Planning Center

Planning Center

4.5 / 5 256 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

We love Churches! Any size. any denomination.


Average Ratings

256 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 Planning Center

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!


Planning Center Features

  • Accounting Integration
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Built-in Accounting
  • Child Check-in
  • Event Management
  • Member Directory
  • Member Portal
  • Multi-Site Management
  • Online Giving
  • Pledge Management
  • Small Group Management
  • Volunteer Management

Planning Center Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Planning Center was a great tool I got to use when working in our previous church

Jun 19, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I liked that I could utilize planning center in my role as vbs director. I scheduled out events with my volunteers and put shared curiculum on there it was great.

Cons: I think the biggest challenge for me in the beginning was the slight learning curve. After that It was easy to use.

Planning Center is very easy to use and all functions are simply laid out.

Jun 18, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Planning center is easy to use and includes all aspects necessary for data keeping for your organization. All functions are easily laid out to allow you to be more efficient. The kid check feature is very simple to add guests as well as user friendly for first time users.

Cons: The labels in the kids check section are not easily customized and there is not much direction on how to make it all inclusive for things that are not in designated fields.

Planning a worship band with ease!

Jun 13, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The ease of creating set lists and able to get it out to everyone involved before practice just makes it that much easier to prepare.

Cons: The price is a little high in my opinion but there is not many other options that can do what it is capable of.

Best Program Money can buy for a church!

Jun 13, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This has streamlined the way we do services, schedule volunteers and share files we need between campuses.

Cons: Honestly the only thing we see as a negative is that we haven't purchased all of their in program additions.

It allows you to optimize and monitor the Church's management in a precise manner.

Jun 12, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It is very easy to use, accessible, allows you to work together and detailed with members, easy integration with emails and mobile applications, definitely an excellent tool.

Cons:
In the two years of use has presented very few errors as blockages, where he had to re-work, but very apart from that good product, Recommended.

Planning Center: A place to plan and organize events and people

Jun 12, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Planning Center is good if you're on a team that does events fairly often. You can schedule people for one time or easily mark them for repeat. There's also additional versions of Planning Center such as Planning Center Registration that allows you to include participants outside of your in-network people.

Cons: The only cons to Planning Center would be that it's very easy to go over your limit. Whether that's in people or storage space. You have to be very careful or suddenly you'll get an email with a bill that says you now owe this much more.

Planning Center has been very helpful to my church

Jun 12, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Planning Center is a dynamic and user -friendly tool that has been useful for planning my church's Sunday morning meetings

Cons: 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.

A one stop shop for church management software. Was very helpful for us to streamline our systems.

Jun 08, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Very user friendly. Volunteers are able to intuitively use it without a need for training. Works together to give more detail about each user. It's mobile friendly and has various apps across platforms. Very affordable.

Cons: They do lack some more complex reporting features. We've also had issues with the registration module not being very simple for the end user. We've also had issues with registration lacking some basic functionality you would expect it to have.

Vendor Response

by Planning Center on June 11, 2018

Hi Steve, Thanks for your review. Could you please follow up with us and let us know which reporting features are missing for you? We'd also like to hear about which Registrations features were more difficult for people who were signing up. Registrations has just had some significant updates made to it, so it's possible those issues were addressed in the update. You can email support@planning.center with that information. Reagan Helms Support Team Lead

Easy platform to keep track of your tasks and where you are rostered.

Jun 06, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Enjoy the easy of use, the way it integrates with my emails and the phone app is all you really need.

Cons: I've experienced some bugs with the blockout times where I've had to add things several times, but other than that it's been great!

I've been using Planning Center for over 5 years now and it has never failed me.

Jun 06, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I love how easy you can block out serve dates if needed. Very user friendly and simple for anyone to use.

Cons: There are not many cons I can think of. Mainly, the color scheme. I'm not sure if it can be changed but ours is a bit dull.

I'm on a team that schedules using Planning Center

Jun 05, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like the ease of scheduling. Keeping every team member in the know and the ability to share order of service with everyone.

Cons: I don't have anything I don't like. Everything works as expected and integrates across all my devices.

Allows Ease of Planning & Organizing

May 31, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: 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.

Easy tool to use and you can be mobile

May 30, 2018
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: Easy tool to utilize, helps save you time and money. The application is nice as you can use your phone or tablet.

Cons: Can be confusing, also if you don't have strong connection to the internet can cause issues. It would be nice to have an offline feature.

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IF you want to simplify your life by organizing volunteers start with THIS program

May 30, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use.

It takes very little time to learn the in's and out's of Planning Center and once you do you'll be happy you did.

Multiple ways to organize and schedule teams. Easy to create groupings / area's / services and then break into multiple needs for scheduling.

Can look at multiple dates at same time for scheduling ease.

Easy to see who has confirmed, and who has declined so you always see where you are at for schedule.

Scheduled people can receive both email and text reminders / updates / information.

All users can access online or on an app through mobile.

Planning Center team is committed to keeping up to date (latest update was awesome!)

Cons: Some minor process kinks need to be worked out for greater ease of use.

