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ChurchDesk raises USD 2 mio. to help churches go digital

ChurchDesk is a cloud-based church management platform with an integrated set of tools that take care of ecclesiastical admin, increase transparency and improve information flow between staff, volunteers and the community. Christian Steffensen founded the company in 2010, having seen how his mother struggled to run her church in Denmark.

“The challenges that clergy face are two-fold – they have dwindling congregations because they lack CRM or marketing tools and they’re poorly managed,” comments Christian Steffensen, CEO at ChurchDesk. “My mother is 62, she’s been a pastor all her life and is a theologian. She’s hardly going to reinvent the way her industry operates but she does have an iPhone and an iPad.”

ChurchDesk’s tools include a task management dashboard, event planning, messaging via email and SMS, file-sharing and a user directory as well as a mobile app available on iOS and Android. It also features a mobile friendly CMS website that can be customized using templates, pulls events automatically from the calendar and supports newsletter campaigns and simplecampaigns and event sign up.

“The Church of England has twenty thousand churches and an enormous amount of money but it’s terrible at engaging its audience,” continues Steffensen. “Having focused on creating a church management system, we’re now building it out so churchgoers can use it to connect with their pastors as well as other churchgoers.”

Steffensen now has over a thousand users churches across Denmark,  and Germany and the United Kingdom as well as Klaus Nyengaard, previously chief executive of Just Eat, serving as chairman. Mangrove Capital Partners, an early backer of Skype and, led the investment while Nyengaard also joined the round having previously provided seed capital together with Accelerace .

“This really is an intriguing business. It’s already the dominant provider of church management systems and will shortly have an incredible network effect amongst both church workers and attendees,” comments Michael Jackson, partner at Mangrove Capital Partners. “The scope for growth here is phenomenal – it’s a $370bn market globally and has simply been overlooked.”