Comprised of eleven locations, Gateway is a multicampus, evangelistic, Spirit-empowered church in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and Jackson Hole, WY, experiencing tremendous growth.
With Baker Tilly, we are delighted to see that churches are at last obtaining access to the high-level enterprise software that is crucial for our operational needs.Lori Smith, Lead Director of Finance, Gateway Church
With the addition of new campuses across the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and Jackson Hole, WY, Gateway Church was experiencing drastic growth and its server-based accounting platform couldn’t keep up, revealing unforeseen challenges.
Gateway Church’s legacy accounting platform required its staff members to do a great deal of manual work with the finance team having to calculate average giving by location, and weekly and monthly reports manually in Excel. Additionally, staff members would spend large amounts of time cutting and pasting data into reports and reviewing data for accuracy, resulting in inaccurate data. The amount of manual work became exasperated with the addition of new campuses, making data entry and generating reports even more time-consuming and less reliable.
In addition to relying on Excel, Gateway Church experienced challenges managing disparate systems across multiple sites. As the church continued to grow, managing the data flow from accounts payable and other processes became taxing.
We are eager to collaborate with Baker Tilly, who clearly have a deep understanding of the church's needs and can offer valuable best practices to maximize the benefits we gain from Sage Intacct.Lori Smith, Lead Director of Finance, Gateway Church
Gateway Church recognized they needed to find a new financial system. The Lead Director of Administration kept hearing of Sage Intacct. The church chose Baker Tilly Digital to purchase and implement Sage Intacct’s cloud-based accounting platform with easy access anytime anywhere. Baker Tilly Digital had a reputation for deep church knowledge and years of experience with Sage Intacct.
After the implementation of Sage Intacct, Baker Tilly Digital was able to teach Gateway Church how to automate its monthly reports and dashboards. With that automation, Gateway Church’s financial reporting staff gained 25% more time to prepare reports. With Sage Intacct’s cloud-based platform, Gateway Church has been able to ditch its paper-based processes and can now access financial data, from anywhere with a secure internet browser.
By leveraging the flexibility of the cloud, Gateway Church can efficiently share data between its various technology platforms, improving collaboration and productivity. As a result, the church has reduced the amount of time that staff members spend integrating software to produce informative and accurate reports. Finance staff members can find answers in minutes that previously took hours even days to research.
In the last eight years, Gateway Church has grown to eleven locations and has been able to add new campuses easily using the support of Baker Tilly Digital and the dynamics of Sage Intacct. With trustworthy, real-time data, the church's staff has been enabled to shift more of their focus toward supporting their mission and community.