Honestly not many cons.

Overall: Helps with weekly scheduling and is easy for volunteers to use. Keeps people reminded of when they are serving/helping out.

We use PCO weekly to schedule volunteers and staff.

May 29, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: It is a one-stop-shop for me. I can schedule and contact volunteers for various roles at the church as well as provide them access to chord sheets for heads up and practice at home. We also have this tied to their Music Stand app which is equally awesome.

Cons: Having to navigate to a browser to confirm your willingness to serve is a bit tedious; especially on mobile. I'd love for there to be a way that click "Confirm" does just that without having to open another window.

Easy to use system with self explanatory features, although UI seems to be late 2000's type.

May 26, 2018
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The software makes it really easy to co-ordinate band and musician activities for any church service. I always know what's happening next and who is responsible. It takes the guesswork out of the service. It services the purpose for which it was created.

Cons: The software seems to lack the modern look and feel to it, with the mobile app appearing to have been left behind in the early app development era.

Overall: The software really streamlined the planning process for church services and let me know exactly when I was needed as a musician, or as a sound engineer. There was no guesswork anymore thanks to Planning Center.

Orderly Worship

May 22, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: There's a passage in 1st Corinthians 14 that speaks of orderly worship. It sounds quite different from most churches today. But that's not what this is about.

I've been a casual user of Planning Center for years as an occasional instrumentalist on the worship team and love it. The processes that need to be simple are simple. "Here is when you're needed. Can you do it? Yes or no." If there are details in your worship service order to plan out, it can be done here and made easily available to those who need to know.

Cons: I tried to dig into customizing reports once and got totally overwhelmed and gave up, and that's not normal for me. This was a few years ago, maybe it has changed.

Easy to use.

May 21, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This software makes it easy to add volunteers and schedule them for positions on Sundays. The volunteers can set how often they can be scheduled in a month and black out dates.

Cons: The network has a tendency to get bogged down on Sundays during peak time. This slow down makes it take longer to check-in guests and register new guests.

Vendor Response

by Planning Center on May 29, 2018

Hi! Sounds like this network issue that you're experiencing on Sunday might be related to something in your building. We take great care to make sure that everything works properly at that time, especially for Check-Ins. If you're continually seeing these types of issues, please contact us at support@planning.center and we'll be happy to troubleshoot with you. Thanks! Reagan Helms Community Support Lead Planning.center

Used it for Praise Team

May 21, 2018
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: I loved how it worked on my cell phone as well as any other location needed. One edit and everyone saw it.

Cons: It is online based so sometimes we could not access it in the church because the internet was hard to find.

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Excellent tool to simplify multi-team coordination

May 18, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This tool takes a ton of the stress out of coordinating the details of multiple teams each Sunday. From production to video to music team to speaking and even more, everyone can see all the details in one central place and know what their role is and what their cues are.

Cons: Nothing really to list in the cons category. It's been worth the money to gain the progress through organization, and definitely reduced tensions between teams!

Exactly what we needed.

May 17, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: This is a great tool for keeping a group (like volunteers) to a specific process. If you've got a "golden rule" you need everyone to follow to make sure the product/service is perfect.... this is your tool.

Cons: Duplicating is almost non-existent. To begin using this across dozens of "teams" we had to created the same processes dozens of times. Took five of us an entire afternoon of button mashing. Yuck.

Good tool to communicate with the band with.

May 17, 2018
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: Good tool to communicate with the band with. Easy to send out sets to the group. Sends notifications and invites to Accept. Displays music well.

Cons: Takes a little bit of a learning curve to learn how to fully navigate. Lots of potential in it and worth figuring out.

Overall: Organization, easy set list, team building.

As a musician, this makes my life so much easier. Have used it for over 5 years.

May 16, 2018
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: I like the iPhone app alot for rehearsing music, looking up set lists, sheet music, and just checking the set in general. I play every service, so it doesn't matter to me for scheduling.

Cons: Sometimes the iPhone app doesn't refresh and I see an old setlist. It's not just me, others have noted this. Also if you aren't invited to a service, it can be a little hard to find them, depending on how your church has organized everything.

Great scheduling app, very user friendly

May 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This program is the easiest scheduling app I have ever used. The on line app, linked with the email reminder feature makes for thorough communication for our team.

Cons: The only thing I would like to see added would be the option to personalize each individual profile. The addition of a picture icon for each user would make this more complete.

Overall: Ease and flexibility of scheduling our evolving team.

All in one place for scheduling your ministry team efficiently and effectively

May 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Great layout and user features; I like the all in one platform for searching for various event components

Cons: It would be nice to have more features on the email side: when you email a specific team of people, it would be great to have a template for each event that would auto email specific teams and would have "notes" attached to that auto email. Whereas now to do that, you have to email separately the team for any specific extra notes for the service.

Helps keep volunteers organized!

May 10, 2018
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: I love using Planning Center to schedule services and organize volunteers. We work with a large volunteer base and Planning Center makes them easy to track. Volunteers can even accept or reject a position through Planning Center! This is considered a necessity around here.

