Planning Center software


331 reviews(4.5/5)
331 reviews(4.5/5)

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 in that service.

Planning Center provides a “Resources” module that allows leaders to reserve rooms and publish event calendars to manage church resources. The events, rooms and resources have their own calendar feed that syncs with calendar programs, including Outlook, iCal and Google Calendar, to remove 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.

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

Supported Operating System(s):
Web browser (OS agnostic)

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  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    September 2018

    Good and Getting Better

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    Value for Money

    Planning center has saved me much time and money since I no longer have to pull paper music from files or print copies or purchase music for my guitar players. I hope it will expand to sheet music so I can use it for my singers and keyboard players. We use this every week, admittedly not to its full potential. We use it for chord charts with music stand. We have yet to venture into the coordination with ProPresenter but hope to do that in the next year. The option of uploading PDFs is wonderful, enabling me to upload a chord chart with notes or changes. This is also great for songs that have no chord chart available. I create it in Word, print as a PDF, then upload to planning center. Easy peasy.

    Pros

    No paper! I don’t have to keep file cabinets full of paper music and whatever notes someone makes on their app are saved for future use.

    Cons

    It’s still a bit clunky in navigation and searching. I’d like it if it started suggesting songs as I’m typing in the search box. But I appreciate not having to click in the search box after each search. Adding songs is still a guessing game. I wish there was a preview of the song so I didn’t have to go thru the entire adding process just to see if it’s the right one.

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

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    September 2018

    Essential For Church

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    Pros

    I like that I can send the same message and information to a group of people at once.

    Cons

    The things I like least is that you can't set up service 100% via the app. Somethings you have to do via laptop or desktop.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Paul from The Journey Bible Fellowship

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    September 2018

    Amazing Software for Planning Your Service

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    Its a fantastic company with a great product. Any issue I have ever had was addressed and resolved.

    Pros

    The ability to plan every detail of your worship service in a single place and then all of your volunteers access to that information.

    Cons

    It is a little pricey. The price scales but it can be steep from some churches.

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

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    September 2018

    Great for Kid Check In

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    I love using planning center for kids check in. IT is easy and secure and makes check in a breeze.

    Pros

    I have been using planning center for about 8 years to check our kids in at church. It's so easy to use even my kids can help check themselves in. I love that it prints out a tag for pick up. It makes check in and pick up so easy and stress free.

    Cons

    I don't really have any negative thoughts about planning center.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • David from Computer and Network Security

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    September 2018

    Great Product

    Ease-of-use
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    Pros

    Ease of planning church events and day by day schedules

    Cons

    we have not found anything bad to say about the software for now

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Anna from Osborne Baptist Church

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    September 2018

    We wouldn't be able to function without Planning Center!

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    Planning Center is wonderful and we wouldn't be able to function as volunteer teams without it. As a worship band and production team, I love how we're able to provide a volunteer with everything they need to do their best - sheet music, MP3s, order of service, etc. - all at a glance.

    Pros

    Coordinating volunteers is a breeze with this software.

    Cons

    The mobile app is clunky sometimes and some of the menu items in the browser version are confusing - I spend a while trying to find what I need sometimes.

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

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    September 2018

    Planning Center is A Must Have!

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    Planning Center has helped us run our church much smoother.

    Pros

    I absolutely love how we can integrate every part of the life of our church into one place with Planning Center! The fact that I can add someone to a team and make sure they are in a small group without switching to a different platform is great. Planning Center is a one stop shop.

    Cons

    It would be nice if each module communicated better with one another.

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

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    September 2018

    Great Software

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    Value for Money

    We use: Check-in, Services, Music Stand, Resources. PCO gives you a lot for the money. We haven’t found a better check-in app for our children’s ministry - easy to use, great user interface. If I told my team we had to stop using Services I’d probably have a mutiny on my hands. They are the market leaders in service planning. Overall we haven’t had many problems with Planning Center. If the internet goes down on a Sunday am then it’s bad for check-in. We’ve been using check in for 4 years and had maybe one glitch on their end. It’s rock solid and looks good too.

    Pros

    Ease of use and great user experience. The best check-in feature that we could find

    Cons

    We have not converted our entire database over to planning center because we feel it doesn’t have the flexibility and depth we need. Having said that, it really is amazing software.

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

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    September 2018

    Planning Center Review

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    I like planning center as a member of the worship team of my church. It allows me the capability to listen to the songs over and over again to learn them. I also like that I receive a notification when updates are added, though I believe the choir director does this manually. Overall, I give this application an A.

    Pros

    I like that when there is an update to the church service, the choir then knows the order of the service, the songs that we will sing and the capability to learn songs with the audio of each part. I like that I can set my alto part in the song to repeat the recording so that I can listen to it over and over again to learn my part.

    I like that I can see who has accepted to attend and who hasn't. Some people however, don't accept or decline the request making it harder for the choir director to know how many and who will be in attendance.

