Chris Denning is the Creative Arts Pastor at Journey Church, and also the chief guru at PCOGuru.com where he offers customizing and training on using Planning Center to its full potential. He sits down with us again to share insider info about streamlining your children’s ministry using Planning Center.
What’s In This Session?
- Tip #1: Get quick, simple, & beautiful kids check-in with PCO Check-Ins (11:04)
- Tip #2: Automate your scheduling reminders for volunteers with PCO Services (16:24)
- Tip #3: Get family information like never before with lists in PCO People (22:13)
- Tip #4: Use PCO Registrations for VBS, camp, or family ministry event registrations (24:10)
- Tip #5: Use PCO People for one-click grade promotion (28:27)
- Tip #6: Use the matrix in PCO Services for big picture scheduling (37:23)
Show Notes & Resources Mentioned
- PCOGuru.com (Planning Center Consulting & Training Services)
- The Complete Planning Center Online Charting Guide by Chris Denning
- Planning Center For Children
3 Instant Takeaways
- Children are a vulnerable sector. Using Planning Center helps build trust, professionalism and accountability around your kids ministry. Use PCO Checkins for your Sunday School and Nursery management. You can set up a manned hub, a self check-in kiosk, or even a cellphone check-in for parents. Security tags can be printed off with info and specific locations that assure parents that their children are accounted for.
- Create actionable lists in Planning Center People. You can customize reports with very specific parameters. For example, you can create a list of parents of children who have checked in at the church in the past but not during the last three months. This mined data can then be turned into an actionable step such as connecting with the parents again.
- Save buckets of time with One-Click Grade Promotion. Every year children bump up a grade. While other programs require every child to be manually promoted every year, Planning Center integrated One-Click Grade Promotion to move ALL the children in your entire database up a grade.