Cons: Overall I don't have problems with using Planning Center. Very user friendly and is always up and running well!

Overall: This really keeps my and my volunteers organized!

Great communication tool

May 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: What I like most about this software is that it has many different uses. For an event at our biggest campus, this software is very useful.

Cons: At this point, I do not have any complaints for this software. It does what it says it does and so far has been very helpful.

Makes organizing church activities and giving volunteering all the information they need simple!

May 08, 2018
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The software does allow for a very detailed breakdown of information about an event. There is a place for all relevant information that is straightforward and easy to navigate through. Every detail can be planned and all team members can easily be notified.

Cons: The interface could use some work. The site doesn't work well on mobile. There is an app that works fairly well though.

I was a worship leader for 10 years, and when this came out it revolutionized it.

May 08, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I love that you can schedule players, songs, and have a practice section for the players. One of my favorite features is transposing songs on the fly. Easy for last minute changes and capo transitions.

Cons: Not very easy to use. You need to use planning center for a little while to really understand how to navigate it.

We use planning center to schedule volunteers for our weekend experiences.

May 07, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The ability to schedule volunteers and track the responses within our software is very helpful. I also enjoy the option of creating teams within the software to track specific areas is great.

Cons: The app does not seem as user friendly as the website. I would like the app to have the ability to request responses from specific team members without having to log onto the website.

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Does It All! Planning, Communicating, Streamlining, and MORE!

May 07, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: If you are looking for an organizational software that centers and focuses event information and communicates with all members in a straight-forward, streamlined manner (via email and text notifications)...this is IT! Planning Center handles all aspects of organizing events, while maintaining contacts and communications in a user-friendly fashion. The multiple contact formats allows users to personalize their OWN experience as well, which definitely decreases frustrations for everyone involved. It receives my highest recommendation!

Cons: Quite honestly, and not sounding trite, there really are no cons with this software that would prevent it from being one of the most viable pieces of planning software you own.

Overall: I believe it to be the most streamlined event organization software available. From planning, scheduling and communication...every facet is polished and personalized for administrators and users alike. It eliminates the frustrations of guesswork and "over-saturated" notifications, by allowing users to personalize their experience. It truly was developed with the user in mind!

Planning Center is easy to use and helps immensely in service organization.

May 07, 2018
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: I like that this software is easy to use. The way it visually lays out each service and plan within the service is clear and easy to distinguish. It is easy to see if people are available and add them to roles. It takes me seconds to send weekly reminder emails to those that are scheduled.

Cons: I have not found anything about his software that I do not like. You can put as much or as little into it as you choose and it will still be an effective tool for service planning the most complex or the simplest of services.

Overall: Helps us easily organize our services. This is a great tool!

It has organized our ministry with such ease.

May 04, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I love the online registration feature. Creating events is super easy, and allowing us to see who has paid, send emails to everyone, or specific people is amazing. We do so much less work tracking people down, or keeping a record of everything. We also can use the church funds now which is great.

Cons: I don't like how hard it is to reschedule people when they're put on a service. You have to completely delete it from that person and add a new one. It's confusing as a volunteer to see the dates disappear instead of tell you the reschedule date.

Love this system!

May 03, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Planning Center keeps all my volunteers on track! I assign them to a weekend and a task. They can decline or accept.

Cons: I cant think of anything! I love planning center. I can add the music for the musicians to learn,m my childcare workers know where to report, and my greeters know what their area is.

Nothing better for worship service planning

May 03, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The price and functionality makes this well worth it. i can keep literally everything for worship planning all in one place.

Cons: There are some features that are just hard to use/understand, but there is an online help manual to help you if needed.

Overall: planning all in one place

An amazing product

May 02, 2018
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: I love the variety in the product. I started with "services," but have branched quickly into "people" and other areas. If you have a need, Planning Center will absolutely cover it. We use it not only for service planning, but for full-featured membership tracking and are about to use it for kids' check in. Customer service is incredibly fast and thorough.

Cons: The only bad thing about Planning Center is the price. It can get expensive as you add people to your teams. However, it is still a great value for the money.

Overall: I can plan services, keep our kids' ministry secure, and track our membership all within one piece of software.

Useful Team Planning Interface

May 02, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: 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

We use planning center for our weekend worship services to schedule volunteers.

Apr 30, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The ability to create teams and schedule volunteers for the weekend is very helpful to ensure all of our teams have adequate coverage.

Cons: It would be nice to have the ability to send our reminders to people who have no rsvp'd easier. It is pretty simple from the website but sending it out from the app takes a couple more clicks. This is minor though in comparison to the pros of the product.

Fairly good experience. Customer service wasn't very helpful.

Apr 30, 2018
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Loved that I could put my volunteers on the schedule and that the software would contact them to confirm they were going to show up. Was easy to see on the screen who was going to be where.

Cons: It was very hard for me to retrieve the data in a format I could print. I didn't know how to navigate through the reports and none of the changes I made made the changes I needed. I really needed to be able to print the schedule out for Sunday check-in for those that didn't use their phone.