    Cons

    I don't like that previous services cannot be accessed once the date has passed. I would like to see an archive section to review previous songs.

    I wish that sermons could be captured by clicking on the title so that I could revisit past sermons.

    Some of the recordings aren't quality so it makes it hard to understand the lyrics to learn them correctly.

    I would also like to see the document viewer be better to view the song lyrics.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jacin from The Worship Center Christian Church

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    September 2018

    I love this tool!

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    Planning Center has become a critical tool for the success of our church. We use the entire suite and it has brought so much help.

    Pros

    Robust suite of tools that all integrate together, covers every area of our ministry needs, ease of use, great customer support, great training resources

    Cons

    Need the ability to create custom sign up forms that can be linked to modules like Services or Small Groups

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Teresa from Heart of the Bay Christian Center

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    September 2018

    No Double Bookings anymore!

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    As mentioned before, people can't get double booked if all areas of the Church are using the program.

    Pros

    It is easy to keep track of who is available and when and to be sure they aren't serving in another capacity at the same time that you need them.

    Cons

    I sometimes wish there wasn't the option to decline a position. It sends you scrambling to find somebody else. If the people being scheduled would mark off their unavailable dates it makes life so much easier. But they don't always do that.

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

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    September 2018

    We've learned to use it but there still seems to be something missing.

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    Pros

    This is a great place for all of our ministry teams to come together and work out of one central space for any given event.

    Cons

    We often find ourselves having to lean on other tools to fully serve the purposes we need for an event. Additionally, the app can be fussy.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Paul from Calvary Fellowship of Wayne

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    September 2018

    Great for Churches

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    Overall, planning center was super helpful in organizing and administrating our services.

    Pros

    We liked the ability to organize our church children’s ministry as well as schedule musicians. Worked incredibly well to coordinate different aspects of our Sunday service as well as regular practices.

    Cons

    Some of our non-IT people failed to adjust to using it. Not really Planning Center’s fault. I wish there had been an easier way to train people to use it. At times it was difficult to set up a “one off” service like a business meeting. Had a frustrating time when special services were set up getting our children’s ministry check-in running.

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

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    September 2018

    Planning Center has been a staple fo rus for many years

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    Pros

    We've been using PC since it was just for event planning. Now it has people management, volunteer signups, and room reservations and more. We would have a VERY hard time doing what we do on a weekly basis if it wasn't for planning center. The team is great to work with and they have integration with Rock RMS now which has helped us as well. I love seeing this product continue to be developed. So many companies make a great product and ride it until it is obsolete. Planning Center has continued to improve as long as we've used them.

    Cons

    The pricing tiers for extra storage (or the storage in general) could stand to be bumped up as time has gone on and storage has gotten so much cheaper. But I'd rather specs like this get stale than the product itself.

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

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    September 2018

    Good church management software

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    Pros

    The software helps our church schedule people to serve very well. The Music Stand feature is fantastic!

    Cons

    The software is too expensive. If a cheaper option came along we would switch.

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

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    September 2018

    Planning Center Makes administration easier

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    With planning center, we have been able to alleviate a lot of miscommunication with regards to facilities use, church attendance tracking, and childcare checkin. This software has made our job as a church staff much easier.

    Pros

    Planning center has a variety of products available to suit various needs for church administration.

    Cons

    Some of the products are not entirely user friendly.

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

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    September 2018

    Planning Center

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    We like it. However, given the cumbersome nature of its features and functionality, we regularly reevaluate if it is the right fit for our church. so far, it is!

    Pros

    This is incredibly useful for managing all the teams that serve our church week-to-week. The portion that serves to schedule our musicians is especially helpful.

    Cons

    It is not very intuitive. Older users have a difficult time managing the system. Additionally, it lacks some of the features that other companies are beginning to provide.

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

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    September 2018

    Planning Center - Easy for Church use!

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    We love Planning Center - easy to use, app accessible, etc.

    Pros

    We use this exclusively for online planning for weekly services. It is GREAT once you cycle through an entire year (Christmas, Easter, special Sunday's, etc) are already set up and you can simply make a few simple changes. I love that users can block themselves off so the cannot be scheudled to particpate - singers, sound board, etc.

    Cons

    You can't feed the calendar directly to your online calendar.

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

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    September 2018

    Great organization

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    Planning centers organization is very well done

    Pros

    It’s organized well on the desktop version

    Cons

    The mobile version is basically a read only version of planning center, on the spot changing needs a computer

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

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

    The Best Church Management Solution on the Market! Seriously - stop searching!

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    Pros

    Planning Center has the best approach to building software for the church. They truely listen to the customer and work to build into the product what we're asking for. The product is also one of the cheapest options on the market for what you're getting.

    Cons

    They are young so not everything is built in - yet! I honestly don't have much bad to say about them.

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