What makes Planning Center different?

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While there are many things that make Planning Center different, one of the biggest things is our strategy to keep our applications separate, while still allowing them to work together. Instead of giving you one huge system that tries to do everything, we have discrete applications designed with one major task in mind.

Separate Applications

Here are some of the benefits of having separate applications:

  • Contextual Design
    An app for managing donations shouldn't be designed like an app for checking kids into their classrooms. One lends itself to lots of tables and graphs, and the other lends itself to fun bright colors. Though all our apps are beautifully designed, keeping our applications separate allows each one to be optimized for the type of problem it's trying to help you solve.
  • Independent Release Schedules
    In general, our apps don't share code. That means when we're ready to add a new feature to Registrations, we don't have to worry if it will affect any of our other apps. That means less testing and worry for us, and faster features for you. How fast? Our blog is updated with all major new features, averaging to one per week!
  • Focused Teams
    Each of our applications has a Product Manager, Product Specialist, Designer, and Developers who can focus on the needs of that product.
  • Appropriate Pricing
    Not every church needs every Planning Center application.  For the applications you do need, each has its own package levels that can grow as you do. If you check in a lot of kids but only have a handful of volunteers to schedule, you can choose a larger package for Check-Ins and a smaller one for Services. As soon as you need new applications or higher package levels, just change it online, and it applies immediately. Our pricing calculator makes it very easy to see what you would pay now and estimate how it might change as you need more.

One Church Management System

Though each app can work perfectly on its own, the applications have integrations that also allow them to work together.

  • Schedule volunteers with Services, and if you take attendance using Check-Ins, you'll be able to see who attended in either application.
  • When a new person registers to attend an event from Registrations, it also puts them in People, your main membership database at the heart of all Planning Center apps. Then, when they show up and you want to check them in, their information is automatically available in Check-Ins.
  • People allows to you make lists of people based on information from any of your Planning Center apps, allowing you to easily see all people who have given for the first time but aren't attending any groups.
  • All Planning Center apps share a centralized people database that can be fully accessed from People. No matter what app you are in when you edit a person's information, it is shared with all other apps.

The Planning Center Difference

In addition to what makes our product strategy unique, there are a lot of things that make us who we are as a company. In fact, we have an entire About Us page where you can learn more!

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