Planning Center

Planning Center

4.5 / 5 64 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

We love Churches! Any size. any denomination.


Average Ratings

64 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $14.00/month
  • Pricing Details
    Free for 30 days, no contracts. Upgrade, downgrade or cancel at anytime.
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Mobile - Android Native
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation
  • Support
    Online

Vendor Details

  • Planning Center
  • planning.center/
  • Founded 2006
  • United States

About This Software

At Planning Center, we are passionate about helping churches by making great applications that are affordable, powerful, and easy to use on any device. We do that through several different products: Check-Ins, Giving, Groups, People, Registrations, Resources and Services. Each product is continually updated to make it the best in its market!


Features Checklist

  • Attendance Tracking
  • Built-In Accounting
  • Calendar Management
  • Child Check-In
  • Donation Management
  • Event Management
  • Group Management
  • Learning Management (LMS)
  • Library Management
  • Member Directory
  • Member Profiles
  • Membership Management
  • Multi-Site Management
  • Newsletter Management
  • Online Payments / Giving
  • Pledge Management
  • Volunteer Management
  • Website Management
  • Worship Planning

Product Reviews

Your One-Stop Shop for Ministry Tools!

Apr 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: 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!

Feature Rich and Growing Fast

Apr 15, 2017
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ability to Schedule Volunteers, text reminders and notifications of volunteer scheduling.

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

Overall: 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.

Recommendations to other buyers: 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.

Easy in every way!

Apr 08, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Overall: 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.

Recommendations to other buyers: Get it!

Love Planning Center, but needs a few more features

Feb 24, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: 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.

Planning Center is an awesome tool!

Feb 22, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Overall: 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!

Recommendations to other buyers: None.

You Need A Plan, Let Planning Center Help!

Feb 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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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)

Overall: 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.

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

Feb 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: 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.

Very easy to use

Feb 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

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

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

Feb 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Cost

Cons: I would love a few more customization options

Overall: 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.

Check Ins are Great!

Feb 03, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: 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!

Best Worship Planning tool in existence

Feb 01, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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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

Overall: 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.

I can't recommend them enough!!!

Feb 01, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: EASY!!!

Cons: none

Overall: 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.

A great way to coordinate worship services!

Feb 01, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: 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.

Easy and Fast

Feb 01, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: 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!

Great Church Management Software

Jan 30, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: listed in my review

Cons: also listed in my review

Overall: 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.

Recommendations to other buyers: in my review

Where have you been?

Jan 26, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use.

Cons: None so far.

Overall: We are so grateful to finally find a software that understands the needs of tracking in a church. The ease, the cost, the options and the training are all top notch.

Recommendations to other buyers: None.

Great for Worship

Jan 26, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Worship Planning

Cons: Trying to become a complete church management software with a more complicated pricing structure.

Overall: Planning Center has taken our scheduling of our worship services to the next level. From being able to schedule team members and provide timing down to the minute.

Planning Center is good but costly

Jan 26, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ease of the systems even for someone who is not good with computers

Cons: The cost of the software

Overall: Planning Center has great tools and is so easy to use. However, you pay a hefty price for each piece which is difficult for an organization without a lot of money.

Great way to coordinate volunteersq

Jan 25, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality

Comments: I've been a volunteer musician at churches using Planning Center for the last 5 years. This software makes it easy to share plans, charts, recordings, etc. with everyone involved. The desktop site needs to stop using Flash, though.

Strong in Theory, Weak in Execution

Jan 19, 2017
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality

Comments: We use this software for church planning. It is an excellent concept in theory, and I think it has encouraged more people to participate in signing up for things. The desktop version of the website is much stronger than the mobile version. Unfortunately, Planning Center does not allow my husband and me to link accounts, meaning I have to sign in for both of us to put in the exact same blockout dates. The mobile version is not user friendly. I cannot seem to get to the calendar easily, and blocking out my days does not work well on the mobile site. Personally, I don't like to click more than two or three times to accomplish my goal on a mobile site, and I find myself searching the site each time trying to figure out where different things are located. This program would be good for people who have time to sit down, navigate the site, and sign up. It is not conducive for people who want to complete the task on the go in a matter of a few clicks.

Not user-friendly

Jan 17, 2017
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I'm not impressed with this service, it is not user-friendly (at least on my iPhone) and I feel like it takes me far longer to use the dates features than it should. I'm not aware of how much we pay for this service, so I can't comment on that.

