What is Planning Center Online?
Planning Center Online (PCO) is Church Management Software (ChMS) designed specifically to help churches manage members, visitors, giving, event registration, room reservation, volunteer scheduling, event/group/children check-in and much more!
How will PCO benefit us?
PCO allows New Life to become more connected to members, leaders, and volunteers, by using services that all connect together in 1 system for an improved, and more managed church system.
How will this change effect us?
For leaders, and volunteers: There will be several changes over the next coming months in policies, and procedures but it will all be with the goal to make things easier and more streamlined than the way things have been in the past. For instance, in the past each ministry had to figure out a scheduling method that may have worked, but the overall experience has been broken in many areas. PCO will allow all ministry leaders to have a single location to go to manage volunteer scheduling with email/text serving requests, and even reminders.
For members: In the past, only members who gave online would receive and be able to manage their giving information. With PCO as members give (even via envelope) will receive and have the ability to view their contributions online via Planning Center.
What if we need help?
One of the things we enjoy about Planning Center is the number of videos, and help articles that they have available to help navigate you through the software. Here are some links that will be helpful with this transition:
YouTube Channel *They regularly post new videos with updates and changes to the software.
Along with introducing Planning Center Support videos and documentation we will also be introducing a new service called Slack that will allow all ministry leaders to have a single location to connect share ideas, ask questions, and ask for help. Also, our own tech support personnel will be there to help guide you through this new process.
If you’re interested in joining our Slack Channel, click the link: Join our Slack Channel
What will we need in order use this service?
Giving: All members can access the features that are available to everyone in the New Life App under the Church Center button. This will allow users to Give using Planning Center’s Giving Platform. (users can still use our current mobile giving solution as well, as giving payment info is not shared between the 2 systems) Giving information name, donor, how much was given will all be available in Church Center.
Groups: Join and access info from our small groups, i.e. New Life Academy, Before & After You Say “I Do”, S.A.L.T. etc.
Registrations: View and register for upcoming events.
Leaders & Workers
Services: We expect most ministries with 10 people or more to use Planning Center Services for Scheduling.
Schedulers: I recommend a tablet or computer to get the best results.
Viewers: A device with internet access, there is an app available fo users with iOS or Android devices.
Here is a link to sign-up for access to 1 or more PCO services: