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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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.

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

 
 
 
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Monica from Resonate

September 2017

September 2017

Very intuitive and effective program to create and manage services

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Ability to organize, inform and manage a worship team efficiently.

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Using Planning Center has been a great change for our worship team. It's very easy to change a song key. The ability to add new people is very simple. The text reminders are great, and it's nice there is a option between text or email.

Cons

There aren't that many issues with it. It is very intuitive, though there is a bit of a learning curve.

Source: Capterra
 

Danelle from Gerstein Eye Institute

September 2017

September 2017

use this to organize and plan weekly services

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I like that members can confirm if they are able to volunteer when requested. and you can block out dates for unavailability.

Cons

not too many cons for this. We use this software for organizing documents and planning weekly services. We are able to upload everything to the plan that will be used that day and share it amongst those who have been approved.

Source: Capterra
 

Vince from Hear Here
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Great tool for keeping our worship team on the same page.

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Planning Center has proven to be a great tool for making sure everyone on our worship team is informed and organized. I like that we can include the necessary documents for each week's service, so they're always right where we need them.

Cons

I guess if I had to make one request, it would be that I could click on an event from the main screen when I'm shown all of my upcoming events.

Source: Capterra
 

Mark from FLAG Church
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Our church treats Planning Center as infrastructure.

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Planning Center enables our teams to operate without a printed schedule that is usually quickly outdated.

Pros

The ability of Planning Center to handle our volunteer scheduling for all of our ministry areas, not just worship team, was the deal maker.

Cons

The learning curve for messaging is a bit steep, wish there were ways to "test send" a bit before implementing.

Source: Capterra
 

Andrea from Steel City Pops

September 2017

September 2017

I have been a user of this software in various ways for years. It has really helped!

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Ease of planning worship and getting music and tracks to the band.

Pros

It's a simple way to get information to the musicians, band and service participants in a secure way.

Cons

It can be difficult to listen to the band tracks when you are on a phone. It takes several clicks around to get to what you need to hear.

Source: Capterra
 

Alejandro from Casa de LIbertad
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

August 2017

August 2017

THe best tool for churches

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All in one! we can manage all areas from our church in one system.

Pros

It covers all the areas of a church life. We love how much we can do and how people can interact with it. The individual apps are good, but sometimes you don't know where to go to do something specifically.

Cons

The apps are easy to use, but once you get the knowledge of how to customize them and how to use them. The learning curve is a bit steep. Maybe the apps can be more integrated.

Source: Capterra
 

Chris from FBC Cambria

August 2017

August 2017

A useful tool

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The flexibility it gave for us to communicate with volunteers and pass along service planning information.

The ability to keep everyone¿s schedules in one place.

Cons

It¿s scaled for a larger church and we lost the personal touch with our volunteers. I could see how it is helpful on a larger scale.

Source: Capterra
 

Kevin from Fellowship Bible Church
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

July 2017

July 2017

I couldn't imagine church service planning without PCO!

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It revolutionized my planning and communication process. It made it so much easier to see who is serving when and to know whether or not they've been sent certain communication pieces and resources. It also makes it simple to collaborate with others on the planning process.

Pros

I've been in church music ministry for over 14 years now. I've tried and evaluated several pieces of software over the years. I always came away with the sense that software packages certainly worked for someone, but I would have to change several things to fit into most of them. That was until I found Planning Center. During my first contact with the product, I was thinking, "Who has been spying on me and conspiring to make my work simpler?"

Planning Center is designed for church event & volunteer management by people who operate in that realm. They understand the challenges and needs of people serving in churches, and their software makes it incredibly easy to keep people in the loop and keep spots filled.

Their customer support is second-to-none. In their early days, they had some issues with their hosting company. They live-tweeted as someone drove to the server farm, pulled their servers, and drove to a new hosting company that offered guaranteed up-time. We all understand that stuff happens. They won a lot of loyalty as their customers saw them doing everything humanly possible to make their product reliable.

Cons

One feature I'm hoping for soon is the ability to incorporate calendar invitations into people's serving schedule. As it stands now, you can subscribe to a calendar of your PCO activity, but it's a separate calendar. Not everyone will do that. As a result, I've been inviting people to Google Calendar events based on who is serving when, just to try to make sure it gets on people's schedules. It would be nice for that functionality to be integrated into PCO instead of doing it separately. When someone accepts an invitation to serve, they get a calendar invitation sent to the email address they indicated was their primary calendar. Other than that, I really have no complaints.

Source: Capterra
 

Daniel from FBC Hickory Withe

July 2017

July 2017

Planning Center has been a great tool for our church!

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The biggest strength of Planning Center is how easy to use it is. Everyone is able to stay informed about the order of service and what their responsibilities are.

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I really have no complaints about this software. It works just as advertized for a reasonable price.

Source: Capterra
 

Esmeralda from Grand Rapids First Nueva Vida

July 2017

July 2017

I really enjoy using planning center because it help our worship ministry get organized

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The ability to be organized and being able to communicate with the the new message feature with all the people listed in a group

Cons

That you have to jump from tab to tab when you want to do something different for the song sections listed. Like when I want to add a file or something. I have to go to the song tab and not able to do it from the song on the plan.

Source: Capterra
 

Rick from Northgate Wesleyan Church

June 2017

June 2017

Planning Center has helped our worship team get organized.

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I really like that not only can you have all the music available for a worship set, but also include videos or mp3s for examples.

Cons

Every once in a while it will not show me any of the services info. I eventually learned I can scroll up to refresh which will fix it, but it can be pretty frustrating.

Source: Capterra
 

Laura from Northgate Wesleyan Church
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

June 2017

June 2017

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The benefit of using this software is that the team is all on the same page for each week.

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I love that we can use planning center to all stay on the same page. We all know when we need to be somewhere and have something prepared. The ability to communicate in one place with the schedule being readily available is great.

Cons

Planning Center is a little difficult to navigate - sometimes the schedule will refresh in one section and not in the other. This can get a little confusing as I won't always know if I'm on the schedule for that particular time frame until it is able to adjust.

Source: Capterra
 

Amanda from New Story Church
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

June 2017

June 2017

I would use PCO for everything!

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The ease of use is outstanding, the intuitive design is super helpful, and the mobile access is what really sold me!

Cons

While I just use their Music software right now, I'd love to use the others. The price can add up quite a bit though.

Source: Capterra
 

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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
 
 
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