PCO is okay but needs improvement

Jan 16, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: While I like the concept behind PCO and having a centralized app, the user interface has been a little clunky for me. I have a hard time navigating the site easily and I find certain things hard to find via the app. However, with a few improvements I think it could be a much better product and the things I dislike aren't enough to make me stop using it!

Pco review

Jan 16, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality

Comments: Overall, it serves our purpose. You are able to block out chunks of time or days. You can see who else is on your team. However, myself and my husband currently have to maintain two separate profiles even though we serve together and I manage scheduling for both. This is inconvenient and I wish there was a better option.

Planning Center Review

Jan 16, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Overall, the software does what it needs to. Some of the features can be frustrating to work with, but it still gets the job done.

Does the job but creates problems for parishioners

Jan 05, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: At our church, our parishioners are in charge of setting up and tearing down each service. We use Planning Center to schedule parishioners for this activity and inform us of which days work best. Unfortunately, there is not a feature that allows a single family to have an account - only individuals. This is frustrating for our parishioners and has caused some difficulty in the planning process, as people do not want to log in to two accounts just to accept an assignment. It's a decent software for planning a service but needs some updates if you are a church that operates with the help of volunteers.

Planning Center Review

Dec 09, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the GUI and the ease of use.

Cons: I think there are some more features that could be added, but you can't really go wrong for the price.

Overall: I like planning center. It has a good amount of features some of which are free of charge. They offer options for churches of all sizes. I would recommend checking them out if you are looking for a software to manage your church database. The GUI is well-made and easy to use even for those with little computer knowledge. It could use more features in terms of creating group emails but it pairs well with MailChimp. Planning Center truly is customizable to what you and your organization need.

Recommendations to other buyers: Check this software out, best church database/planning software I have seen thus far.

Good software for running church services

Dec 08, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Trialed this software but went with another. It looked very nice, the prettiest of the all the church management software I tried, but it lacked a lot of features I needed. I'm sure in time they'll catch up. Worked really well for what it did. No complaints.

Great for organizing groups

Dec 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I use this with my church music team. It is an easy way to see who is on the schedule and view all of the music set for the week. It's also an easy way to find contact information for other band members. The app is also very easy to use. I like how it sends notifications to my phone when I've been added to the schedule.

Planning Center is easy to use

Dec 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Planning Center is a quick and easy way to lay out a service or event plan, invite people to participate, and get input from all. You can upload your videos, images, powerpoints, etc. easily and quickly. The only problem we've had is using PowerPoint slides on a Mac after uploading on Windows computers.

This has allowed us to manage our worship and more

Dec 08, 2016
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Using planning center for our worship has allowed us to communicate clearly, automate actions, engage volunteers and keep everyone in the loop. there is so much more functionality available still

We loved Planning Center!

Dec 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Planning Center used to just be for the worship ministry of our church, but since adding other modules it has expanded to serve the full church body. It's a great tool!

Great product, top-notch slick interface, always imporving

Dec 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Everything is terrific on this product. We have used it for years, and it keeps getting better!

Cons: The price is not awesome, but it's not unreasonable either. There are cheaper solutions.

Overall: Planning Center is a robust, all-in-one, web-based church management system. With all the recently added features (People, etc.), there is literally nothing this system cannot do.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you can make the money work, it's worth the price.

AWESOME!!!

Dec 06, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Easy and great for staying organized

Overall: Easy to see who's serving/volunteering for multiple services. Great way to stay organized! I use both the app and the website.

I Love Planning Center!

Dec 06, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use, can read your music off a sister app!

Cons: N/A

Overall: I often sang on the worship team for several different churches and Planning Center made it very easy to navigate between the two accounts. Also, my husband loved having the ability to look at his sheet music on his ipad and make changes to it! Great product!!

Recommendations to other buyers: I loved it, nothing else :)

We use Planning Center everyday!

Dec 06, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Supports our entire worship ministry with one program.

Cons: Nothing!

Overall: We use planning center everyday to manage 3 campuses and 6 worship teams durning the week. It is a life saving software for our worship ministries which deal with 50+ volunteers across 3 cities. It is easy to assign, plan and implement worship services and have all the teams on the same page and accessing the correct resources.

Recommendations to other buyers: We love it and use it every single day. Our volunteers and staff use it with ease as well.

Great Program for Churches

Dec 06, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: We love it all!

Overall: We love to use planning center. Easy to use! Scheduling volunteers and planning services - doesn't get any easier than using planning center.

A Great Resource

Dec 06, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Everything I need for a Sunday is in one place.

