparing IconCMO now, so churches can use this advantageous mobile technology.

iPad Church App Benefits

Church staff can use the IconCMO iPad web app to take attendance as well as update records on the go. The iPad is easy to carry to meetings to produce reports on the spot, and correcting data quickly like wrong expense accounts or funds in accounting, contributions entries, and member’s data is simple to do. iPad users can add in visitors when they meet them, take their pictures, and add conversation notes if needed or other membership data.

iPhone Lite Church App Benefits

While on the road doing visitation, pastors might want to pull the iPhone out to look at someone’s phone number and make a call or text message, see a picture, get driving directions, send the contact’s information to Apple contact list, or see what groups they are in. The iPhone native app has a very simple, easy to use interface.

Church members will benefit from the IconCMO Lite church app by having the ability to look up, call, and text friends within the congregation. Get driving directions to a small group or summer swim parties; always have friends’ most current contact information; send contact information to the iPhone’s Apple contact list easily for future use.

“Overall, we feel these two church apps really push IconCMO ahead of other church software companies and is why Icon Systems remains the innovator in church software and church accounting solutions” notes Jay Sandt, Sales Director for Icon Systems. “There are lots of choices in the market, but none offer iPad and iPhone apps that take church software use to the next level by offering a complete ChMS on mobile devices.”

About Icon Systems, Inc.

Icon Systems, Inc. (http://www.iconcmo.com) has been a leader in the church management system industry for nearly 20 years, developing high-quality software exclusively for religious organizations from church plants to denominational offices. The company continues to enhance its cloud-based church management software with new features to meet the ongoing administrative and communication needs of the churches it serves. Icon Systems has three prominent offerings: 1) IconCMO – a web-based church management solution that meets the needs of individual churches, 2) IconCMO+ – a web-based multisite church management solution for multisite churches and churches with denominational offices on the local, national, and international level, and 3) Revelations – a single user or network-based church management software package. IconCMO/IconCMO+ also offer iPad and iPhone web apps for expanded productivity. Icon Systems has a deep software engineering heritage that has enabled its products to achieve unprecedented performance, reliability, and customer satisfaction.

Reduce Church Software Costs with Cloud-Based ChMS, IconCMO

Posted by: on May 2, 2011 in Client News | No Comments
Reduce Church Software Costs with Cloud-Based ChMS, IconCMO

As churches seek to increase efficiency on smaller budgets, looking to cloud-based church management software (ChMS) has incredible advantages. While there are many church technology providers on the market offering robust church management solutions, few have complete fund accounting, contribution, and payroll modules in addition to membership management—all in one integrated web-based church management system. IconCMO (Church Management Online) makes it possible for church staff and members to access their data from any internet connection, thereby increasing their ability to connect with members and “do ministry” well within the community.

“We love working with churches to show them how they can manage their church finances from any Internet connection AND give their members the ability to participate in groups online, register for volunteer opportunities, see the church-wide calendar, and communicate via email with anyone in their church,” notes Bill Gifford, president of Icon Systems, Inc.

Some church management systems on the market are not fully web-based, but IconCMO was built for web-access since its launch in 2003, and has undergone significant system-wide enhancements over the past years to provide the best features for maximum church management productivity.

“I love the fact that I don’t have to worry about backing up the software every week or so. The fact that it’s ‘all taken care of’ makes my life much easier. I’m not a computer guru and yet I’ve ended up being responsible for making sure everyone’s computer is up-to-date with everything and this is one less thing to deal with,” says Joella Miller, Treasurer at Brodhead United Methodist Church.

Top 10 Key Features of IconCMO:

  1. Access and edit IconCMO fully web-based church software from anywhere in real-time.
  2. Comprehensive membership tracking including attendance, households, visitors, groups, talent, and communication.
  3. Track and manage church contributions, including envelopes, statements, online pledges, and online donations.
  4. Quickly and efficiently send individual or group email church communications.
  5. Integrate your church directory and church calendar of events directly into your website from information stored in IconCMO.
  6. Access to IconCMO web services for custom church API integrations through the Icon App Market.
  7. Access to Icon services offered by our partners.
  8. Unlimited users and technical support.
  1. Effortlessly prepare donor contribution statements and reports through complete fund accounting system. (Supports FASB 95 and 117 reporting requirements for nonprofit organizations.)

10.  Nightly off-site backups.

Additionally, IconCMO+ includes all the features of the IconCMO church software solution plus specialize church management tools that were created specifically for regional and national denominational offices, as well as multisite churches in need of a way to manage multiple locations, offices, and church plants. If your organization is looking for multisite church technology, IconCMO+ can be customized to fit your church management needs.

“We sought to assist urban mission congregations that were challenged to find volunteers with backgrounds for financial positions,” says Tom Kull of the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. “The IconCMO+ tier system was selected to be the web-based accounting system and has enabled us to train members of these congregations to grow into financial leadership positions.”

IconCMO is competitively priced to give churches features they need to manage their church without any up-front costs. Monthly plans begin at $27 per month with no set-up fees; annual payment discounts are available. Icon charges based on the number of families (not individuals) entered into the system at time of billing (Payroll module is extra). Additionally, IconCMO provides comprehensive support at no additional cost. IconCMO+ for church offices or multisite organizations is priced separately. Contact Icon Systems  – sales@iconcmo.com or 1-800-596-4266 – for a customized proposal.

About Icon Systems, Inc.

Icon Systems, Inc. (http://www.iconcmo.com) has been a leader in the church management system industry for nearly 20 years, developing high-quality software exclusively for religious organizations from church plants to denominational offices. The company continues to enhance its cloud-based church management software with new features to meet the ongoing administrative and communication needs of the churches it serves. Icon Systems has three prominent offerings: 1) IconCMO – a web-based church management solution that meets the needs of individual churches, 2) IconCMO+ – a web-based multisite church management solution for multisite churches and churches with denominational offices on the local, national, and international level, and 3) Revelations – a single user or network-based church management software package. Icon Systems has a deep software engineering heritage that has enabled its products to achieve unprecedented performance, reliability, and customer satisfaction.