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Planning Center

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An all-in-one church management software for every ministry.

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Planning Center Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Planning Center FAQs

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

Planning Center has the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $0.00
Pricing model: Free
Free Trial: Available | (No Credit Card required)

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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, Proclaim by Logos, 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

Planning Center product overview

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What is Planning Center?

Planning Center is an all-in-one church management system made to helped you organize information, coordinate events, communicate with your team, and connect with your congregation.

Key benefits of using Planning Center

- Welcome children to a safe environment using secure check-ins and require background checks for every volunteer with Check-Ins.
- Organize get-togethers, classes, camps, and VBS with an easy signup process through Registrations.
- Keep families engaged, follow up with first-time guests, and send invitations with People's automations.
- Help people stay connected by offering event signups, recorded sermons, and much more on the free mobile app and web experience, Church Center.
- Allow volunteers to set their availability and organize schedules and Plan services months in advance, organize volunteer schedules, and allow volunteers to set their availability through Services.
- Host event request forms, plan events, manage rooms and resources, and get a central view of everything at your church with Calendar.

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

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Planning Center features

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4.5

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Total features

38

4 categories

Most valued features by users

Reporting & Statistics
Event Management
Data Import/Export
Donor Management
Activity Dashboard
Membership Management
Contact Management
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Planning Center users reviews

Overall Rating

4.7

/5

1.1K

Positive reviews

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

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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.
The People Module is the best. I love the ability to update the people/family information on the fly is great.
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.
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.
The user experience isn't conducive to those who have no tech experience and can be very confusing.
The one negative I have run into is it is not as customizable as other software I have used.

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Adam J.

Campus Support Team Director

Religious Institutions, 11-50 employees

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Overall Rating

It's the standard for church software for a reason

Reviewed 3 years ago

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

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Eric M.

Pastor

Religious Institutions, 1-10 employees

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Flexibility and Accessibility makes Planning Center my choice

Reviewed 3 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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Timothy H.

Religious Institutions, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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

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Our Virtual Assistant

Reviewed 5 years ago

Our team has come to a place of embracing this product and using it well for planning worship events. Early on, it was a bit of a learning curve. Having been use to software having phone support with programs. Over all, this product has become a virtual part of our team. We like the ability to update it on the fly, even in the middle of an event. We have also used the "groups" portion of the app, but not a lot. Our next adventure with this product is to be implementing the "check-in" portion of the app. The PlanningCenter portion is great for setting up teams to serve and for bringing our sheet music library into the 'plan.'

Pros

This app/program has become a great aid in planning worship services and events for our Sunday Services and other events. It helps us get all of our information into one spot. Secondly, in planning our worship services and other events, it has become a template that leads us to our 'finished product,' a well planned and detailed event.

Cons

All support is done through tutorials and through email contacts. There is no phone support, at least that I have found.

Vendor response

Hey Timothy, thanks so much for your feedback and sharing how the software helps your Team get to the finished product for your events. As for phone support, you are able to schedule a call via the (?) on the top right of the app you have questions in. While email support is the fastest most efficient way to receive support. You can still schedule a call via the (?) via the "open a ticket" modal. Hope you have a blessed one!

JM
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John Marc C.

Religious Institutions, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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

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Planning Center for Churches

Reviewed a year ago

Overall, we enjoy using Planning Center and the apps work extremely well. Everything is customizable and extremely flexible with any kind of organizational system that you may have. They have a great Slack community as well where you can ask for help with any questions you may have.

Pros

We really enjoy using Planning Center. It is easy to use, fast, and very intuitive. The different apps help to keep the data separate and they work together really well. We use like how the apps are quick and easy to find the information that we need.

Cons

The only downside that I find is the cost. I feel that it is slightly overpriced. Everything works great but they charge you for for each app separately. In some ways it could keep costs down but it would be nice if there was an option to save when you are using every app they offer. They also charge to track donations which many companies do not.

Vendor response

Hey there, John Marc! We're glad to hear that you're enjoying our products and that our Slack Community has been helpful to you and your team. If you have any questions or other comments you'd like to pass along, you can always email us at support@planningcenter.com. We're glad to hear from our customers! Thanks again for the great review!

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Tara H.

Nonprofit Organization Management, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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

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Not the most user friendly

Reviewed 3 years ago

Planning center makes it easy to keep church records and maintain a database. Not only can you use it to schedule and email volunteers, but it also has an add on that allows you to background check volunteers as well. It is very helpful to have this tool included in the software. My main complaint about the product is that it is difficult to create teams Volunteers and the service planning tool is awkward when applied to children’s ministries.

Pros

There is a great system for tracking attendance and check-in‘s at Sunday services. It can be a very helpful database for church management with lots of different functionalities.

Cons

The “Services” is not user-friendly at all. The menus are not intuitive, and it takes lots of trial and error to achieve the desired result. This area of the program could use a major overhaul to make it more functional and helpful.

Vendor response

Hey Tara! Thanks for taking the time to share the review. We're sorry to hear you are running into issues with the volunteer management portion of Services. Our support team is standing by today and ready to assist with any pain points you are running into. Would you be up for emailing us at support@planningcenter.com? We look forward to hearing from you.

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Jennifer V.

Religious Institutions, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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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 2 years 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.

Vendor response

Hi Jennifer, Thanks for your kind words! You mentioned wishing you could have access to a live person. We are here in the wings ready to support you. You may be surprised how quickly we respond! Our Support Team is a great resource for help in that area. Hit the '?' icon in the upper-right of the screen when you are looking at your List. Send us a message and our team will jump in to help! Thanks!

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John S.

Religious Institutions, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great church management software

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

We've been using Planning Center for years now, and have steadily been adding additional features. One of the best parts is how everything is fully integrated: all of the names from PC People transfer to PC Services and PC Check-in. It makes the use of new services seamless and easy. It's super helpful to have different levels of access, especially in PC Giving. I can get a snap shot of all the financial information for our church without having access to specific donor information, which provides helpful boundaries and financial accountability.

Cons

We recently started using ProPresenter for our Sunday gathering visuals as well as our live stream. PC Services does integrate with ProPresenter, but our Director of Gathered Worship said he doesn't use it because it seems somewhat finicky. We may just need to do some more research into how to best use the products together :)

Vendor response

Hi John, Thanks for your kind words! You mentioned having some trouble with the ProPresenter integration. Our Support Team is a great resource for help in that area. Hit the '?' icon in the upper-right of the screen when you are looking at your List. Send us a message and our team will jump in to help! Thanks!

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