Overall: I attend a fairly large church, and Planning Center proved to be an excellent resource for communication from the very first week we used it! I no longer had to sift through emails to double check with service I was scheduled for, or whether I was on vocals or bass. Now, not only can I get that info in one easy location, but I can also access all of the chord charts, listen to the songs so that I know how the leader wants it played, and see the order of service! I love it!

Effective, but relatively expensive

Dec 05, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Our creative team shifted to planning center and immediately received more buy-in and adoption from their team members. Overall, we've had a very positive experience, however, the cost is relatively expensive compared to other comparable products.

Pretty good, if you get everything

Dec 05, 2016
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Planning services, managing songs

Cons: Really only does this one thing really well. As a church, you end up needing lots of other services and accounts. They offer some but the cost adds up really fast. If you try to go a different route, your people end up with five different logins for all the stuff you ask them to do.

Overall: Planning center was the breakout in this category for a while. They do service planning very well. All the other addons can be pretty clunky and it starts to get pretty expense pretty fast.

Recommendations to other buyers: There are newer better options for this that are more robust.

Vendor Response

by Planning Center on December 05, 2016

Josh, So sorry about the experience you had. We have invested a lot into our other apps and most of the feedback we have gotten has been overwhelmingly positive. Would you be able to provide us with some feedback at support@planning.center? We are always looking to improve our systems. Thanks! Jeff Berg Owner/Developer Planning Center

Using Planning Center for Worship

Nov 18, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ease of use and simplicity.

Cons: I've not run into many cons using this.

Overall: We use Planning Center for planing and organizing our worship services. It has made it easy to coordinate between our media team, and worship team.

Love Planning Center Online!

Nov 07, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I've been using PCO for many years now, and I'm always amazed at the new features they include. I've used it for scheduling, for music organization, and as a member of the music team. All of their features are seamless and mostly easy to use! My favorite features are for the music team members - especially the Music Stand option. Being able to go paperless while still being able to take notes and save preferences as been awesome! Definitely recommend them!

Don't Do Church Music Without This Tool!

Nov 05, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's incredibly easy to use, not only for me but my volunteers.
It is designed to target the needs & issues I face in service planning and volunteer management in a local church.
It integrates with a host of other products I use to help my teams prepare every Sunday.

Cons: Because it's web-based, Internet access is required for most functionality. That doesn't hinder me because I know it's a requirement, so I plan for it.

Overall: I've been a church music director for 13+ years. I've looked into a lot of online products over the years. Most of them looked like something that worked for someone, but I would have to change how I did things to make it work. Enter Planning Center. As soon as I started poking around, I starting thinking, "Who has been spying on me and conspiring to make my life easier..."

Not only is this product incredibly well-made, their customer support is second-to-none. Planning Center makes service planning and volunteer scheduling a breeze. I also use it to handle all of my music stand & chord chart needs.

They also have products available for Event Registration, Giving, Volunteer Check-In, Church Management and more! Their products are designed to serve the local church because that's how they started. They designed products that they themselves needed in their own churches.

All of their stuff is web-based, so it's accessible anywhere from any device. Seriously, do yourself a favor and start using PCO.

The best volunteer & service planning software

Nov 03, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Intuitiveness, tons of features, and tiered pricing.

Cons: In 10 years of using the product, every con has been updated or improved. I can't think of a complaint right now!

Overall: I've used Planning Center as long as I've heard about it (I guess 10 years?). It's only improved over the years, and I've worked with dozens of volunteers who have had a good experience using the product. I use it to plan my church services and communicate with volunteers.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you plan services for a church, start with Planning Center, and then shop around to realize PCO is already the best out there.

Excellent Tool for Volunteers

Oct 13, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: That it's easy to use via the web or mobile app.

Cons: That the profile view changed how you add tags. It's a bit more cumbersome particularly if you have more than one person who needs several different team tags. But, we make it work.

Overall: Planning Center is an excellent tool for scheduling your volunteers. We love that our volunteers can see what they are requested for via the app! This has been a great resource for helping in all areas of our ministry. PC is easy to use and understand. The profile view update is awesome! so much easier! Highly recommend for anyone that is looking for a software to use for scheduling a lot of volunteers - even if you are a multi-site church.

Planning Center is a major time-saver!

Oct 13, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use and intuitiveness

Cons: No major cons, but there are so many options now you need to be intentional in how you set up and schedule your people.

Overall: I began using PCO 10 years ago when I stepped into a worship director position, and I didn't want to spend the countless hours it had taken my predecessor to schedule services and people. Planning Center was a huge improvement to the way we were scheduling people, it allowed access to songs, and allowed you to make songs available to worship team members with ease.

Since 10 years ago, PCO has expanded in thoughtful and effective ways, we were thrilled when they released a check-in module, that was so much less expensive than any of the competition, and it worked great with our kids ministry.

Planning Center has so many various customization options, you could spend hours trying to figure out how you should use it. It's imperative that you set it up in a way that is effective for your own work processes.

The Help videos are extremely helpful in learning about all the new features of PCO, and their customer service is excellent as well. I have had quick responses each time I have run into a problem with anything (which is infrequent now).

Overall, I highly recommend Planning Center to anyone, and if you aren't using it, I think you're missing out on an effective, cost effective and time-saving product that will allow you to focus on the more important aspects of ministry, like your people!

Great Apps, Even Better Support!!

Oct 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I designed a website for our church and had to integrate the Planning Center Apps that we currently use. (Services, Groups, Check-Ins, Registrations, People)

The apps have been easy to use - The only thing I'd like to see is easier integration into websites for designers (shortcodes, API, etc...).

The support for the apps has been AMAZING! These guys are quick to respond and add some customization features on request. Couldn't be happier with my experience and I definitely recommend this company to anyone looking for a church management system!

PCO has changed how we manage our Worship Service

Oct 07, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: easy of use

Cons: none

Overall: We have used PCO for about 6 months, starting out with the basic package for Service. Within a short couple of months we upgraded to the next level because we saw the potential of use. We are now in the process of maxing that out and upgrading again! AND it is SOOO entire worth the cost. Worships are organized, easy to adjust, song import is amazing, our band knows what is playing for each service, integration in PP6 is amazing! The features go on and on and we are still just breaking the surface!

Recommendations to other buyers: would recommend to anyone managing a service

PCO A Must Have

Oct 04, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Used PCO for years for our church, so helpful to organize volunteers, schedule them, plan services and host our giving all in one place. The all in one nature of PCO makes it a must have.

Make your church management easy!

Oct 03, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use, constantly updated with new useful features!

Cons: Still waiting for one final piece of sms / email communication campaigns (like text in church provides)

Overall: Planning Center makes a fantastic suite of church management products. People is the backbone data to house/update/manage all the member info. Services provides the tools for scheduling, notifying, and communicating with your volunteers. Giving maintains confidentiality for the giving records, while still tying into the common database for ease of updates. Registrations is a fantastic tool for signups that can be integrated into a variety of projects from your trips, missions sponsors, events, even costs from 3rd party events held on your campus... Payment processing can be done through the website or kiosk. Now includes small group management tools for allowing easy signup, attendance, and communication to all your small group leaders.

Best service planning option in the market

Oct 03, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Planning Center is simple and easy yet so complex and powerful. Great apps, easy navigation and always improving.

Cons: Nothing they are amazing

Overall: Planning Center tops them all. They are fantastic with all the apps they create. Always coming out with new options and willing to listen to their customers.

Great System

Jul 01, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Modern software design and incredible dedication to providing users with the best software experience possible. They are easy to communicate with and love to hear what users really want.

Cons: Many of the PCO apps are still young and immature (but they innovate fast).

Overall: The name of this software should really be Planning Center Online. Services is just one app or module that they are known for.

We began using PCO for their Services app as a small church who needed to organize a worship team. We quickly found how useful it was and began using it to schedule our volunteers throughout the church. We didn't really have a ChMS, but PCO Services fit our needs for the time being. Then PCO launched their People app for free. This enabled us to keep all of our membership records in the same system that our staff already use. PCO has many other apps that we have also found useful and the great thing is we can implement them in small stages instead of trying to figure it all out at the same time. Now we use Registrations for events and Groups for group management.

Recommendations to other buyers: Try out one of the 30 day free trials. You don't have to try everything at once. Just try one app out at a time and see if it is a fit for your church.

Awesome

Feb 11, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Brilliant - Very user friendly and all you need to manege your church.

Best I've ever used....

Mar 10, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I was surprised to find this so low on the list, maybe this is an older post? However I would rank this for sure in the top 5 currently in 2015. Recently they've expanded it's capability to even be able to use it's planning abilities for more than just worship and group ministries, but also events. Can't say enough of how great this service is, they have a great tool called Music Stand which we use every Sunday for live worship, which works seamlessly and flows with CCLI's charted music and much more. Just give it a try, I'm confident you won't regret it. God bless and praise the name above all names JESUS CHRIST YESHUA!!!!

Great Solution

Dec 01, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: PCO is packed with features and if there is anything confusing it is well documented and they make sure to help you out as best they can