Planning Center People

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Planning review by <span>David A.</span>
David A.
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"Switching to PCO People was the best decision we have made!"

What do you like best?

Constant updates and improvements. The PCO team is always making changes for the better to the software. No annual contract so unlike other ChMS solutions out there it feels like PCO is working every month to keep customers!

What do you dislike?

There is almost nothing that I dislike about PCO people. Sometimes they roll out a new feature and you wish for it to do more or have more flexibility. Instead of waiting years to roll out something fully completed, they roll out a great feature and then improve and iterate customer feedback. Not a negative but can prove challenging as the software is always evolving and changing!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it out! You’ve got nothing to lose - People is free and all the other apps integrate really well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tracking our people and their involvement at our church. Planning Center has opened up our data to our entire team, not just the tech/data people.

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Planning review by <span>Amanda W.</span>
Amanda W.
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"Planning Center is an incredible web based application that aids in organizing your worship services"

What do you like best?

I like that everything my team needs for our services can be found in one place. MP3's, chord charts, other media and even links to outside sources such as YouTube are all stored in one place.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the learning curve that is presented to users by the constant tweaks made to Planning Center. They take our opinions and suggestions very seriously and respond quickly by providing updates, but this can make learning the ins and outs of Planning Center difficult for new team members.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Planning Center to everyone looking for a way to organize their church services, volunteers and the resources needed for those volunteers to complete their tasks necessary to the success of your service. It has revolutionized how we do ministry.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have solved a communications problem and a storage problem by using Planning Center. Because Planning Center allows for you to manage your teams and resources as well as your services the need for other programs has been eliminated.

What Church Management solution do you use?

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Planning review by <span>Steven A.</span>
Steven A.
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"Great CMS for any size church"

What do you like best?

Planning Center serves as a great church management software and is even free to begin recording records for your church congregants. There are several additional apps you can pay for in order to allow online giving, event registration, small group management etc and all prices are tiered for your needs and size.

What do you dislike?

While you can pull reports from Planning Center and the apps you subscribe to, there is limited information you can customize to show in each report.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We’re able to have a main database that includes all our information for our attenders, securely and efficiently checkin children and students each week, and manage our small groups well. This has allowed our staff to minister to people more effectively.

Planning review by <span>David J.</span>
David J.
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"Easy to use"

What do you like best?

Planning Center People is easy to use and helpful for keeping track of people in your church. It's easy to update contact information or change someone from a visitor to a regular attender. You can make your own custom lists (like High School Boys for example) and those lists can be set to automatically refresh every day. It so easy to manage we have volunteers do it all for our church. You can also get an app for your phone so you can look people up on the go if you need to find contact info for someone.

What do you dislike?

Making lists is really helpful and PC People has a bunch you can make easily. However, their process for making a custom list is not very intuitive and can be difficult to create the list you need.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We love PC People! It's been super helpful to everyone in our church. I highly recommend Planning Center People to anyone who manages a database for churches.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is easy to keep track of everyone who is involved in your church. PC People organizes your database and makes contacting people or finding the right people easy.

Planning review by <span>Audrey R.</span>
Audrey R.
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"PC People is a wonderful, easy tracking tool."

What do you like best?

Intuitive, flexible, great customer service. Planning Center also offers several other applications, for checkins, sales, service scheduling, and much more. Some applications are free for use up to a certain amount of data, and all of them are incredibly cost effective. Importing data from previous systems was a SNAP! Easiest transition I've ever done! Also, if you have a suggestion for a product improvement, Planning Center staff will take your suggestion and evaluate whether it would benefit the majority of their clients. If it will, they often implement it. Improvements to the software are constantly being made, and can be tracked on PC's blogs and social media sites. Upgrades are instant, as the service is completely cloud-based, and cost nothing.

What do you dislike?

It doesn't have a strong reporting tool. You can create very simple canned reports called "Lists" but considering how much data we store across all the different modules of PC (which are all connected to the same database on the back end), I'm really surprised they don't have a simple reporting tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can set up a free account and learn how it works. Play with it - it's the best way to learn it. Or visit another church that's using it and see how they use it and what they like about it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tracking people and their data and managing lists for quick communication. We also plan our worship services in PC Services and schedule people for serving. The email invitations and Accept/Decline function are AWESOME. Best scheduling tool ever, even for complex teams. Single cloud-based location for all data, accessible via desktop or app, data exportable.

Planning review by <span>Christina C.</span>
Christina C.
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"We have a world of information easily accessible to us now that we use planning center. "

What do you like best?