Simple and easy to use. Love it!

Apr 28, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Very simple to use. I didn't feel overwhelmed trying to learn Planning Center. Everything is displayed nicely and easy to find. If you're in church work and looking to find a new or different software to run media displays, I highly recommend Planning Center. Makes my job simple!

Cons: This has rarely happened to me, but it can tend to glitch. It's usually minor and can be fixed with a simple restart of the program. After that it works great! No other complaints!

Overall: Ease of use. Makes displaying media so simple!

Planning Center is excellent for scheduling services and organizing people.

Apr 26, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: I love the ability to schedule an entire team and have them integrated to be able to see all that will go in to that weekend's service. There is so much opportunity to communicate detail to a large number of people. It also provides us with a great system for accountability.

Cons: Certain parts of planning center are not very intuitive. Once you have worked in the system for a while and have experience, it's easy to understand, but the learning curve can be quite detailed.

We use planning center to plan our church services and worship band schedule and we love it!

Apr 25, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I love that everything can be planned in one place and you are able to view who is scheduled for what.

Cons: The software might be too tech-y for some people, although I personally like that about the software.

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I was a volunteer in various capacities and was sent invitations frequently for my participation.

Apr 24, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It seemed "friendly" and easy to use. Visually appealing. It definitely reduced the need for frequent phone calls/texts and back and forth for the one coordinating schedules.

Cons: It wouldn't always allow me to click an appointment 'accept' in an email without having to log into the site, then having to find the appointment and click 'accept' again. While I understand security issues likely were at play here, it did become annoying.

Overall: Reduced the amount of time required to negotiated schedules and confirm dates for volunteers in various areas of church service.

Bringing church teams together!

Apr 23, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I can't say enough about how amazing Planning Center is. I only use the service planning and music stand features, but they are easy to use, and wonderful to organize teams!

Cons: Not every feature is included. Planning Center has intentionally allowed you to only purchase what you need... but it can sometimes be annoying to have to piece it together.

I LOVE planning center!

Apr 23, 2018
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: Working with volunteers and planning services can take a lot of work. Planning Center makes it SO easy! It is so easy to use to communicate with volunteers, schedule them, and plan events. It really helps me to be more organized. I love that volunteers can accept or reject positions through Planning Center. It's really a one-stop shop.

Cons: I really love using Planning Center! I have yet to encounter something that I don't like. It never even has a glitch in the program!

Overall: This software saves me so much time!

The best way to organize a service

Apr 23, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Planning Center is the industry standard in service programming. It helps to streamline communication between our programming team and the many contractors and volunteers that are needed for the weekly services across our campuses. You will get more value out of it as you put more time into the content and detail offered to your team.

Cons: The audio player doesn't operate consistently. It can take a long time to load or it can time out or it can shut down or it can work flawlessly. There are so many features available that the layout can be tough to navigate on mobile devices.

Overall: The best way to manage service programming!

I work in Planning Center daily. It's easy to navigate and train others on.

Apr 23, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I love that it's user-friendly and that there are so many training resources. If you can't figure it out on your own you can just jump over to a training video or click on the help questions and usually get the info you need. The customer service is also amazing! We've had to reach out a few times with issues we didn't know how to fix and they jumped right on it.

Cons: I'd say my biggest hurdle is making sure my leaders know how to use it. Because I started as an Admin I never saw what it's like from a "volunteer" standpoint so sometimes I don't know how to answer volunteer's questions or know how to direct them. I've had others log on for me so I could see their account and then walk them through their questions from their.

Overall: Easy scheduling of volunteers.
An easy way to communicate with everyone on your team.
Love the temples for our teams that rotate.

PCO is great!

Apr 23, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The best thing about all of their products is the user friendliness of it. It is so easy to jump right in and figure out how to use a product.

Cons: It's hard to see a con with their products. However, I do wish there was more reporting with the Giving app. For instance, it would be good to get a report of givers stopped their recurring gift.

Overall: This product keeps us going!

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I use Planning Center as a member of a production team.

Apr 23, 2018
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It schedules people in one fell swoop, allows folks to "project manage" from one central location with attachments, service orders, and email people on a team.

Cons: It's a bit cumbersome when it comes to blocking-out dates where a production member is unavailable. The buttons to do this seem too obscure and small, and I'm not some old guy complaining the font is too small. :)

Overall: Centralized planning, which churches desperately need, especially for their production teams. Back and forth emails are hardly acceptable on a team with multiple cogs at any given time.

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Planning Center has saved our Music Director.

Apr 19, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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Pros: We use Planning Center for planning out all of our services. Great way to keep the team caught up and also scheduled in advanced.

Cons: The only con I can think of is when adding people through the mobile app, it adds them as a limited viewerand not just a viewer.

Great all in one tool

Apr 19, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Helps our church stay on the same page without needing 10 different tools. Everything is easy to use. Always improving and rolling out new features.

Cons: They need bundled discounts for the more apps you add to your plan. They also need a forms app so you can automatically get information to the other apps through the user end.

