Planning Center Software


 

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.

 

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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Ashley from CERT International
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Love options just not crashes!

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Love all the options with Planning Center. So detailed and able to add so many things to the service and save for the next week.

Cons

We started having so many crashes with the program we finally had to change to something else after using for years. Customer support was helpful with some of the issues but when it is happening the middle of the service we felt we couldn't rely on the product any longer.

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Scott from Highpoint Church
Specialty: Non-Denominational
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Manages Volunteers Beautifully!

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This is by far the best product I have used for managing volunteers. You can communicate directly from the platform. It has the ability to have volunteers sign up manually for open positions. It works great with the app that volunteers can download. Amazing way to schedule and maintain teams! I know who is showing up, when they confirmed, where my open positions and needs are every week. Love this platform! Love that its completely cloud based as well. Can access easily from anywhere.

Cons

It can take quite of bit of work to get off the ground depending on the number users you are setting up. Also, can be a little clunky to navigate but once you get the hang of it it works out quite well.

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Betsy from Gateway Church
Specialty: Non-Denominational
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

July 2018

July 2018

Powerful, Flexible Solutions - more than volunteer scheduling!

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We used Planning Center for volunteer scheduling and orders of service for years. When they expanded into event registration and giving, we were very excited. In the 2 years we've been using both modules, they have continued to improve and add services to each. They are very open to product suggestions and very quick to respond to support requests.

Pros

Modules for volunteer scheduling, event registration, groups coordination, resources management, giving, and more that work together seamlessly. Responsive support, continually adding new features and refining modules. Very intuitive for users.

Cons

We are currently not able to set up a kiosk for people to register themselves for events without logging in through their email. A POS setting would be amazing.

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Eric from Adventist Health System
Specialty: Christian, Protestant
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2018

June 2018

Planning Center has been very helpful to my church

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Planning Center is a dynamic and user -friendly tool that has been useful for planning my church's Sunday morning meetings

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The only challenge I've had with Planning Center that I can think of is in finding Security preferences when they need to be updated.

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Vicki from ADK Executive Search and Consulting
Specialty: Christian, Protestant
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

May 2018

May 2018

Allows Ease of Planning & Organizing

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Planning Center is very intuitive and easy to use, even for beginners. I would recommend it for any ministry that schedules teams of people.

Pros

Planning Center allows us to schedule a very large group of different ministry teams, assign tasks, and see at a glance who has "accepted" an assignment and who declines the assignment. This software allows us to plan our services and keep our entire ministry team in touch. It gives our team members a view of the entire ministry and opportunities available.

Cons

It could have better database capabilities. It is not as robust as other databases, but then again, it's not meant to be a database program.

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Jeremy from Alison Technical Concepts
Specialty: Non-Denominational
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

May 2018

May 2018

Useful Team Planning Interface

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Ability to collect a messy matrix of data (people, places, dates, roles, resources) into one central management location

Cons

Interface can be clunky. Ease of use could greatly be enhanced through more intuitive implementation

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Kevin from KVR Consultant
Specialty: Non-Denominational
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Good for check ins

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We use it for checking in children church and volunteers sign up, it is also good because the admin can create signups remotely and when you go to the kiosk everything is there

Cons

sometimes the signing up and adding children can be counterproductive...Sometimes new parents get confused when signing up their kids...

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Annette from Freedom House Church
Specialty: Non-Denominational
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Great software for scheduling your teams and keeping everyone in the know of upcoming events

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The ability to see when & who will be available to cover the shift in need. Team members can block off dates they are unavailable for serving.

Cons

No complaints at the present. I have recently joined our Dream Team and only 2 months ago was added to the group.

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Matthew from Overcoming By Faith Ministries
Specialty: Non-Denominational
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

March 2018

March 2018

The Best for Planning any event

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Planning Center is great for not just planning church services but any event you have in your ministry. We used it for camp, funerals, weddings, services, special events etc.

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Ben from Capstone Mechanical
Specialty: Non-Denominational
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Easy to Use!

