Planning Center Software


 

Planning Center by Ministry Centered Technologies is a suite of Web-based applications developed to support team leaders and members in planning, scheduling and managing church programs and events.

The Planning Center’s “Services” module supports tools to keep media organized. Upload and tag media and files to quickly locate the right song or video for your service, then schedule and stay in contact with team members overseeing or participating in that service.

Within the “Resources” module, leaders can reserve rooms and publish event calendars to effectively manage church resources. Every event, room and resource has its own calendar feed that syncs with calendar programs, including Outlook, iCal and Google Calendar, to eliminate scheduling conflicts. Calendar feeds can also be set up to display on kiosks, so church members can see upcoming events displayed on tablets, touchscreens and televisions in common areas.

Finally, “Check-Ins” offer a way to manage child security, attendance and volunteer participation. Set up and customize check-in stations on iPads, iPhones and most Android tablets—then integrate with printers to create labels that display a child’s medical notes and emergency contact information.

Planning Center offers multiple packages and price levels to fit faith-based organizations of all sizes.

 

Planning Center - View resources for events
 
  • Planning Center - View resources for events
    View resources for events
  • Planning Center - Team member communications
    Team member communications
  • Planning Center - Set scheduling preferences
    Set scheduling preferences
  • Planning Center - Check-in module
    Check-in module
  • Planning Center - Resources dashboard on mobile
    Resources dashboard on mobile
  • Planning Center - Service schedule dashboard
    Service schedule dashboard
Supported Operating System(s):
Web browser (OS agnostic)

26 Reviews of Planning Center

 
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from Connect Church
Specialty: Non-Denominational
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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We have been using Planning Center for almost a year. Our congregation has grown a lot this year and this software has kept up with the new services and groups we have added. The different modules that you can add or remove help with the overall functionality. It lets me use features I want and lose the ones I don't need. The mobile apps are particularly exceptional for keeping track of peoples information and checking them in at service.

Pros

The bang for the buck. Many of their features are free depending on the size of your congregation and are reasonably priced as it grows.

Cons

They are lacking mobile apps for some of the modules

Advice to Others

It's a great product for streamlining your services and check-ins

 
 

from LifeBridge Church
Specialty: Non-Denominational
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Fits our needs well!

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We've used Planning Center for the past five or so years, and have been impressed with their commitment to keeping the product up to date. New improvements are consistently rolled out and the communication around each release has been excellent. Online help is valuable and readily available. Meets most of our planning needs across all our church environments.

 
 

from Core Plumbing
Specialty: Christian, Protestant
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Managing Volunteers with Ease

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I have been a Planning Center user for a few years now and I am so happy to share about this product/service. Managing volunteers is a difficult task for any leader, but Planning Center provides the tools necessary to manage teams of volunteers quickly and easily.

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Communication with volunteers and staff is excellent. Scheduling requests can be sent in batches which saves so much time and it makes planning ahead so much easier.

Cons

The mobile app for iphone has been known to have a bug here and there, but this is such a minor issue to run into when it does happen.

Advice to Others

If you're a church admin looking for a software platform that will increase your productivity and lessen the labor burden of scheduling volunteers, this software will change your life!

 
 

from Illumination Church
Specialty: Non-Denominational

The Organized Person's Dream

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Everything is in one place, need I say more? Okay, I will anyway. I can plan services, keep my volunteers organized, communicate with them and I have check-ins ALL IN ONE PLACE. Phenomenal.

Likes Least

The extras that cost so much "extra"... As a small church it's more cost effective for us to find other vendors for them.

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Don't be intimidated, it is really easy to use. Since I use it for Children's Ministry that is what I can speak to- and for those purposes I find this tool to be incredibly helpful.

 
 

from McC Inc.
Specialty: Christian, Catholic

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As a user and not an admin I found the product easy to understand right away. The interface was simple and intuitive. I like the block out dates feature so I know I can take off without being scheduled.

Likes Least

The update e-mails are a little busy they could be cleaned up a bit to only show relevant data.

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I don't have a good understanding of the back end admin features. But it may be nice to have a group view that shows all the people

 
 

from Padgett Advance Technologies Inc
Specialty: Non-Denominational

Love Planning Center

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Ease of use and easy to navigate. Format is intuitive and makes sense.

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Everything is going well so far so I have nothing negative to say.

Recommendations

Make sure you have a list of things you want the software to do.

 
 

from ADK Executive Search and Consulting
Specialty: Non-Denominational

Keeps Our Church Teams Organized

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Although our church uses Planning Center for a variety of things, I use it in our worship ministry, and it allows us to all "stay on the same page". Our church meets in the auditorium of a school, and as such, we only have the building on Sunday mornings. Because of this, our worship team cannot rehearse during the week. With Planning Center, I am able to "post" the music for several Sundays in advance and our team can use the attachments to listen to each song via an .mp4 file, and see chord charts. When Sunday arrives, everyone has been able to prepare on their own and we do a quick run-through. I can schedule team members and see who has responded and who has not. I can add notes to each service for the team members' info. My team members can block out certain dates when they know that they will not be with us. I like the fact that there are different user levels so that some people can actually edit and schedule, while others only have viewing permission. Planning Center also allows us to input each person's contact information, so everyone on the team has the ability to reach others if necessary.

Likes Least

The mobile app is not as responsive as I would like, but it works.

Recommendations

Take advantage of some of the free webinars that Planning Center offers. They are extremely informative, and teach you a lot of tips and tricks and how to best use the program for your particular situation.

 
 

from Green Valley Christian Center
Specialty: Christian, Protestant

Simple yet Powerful: A CMS solution that won't confuse you.

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The interface is very intuitive and easy to use, but still remains powerful. I have been very pleased to watch Planning Center grow into what it is today. When it first came out, I was not too fond of it. But Planning Center saw the changes that needed to be made and made them, something that most CMS companies cannot or will not do. I am a proud user of Plannig Center and would recommend it to any church, large or small.

Likes Least

I really wish there was a user forum. But aside from that, Planning Center is great!

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Don't be afraid to ask questions. The people at Planning Center are friendly and quick to respond.

 
 

from 121 Community Church
Specialty: Christian, Protestant

Planing Center is Great, Needs F1 Importing.

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Very simple to use, straight forward, great experience.

Likes Least

The inability to import items over from F1. It would be great for us to be able to get info carried over from F1 into PC.

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If you are great starting from scratch and want simplicity, this is the way to go.

 
 
 
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