I love how I can work with my volunteers and participants all from the same platform. I love being able to send emails and connect to our website. Its so easy to use and to show volunteers how to use.

What do you dislike?

I don't like how the apps are not streamlined to easily work together, this makes it hard for leaders to engage on the go.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Talk with someone who is using the product the amount of possibilities is endless. Think about what you want to do and there is a way with planning Center.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tracking and caring for the needs of people in support groups;

Planning review by <span>Donna C.</span>
Donna C.
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"Great for tracking non-profit donations!"

What do you like best?

It removes the restrictions of a church member having to be present to make a contribution. Planning Center is easily accessible for anyone with a computer or smartphone.

What do you dislike?

If a person makes a donation in Mar and it gets kicked back in Apr, it doesn't adjust Apr. It will go back and adjust Mar.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is a great tracking tool to get a visual of the activity in your different funds/efforts. And, it tracks those same contributions for year-end tax requirements, as well.

Planning review by Administrator in Religious Institutions
Administrator in Religious Institutions
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"Planning Center People"

What do you like best?

A great church directory service, with email integration into mail chimp, and it's free. It also interfaces with Checkr, a great background check provider, and you can keep track of all your children's ministry workers in this one platform.

What do you dislike?

It would be helpful to have more email formatting options without being integrated into an email service. Also, I'd like to be able to click through the stats on the Dashboard to see which specific people are in those categories.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely check it out, it's hard to find another church management tool that's this user friendly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Church directory, communications, and lists for ministries. This helps us keep everything in one place, and it's proven to be a valuable tool.

Planning review by <span>Tim T.</span>
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"Love Planning Center People"

What do you like best?

I love that it’s free but most of all I love how it integrates with everything else and that I can purchase a la carte.

What do you dislike?

Honestly love it all. Maybe beef up some search options.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can test it out for free and discover what a great tool it is.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to keep an active database and have a lot of work flow options.

Planning review by <span>Matthew M.</span>
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"Great software for keeping your congregation organized"

What do you like best?

Planning Center People has helped us keep track of people in our church. We can have all of our congregants information in one place and that info can connect with the other modules within planning center.

What do you dislike?

I wish that you could look up people by telephone number.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Planning Center is an organization that really understands churches and can meet most church's software needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It can be hard for churches to keep track of their congregations, from contact information to dates such as baptism and membership. Planning Center people has helped our church keep track of all of this.

Planning review by Administrator in Religious Institutions
Administrator in Religious Institutions
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"I love planning center people"

What do you like best?

This is by far the best program I've used for a database. It's ease of use and fluidity with other apps planning center offer is seamless.

What do you dislike?

I would love to see file uploads for emails as well as texting become features within planning center instead of being pushed to 3rd parties.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have seen many bonuses in switching to people in the last few years. The biggest is the ease of use, and ability for volunteers even to help manage it.

Planning review by <span>David G.</span>
David G.
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"Free People Management"

What do you like best?

Free and it unites the rest of the Planning Center suite of software solutions

What do you dislike?

Took a little bit to figure out how to use some of the more advanced features like automations

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Membership management, storage of membership covenants, tracking background checks

Planning review by <span>Karen O.</span>
Karen O.
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"Simple Church Management Software"

What do you like best?

I like that with Planning Center People, you can create various reports within the program.

What do you dislike?

I think they should develop a better IOS and Android app so this program can be used from any device.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great program at a great price.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is helpful to have a people management software that is online based so you can log-in from anywhere. There are also a lot of other programs that can work with Planning Center People.

Planning review by Administrator in Religious Institutions
Administrator in Religious Institutions
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" Trial use of planning center people "

What do you like best?

Attendance tracking - The ability to keep track of who was where and when and the ability to create repeating events – for instance, once I create a Sunday morning service, I don’t have to create it again. I simply have to check but it is a weekly event. I set it and forget it.

What do you dislike?

That there are several apps for each different aspect. I would love it if they made it into just one application

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Attendance

Planning review by <span>Andrew C.</span>
Andrew C.
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"Planning Center People Streamlining"

What do you like best?

PCO People has really streamlined our ability to track and add new people at our church.

What do you dislike?

It is hard sometimes to make a list according to certain characteristics

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Communication

Planning review by Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
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"Almost Perfect "

What do you like best?

I love the dashboards and module change interface

What do you dislike?

Communication tools - really need e-mail and text capabilities

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you research the communication tools part of the program

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Searching for information is easy as well as exporting reports

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