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I volunteer with the AV team for our church to run lights or Pro-Presenter and this is what we live and die by from a scheduling standpoint. I've always appreciated the order and clarity it creates when used well.

Pros

It is a very clean website that has great functionality for us to coordinate our church services. I am able to use tools like the schedule blackout, or list what skills I am able to volunteer with. The mobile app experience is really just as good as the full site version, which is great for me!

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Catherine from The Father's House Indy
Specialty: Non-Denominational
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Planning Center - Great for creating scheduling and flows for organizations contact processes

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Being a new user, I appreciate the notifications for events I am being requested for and that you have the ability to respond and notify the leaders of the request what your status is. If accepting you get all the details of the event or meeting once you accept.

Pros

Pros are you can have scheduled events and or assignments that carry to your team. They can review all the aspects of a meeting, who are involved and the flow of the meeting. Also, you can block dates that show you are not available for that particular meeting or event.

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Micah from Whitewater
Specialty: Non-Denominational
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Great at discrete tasks... not yet ready for primetime as a whole-church DB replacement

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Planning Center is hard to review because it's not one product, it's actually six different products. That's both a strength and a weakness. Most people using Planning Center are used to its core functionality: Planning Center Services. This is the tool used for actually planning a worship service (complete with tech sheet, ProPresenter integration, etc) and scheduling people to be there. It also has a Check-In component, a Groups component, a Resources (room scheduling) component, and a Giving component. Supposedly, if you add them all together you get a viable whole-church database solution. It's hard to see that being the case, since a lot of the functionality you'd want to see for a whole-church database (especially around reporting, metrics, dashboards, etc) are missing. But the parts that are there mostly work well.

It's impossible to overstate how far ahead Planning Center Services is from everything else in the field. Everyone I'm in contact uses Services for service planning. Their other modules, though, are all missing important features. Work is clearly being done to improve those components, but mostly it seems more like rearranging existing features than adding the ability to solve new problems.

We'll keep using Planning Center Services, but have transitioned away from Planning Center Groups and anticipate moving away from Planning Center Resources. Luckily our new system integrates well with PCO, so we'll be able to keep our contact databases in sync. This is an underappreciated feature for PCO: a full API to develop and integrate against!

Pros

Great ease of use. Excellent for planning services and scheduling volunteers. Makes it easy for volunteers to respond to schedules without having to remember account details. Solid people management.

Cons

Everything outside of the core (service planning & scheduling) functionality seems half-baked. Very difficult to pull reports, group scheduling & attendance don't work well.

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David from Wycliffe Bible Translators
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

January 2018

January 2018

Great for all, big or small!

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Great set of tools at a reasonable price; and good customization based off customer needs.

Pros

Several products and options to choose from. 'Resources' is a great tool for multiple room management and event setups. It's great that you can choose 1 product or all of them depending on your needs. I know our church uses every product and most certainly get their moneys worth. 'Services' is a good tool for all sizes of groups because of the ability to choose team sizes from 25 people to Unlimited.

Cons

It seems that whenever you get use to the mobile apps the company decides to update them and totally change everything you learned. Certain aspects of planning center 'services' on the end user side don't always make sense the way they are laid out.

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Susie from Vineyard Community Church
Specialty: Non-Denominational
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2018

January 2018

Still New and Learning but Happy!

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Ease of Use
Helpful videos and tips that provide step by step instructions for each and every option we want to utilize.

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Garrett from Abundant Life Church
Specialty: Non-Denominational
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Great, robust system that helps with the planning for the various teams and safe facilitation of kids during services

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Have been a customer for years and despite some issues, will continue to use it!

Pros

There are many great aspects of Planning Center. We don't use every piece, but the Check-Ins are HUGE. This is THE way to allow kids to be checked in during our Sunday services. Having a barcode scanner makes the process much quicker and easier. The update allowed past registration issues to be fixed (users were listed twice - once as an "employee" and second as "customer"). The second biggest piece we use is the Services portal. Allowing every member of the worship/media team to see the flow of service is great! Everyone can be on the same page while allowing service to flow smoothly - almost without the congregation even knowing there's an order to things...

