Planning Center vs Church Management Church Management is an all-in-one, cost-effective, and easy to use alternative to Planning Center. Get a detailed comparison to Planning Center below. ALL ACCESS

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Are you comparing Church Management (ChMS) to Planning Center? Smart move! Competition in Church Management Systems makes for better programs, better features, and more ChMS to choose from!

Although there is bias in this article because we believe Church Management is a great fit for most churches, we hope to give you a better understanding of the differences between Church Management and Planning Center. At the end of the day, our heart is that you find the right product for your church and if we can help you make that decision, then we are happy.

Our goal here is to be as factual as possible. If anything has changed or we've listed something incorrectly, please reach out so we can fix it immediately.

1. Church Management is an all-in-one, easy to use solution

We aren't into add-ons or charging for additional features or modules. Our heart has always been to give customers everything they need at a single price point. And that's exactly what we do. You get all our existing features and all our future features at no additional cost.

Planning Center has taken the approach to charge for many additional features and modules. What may seem cheap to begin with may actually end up costing a lot more in the end!

2. Church Management's pricing is simple and cost effective

We charge for active adults.

That's it.

Children and community contacts can be stored in Church Management free of charge. Active adults are individuals that either volunteer, give financially or attend regularly. We also do not charge a setup or termination fees and our plans have no lock-in contracts.

Within your plan, everything is unlimited! Unlimited check-ins and event registrants to name just a couple.

Planning Center has multiple products with additional cost which quickly adds up to a substantial amount of money. Additional charges include how many check-ins you can perform and how many registrants for events.

3. Church Management is better integrated

Because Church Management is an all-in-one solution it means everything talks and integrates much better than something that is made up of multiple products. We work very hard to make your experience streamlined. When products are separated and decoupled, it can cause issues around how well they are integrated.

4. Church Management offers amazing and free customer service and support

Customer service and support is one of the most important aspects of what we offer. If you sign up to a great product, you expect to get great customer service. This is why we have a dedicated Customer Happiness Officer.

At, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide you with customized service. We offer unlimited support to assistance any person from your church using our church management software (ChMS) whether it be the senior pastor or a volunteer who serves once a month.

You can reach out and talk to us on the phone, live chat and email.

5. Church Management has better privacy protection

In this day and age, privacy and security of data is so vital especially when it comes to storing personal data. At, we have servers based in Australia, Europe, and the United States, which means your data is closer to home depending on your location and at the same time offers better privacy of your data.

6. has global servers for faster access

As mentioned in the previous point, we have servers strategically located in Australia, Europe, and the United States. This means each click or page load doesn't have data traveling around the world and back to you, saving you seconds per click and hours of productivity each year!

7. We support small, medium and large churches

Our church management software is very scalable and has powerful customization to allow all churches, no matter their size, to use effectively. We are constantly making improvements and adding features to help made you do church life better.

Final Thought

At the end of the day Planning Center is a great product, but it's not right for every church due to the higher overall cost if you require more than a couple of add-ons. Be sure your church is evaluating all the right options and making the right choice for your congregation.

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