The lists below outline the steps to set up Access ACS. As an administrator, you must complete all the steps in the following order.

Before You Begin

Before you begin setting up Access ACS, install the Microsoft .NET runtime and ActiveX controls, then sign in to Access ACS.

Sign up for Access ACS.

Sign in to Access ACS.

Setting Up Global Preferences

Next, it's time to set up global preferences, such as personal and community calendars, if you want to use them. You can also set up the administrator e-mail address, which receives e-mails when users within your organization report problems. Next, set up your online directory preferences, including the information that displays in online directories.

Select your calendar preference.

Assign the administrator e-mail address.

Select your default Online Directory and Member Search Preferences.

Setting Up Access ACS

Now, you can set up leadership positions, user profiles and users, group names, groups, small groups, and small group categories. You can also set up calendar locations and types, if you are using the built-in Access ACS calendar. 

If you use online giving, this is the time to set that up, as well as setting up your merchant account. 

Set up your Leadership Positions.

If you selected the Access ACS built-in calendar, set up your Calendar Locations and Types.

Upload your ACS records to Access ACS.

Set up your user profiles and users.

Set up the small group structure.

Set up group names.

Create special groups.

Set up Small Group leaders, categories, and positions.

Set up Change Request Preferences.

Set up Online Giving.

Set up your merchant account.

If you do not want to use Online Giving, you do not need to set up that feature.

A merchant account is only needed if you want to let members make online payments for online giving or event registration.