Overall: No need for 10 different sites

Planning Centre makes sure I am prepared for every event and rehearsal, and it's fun!

Apr 19, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: I have all the information I need for a service in just a few clicks. It's easy to find what I need, and get in contact with anyone I need to get ahold of. I always look forward to reading the updates too!

Cons: I've had a lot of trouble with the audio player both in the app and the browser. It can take a long time to load, and I wish there was a feature to re-order songs. I don't want to play every file in the attachments.

Sunday School and Bible Study check in is simple now!

Apr 18, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Planning center has simplified check in at our church. Signing my son in and out is so easy and as a teacher it makes keep track of attendance a breeze.

Cons: Initial install was very tedious. You have to manually enter in every child and parent. I wish there was an easier way but after that it was easy!

Mostly intuitive, easy tool for communicating programming to teams

Apr 18, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It's easy for us to program an experience with specific time stamps, manipulate the times as the overall experience time changes, and add notes to communicate specific instructions to volunteers throughout the programming.

Cons: We have multiple worship experiences beginning on a Saturday and extending through Wednesday of the following week, and it can be confusing for people when the cue sheets seem to "disappear" because they become "past plans" after the first day of experiences.

Great platform for scheduling general "Order of Events" for anything!

Apr 16, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The best thing about this platform is the ability to include audio files and other links right in the plan. This helps volunteers, such as myself, receive ALL of the info needed to be fully prepared for the service before we arrive. By allowing all of the info to be located in one spot, this also helps staff members and schedulers by reducing the amount of calls, emails, & texts they may receive with questions.

Cons: It can be a little difficult to navigate. Especially if you're only having to use it once a month or so. Also, it would be nice if there was option for a little more customization in areas such as sending out a schedule request. However, all in all... this platform has worked well for our church for many years and we will continue to use it!

Overall: Ability to find ALL details regarding an event in one location.

I use the planning center for plan for events in my job

Apr 16, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like that I can schedule people for different jobs in an event and create different events. it is also very easy to remind people they are scheduled.

Cons: I wish that the app was easier when it came to looking up volunteers contact information and I wish that the contact information could sync to my devices.

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Planning center is everything that my church needed!

Apr 14, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Planning center has everything my church has needed to more effectively work as an organization. Check-ins for kids, people for a member database, registrations for events. It has made us much more efficient!

Cons: Depending on how many admins you have on your account and which services you use, planning center can get a little pricey but it's well worth it.

Planning Center is the perfect system for our church.

Apr 13, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This program is so user friendly. Its not a problem to grasp the functions on the program. Everyone on our team loves it.

Cons: I am not a fan of the color scheme used. I am unsure if I can even change it but the base color is not appealing.

Great for keeping teams organized

Apr 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: As an end user of the software, I like having a central place to login and see all the information that is relevant to my role.

Cons: Some of the navigation takes getting used to. There are a lot of powerful features that can be utilized but getting to them is not always straight forward.

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Good tool for Musicians to keep up with and practice for song sets

Apr 10, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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Pros: The ability to upload files to the server, schedule musicians, and message them all in one place makes it easy to use.

Cons: Oftentimes, some files won't load properly and then have to be reloaded. The ability to better categorize songs by key or topic (multiple tags, perhaps,) would be great.

A great platform for church management

Apr 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: It's a great way to organize multiple volunteers who don't have regular office hours and are off-site.

Cons: As a church, we try to avoid subscription costs. We would love to add more components of Planning Center, but the cost per application is just too high.

Overall: Helps us stay organized and communicate well with staff and volunteers.

Planning Center is a great way to organize future events and notify participants.

Apr 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I love the email notification system. When I receive a notice that I am being requested to serve, I can use a button link in the email to confirm or deny without entering the Planning Center system. You can even go in ahead of time and block out dates that you know you will be unavailable. The interface is simple enough for a casual user to use. You can even have several people in one login.

Cons: I'm not sure about the cost of Planning Center, but I believe it is very reasonable. Our organization uses it and it has never been on the chopping block of budget cuts. We use it every week.

Easy way to connect with a team of people and share resources

Apr 05, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Ease of use and the ability to have all the info centralized for an event or service for everyone to be able to access. A good one stop platform to connect with everyone on a team.

Cons: Some of the features within must be purchased for a more specialized use. And the fact that you can only have a certain number of people in the database.

Planning Center is one of the most effective and user friendly tools for the church

Apr 04, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Planning Center is feature rich, extremely intuitive, and easily accessible to both leaders and those who only engage with it infrequently

Cons: Because it's so feature rich, it can be difficult to navigate in some respects. This is honestly all I can complain about. The software is the industry leader for good reason.

Great software. Better Company.

Apr 04, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: PCO has the best of all worlds they have WORLD class software to help accomplish every church needs. From planning worship experiences and teams to data bases to events to giving PCO does it all.

Cons: The biggest thing about it that is tough is that it does cost a lot. In the church world money is a big thing to overcome. For the product I would say it's worth it. But for smaller church's they offer free services.

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Planning Center is a well designed ChMS that is continually adding new and improved features.