Cons

Have to jump through hoops to get any type of technical support. The answers aren't always online in the FAQ or Help pages. On top of that, not "anyone" can create a ticket, it must come from the contact person. That's normally fine, but what if they're on vacation, or just happen to be the person who pays the bill? On a Sunday morning when kids are going crazy and parents are looking at you like you did something wrong - it doesn't help.

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Mark from Catch The Fire Myrtle Beach
Specialty: Non-Denominational
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Great for startups!

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Pros

Pricing is flexible and low if you only need to track names and contacts. You can add features as you grow. There are plenty of useful features for startup churches like us. The mobile apps are great too.

Cons

You need separate apps for the different features, so occasionally I found I had to go to my web browser on my laptop to have all the functionality I needed for a task (such as adding admins) successfully.

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Jason from Cornerstone Church
Specialty: Christian, Protestant
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2017

November 2017

One stop shop for all your church software needs.

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I would recommend Planning Center to any church.

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Planning Center is very user friendly, and even more importantly they are very open to suggestions and even adapting the software to your needs.

Cons

Sometimes I wish I could talk to someone instead of just communicating through email or a chat line.

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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.

Pros

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.

 
 
 
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December 2018

December 2018

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Overall, it's a great platform and helps us in planning people together. It does all we need.

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This software is one we use to plan events and assign people in groups. It's easy to use and helps us in organizing things together so that everyone is on the same page. I like the matrix feature this has and the ability to see what everyone is doing.

Cons

There are time this software can come out slow. Also, the design of this software hasn't change for some time and could use a more modern and sleeker image. That way, it would at least look and feel fast.

Review Source: Capterra
 


December 2018

December 2018

Wonderful Software for Most Churches

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Scheduling services and volunteers is a breeze.

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Super intuitive and easy to use and get to know. One of the best in that regard.

Cons

For really large churches, planning center is not a database manager like Ministry Platform, The Rock, and others. However, I wish MP would take a page out of Planning Center's book and make the UI prettier and things simpler.

Review Source: Capterra
 


December 2018

December 2018

Makes setting up and accepting volunteer opportunities easy!

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It’s easy to stay organized and accept and send requests. It will automatically add the serving commitment to iCal too, which I love!

Cons

I wish there was a more user friendly, straight forward way to decline a request. Or a way to more directly contact a team member.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Planning Center, Ministry Centered Technologies

Date: December 2018

December 2018

 

Hi, thanks for your kind words and honest feedback! Declines should be fairly straight forward if you are responding from an email, text or push notification. We've also added a new 'My Schedule' page that has an 'Email My Leader' button on it. That should make it easier for you and your team members to contact your leaders! If you have any further questions or would like to discuss any issues, always feel free to contact our support team, here: support@planning.center, or hit the '?' icon to open the helpdesk in our apps!

 

Jeff from Underground house of prayer
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Planning center review

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Very easy to use and a great software to streamline other softwares.

Pros

We only used planning center for our worship teams but it was amazing. The best part was the ability to have all the worship songs, chord sheets and details all in one spot for each week. Planning center is connected to song select so most song chords sheets are imported directly from there, making it really quick and easy as a worship leader. No transposing necessary. We then used the projector app to play all of those song lyrics directly to our screens.

Cons

There were no cons for us except that it cost more money to use planning center for more volunteer positions at our church, which is when we switched softwares.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Christian from The IMT Group
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Great Church Management Tools

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I use Planning Center at my church and have been using it to schedule volunteers and communicate with them for over 4 years. Planning Center has more apps than just Services and look forward to learning how useful they can be.

Pros

Planing Center Services is a great tool to manage volunteer schedules as well as service timing and resources. It allows multiple teams to stay organized together in a single application.

Cons

To a new user, the app can look confusing and some times daunting. But after some time and exploration its usefulness and features really start to thrive.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Ginger from The Priceless Journey
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2018

December 2018

First year using and Learning curve

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We are able to keep everything in real time and schedules are all the same and able to be adjusted easily. Staff and volunteers can respond quickly to requests and resources are used better.

