Planning Center

Church management software with Mailchimp integration

About Planning Center

Planning Center is a church management solution that helps churches of all sizes manage memberships, process online donations, and conduct background checks on volunteers. It allows administrators to create digital sign-up forms, set event reminders, assign tasks, share training notes with volunteers, and monitor participation for various activities.

The solution enables managers to collaborate with team members on a centralized dashboard to schedule events, book rooms, discuss event setup requirements, and more. Authorities can utilize Planning Center to accept donations in real-time, record donor details, view deposit statuses, track individuals’ donation commitments, and analyze trends to forecast monthly donations. It also allows teams to assign and schedule specific roles to volunteers according to their team positions or preferences and share rehearsal files such as song libraries or chord charts with concerned individuals.

Planning Center lets professionals create and share customizable sheet music with musicians and utilize the page-turning functionality to swipe or scroll through the songbook. Managers can utilize the platform to create online groups for encouraging participation in church activities to cultivate commitments.

Pricing starting from:

US$14,00/month

  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Pricing starting from:

US$14,00/month

  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of Planning Center: 44

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Calendar Management
  • Categorisation/Grouping
  • Child Check-in
  • Contact Management
  • Customization
  • Data Import/Export
  • Donation Management
  • Email Invitations & Reminders
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Management
  • Event Scheduling
  • For Religious Organizations
  • Forecasting
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Labeling
  • Member Communication
  • Member Directory
  • Member Portal
  • Membership Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Monitoring
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Giving
  • Personalization
  • Pledge Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Resource Allocation & Planning
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Room Booking
  • Scheduling
  • Small Group Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Volunteer Management
  • Website Management
  • Worship Planning

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Reviews

Overall rating

4,7 /5
(947)
Value for Money
4,5/5
Features
4,5/5
Ease of Use
4,4/5
Customer Support
4,6/5

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Chris S.
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  • Industry: Religious Institutions
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The standard for church management software

Reviewed on 2021/02/15

Having used almost every Planning Center product, there is nothing else that I would recommend. Our...

Having used almost every Planning Center product, there is nothing else that I would recommend. Our entire team uses it weekly for worship, planning, check-ins, de-briefing through reports, congregant database, volunteer team emails, and so much more. Planning Center does a fantastic job and only keeps improving.

Pros

The ease of use is its best feature. Ease in adding people, features, reports, etc. is unmatched in the industry. Also, Planning Center has a modern look and feel that many of its competitors lack. The worship software with the SongSelect integration, planning tools, database, key management, ability to add various media, etc. it is a must-have product for any church that values communication, strategic planning, and excellence. Every Planning Center Product that I have and continue to use remains the standard for church management software.

Cons

Running reports in "People" is cumbersome and time-consuming to get to the exact information you are looking for. It takes a thorough amount of trial and error to extrapolate the intended data by getting the variables just right.

Response from Planning Center

Hey Chris, thanks for the review! If you're willing, we'd love to see if we can help make pulling reports simpler for you. Shoot some details to [email protected] and we'll take a look!

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Religious Institutions
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Best service planning software around

Reviewed on 2020/10/26

Around Services and Check ins, Planning Center has been exceptional with customer service and...

Around Services and Check ins, Planning Center has been exceptional with customer service and helping us sort through issues. Their tutorial videos are also great. We didn't have great luck with customer service around the financial module, hence the choice to go another direction with our overall database while continuing to use Services.

Pros

Planning Center Services automates really helpful admin and communication work and allows teams to learn and grow with all of the resources they need. From an administrator's perspective, the ability to schedule and view services in matrix mod and keep track of multiple teams of volunteers with various limitations and requests using the preferences and blackouts is easily worth the monthly cost. Services is the backbone of planning center, and there's good reason that it's the standard in mid-sized and larger churches. The interface is intuitive and easy for volunteer users to figure out, and they do a great job of continuing to innovate features and usability.

Cons

While the other modules across planning center have great integration, our church found that the finances side lacked necessary features, meaning we are now running a separate database/CRM while still running planning center services. We wanted to be able to add financial information (givings) into the database without the person entering the data seeing previous data - essentially the ability to enter data blindly. I suspect many other churches are running different databases as well as planning center services, and the multi-system approach isn't ideal, so it would be nice to have a more responsive development team as planning center's interface is generally well built and user friendly.