Apr 04, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I am most familiar with the volunteer scheduling and service planning tool from Planning Center. It's design and user interface is my favorite part of the software. It is incredibly user-friendly and is easy for volunteers to respond via text, in app, or email based on their preferences. Scheduling is pretty clear on the administrative side, although it is most effective for service planning.

Cons: Since the Services software is mainly geared toward service planning, scheduling seems to take a sort of back seat. There is no clear or simple way to create teams, and some of the organizational tools are a little lacking. But, it still does a good job of scheduling clearly, duplicating volunteer assignments, and creating an easy way for volunteers to engage.

Planning Center brings all the tools needed for worship planning together and is very user friendly!

Apr 04, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Planning Center's cloud based platform is great for scheduling musicians, A/V tech workers, and is very helpful in planning out the worship elements of a service. Having a centralized location for music, audio files, and the like is so helpful!

Cons: I'm not sure we can find a con yet.. it's very easy to use and very friendly. Maybe the only thing that would be helpful is some kind of integration with Pro Presenter?

Vendor Response

by Planning Center on April 05, 2018

Hey Brian, Good news for you! ProPresenter has integrated with us. You can find out more information about it here: https://support.renewedvision.com/article/229-planning-center-online-integration-in-propresenter-6

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Planning Center is an essential communication tool for worship teams.

Apr 03, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: This cloud based solution for worship teams is the best way to communicate everything that your worship team needs to be on the same page.

Cons: Initial setup can be a little tedious and involved. If your worship leader is not organized and efficient, this solution will not be effective.

Overall: The benefits include an effective communication tool for worship teams. Once the setup and it has been used for a while, the tool becomes even more effective.

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Can't live without Planning Center in our church!

Mar 28, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Planning Center makes planning out every detail of our weekend experience a breeze. Love the scheduling love, love the ability to send out reminders for shifts, love the flexibility of admin roles. Nothing out there like it. The mobile app works great!

Cons: Not many cons, we love it, our team loves it. I would say any size church can utilize it for their weekend services and church organization.

Overall: Planning Center is perfect for organizing and executing your weekend services

Good for check ins

Mar 26, 2018
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: 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...

Really nice for working with groups to plan!

Mar 23, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The thing I like most about this software is that you can have multiple users with icons so you know who is who and when they are available when you are scheduling people for different things.

Cons: I haven't been thrilled about the mobile version of this. It's hard to use because some of the text is a little too small.

Overall: This helps us to plan our teams digitally in order to keep people in the loop for upcoming events.

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

Mar 22, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: 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.

A must have for any church, organize you volunteers and staff where they serve

Mar 21, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I love the ability with the Service portion of Planning Center. With that, we have all the info of our volunteers for each ministry saved in one place and are able to schedule them where needed. The fact the members can mark their availability and accept or decline an invitation to serve has streamlines the whole process and greatly reduced the time it takes to ask people to serve. You can create different teams of people. different events and plan. It is a must have for any church wanting to utilize people in the most efficient way.

Cons: The only complaint I have had is sometimes people new to the app have a hard time figuring it out. As soon as I am able to walk them through it they seem to be able to figure it out.

Our church loves using planning center. It keeps everything in one place.

Mar 20, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Planning center helps keep our church organized. We can collaborate on plans, see everything in advance, and schedule volunteers. The large number of features such as tags or blockout dates make it easy to make sure we schedule people based on availability.

We have also started using ProPresenter, so the link between these two programs is very helpful in creating slides. Everything is stored in Planning Center, and it easily imports in from our slideshow program.

Planning Center giving has made it easy for online donations. Most people don't carry cash or checks around, so having that online donation option is helpful for them. Planning Center was easy to set up and use.

Cons: I don't have many problems with Planning Center at all. Sometimes, the learning curve on advanced functions can be steep, and I may forget the exact steps to do something, but their help guides are there to guide me through. I'm still not sure how to automatically send emails as soon as I schedule someone, but that's a minor issue.

Overall: I love using Planning Center. It's easy to create service plans, link with our slideshow program, schedule volunteers, and easily reference attached documents for songs and Scripture readings. We also use Planning Center Giving to easily provide an online giving option. It was so easy to set up.

I use Planning Center to set the 'schedule' for the order of service at my church

Mar 19, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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Pros: +Easy to make a PDF of the 'schedule' for the order of service
+Very customizable to suit your church's needs
+Sign up to volunteer is as simple as clicking a button, agreeing to volunteer. Planning Center also allows you to 'black out' dates indicating you are unavailable. That feature is extremely helpful when coordinating schedules

Cons: +When printing PDFs, often prints multiple pages that include information about WHO is serving - this is not readily apparent when using the web-based browser interface

The Best for Planning any event

Mar 19, 2018
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 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.

When it comes to all-in-one church planning and management, Planning Center is second to none.