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I love that the functionality is well integrated with other aspects of the programs needed in our church. I love that we can schedule all departments and needs for the entire church. The ability to auto schedule is a huge plus.
I love that there's a phone app so I'm able to see everything needed on the go or make changes.

Cons

I do not like that there are not more specific perimeters for schedules. Such as choosing how often people serve in specific roles vs. how many times a month as an over all blanket. I also would have liked a more personal introduction and hands on help when learning the software. A call desk for immediate help would be wonderful. I wish there was better integrated systems for audio files included with membership. Finding the right song, key etc. is tedious and time consuming and really other less expensive programs offer this service so I feel that should be included. So when you add a song from CCLI the audio file should be included.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Planning Center, Ministry Centered Technologies

Date: December 2018

December 2018

 

Hi Ginger!

We'd love to talk to you about some of your feedback. First, thank you for taking time to type this up - it's appreciated!

Our scheduling app, Services, allows for quite specific serving preferences. We'd be happy to help you with this. Also, in regards to finding music, it sounds like some of our searching filters will help ease your searching woes a great deal. We can help with that too!

Lastly, CCLI is a separate company from Planning Center. We have no control over the files they do or do not allow to be integrated. While we certainly think it would be great to be able to auto-import audio files, that's not something CCLI allows, so it's not something we can do. We can auto import audio files from PraiseCharts and RehearsalMix.

Contacting our support staff will allow us to help you with all this and more!

 


December 2018

December 2018

Great for templated processes

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If you need to do the same thing (and make *sure* it all happens and in the right order), then this one's for you. This sort of tool is great for teams of volunteers where there is a lot of room for misinterpretation of a process.

Cons

It's been the same software for years... needs some improvements.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Planning Center, Ministry Centered Technologies

Date: December 2018

December 2018

 

Thank you for taking the time to send in a review! We'd love the chance to talk with you about your comments to get a better understanding of what improvements you'd like to see. Our teams have pushed out updates to each of our apps at a pretty rapid pace throughout 2018. Please reach out to us and let us know which app you're referring to and what improvement you'd like to see.

 

Tracy from Rockpointe Church
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Planning Center

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This software is very versatile and can be used for multiple projects.

Cons

This software can be a little complicated.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Amethyst from UDAC
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Great for scheduling and reminding volunteers

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As a volunteer in many areas it is great to get the reminders of where I'm scheduled to serve. Along with that, we can coordinate our family's schedule of serving so we don't have conflicts!

Pros

Once people are linked to this program through our database, it is so easy to click and drag them into open volunteer positions on our church schedule. If they can't work that day, they just decline and we can quickly and easily schedule a sub.

Cons

Making the interface just a little more user friendly would help those who are new to the program.

Review Source: Capterra
 


December 2018

December 2018

Planning Center Review

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I just really like how everything is organized by different sub-headings. As an end-user, I appreciate the emails and reminders.

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I don't really have any issues with PlanningCenter.

Review Source: Capterra
 


December 2018

December 2018

Great for scheduling needs!

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As a scheduler, it made it super easy to manage multiple different services and assign people to different classrooms and such.

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As a user, sometimes it was difficult to navigate through the website and find exactly what I was looking for.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Scott from Harvest Church
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Must Have For Every Church

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One stop shop for tracking our people, planning our services, managing our groups, checking in our people and registration for our large events.

Cons

It is pretty costly if you decide to use each of the different modules that PCO offers. Sometimes their pay tiers are frustrating.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Charisa from All Peoples Church
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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Planning center makes it very easy for me to work with my church on service planning and musical arrangements. I love that I can attach files to each item in a schedule to allow musicians to see the sheet music and chord charts they need to practice. It is also so easy to incorporate Youtube videos into the schedule.

