If you’ve been involved in Church Media for any length of time, you’re probably already using Planning Center Online. If you’re new to the world, here’s a snapshot of the software and their team:
We don’t receive any money for promoting Planning Center to you. We just want you to know about what software is out there that will help you transform your worship experience.
Here are 5 benefits of using the Services App of the software you may or may not have thought of:
1. Scheduling Volunteers
2. Playback & Song Prep
One wonderful feature with Planning Center is the ability to attach files to elements of your service flow. Here’s what we did at NewSpring: we had a full rehearsal and run-through every Monday night with our band. We recorded the run-through and took the songs and attached them in our service flow in Planning Center. This way, when volunteers logged in to see Sunday’s service flow, they could listen to the songs that would be performed, word for word, exactly the way they were going to be performed on Sunday. This little bit of work helped our entire team execute on a very high level. The ProPresenter operator, our Camera Operators, our Live Director, and our entire crew could now live with the songs for Sunday during the week. You can actually see if someone clicks on attached files and how much they listen – not that you would be too hard about checking up on people – but this does give you some ammo to use if someone is struggling with the songs. “Did you listen to playback this week?” is an easy question to ask to help volunteers know how important it is to be prepared for Sunday.
3. To Communicate Service Flow & Details
4. To Organize Service Plans Across Multiple Campuses & Ministries
5. To Inform Volunteers About Upcoming Information & Events
Carl Barnhill has served on staff at some of the largest churches and organizations in the country. He served as Media Director at Precept Ministries International, directing the television and radio program Precepts for Life with Kay Arthur, broadcasted to over 98 million homes around the world. He served as Video Production Director at Pinelake Church in Brandon, MS, where he produced media content for four campuses, as well as led volunteer teams.
He most recently served as Video Coordinator for Newspring Church in South Carolina. Newspring has 10 campuses across the state with a weekly attendance of over 35,000. At one campus alone, the number of consistent volunteers serving in media production tripled, under his leadership.
He currently serves as Creative Director and Owner of [twelve:thirty]media, a company that serves churches and ministries all over the world through motion graphics content and church media coaching.