Planning Center Online
This year our Asbury Theological Seminary Chapel office has made a move to using Planning Center Online, and I couldn’t be happier! Toward the end of last semester, my lead worship music intern, Casey, brought up the idea of moving from using Google Docs and Drive to using Planning Center Online for our worship planning.
So she looked into the different options and we took the plunge to jump into PCO this spring. It has been great!
The web-based program offers many benefits to the worship planning process. It fully integrates with our CCLI account to import lyrics and song charts right into the Order of Worship. It also keeps track of all the CCLI #s of songs we use and generates reports whenever we need to update them with our usage. We can also attach videos and presentations directly into each plan as well, and PCO comes with hundreds of countdowns, videos, images, and other media available for use.
But my favorite aspect of PCO is the scheduling and communication piece. We encourage a large number of volunteer participants to lead in every service: interns to prepare and handle the logistics of each service, scripture and Psalter readers, prayer leaders, different preachers, band leaders and musicians, A/V technicians, etc. And we have three completely different services every week – you can imagine the amount of coordination and communication. PCO makes scheduling and communication simple!
To all my visitors and regular readers, if you are a pastor or a worship leader and you are not using Planning Center Online, I highly recommend that you take a look at their services. It is definitely worth it!
About the Author
Kevin Cook is a 4th year student at Asbury Theological Seminary and an Aspirant for Ordination in the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). After graduating, Kevin hopes to plant a contemporary three-streams Anglican Church. He and his wife Nicole attend Wilmore Anglican Church in Kentucky.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Business Administration from Florida State University. Kevin enjoys playing music and leading worship, reading fiction and spiritual classics, drinking coffee, and spending time with family and friends.
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