Cons

When you are signed up, you get emails. A lot. I have had to change my email preferences a couple of times.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jeff from Spirit Life Church
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2018

December 2018

We Made The Right Choice

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Overall we are extremely satisfied with PC. We have already been telling other ministries about it.

Pros

We just converted over to planning center and we love it. Being able to list and share what is happening for each service has allowed us to run each service more smoothly. The praise team can share sheet music and audio. It even allows you to change the keys. The worship leader loves that. We also run all of our volunteer scheduling through PC and it has been working awesome. We just started using it for our book keeping and our gifts online and through text. We looked a a lot of out her option and PC had everything we needed as a church and allows us to pick and choose what's best for us.

Cons

None at the moment. Well satisfied with our choice in PC

Review Source: Capterra
 

Kelly from Lakeland Community Church
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Planning Center

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I like that it can be shared with teammates and that we can add several different serving teams for an event

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It show a default serving area for people who are on multiple teams instead of having me select which area I am needing them for.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Planning Center, Ministry Centered Technologies

Date: December 2018

December 2018

 

We'd love hearing more about your experience with our application. It sounds like you may have a Default Template or setting selected that is causing this. If you'd email us at support@planning.center, our team would be happy to look into this for you and help out with this.

 


December 2018

December 2018

It feels threshold to have it, but there are new emerging products now available

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Planning Center basically a household name within churches. They've owned the market and help set worship teams up for success via scheduling, resources and service planning.

Cons

The UI is still a little clunky to navigate. It all get's the job done, but I believe can be improved. Also, when you start to interact with other products in their suite, you can tell that there's not a holistic approach and the user's congnitive load is probably bigger than desired.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Planning Center, Ministry Centered Technologies

Date: December 2018

December 2018

 

Hi there. Thanks for writing in and giving us an honest review. We work hard to keep our applications up to date. A huge part of that is hearing what our customers would like to see what the common struggles are when using our software. If you haven't already, would you mind emailing some of your ideas or things that you don't find intuitive to us at support@planning.center.

Thanks!

 

Bart from Vertical Church
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Best church software

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It makes what we do easier and keeps everything in one place. Sometimes it can be a little challenging trying to figure out new things, but overall, I'd highly recommend.

Pros

We use it every day at the church I work at. It is great for service planning, as a database for our people, etc. Best software we've used. I also love that different services within Planning Center have apps for you phone.

Cons

Some things can be a bit confusing - probably because there are so many options.

Review Source: Capterra
 

michiel from the Oaks
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Get your church in order

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If everyone just check their notifications, then you will have a Sunday go by smoothly.

Pros

Planning Center has so much to offer for all churches, setting up schedules months ahead of time. Everyone gets notified when he or she is playing in the band and that person can then accept or decline and even put out block out dates ahead of time so the person setting up the weeks schedule know who to invite and who not to.

Cons

The interface is is bit badly designed but nothing to serious.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Curran from The Bridge Church
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2018

December 2018

One of the better databases I’ve worked with

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Overall, Planning Center is a very rewarding, fairly easy to use and reliable database for organizations with many employees or volunteers. It will take time to learn all if it’s finer details but it’s worth it in the end as it makes any admin team breathe a little easier.

Pros

Planning center has many great features. PCO, the database portion, has some incredible features to help you track what you need to. If it’s people, it’s extremely easy to enter information, run reports, or gather necessary admin data that you need. On the flip side, services is an incredible vehicle for scheduling hundreds of volunteers across dozens of positions, and it’s fairly easy to do because you can pull from the database for information. The constant email and text reminders keep everyone up to date as well

Cons

Some of the steps to implement certain tasks can be tricky. Such as making workflows, schedules, reports, or just generally sending out a mass message. There is a small learning curve but customer support has always been incredibly giving with their time which is a tremendous help.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Garry D from Evangel Pentecostal Church
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Volunteer software

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organizing and scheduling large groups of volunteers for multiple events is much easier when using Planning Centre

Pros

Ability to schedule Alegre numbers of volunteers in many organizational groups.

Cons

getting participants to actually use the software in time-sensitive situations can be challenging.

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