Karen N.
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  • Industry: Religious Institutions
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

Part of it Works for Us

Reviewed on 2018/12/18

At this point, it is used in a minimal way, to lay out our order of service and schedule 2 ministry...

At this point, it is used in a minimal way, to lay out our order of service and schedule 2 ministry teams out of the 10+ teams that serve at each of our services.

Pros

Makes scheduling and organizing our order of service very simple for the administration team. When an item such as teaching changes from 30 minutes to 40 minutes, the modifications are easy to implement without having to recalculate the time of day from one item to the next. When that same item is moved someplace else in the order of service it's a simple drag and drop and all times for the service are automaticallly adjusted.

Cons

Not a great tool for our volunteers. The scheduling module is a little difficult to train volunteers to use. They all give it a shot but most revert to using excel spreadsheets. Report templates, unless you are an html programmer, aren't flexible enough to give me the layout I am looking for.

We tried to use it to check in our children but the unreliability of connecting and printing name tags caused huge delays, aggravated our parents and frustrated the volunteers. I am advised they have resolved that problem, however, due to their prior experience our children's church isn't willing to give it another chance.

Response from Planning Center

Hi Karen,

Thanks for the review! Our support team is able to help you with some parts of coding those reports if you'd like to reach out to them for help, and give them an example of how you would like your report to look. They would also be able to give you some tips for making scheduling volunteers easier in Services.

Sorry to hear that hardware issues were keeping your Children's Ministry from using Check-Ins efficiently. If they're willing to give it a second chance in the future, we'll be glad to help troubleshoot those problems up front.

Tanya A.
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  • Industry: Religious Institutions
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Upgraded our Planning Center subscriptions...what a difference!

Reviewed on 2021/02/11

We're increasing engagement to and from our congregation. Adding these additional subscriptions has...

We're increasing engagement to and from our congregation. Adding these additional subscriptions has improved the ways we interact with our church community.

Pros

Our church has used Planning Center Services for some time, but we recently made the move to Planning Center Giving and Groups. What a difference for our staff and congregation! This platform is user friendly, very intuitive. The move from our previous software was done with ease.

Cons

If I were to list any cons it would really be nitpicking. We are very satisfied with our overall experience.

Response from Planning Center

Hey Tanya - thanks so much for the review! So grateful we've made life easier for your staff and congregation!

Don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions. :-)

Aaron S.
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  • Industry: Religious Institutions
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Organization Made Easy!

Reviewed on 2020/08/09

Overall, Planning Center has helped our church in organization while also providing a great,...

Overall, Planning Center has helped our church in organization while also providing a great, resourceful, easy to use, customizable, and cosmetically pleasing choice of apps the work so well together and free up our time to work in other needed areas. It also has helped all of our staff be on the same page when going forward in our various ministries and events.

Pros

The variety of different apps that can help with all of our organization needs has been amazing. All the apps are easy to use, come with detailed tutorials so anyone can learn quickly, was able to be implemented into our website well, you can pick and choose which apps you want and skip the ones you may not need, and the customer service was fantastic at replying to support emails. Plus the church center app that can go on your phone makes utilizing these apps easy and cosmetically pleasing. There really just isn’t enough space to write all the pros that this product has.

Cons

The only 2 problems that can be found with this software is that when using the registration app, we are unable to make an event for one day but have multiple time slots to choose from and have to instead make 3 different events with those time slots which takes up more time. The second problem is that the price can be a little daunting and can start to add up quickly when choosing different apps at their various capacities which can limit some of the churches who might have interest.

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Planning Center FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Planning Center.

Planning Center offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$14,00/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

A 30-day free trial is available after which the product is available on module-based pricing outlined below. Calendar (10 rooms, unlimited events) - starts at $14 Check-ins (50 daily check-ins) - starts at $14 Giving (100 monthly donations) - starts at $14 Groups (125 group members) - starts at $14 Publishing - starts at $14 Registrations (20 event attendees) - starts at $14 Services (25 team members) - starts at $14

We do not have any information about Planning Center features

Planning Center has the following typical customers:

2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001+

We do not have any information about what languages Planning Center supports

Planning Center supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Planning Center integrates with the following applications:

Aware3, Checkr, Clearstream, Faithlife Proclaim, Kindrid, Mailchimp, MediaShout, PastorsLine, ProPresenter, Pushpay, Stripe, Subsplash, Text In Church

Planning Center offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Chat

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