Planning Center

Planning Center

4.71

(1050)

What isPlanning Center?

Price Starts from

$14.00 per month

Planning Center is best for:

Accounting
Best For All Business Sizes
Supports Multiple Platforms

The top things reviewers say:

Great value for money
Great ease of use
Great functionality

Planning Center by Ministry Centered Technologies is a suite of cloud-based applications that are used to support team leaders and members in planning, scheduling and managing church programs and events. The solution’s "Services" module supports tools to keep media organized. Users can upload and tag media and files to locate the right song or video for your service, then schedule and stay in contact with team members overseeing or participating ...

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How much doesPlanning Center cost?

Price starts from $14.00 per month

A 30-day free trial is available after which the product is available on module-based pricing outlined below. Calendar (10 rooms, unlimit... read more

Free trial: available

Free version: unavailable

What training doesPlanning Center offer?

Planning Center offers the following training options:
  • Documentation
  • Videos
Planning Center does not offer:
  • In Person
  • Live Online
  • Webinars

What features doesPlanning Center offer?

Top Planning Center features and user ratings for each are:

Worship Planning

4.9

(36)
Volunteer Management

4.8

(41)
Event Management

4.6

(21)
Member Communication

4.6

(35)
Member Directory

4.7

(35)
For Religious Organizations

4.8

(43)
Mobile Access

4.6

(37)
Online Giving

4.7

(22)
Member Portal

4.7

(12)
Child Check-in

4.8

(12)
Attendance Tracking

4.2

(12)
Donation Management

4.5

(15)
Membership Management

4.5

(18)
Pledge Management

4.2

(5)

What support doesPlanning Center offer?

Planning Center offers the following support options:
  • Email/Help Desk
  • FAQs/Forum
  • Knowledge Base
  • Phone Support
  • Chat
Planning Center does not offer:
  • 24/7 (Live Rep)

What deployment options doesPlanning Center offer?

Planning Center offers the following deployment options:

Cloud, SaaS, Web-Based
iPhone (Mobile)
Android (Mobile)
iPad (Mobile)

Planning Center does not offer:

Windows (Desktop)
Chromebook (Desktop)
Mac (Desktop)
Linux (Desktop)
Windows (On-Premise)
Linux (On-Premise)

Planning Center Reviews

Overall Rating

4.71

Ratings Breakdown

Secondary Ratings

Ease-of-use

4.5

Customer Support

4.5

Value for money

4.5

Functionality

4.5

Most Helpful Reviews for Planning Center

1 - 5 of 1,050 Reviews

Michael

2 - 10 employees

More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

Reviewed June 2022

Must have for Church Administration and Planning

OVERALL RATING

5
User Profile

Chris

Verified reviewer

2-10 employees

Religious Institutions

More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

Reviewed February 2021

The standard for church management software

OVERALL RATING

5.0

EASE OF USE

4.0

VALUE FOR MONEY

4.0

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

5.0

FUNCTIONALITY

4.0

Having used almost every Planning Center product, there is nothing else that I would recommend. Our entire team uses it weekly for worship, planning, check-ins, de-briefing through reports, congregant database, volunteer team emails, and so much more. Planning Center does a fantastic job and only keeps improving.

PROS

The ease of use is its best feature. Ease in adding people, features, reports, etc. is unmatched in the industry. Also, Planning Center has a modern look and feel that many of its competitors lack. The worship software with the SongSelect integration, planning tools, database, key management, ability to add various media, etc. it is a must-have product for any church that values communication, strategic planning, and excellence. Every Planning Center Product that I have and continue to use remains the standard for church management software.

CONS

Running reports in "People" is cumbersome and time-consuming to get to the exact information you are looking for. It takes a thorough amount of trial and error to extrapolate the intended data by getting the variables just right.

Reason for choosing Planning Center

The wide-span options of use in Planning Center made it a clear winner. The overall look, feel, and functionality was an added bonus.

Reasons for switching to Planning Center

The ease of use and enhanced options of Planning Center made it a no brainer. The modern look, feel, and functionality was a welcome change, as well.

Vendor Response

Hey Chris, thanks for the review! If you're willing, we'd love to see if we can help make pulling reports simpler for you. Shoot some details to support@planningcenteronline.com and we'll take a look!

Replied March 2021

Anonymous

2-10 employees

Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

Reviewed August 2022

Planning center best tool for managing charismatic groups and churches

OVERALL RATING

4.0

EASE OF USE

4.0

VALUE FOR MONEY

4.0

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

4.0

FUNCTIONALITY

4.0

Planning center allowed me to better know all the members of the organization to which I belong and to know how to enlist them in the work for a common good.

PROS

What I liked most about this software is its ability to manage religious groups.

CONS

What I liked least is that it is not easily usable by new religious organizations.

Reason for choosing Planning Center

This software allowed me to organize the work in the religious groups and to better follow the groups.

Vendor Response

Hi there! Thank you for your review. You mentioned having a bit of trouble getting started as a new org. Our Support Team is a great resource for help in tis area. Hit the '?' icon in the upper-right of the screen when you are looking at your page. Send us a message and our team will jump in to help. Thank you!

Replied September 2022

Karen

11-50 employees

Religious Institutions

More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

Reviewed December 2018

Part of it Works for Us

OVERALL RATING

3.0

EASE OF USE

3.0

VALUE FOR MONEY

3.0

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

3.0

FUNCTIONALITY

3.0

At this point, it is used in a minimal way, to lay out our order of service and schedule 2 ministry teams out of the 10+ teams that serve at each of our services.

PROS

Makes scheduling and organizing our order of service very simple for the administration team. When an item such as teaching changes from 30 minutes to 40 minutes, the modifications are easy to implement without having to recalculate the time of day from one item to the next. When that same item is moved someplace else in the order of service it's a simple drag and drop and all times for the service are automaticallly adjusted.

CONS

Not a great tool for our volunteers. The scheduling module is a little difficult to train volunteers to use. They all give it a shot but most revert to using excel spreadsheets. Report templates, unless you are an html programmer, aren't flexible enough to give me the layout I am looking for. We tried to use it to check in our children but the unreliability of connecting and printing name tags caused huge delays, aggravated our parents and frustrated the volunteers. I am advised they have resolved that problem, however, due to their prior experience our children's church isn't willing to give it another chance.

Vendor Response

Hi Karen, Thanks for the review! Our support team is able to help you with some parts of coding those reports if you'd like to reach out to them for help, and give them an example of how you would like your report to look. They would also be able to give you some tips for making scheduling volunteers easier in Services. Sorry to hear that hardware issues were keeping your Children's Ministry from using Check-Ins efficiently. If they're willing to give it a second chance in the future, we'll be glad to help troubleshoot those problems up front.

Replied December 2018

Ashton

11-50 employees

Religious Institutions

More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

Reviewed June 2022

Great All in One Church Database System!

OVERALL RATING

5.0

EASE OF USE

5.0

VALUE FOR MONEY

5.0

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

5.0

FUNCTIONALITY

5.0

PROS

I love how we are able to use Planning Center for everything from groups to database management to planning services, etc. Also, each hub communicates with each other so information transfer across the different aspects of it.

CONS

I do wish that we could customize the look of the public view of the groups or events.

Reasons for switching to Planning Center

Planning Center was able to do much more of what we wanted to do. FellowshipOne was a pain to use and get other people to use.

Vendor Response

Hey Ashton! Thanks for your kind words. There are ways you can customize the public side of Groups and Events. When you are logged into Planning Center, hit the '?' icon in the upper-right. Use that page to open a ticket with our Support Team and we can guide you through this. We look forward to chatting with you!

Replied June 2022