What makes Planning Center different?

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Check out this video from Aaron, our Co-founder explaining some of the things that make Planning Center stand out from the competition.

Separate Applications

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

Here are some of the benefits of having separate applications:

  • Contextual Design
    A product for managing donations shouldn't be designed the same way as one for checking kids into their classrooms. Though all our products are beautifully designed, keeping them 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. When we're ready to add a new feature for a product, we can release that feature independent of the other products!
  • Appropriate Pricing
    Not every church needs every Planning Center product.  But when you do need them, each product has its own package levels that can grow with you! Our pricing calculator makes it very easy to see what you would pay now and estimate how it might change as you need more. Since we don't have any contracts, you can upgrade, downgrade, or cancel any product at any time!

One Church Management System

Though each product can work perfectly on its own, all Planning Center products share a centralized people database. No matter what product you are in when you edit a person's information, it's updated everywhere.

In addition to sharing profiles, here are some other examples of how our products integrate with each other:

  • Schedule volunteers with Services, and if you take attendance using Check-Ins, you'll be able to see who attended in either application.
  • People allows to you make lists based on information from any of your Planning Center apps, allowing you to easily see things like all people who have donated last month  but are not attending any groups.
  • Check-Ins and Registrations have an integration with each other that allows you to check in people for events they've paid for.
  • Calendar has an option to show a feed of your Registrations Events, and we hope to integrate other products into this feature in the future!

Fast, Free Support for Everyone in Your Church

We make it easy for anyone to access help or support from any Planning Center page. Click on the ? in the top right of any product to see suggested links, search our help, or reach out to our support team who normally responds within one business hour.

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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