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)

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Amy from Harvest Community Church
Specialty: Non-Denominational
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Organizes our services

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We have used Planning Center for over 5 years. The ease of use, integration with other programs like CCLI and price make it a great program for us. The automated communication features make scheduling easy and efficient and save us time doing it manually.

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Scheduling, ease of use, price, integration

 
 

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

November 2016

November 2016

Great Web Based Software

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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

 
 

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

October 2016

October 2016

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.

 
 

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

October 2016

October 2016

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.

Pros

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!

 
 

Annie from Illumination Church
Specialty: Non-Denominational

September 2016

September 2016

The Organized Person's Dream

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Likes Best

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.

Recommendations

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.

 
 

Nathan from McC Inc.
Specialty: Christian, Catholic

August 2016

August 2016

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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

 
 

Thanh from Padgett Advance Technologies Inc
Specialty: Non-Denominational

August 2016

August 2016

Love Planning Center

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

Likes Least

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.

 
 

Vicki from ADK Executive Search and Consulting
Specialty: Non-Denominational

January 2016

January 2016

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.

 
 

Brent from Green Valley Christian Center
Specialty: Christian, Protestant

September 2015

September 2015

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!

Recommendations

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

 
 

Mike from 121 Community Church
Specialty: Christian, Protestant

June 2015

June 2015

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.

Recommendations

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

 
 
 
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C.J. from Damascus Road Community Church

June 2017

June 2017

I use Planing Center on a monthly basis and it is helpful to get the team on the same page.

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I like the ability to have the resources of past songs used and when they were last scheduled and the ability to contact anyone in the system.

Cons

The app is not as fully functioned as the desktop and at times can be difficult to manage when trying to find something.

Source: Capterra
 

David from Inspire Church
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

June 2017

June 2017

A mixed bag. Some Planning Center apps are amazing, some very limited.

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Services App is possible the best church service rostering system going around. Our people picked it up easily and it just works.

Cons

Other apps such as Planning Center People are extremely limited and inferior compared to other church database software.

Source: Capterra
 

Matt from MarketPlace

June 2017

June 2017

Good as a user

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Easy to respond to requests for service; just click a button in your email. A lot of less sophisticated services would require sign in or something like that.

Cons

I don't have any particular concerns; it's not the most attractively designed thing, but that doesn't really matter.

Source: Capterra
 

Spencer from New Community Church
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

June 2017

June 2017

We loved using planning center for all of our services. Very helpful in setting up events.

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Very beneficial for our church. Easy to communicate both ways and helped our services run smoothly every week.

Pros

Communication within teams was easy as well as set up of event agendas. You could easily customize what you needed to and add extra things.

Cons

The price is a little high compared to some of the other systems offered that give you additional resources.

Source: Capterra
 

Caleb from The Oaks Fellowship

June 2017

June 2017

Planning Center makes planning weekly services a piece of cake.

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I primarily use the service planning aspect of planning center. I love it! It's so easy to create a service full of multiple elements. And within those elements, you want add notes for each department specific to them and their roles in the service. Planning center has through through all of these details and makes it easy to explain to each role what their expectations are throughout the service. And their LIVE feature is great to keep everyone on the same page while the service is happening. Great product.

Source: Capterra
 

Ryan from North American Christian Convention

April 2017

April 2017

Your One-Stop Shop for Ministry Tools!

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Planning Center has grown exponentially over the past decade; what started as worship planning software has expanded to include groups, facility management, events, member databases, children's check-in, and more. The team is super-responsive, and they're continually updating both the web interface and the mobile apps to increase functionality. Planning Center has brought mega-church level planning tools to small and medium size churches - huge!

Source: Capterra
 

Andrew from Bridgewater Church
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Feature Rich and Growing Fast

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Planning Center is a great volunteer team management cloud software. Our church uses it mainly for our worship and production team scheduling and for Sunday service planning. We have recently started using the software to schedule our children's ministry volunteers. The software has tons of features and it is growing fast. We really like the fact that when you schedule individuals they get a text, email or both... and they also get a reminder of their scheduled ministry. What we'd like to see is some more work at making the software more easy to use and more intuitive. It is at times cumbersome to setup a simple schedule, settings menus are hidden until hovered over, and a few other things could have been tweaked to make the software better. Overall however, we like Planning Center and will keep using them for their scheduling and notification abilities.

Pros

Ability to Schedule Volunteers, text reminders and notifications of volunteer scheduling.

Cons

Cumbersome menus. Hidden settings icons. Many steps to setup teams.

Advice to Others

It would be great if Planning Center worked on making their software more intuitive instead of expanding to child check-in and room scheduling until this was polished a bit more.

Source: Capterra
 

Dustin from Oasis at Rita Ranch
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Easy in every way!

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I've used PCO Services for years, but decided to look into its People app (CMS) and was enthralled by its ease of use and its cost: free! There are a few things it doesn't do, but they are quickly becoming the one stop shop for church tech needs.

Pros

Its integration with other PCO apps.

Cons

I wish the People app was a little more customizable. It lacks some essential features, but is free, so I can't complain.

Advice to Others

Get it!

Source: Capterra
 

Kevin from Radiant Life Church

February 2017

February 2017

Love Planning Center, but needs a few more features

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Our church has been using Planning Center Online (Services) for a long time now, but we recently made it our main Chms. We have really enjoyed it and we love that their team is constantly putting out new features. That being said, the giving side is still lacking things like Capital Campaign management and their web page that you use to sign in to give and look at groups is very plain graphically. It would be nice to be able to embed those things right into our own website.

Source: Capterra
 

Anna from Free Chapel

February 2017

February 2017

Planning Center is an awesome tool!

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I am booked as a worship leader through planning center frequently, and I am so pleased with how easy it is to use. When the church on the other end is inputting all the needed info, it's an excellent resource!

Pros

It keeps all the info together in one place and is easy to access!

Cons

I wish the media player would continue to play from my mobile app in the background.

Advice to Others

None.

Source: Capterra
 

Sean from the Journey
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

You Need A Plan, Let Planning Center Help!

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If you are a church that struggles with scheduling volunteers and also knowing the flow of a service, I strongly suggest Planning Center!

It's easy to use and also sends emails for you when booking your volunteers. If you see some holes, you can quickly ask other people or have a plan to get the position filled. Apart from the volunteer interface, you can create a plan for how each service will run and delegate minutes for each task. Keeping everyone on-track is made easy with the help of this tool and you can even 'play' the plan so you know where everyone needs to be and what is happening on stage during the service. This allows you to adjust time- slow down if running ahead or speed things up in order to get finished on time.

Pros

Schedule Volunteers
Create Service order and keep track
There's a phone app that helps you see things on mobile

Cons

When people do not confirm (but not a software issue)

Source: Capterra
 

John from City Church

February 2017

February 2017

The BEST Church Management Software today... and it's not even close!

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We've used just about every other major church management software and PCO is far and away the best solution available today. It is cleaner, easier to use, more structurally sound, and meets the needs of virtually any church function.

Pros: Beautiful integration between products. People, to scheduling, to giving, to Groups... all amazing individually... insane together.

Cons: More API integration would be great and I know it's being built out. Groups & Registration mobile apps not yet launched.

Source: Capterra
 

Emily from First Baptist Church of Fisherville

February 2017

February 2017

Very easy to use

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Planning center was very quick to learn. Great tool for scheduling multiple people and staying organized.

Source: Capterra
 

Frank from NewSpring Church
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Planning Center Resources is a cost effective way to manage room reservations with resources!

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We had a need to go away from our previous system that tracked resources (tables, chairs, etc) with our event calendar system. In researching PCO Resources and seeing their pricing I had doubts that it would be able to meet all our needs. I was surprised to find out that it met every need except a "tiered" approval system, which we were able to adjust our process to accommodate. Very happy, on the whole, with the product.

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Cost

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I would love a few more customization options

Source: Capterra
 

shane from second mile mission center

February 2017

February 2017

Check Ins are Great!

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I have been a long time user of PCO on the worship planning side and have always loved it. Recently I began using Check-Ins for volunteer management for my non-profit organization. We have approximately 5000 unique volunteers per year giving a total of over 11,000 hours to our organization. I needed a better way to track them other than paper! Check-Ins gives the ability to use an iPad and collect all their info and check them in with great tracking ability. There are more fully featured volunteer tracking softwares out there at literally more than 10 times the cost! the reporting side of things requires a little Excel manipulation on my part, but all there data is there to work it out. Let it be know that the way I am using Check-Ins is a little outside of the box for PCO. It is an excellent volunteer tracking soft aimed directly at church volunteers and it does that well. I am stretching it a little, but the result is that I am getting a great value and a great tool! Above all the PCO customer service is top notch! I have always been responded to promptly and with great help! Thanks PCO!

Source: Capterra
 

Brad from Tracsoft

February 2017

February 2017

Best Worship Planning tool in existence

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I can't rave enough about planning center. No matter what size ministry you have, this will customize to fit your needs and budget. If you have thought of something that will make your worship planning easier they have it in here.

Pros

Does all I need and much more, adjusts to fit my budget

Cons

If the web goes down and you haven't saved a plan then you're out of luck...but that's few and far between these days

Source: Capterra
 

Jeremy from SMCC
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

I can't recommend them enough!!!

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We use PCO for everything! We switched over from a complex, burdensome and inefficient database system and now are saving thousands of dollars every year by use the Planning Center suite of tools. These tools are easy to use, easy to learn and effective to deploy into your ministry context. Don't buy an expensive system without giving PCO a serious go, you won't regret it.

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EASY!!!

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none

Source: Capterra
 

Jeff from FBC Fisherville
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

A great way to coordinate worship services!

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We have used Planning Center for at least 5 years to coordinate planning our Student Ministry worship services and have found it to be an awesome tool. Previously, our worship leader and I would have to rely on excel spreadsheets and long contact lists to stay on the same page when planning worship elements and coordinating volunteers. Planning center streamlines all that into 1 site. The site allows you to send worship schedules and content (chord sheets, mp3's, etc.) to band members as well as track if those members have visited the site. By using the tool, we've simplified the process of coordinating praise team members.

Source: Capterra
 

Dan from Garden Ridge Church of Christ

February 2017

February 2017

Easy and Fast

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I am not an administrator for our church's planning center account, but I do edit our weekly services often. I am glad for how easy and all-inclusive it is for me to create an order of service and even print rehearsal booklets and send out song files for the praise team to listen to. I can even request certain members to serve certain weeks. I'm a fan of this organizational tool!

Source: Capterra
 

RJ from Redeemer Bible Church
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Great Church Management Software

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I love almost everything about PCO, I've used many different CMSs over the last few years, and PCO has been the best. Their best apps are:

The original "Services" is fantastic and the most polished. Works great not just for (all though especially for) worship team. It is also great for Children's/kids church, greeters, ushers, refreshment team, really any team!

The next best is also their fantastic "check-ins" works great! they have thought through these well and made excellent improvements. Fast, reliable, intuitive, versatile, really just great.

The third best and it starts to fall off pretty quickly from here, is their "People" app, it works well, they have mad significant improvements and honestly I think the reason this one does not seem to work as well as i wish it would is because of the other apps they've created... I'll try to explain.

"Giving" seems to really frustrate my finance ladies. One works for several churches and she is not a fan of how things work in PCO, especially if you collect money through Text, or registrations... it seems to become very difficult to resolve on her end... i don't really know finance though, so i can't be more help there.

"Registration" and "Groups" are all great efforts that seem to have too much crossover and convolution with each other but also "Check-ins". It can be hard to tell if a group should be entered into "groups" or "check-ins" or both.Such as Youth Ministry? Group or Check-in? Both take/track attendance, each in different ways with plusses and minuses each way. But good luck getting a useful report out of either them. Also if you use "Registration" to collect funds for an event, it's great for tracking that, but your finance office will hate you because it doesn't seem to report with everything else, so it adds a bunch of extra steps, i thought we were doing it wrong so they called PCO and basically got a "Sorry that's how it works."

These apps all allow you to enter new people into the "People" app, and you also expect to find useful info on member activity in "People" but you really can't find much useful info on individual, just "Lists" of people. Reporting (in "People" or in the apps themselves) fails to be as useful as you need because of the overlap and convolution... want to know who didn't attend this week? No way to find out. Missed 3 times in the last 6 meetings? No way to find out. Want to see how attendance is going in each of your small groups in the church. sorry.

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also listed in my review

Advice to Others

in my review

Source: Capterra
 
 
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