Our New Database

Alpharetta Methodist went LIVE with our new church software, Ministry Platform, on Aug. 22.

One of the most important aspects of being part of a faith community is making connections with other people and staying in touch with one another, especially during times of need and celebration. To do that, we need to have up-to-date contact and family information, and ensure that we’re sending you everything from the church that you want to receive (and not sending stuff you don’t!).

We are asking for church members and guests to take two important steps to set up their accounts — setting up their Ministry Platform accounts and setting up their giving accounts.

Set up your Ministry Platform account.

Get started by clicking on “Log in” at the top, right-hand corner of any page on our website. This will open the Ministry Platform portal.

Click “Create Account,” and enter your name, email address and cell phone number. Then click “Create Account” again. (NOTE: You cannot use your Access ACS username and password to log in to the new database. Ministry Platform requires that all users create a new account.)

This is the first thing you'll see on the Ministry Platform portal. Click "Create Account" to get started.
Fill in the fields and click "Create Account" again.

Now you’ll see a confirmation message will appear, and you’ll also receive an email from  user@afumc.org  at the email address you provided.

Success! When you see this notice, you'll know your account has been created.

You’ll also receive an email from  user@afumc.org at the email address you provided. Click on the “Confirm My Account” link in that email, and you’ll be prompted to set your username and password. Your password will need to be 8 characters (a combination of lowercase and upper-case letters) and include a digit and a non-word character.

Now you can personalize your username and password. Be sure to use the correct password protocol!
Once you’ve submitted your new username and password, you’ll be able to verify your data. It’s important that we have up-to-date  records, so please confirm that your address and contact information are accurate. If there’s no photo, or if your photo is old, please upload a new photo.

To ensure that your account is associated with immediate family members in your household, click the down arrow beside your name at the top of the “My Account” page. You can click on each of their names to see their account records. If a family member in your household is not listed, click “Add Family Member” to add them. Please do NOT add family members if they are already listed in this dropdown list. Doing so adds a duplicate record to the database.

Family members should be listed in the drop-down menu here.

Congratulations! Now that your account is set up, you’ll be able to:

  • Look at our online directory. Click “Private” and “Online Directory.” This directory is not visible to the public — only to church members when they are logged in to our database. As part of our faith community, we hope you’ll want to be included in this directory, but if you prefer to remain private, you can select “Remove me from the Online Directory” on your “My Account” page.
  • Review your pledge and giving history and your contribution statement for the year. Each of these options are under the “Private” button at the left of the page.
  • Review committees you’re currently serving on, as well as Sunday School class and Bible studies in which you’re a current participant.

 If you have any questions about setting up your Ministry Platform or online giving accounts, please contact us at info@afumc.org.

Set up your giving account.

Our new giving tool works in sync with the Ministry Platform database and provides:
  • An enhanced online giving experience on all of your devices
  • Reduced processing fees for the church
  • Stored payment information for future transactions
Transitioning to this platform requires that you re-create your scheduled giving. We’ll be discontinuing our current method of online giving soon and would like to have everyone switched to the new service before we do. To set up your account, please visit our online giving portal. There are three ways to get there.
  • From your Ministry Platform account page, click on “Private” and then “My Giving Profile.”
  • From anywhere on our website, click the green “Give” button at the top of the page.
  • Go straight to afumc.onlinegiving.org.
Log in to the secure giving page by using the Ministry Platform username and password that you just created.
Log in to the secure giving page with your Ministry Platform credentials.

If you have already set up a recurring gift, we want to make sure that your gifts are not deducted from your account twice. To prevent being double-charged, you’ll need to notify us, so we can cancel your current recurring gifts at least 4 business days BEFORE your draft date. As soon as you update, simply send an email to giving@afumc.org informing us that you are ready for us to cancel your current draft. If you do not already have a recurring gift schedule, you do not need to notify us when you set up an account in this new secure giving portal.

As you re-create your account, please consider using a bank account instead of a credit card. Fees from the credit card merchants impact the amount you donate to the church; the merchant deducts these fees (which can be as high as 4%) when the transaction is made. Also, credit cards change frequently — whether it is the expiration or the issuing bank changing the account number — causing an interruption in your giving.

This is an exciting time of both planning and fulfillment at Alpharetta Methodist. Thank you for supporting the mission with your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service and your witness to Christ.