Video Announcement:

Official Statement

We know a lot of you have questions about our plans for the future of Elvanto and Tithely People. We appreciate both your enthusiasm for these amazing ChMS products, as well as your patience while we try to improve our communications with you.

Last year we began the process of building Tithely People, originally as a next-generation ChMS for small and medium churches, alongside Elvanto. 1000’s of churches are currently using Tithely People to help run their church, but it may not be suitable yet for churches needing a more robust enterprise-level ChMS solution.

With the feedback you’ve provided, along with ten years of ChMS development on Elvanto, we’ve decided to focus a lot of our engineering and development resources on the development of Tithely People to make it the best in class ChMS system for churches of all sizes. Tithely People is built on modern infrastructure which allows for significantly faster development, improved UI/UX, and easier long-term maintenance so you’ll be waiting months - not years - for major updates and improvements.

Elvanto is a fantastic solution for larger churches that want a robust, full-featured database management system. Elvanto is also a very mature and feature-rich product that has been worked on for ten years. Due to the aging infrastructure and tech-stack, rather than make major improvements to Elvanto, which would take much longer to deliver, we are rapidly adding new features to Tithely People. This will allow us to bring all the features of a best-in-class ChMS to you in a much faster timeframe, while also bringing the underlying architecture and tech-stack into the modern age.

Tithely People is the next generation of Elvanto, and we are actively developing it into the best church management system on the market. We have already added great new features like small group management, affordable and easy-to-use Background Checks, Relationships and Households, and a beautiful easy-to-use interface that integrates seamlessly with other Tithely products such as Custom church apps, Messaging, and Giving.

Soon we will add features in Tithely People for Events, Group Management, Check-In, Service Planning, and more. By the end of 2021, we anticipate that 80% of churches will have all of the ChMS features they actively use or need within Tithely People, with more advanced features coming in 2022.

Although a lot of future feature development will be put into Tithely People, we have an entire team at Tithely dedicated to Elvanto. If you are a new or current user of Elvanto, be assured that we will fully support you. All current features of Elvanto will remain functional, and you can expect to see small improvements to existing features along with ongoing bug fixes.

A few of the upcoming Elvanto updates currently being worked on include conditional actions in forms based on what people enter into certain fields, conditional form fields (if you select option A, show field B), and a feature to allow groups to be selected within forms.

We are also working on rolling out two-way syncing that will allow you to use new Tithely People features like Messaging, Groups, and Background Checks using your data from Elvanto. If you’re an existing Elvanto user, you’ll essentially be able to use both Elvanto and Tithely People and have your information sync between the two platforms. The team is working hard to roll this out this Summer.

We are confident that this plan is going to help churches get access to the best tools quicker, as we are able to add new features to Tithely People a lot quicker than if we added them onto the current architecture of Elvanto. If you’re currently using Elvanto, we believe it is the best option for your church at this moment, however, if your church wants to move from Elvanto to Tithely People, you are welcome to do that anytime, and our team can help you every step of the way.

FAQ

We know you may still have questions, so we’ve provided answers to the ones we’ve seen the most. As we continue to build the best church management tools for your church, we appreciate your feedback and support, and we will keep you informed as we have more updates.

What is the difference between Tithely People and Elvanto?

Elvanto is currently the best solution for larger churches and is our enterprise product for serving those customers that want a robust, full-featured database management system.

Tithely People is the next generation of Elvanto, and we are actively developing it into the best church management system on the market. By the end of 2021, we anticipate that 80% of churches will have all of the ChMS features they actively use or need within Tithely People, with more advanced features coming in 2022. By summer 2021 Tithe.ly People and Elvanto will have people data, groups data, and giving data 2-way synced so that you can use all the new features in Tithe.ly People alongside Elvanto.

Why not just continue to improve Elvanto, rather than build something new?

We want to provide you with the best technology for your church. Rather than make churches wait for major improvements to Elvanto, which would take much longer to implement based on its current infrastructure, we are adding new features to Tithely People. Tithely People is built on modern infrastructure in a way that allows for significantly faster development, so you’ll be waiting months - not years - for major updates and improvements.

Is Elvanto going away?

No. All current features of Elvanto will remain functional, and you can expect to see small improvements to existing features along with ongoing bug fixes. We have an entire team at Tithely dedicated to Elvanto. If you are a new or current user of Elvanto, be assured that we will fully support you.

Will Elvanto continue to be worked on?

Yes, although a lot of future feature development will be put into Tithely People all current features of Elvanto will remain functional, and you can expect to see small improvements to existing features along with ongoing bug fixes.

A few of the upcoming Elvanto updates currently being worked on include conditional actions in forms based on what people enter into certain fields, conditional form fields (if you select option A, show field B), and a feature to allow groups to be selected within forms.

We are also working on rolling out two-way syncing tools that will allow you to use new Tithely People features like Messaging, Groups, and Background Checks using your data from Elvanto. If you’re an existing Elvanto user, you’ll essentially be able to use both Elvanto and Tithely People and have your information sync between the two platforms. The team is working hard to roll this out this Summer.

Our team continually reviews items added to our Feedback and Roadmap tool. Bug fixes and small improvements will continue to be made to Elvanto as needed, and most major new features will be added to Tithely People.

Can I switch from Elvanto to Tithely People?

If you’re currently using Elvanto, we believe it is the best option for your church at this moment, however, if your church wants to move from Elvanto to Tithely People, you are welcome to do that anytime, and our team can help you every step of the way.

We are also working on rolling out two-way syncing tools that will allow you to use new Tithely People features like Messaging, Groups, and Background Checks using your data from Elvanto. If you’re an existing Elvanto user, you’ll essentially be able to use both Elvanto and Tithely People and have your information sync between the two platforms. The team is working hard to roll this out this Summer.

Will users outside the US continue to be supported?

Absolutely. We know it can be frustrating to see new tools launched that don’t have support for your countries, such as Background Checks and Messaging. We know this is important to you, and we are working with our partners to provide support for additional countries in the future.

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