Put safety procedures in place to keep you and parents confident.
Match the code on childrens’ name labels to their parents’ security label before allowing anyone to be picked up.
Record who checks in, who drops them off, and who picks them up so you have what you need in an emergency.
Put background checks in your training workflow and renew when they’re outdated.
I’m doing this all on my own, so Planning Center has become my assistant—it takes a weight off of my shoulders of knowing how I’m going to be able to accomplish everything.
Coordinate your classes, groups, winter camps, and VBS in one system—no details dropped!
Request everything you need to plan behind-the-scenes, and then add events to the church calendar so people know what is happening, when, and where!
Gather signed forms, accept payments, include custom fields for questions, and offer event add-ons, like t-shirts or books, all in the same signup!
Check kids into their assigned VBS crew, camp cabin, or onto the bus—all of their information from the signup will sync automatically.
Keep families involved in the church with opportunities just for them.
Welcome first-time guests and invite them to events, let absent children know you missed them, and follow up with them on their prayer requests.
Parents can check kids in, sign up for events, and see what else is going on at church—maybe join a small group, or watch a sermon, all from your custom Church Center mobile app.
Track individual details and milestones about children and adults, like prayer requests, baptism, membership interest, and more.
Planning Center saves me a ton of time. Administrative work was killing me, especially volunteer scheduling, and if I’m doing extra admin work, that time comes out of my ministry time, personal growth time, and lesson-prep. The shift to Planning Center really changed everything.
Scheduling can be a footnote on your to-do list, instead of a complicated spreadsheet demanding hours of your week.
Plan your schedule out as far as you want by setting class times, volunteer roles and availability in advance. Then the week-of is just final confirmations and preparation for Sunday morning and not a last-minute scramble
Volunteers can set their own preferences in Planning Center, and you can auto-schedule right around them! Then send the schedule requests and reminders out however volunteers prefer—email, text, push notifications, or even print for your paper-only folks.
Pastors, teachers, volunteers—everybody using Planning Center on your team has access to our training materials to learn more and can contact our support team to ask questions.
We have thousands of features across all eight of our products, but this is the core set of features we offer as a complete church management system.
Create positions for your teams and assign them to services and events.
People can set their availability based on when they prefer to volunteer.
Send schedule requests months in advance and set auto-reminders.
Create online event signups, accept payments, and organize details.
Track requests/approvals for who is using what, in which room, and when!
Use any internet-connected device to check people in and safely and print labels.
Order and track background checks through Checkr, or your own system.
Match children and parents’ labels to verify who is authorized to pick up children.
Know who checked in, where, who dropped them off, who picked them up, and when.
Run check-in from as many internet-connected devices as you need.
Manage your database, plan services, and run check- in from an app or browser.
Print custom labels from Citizen, Brother, Dymo, and Zebra printers.
Create step-by-step processes to make sure no one falls through the cracks.
Give people a central place to see what’s going on at the church and get involved.
Communicate with parents about what’s going on in children’s ministry!