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Planning Center

Church management software with Mailchimp integration

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Planning Center Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Planning Center product overview

Price starts from

14

Per month

Per Feature

What is 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.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

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

Training options

Documentation
Videos

Planning Center pricing information

Value for money

4.5

/5

1K

Starting from

14

Per month

Per Feature

Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
Pricing range

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Planning Center features

Functionality

4.5

/5

1K

Total features

31

1 categories

Most valued features by users

Event Management
Reporting & Statistics
Membership Management
Activity Dashboard
Data Import/Export
Volunteer Management
Mobile Access
Alerts/Notifications

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Planning Center users reviews

Overall Rating

4.7

/5

1K

Positive reviews

Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9.03/10
Rating distribution

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2

1

771

233

32

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Pros
We love and enjoy nearly all of the products from them. They are so great to work with and they are always open for feedback and much of the growth and change has come from using its users opinions.

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Elizabeth D.

The People Module is the best. I love the ability to update the people/family information on the fly is great.

EM

Eric M.

This is a great tool of scheduling volunteers and laying our the plan details. This is super helpful if we have a wide variety of things going on and its easy to list them all out here.
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Curtis L.

Cons
Additionally, the inability to get support personnel on the phone is a pain at times. Having to run support strictly through email can be a huge barrier and waste of time.

TB

Tiffany B.

The user experience isn't conducive to those who have no tech experience and can be very confusing.

RE

Rachel E.

The one negative I have run into is it is not as customizable as other software I have used.

JW

James W.

Overall rating contenders

Overall Rating

Flexibility and Accessibility makes Planning Center my choice

Reviewed 2 years ago

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Eric M.: My name is Eric and I am a pastor in the nonprofit industry. I give Planning Center a four out...

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Adam J.

Campus Support Team Director

Religious Institutions, 11-50 employees

Review source

Overall Rating

It's the standard for church software for a reason

Reviewed 2 years ago

Transcript

Adam J.: Hi, my name is Adam and I work as a multi-site church director. And I give Planning Center a...

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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The best way to keep everyone on the same page

Reviewed a month ago

Before we started using Planning Center, all our communication was handled by a one-woman team. Though she was efficient, it was getting difficult to keep up with growing numbers and departments. We were introduced to Planning Center around the time the pandemic hit and it was a godsend. We still have only a couple of people administrating the software side of things, but it has been easier to pool in volunteers; integrated communication has made it easier to create dialogue amongst groups. Coming a traditional use case where we relied on different technologies and disconnected platforms, Planning Center has really helped save a lot of time and effort.

Pros

Planning Center came with an easy learning curve. It was just like the other plethora of software products we had used in the past, but all available in one neat, customizable package. We use it to create worship set lists, integrated with ProPresenter, this makes worship planning a breeze. Everyone on the team is well aware of who is and isn't on for a particular week. Communication between teams is also easier. The chances of someone not being in the loop is completely removed. Over time, we have seen that the entire process of managing a growing organization is only getting easier; the scalability of Planning Center is well thought out.

Cons

We do not have features that are missing. But if this changes in the future, we will make an update to this review.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Necessary for worship/service planning, other features could integrate better

Reviewed 6 months ago

We actually like Planning Center a lot. It has its issues, but overall it's nice to be able to integrate every area of our church in one database. I do like that it's a sliding pricing structure and you can choose what you need and what you don't. I wish it were cheaper, but I get it.

Pros

The worship planning software (Services) is unmatched as far as I can tell. It pretty much contains everything we would want in a database solution, the Giving portion is fairly easy to use, Groups and Registrations both work pretty well and our congregation doesn't seem to have a lot of trouble with signups through those. Scheduling volunteers is very simple through Services. Their customer support seems to be pretty consistent and helpful.

Cons

2 things: 1. The individual modules for Planning Center, though I like that you can select which ones you need and don't need, don't seem to integrate super well with each other. The fact that you need to re-import people from the database portion into the other modules can be annoying, and the navigation among them as a whole doesn't seem to be totally cohesive. 2. (My biggest pet peeve) It is ENTIRELY too easy for people to add themselves as a duplicate. We've had 5-6 profiles with the exact same email and name, and people can just create a new profile over and over again. If this could be solved, I would honestly be a lot happier with Planning Center.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Great software!

Reviewed a month ago

Overall, we love Planning Center. It's easy to use & the team there is super friendly and helpful when needed. We wish it was more customizable, but overall, we love all of their products and use them frequently.

Pros

We love how intuitive PCO is. It's easy to navigate & use, with very little extensive training required. It's the "Apple" of software. It is seamless for volunteer & attendee management, and it makes sign ups, giving, groups, etc. a breeze.

Cons

It's not quite a customizable as we would like. All solutions are out of the box, and there's not the option to really change or amend things (functionality, reporting, etc.). I also wish the API, specifically for registrations, was open to developers so we could connect that into our main church database.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Part of it Works for Us

Reviewed 4 years ago

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.

Vendor response

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.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Planning Center is an all in one software that makes management easier.

Reviewed 3 months ago

Planning Center is easy to learn and manage. It has helped our church navigate managing over 200 members. This includes using online giving, member database, scheduling, music, emailing members, managing attendance to events and conducting background checks. Planning Center certainly has made our life easier in the office!

Pros

I like how it is versatile and allows us to plug in other services that help us navigate our business efficiently.

Cons

I wish we could have access to a live person quickly if assistance with the program is needed.

Planning Center FAQs and common questions

Q. What type of pricing plans does Planning Center offer?

Planning Center has the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $14.00/month
Pricing model: Subscription
Free Trial: Available


Q. Who are the typical users of Planning Center?

Planning Center has the following typical customers:
Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Small Business


Q. What languages does Planning Center support?

Planning Center supports the following languages:
English


Q. Does Planning Center support mobile devices?

Planning Center supports the following devices:
Android, iPad, iPhone


Q. Does Planning Center offer an API?

Yes, Planning Center has an API available for use.


Q. What other apps does Planning Center integrate with?

Planning Center integrates with the following applications:
MediaShout, Checkr, ProPresenter, Clearstream, Kindrid, Faithlife Proclaim, Stripe, Pushpay, PastorsLine, Text In Church, Mailchimp, Aware3, Subsplash


Q. What level of support does Planning Center offer?

Planning Center offers the following support options:
Chat, FAQs/Forum, Email/Help Desk, Phone Support, Knowledge Base

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