Planning Center is a robust church management platform, but it’s an even more powerful tool when used in conjunction with five key integrations.
#1 – Text Messaging: ClearStream
Looking for a way to simply and easily text anyone in your congregation? Look no further than ClearStream. With ClearStream, syncing is seamless. Lists from Planning Center People sync into ClearStream, and it updates automatically every night. It’s also possible to set up Workflows in People that connect directly with Clearstream. Since this is a two-way integration, if a visitor texts in, they will be added to People and possibly into a workflow in People making it easy to follow up. Additionally, Clearstream supports phone numbers outside the U.S.
There is a monthly fee based on church size, but ClearStream offers a 14-day free trial and an even better discount for church plants. To maximize your texting plan, set your lists to include only active members. This may mean a variety of things:
- Attended a group in the last 12 months
- Filled out a connect card in the last 6 months
- Actively gave within the last 6 months
- Checked in to an event in the last 6 months, etc.
This easy-to-use texting service will make communicating with your people simple and efficient.
#2 – Giving Import Tool: PCO MVP
If you’re switching from another ChMS or giving platform (e.g. PushPay, Church Community Builder, Text2Give, Fellowship One, or many others) to Planning Center Giving, PCO MVP will save you stress and time. Tapping into this powerful tool is as simple as a few clicks. Rather than enduring the tedious work of manually entering past donations, PCO MVP allows you to import donation information directly and fully. The system matches existing donors to those in Planning Center and creates new donors as needed.
Be sure to check out their free Ultimate Migration Guide, as well.
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#3 – Report- and Form- Sharing: PCO CHEF
Have you ever wished it were easier to share best practices for Planning Center? After spinning your wheels trying to craft the right report or form, don’t you wish you didn’t have to reinvent the wheel? Well, PCO Chef is here to save the day. This community-powered site allows individuals to search for and share lists and forms from Planning Center People and reports from Planning Center Services and Calendar.
Because some other church somewhere has probably already created that custom form you’re looking for, just log in to pcochef.com and search for it. And if you don’t find what you’re looking for and decide to customize your experience, you have the opportunity to share it with others on the site once you craft just what you need.Don't reinvent the wheel, share it! When you integrate PCO Chef with Planning Center, you'll find lists and forms already created and used by people just like you. Pro tip: Start with theirs and customize. Click To Tweet
#4 – People Management: ServeHQ
Organizing everyone in your church management database with Planning Center People is one huge step toward managing the people in your church body. But what if you could also communicate through social media, videos, file sharing, etc. to more effectively engage and train your people? The ServeHQ integration makes it possible to import Planning Center lists in just seconds.
TrainedUp and HuddleUp are the two main components within ServeHQ. HuddleUp allows you to target communication that you may otherwise post to social media to a select list of people. Protect your people against potentially inappropriate private conversations since those with Admin privileges can review every conversation. Plus, it’s not necessary to download anything since messages are delivered via text or email and saved online.
With TrainedUp, you have access to hundreds of pre-created training videos, or you can upload videos and files to be shared with your people for volunteering, discipleship, and leadership. Progress tracking and other tools assist with follow-up and ensuring your people are equipped and supported for ministry within your body. And all this is easier to use than an alternative like Facebook Groups.
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#5 – Website: The Church Co
Whether you’re trying to squeeze everything possible out of Planning Center or just dipping your toe in the water to see if this platform could benefit your church, you may be wondering if there’s a way to connect Planning Center to your website. Enter The Church Co. They will build a website for you (or migrate your current website over) that has built-in PCO integrations. This means that when people visit your website, they won’t be redirected somewhere else to view your groups, complete a form, or give. From your website, you will be able to sync every aspect of Planning Center that you wish. Pro tip: keep your eye out for The Church Co’s annual Black Friday deal that discounts their plans for life.
Many Planning Center Integrations
Countless other integrations exist, but these five cover the main bases. These Planning Center integrations will help you automate processes and minimize administrative burden. And they do so in a user-friendly manner making it more likely that the people currently in your congregation and future visitors will become engaged and stay involved.
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What are we missing? What are the Planning Center integrations you've found most helpful?