Mar 19, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It offers almost every feature you can imagine necessary for your church, regardless of your position. As a leader, you have the ability to set up a plan for an entire service, including music sets, speakers, sermon notes, etc. with as much or little detail as you like. You can then share this with any or all members of your team for their reference. Chain emails can be sent for reminders of meetings, worship rehearsals, or other information.
For worship pastors, you are also able to attach chord charts, song files, and list of members for future worship sets, allowing everybody to have access to practice materials and be on the same page. There is also an ability to create your own chord charts for songs you've written, along with personal notes for your band to follow directly from you.
For the congregation, there is a hub for offering/donations that can be done completely electronically. Members can also have their own profiles to check in, register for church events, and more. The best part of all of this is that it's all categorized, making every feature streamlined and easy to setup, use, and view. Most software becomes complicated when jam-packed with as many features as Planning Center, however the folks here have done a fantastic job of laying everything out in a logical and easy-to-use way, for the most part.

Cons: While most features are streamlined, some are buried underneath others, and thus require a bit of digging to figure out every last odd-and-end in the program (of which there are a lot). This isn't detrimental, but it is good to know that you'll have to be willing to invest a little bit of time to truly master everything.

Easy to organize, and communicate with teams and volunteers.

Mar 15, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I use Planning center to setup meetings with my friends and church colleagues. We are able to plan meetings and delegate roles within the app. Planning center lets me send automated emails that go out to everyone. It also has a calendar feature that reminds people. I love that I can access it online, on my iPhone or iPad.

Cons: I find sometimes that the newer users don't engage with the application and the emails I send. I think there is a little bit of a learning curve, but if there is someone to help with the first few emails, and who can walk you through the interface it goes a long way.

Overall: Planning Center gives me a place where I can setup and delegate meetings, roles, and other worship tasks. It also allows me to keep everyone in touch, and make delegation decisions where everyone can see it.

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Every church needs Planning Center

Mar 15, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Apple said it first, "There's an app for that!" When it comes to church management, Planning Center has an app for almost everything! I like that we can use ONE system for multiple needs: kids' check-in, event registrations, volunteer scheduling, and more!

Cons: Running reports or creating lists using the data collected can be kind of tricky at first. It would be nice if Planning Center offered some basic reports that could be run without having to customize and set them up yourselves for those not naturally gifted in analyzing data.

Overall: This has made my everyday tasks easier and has significantly improved the organization of our church. It has also allowed me to use data collected to analyze trends within our organization and form strategies to effectively meet our goals.

Planning Center is an awesome tool for our worship ministry!

Mar 13, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: What I like most about this software is how our whole worship team can be linked up to what songs are going to be played for the following week. Everyone is on the same page.

Cons: What I like least about this software is that when I first got it I had a hard time navigating through to where I wanted to get to.

Overall: Planning ahead and staying on time.

Planning Center is very effective in scheduling volunteers for events, services, and volunteering

Mar 13, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like that we can send our team members invites for weekend services and they can respond via the downloadable app. We continually use this software to see who will be showing up to services/events by who's accepted and who has declined the invites we send out. We enjoy using the service flow capability that allows us to communicate how the services will be run for each weekend. This not only allows us to communicate with those who volunteer on our teams, but they have great features like music stand to help communicate which songs will be played that need to be practiced. Every feature created is to the benefit of the participants and the administrators using it.

Cons: I think the only thing I really don't like about this software is the time it takes to get used to where all the functionality is and what can be used for different situations. It's sometimes a challenge to get newer users on their feet when jumping into this program. Particularly in understanding the structure of how data is recorded within the program.

Overall: We are able to let mass amounts of volunteers know what they'll be doing, when they'll be serving, and where they'll be serving over the weekend services we have. It's a great tool for churches who have volunteers willing to jump in and be a part of a team.

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God Send for Planning all aspects of a church service.

Mar 13, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I love getting everything under one roof. Everything from projection slides, to sheet music, team members and schedules, it have brought peace of mind for this over-planner.

Cons: Mobile app for team members can be a little glitchy and gets service dates mixed up some times. However this latest update seemed to have cleared up most of my complaints.

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Very solid software to manage musicians and services

Mar 13, 2018
4/5
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 and learn. It works great to manage our church services and musicians. Creates a step-by-step service plan for multiple teams members to follow.

Cons: It would be nice if there was more integration options with traditional church management software.

A Must-Have for any Church

Mar 13, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The integration across all church ministries is hugely helpful. We have a church of around 350 members and I don't think we would be able to manage one week without this software. We use planning center for tracking all our members, giving, scheduling, and worship. Being able to keep everything in one place makes things so much easier, and is incredibly beneficial from an organisational standpoint.

Cons: This software is not cheap. We pay for it because it is worth it, and because there isn't really anything that compares. If there was some semblance of competition, I don't think we'd feel that loyal to Planning Center.

Overall: We are able to manage a huge amount of people.
Whenever anyone in leadership has any questions as to what the plan in for the next 3 months, they can immediately jump online see.
We are able to manage and track giving.
This is the backbone of our children's security
The extra things like the Music Stand app is incredible (though it can be unstable at times)

I found Planning Center to be an efficient way to communicate for people with varying schedules.

Mar 13, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the simple communication tools, such as email when there was a meeting I needed to attend. I could accept or decline, block out my schedule, or offer feedback to the sender.

Cons: There were a few times it was hard to navigate if I wasn't an administrator. I also wish I could just reply to the email instead of having to sign in to Planning Center.

Overall: Simple scheduling, coordinating meetings, and communication with a team of people.

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Fun design and organized platform

Mar 13, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I appreciated the fact that Planning Center was able to have administrators send email notifications to volunteers like myself.

Cons: It can be somewhat cluttered, but after a day or two I was able to navigate just fine and I really like the look of the program.

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The best church management software for any size church body & team.

Mar 12, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The best part of Planning Center is being able to pick and choose which parts of the software you actually need. You don't have to worry about paying exorbitant prices for tons of features you don't need. The pricing is based on what your church needs. And it's so easy to add or remove apps. This may have started as a service scheduling software, but it has become established as a resource, scheduling, and giving database for our church.

Cons: The only con I could see with this software is learning. I've been using this software for many years, but for those who are first trying it out could need some extra time getting started and used to it. They provide great training videos but if they built an onboarding process for newbies, it could make the product that much greater for the larger church management software market.

Very easy to use. Highly recommend

Mar 12, 2018
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 use this in our church. I receive emails asking me if I am available, can mark off days I am not, and get reminders the week I serve. Makes scheduling people to serve very easy

Easy to Use!

Mar 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: 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!

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

Mar 08, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: 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.

Planning Center is helpful for scheduling people for church service ministries.

Mar 08, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like the ease of selecting members of my team and sending them invitational emails using the app to sign up for a certain church service.

Cons: Sometimes future services will disappear from the home page of the app, and I have a hard time finding them.

I use Planning Center frequently every day of my life!

Mar 08, 2018
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 love the freshness of the design, layout, and features. Everything with them is extremely well thought-out, planned, and executed.

Cons: Sometimes they're a bit slow to release new features--probably mostly tied to their desire to do it right the first time. There are usually workarounds, and it's always worth the wait!

A very well thought out and easy to use products for Worship Leaders!

Mar 07, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: There is so much to like about this product, it will be hard to list just a few things. It is a great organization and practice tool for the Musician's needed for the worship service. I love that it can move the pitch of songs based on the key.

Cons: I wish it did a better job of integrating with popular church management systems including Rock RMS.

Planning center is a fairly easy way to get your plans all in one place

Mar 07, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like the ease of being able to view the plans on an easy to read screen. The layout looks very nice and it is easy to plug volunteers in and get them serving!

Cons: What I like least about the software is that it sometimes feels a little glitchy when you using it. Also, we haven't been able to get the "Planning Center Live" function to work properly.

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This has helped keep our church organized and helped us grow our Dream Team!

Mar 07, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I love the matrix view! This allows me to see several weeks in a row and schedule volunteers around to make sure no one is doing too much. I love how people can confirm or reject and block out dates. This helps avoid micro-managing.

Cons: When I send out requests to serve on a team, I write out an email. However, since there are different ways to respond to a request, I never know if the volunteers read the email or not. So the email function can't really be used to send out important information.

Overall: Planning Center has been very useful for our Dream Team. It helps organize us and keep things simple!

Great platform, but expensive

Mar 07, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The worship features are top notch. I have not found a competitor that matches what they offer in terms of worship. It is the industry standard.

Cons: The a la carte approach is nice if you want limited functionality, but as you add it all up for all their features it becomes cost prohibitive.

Perfect for communicating the church service order with every member of your team.

Mar 06, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Feedback from team members to accept or decline scheduling; synchronization with ProPresenter software for projection purposes; online editing (not hardware based); online storage for files; tiered prices make it a value for any size church

Cons: There isn't much to say that is negative. However, it would be appreciated if the online storage was greater for the number of service types subscribed to.

Overall: Scheduling and communicating with team members. Online access and a wonderful app makes it easy to use and always available. Synchronization with CCLI Songselect and ProPresenter software and online service is a great benefit as well.

We use Planning Center for planning services at our church and volunteer scheduling.

Mar 01, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Planning Center is so easy to use, highly functional, and has a great user interface. It is absolutely essential for clear order and structure.

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Great comprehensive solution for churches.

Mar 01, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Planning Center has helped us track and update information about our people much more easily, and with options to run background checks and giving through the system it has greatly simplified our operations.

Overall: Streamlined processes. Greater awareness of trends within our organization.

Planning Center takes the guessing out of planning!!

Feb 28, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I truly LOVE the ease of storing information on our families. It links all family members and where they are involved in the church. It is super easy to plan out and schedule volunteers. Reminders are sent automatically and you can select to whom and how often you want them sent. This is vital in keeping track of our weekend services and all the volunteers who make it happen!

Cons: There are some events that do not fit into the features of Planning Center. I would live to see a create an event feature where we can pick and choose what we need it to do rather than the normal template they offer.

Overall: The benefits of this software far surpass the few little annoyances I have about unavailable features. Planning Center has truly brought several software products into one and organized our church in ways I could have never dreamed possible.