18 July 2007 ~ 5 Comments

Planning Center Online


So this is a resource I’ve been using for a couple of months now, and I would say it is a must have for you worship leaders out there.  Another friend told me he doesn’t know what he ever did without it.

I tried using worshipplanning.com for a bit when I was at Revolution.  While it was useful as well, I’ve found Planning Center to be a whole lot more user friendly and customizable.  My favorite features:

  • Scheduling abilities, including ability to view in a matrix format that is really good at looking forward and back at elements/songs used in services as well as people scheduled.
  • Ability to post mp3’s and chord charts for the team to look at in advance.
  • Easy to read print out of service flow or production volunteers to follow.
  • Ability for people to black out dates on their calendars for the sake of scheduling (will be even nicer if I can get them to use it).
  • Song database with charting abilityies that make it easy to change keys or make capoed versions.

Anyway, those are just a few.  Being that it’s been a great tool for me, I thought it would be fair to pimp it to you.  So if you need some help with your organizing and communication check it out.

The one thing that I am discovering would make it an even more useful tool is if I could get my sets planned a little further out, instead of the week of which is typical for me now.  I’m hoping to get at least 2-3 weeks out.  How about you other leaders out there?  How far in advance do you plan your sets?  Just wondering.

And who else is using Planning Center?  Leaders?  Volunteers?  How do you like it?  You have somethin better?  (Like an intern?)

5 Responses to “Planning Center Online”

  1. Ben 19 July 2007 at 6:56 pm Permalink

    Hey, cool link! I’m using Worshipplanning and have signed up with them through December. However, I’m thinking about a switch. I may consider this in the future.

  2. Matthew 18 July 2007 at 2:45 pm Permalink

    I’ve been using Planning Center for about 2 months and I absolutely LOVE IT! At our church plant, it’s really a little more than I need (though I find more use for it each week). I wish I would have had this for the past 4 years with a ministry of 80 people involved, it would have made life so much easier.
    Everything is usually posted for us the Monday before the prospective weekend. I’m a part of the Creative Team, which plans out our pastor’s messages anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks in advance. I know with our pastor though that anything is game until the Monday the week of, no matter how much else we’ve planned. I usually add songs as I think about them, so I may have a song selected for six weeks, but fill in the rest progressively over time and finalize it Monday of.

  3. Steve Eller 18 July 2007 at 11:20 am Permalink

    I have the same problem you do Bobby. I tend to plan the week of. I would like to plan a little more in advance, but our pastor is really slow at getting details of what his message really is. Sometimes I have a title to work off of, but that never gives me the true picture.
    I do piece together plans for upcoming weeks by picking one or two songs I know I want to use in the rotation. That is what makes planningcenteronline.com awesome–you can plan in pieces, and change later, whatever. It is awesome!

  4. Nathan G 18 July 2007 at 11:07 am Permalink

    Interesting that you write about this today. I am in the process of thinking about making this switch to Planningcenter.
    As far as your question about planning out…?
    I am with you. It is hard for me to plan that far out in advance without really knowing what my pastor is preaching on. That is what makes it difficult for me. Sometimes if we are in a series or I know I am going on vacation, I’ll plan 3 weeks out…but that happens maybe once a year.

  5. Paul J. 18 July 2007 at 9:56 am Permalink

    Planning Center RULES. Started using it last year, right after they released it at the Saddleback Worship Conference.
    I can’t even estimate how much time this program has saved us. Worth any price.
    We fluctuate planning 2 and 3 weeks out so far. Trying to improve and make that stable.

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