When launching Church Life, you must choose which features display in the app and set up permissions for members and lay leaders.

If you use ACS Facility Scheduler, you can also link to that calendar in Church Life. 

To use Church Life, your organization must have Access ACS installed and working with ACS People Suite or ACS Facility Scheduler. To learn more, select which scenario fits your situation:
 

  • Contact us at 1-800-736-7425 to purchase ACS People Suite. One of our knowledgeable sales representatives can answer your questions. 
  • Your church or organization must determine if Access ACS is right for you, then activate Access ACS. You'll also need to properly set up Access ACS and launch it.
  • See Getting Started with Access ACS to learn more.
  • While Access ACS is a free module to install with ACS People Suite, it is an additional service for Desktop customers and may increase your organization's monthly invoice. Learn more about pricing.
  • You can install Church Life and log in with your Access ACS or ACS Facility Scheduler username and password. 
  • While you don't have to set up permissions and features in the app, you may still have questions about how some features work. To learn more, see Church Life's Features .  

Church Life's calendar draws from Access ACS or Facility Scheduler. To use the Facility Scheduler calendar in Church Life, you must select the option inside Access ACS.

If you don't have or use Facility Scheduler, skip this step.

  1. Log into Access ACS.
  2. Point to Admin > Options.
  3. On the Global Preferences tab, under Calendar Preferences, select Use Facility Scheduler.

You can choose what members and lay leaders see in Church Life. If you've launched Access ACS to your congregation, those features transfer to Church Life.

For example, you can choose to include all members in the online directory or allow users to opt out. You can also control which members can use the Member Search feature.

The  Online Directory and Member Search Preferences  allows you to edit member and lay leader profile settings. 

  1. Log into Access ACS.
  2. Point to Admin > Options.
  3. On the Global Preferences tab, under Online Directory and Member Search Preferences, select the application options for members and lay leaders.
  4. To choose which groups your members and lay leaders have access to in Church Life, select Display all Member Statuses or Only display certain Member Statuses.
  5. To choose who displays in the online directory, select Include all users in the Online Directory or Exclude all users from the Online Directory.
  6. To display the Street Address, Phone Number, and E-mail Address in the directory, select those fields.
  7. To limit member search to certain Church Life users, select Allow all Member Statuses or Only allow certain Member Statuses.
  8. Click Save.

You can control which Church Life users see the Member Search feature.

For example, if you don't want members to search for other member names, you can deny access to member search features.

If you've launched Access ACS to your congregation, those member permissions transfer to Church Life.

  1. Log into Access ACS.
  2. Point to Admin > Security.
  3. Click the  User Profiles  tab, then click  Member Login
  4. Under  User Profile Function Permissions  in the  People  section, change  Member Search  to  Grant or Deny.
  5. Click Save.


If Lay Leader users are considered group leaders, they function  differently from Member users.

  While you may not want members to be able to search other member names, you may want lay leaders to have search capabilities.

  1. Log into Access ACS.
  2. Point to Admin > Security.
  3. Click the  User Profiles  tab, then click  Lay Leader
  4. Under  User Profile Function Permissions  in the  People  section, change  Member Search  to  Grant or Deny.
    • Grant allows the Lay Leader to search for people based on the Global Preference settings.
    • Deny allows the Lay Leader to search only on members of a group (or groups) they lead.
  5. Click Save.

When members log into Access ACS, Go Mobile  links to the Church Life mobile app by default.

If you don't want to display this link, you can clear it in your Access ACS Global Preferences.

  1. Log into Access ACS. 
  2. Point to  Admin > Options .
  3. Make sure the Global Preferences tab is selected.
  4. Under Church Life, clear Display a link to the Church Life mobile app on the Member login page .
  5. Click Save.