Lauren Hunter did a wonderful write up of what to look for in church software.
Please read the full article here. Below is just a summary of some of the information you will find.
Know what regulations pertain to churches and what organization creates them. Understand and know why you cannot keep balances in the revenue and expense accounts. Additionally, liabilities should not have fund balances because liabilities are money owed and not money the organization owns. Does church size matters when it comes to accuracy of church reporting or does the church have to report the financials at all? There are two major repercussions of having bad financials. One is moral and the other is legal. When an organization is out of compliance trust is lost in the community, which is the moral issue and is very hard to recover. The other is the church can lose its tax-exempt status and cannot claim to be a tax-exempt organization legally. Find out where to go to get more information. Tell us what you think.