How to Use Church Center for Groups

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Church Center allows your congregants to join a group, get church information, and manage their profile all from their personal devices. Church Center is included with the cost of your product subscriptions, so it's available at no extra cost to you! Your congregation can access Church Center from both your church giving site and the Church Center app for Android or iOS.


Church Center is free; however, you can subscribe to Publishing to add additional custom pages, host live sermon streams, and create a library of videos from previous services.

Set up Church Center

An Organization Administrator can enable Church Center, which requires campuses, enabling the app and/or web, and then entering a unique URL for your church.

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To make Groups visible in the Church Center menu, drag Groups to the In navigation section and click Save Changes.


If you're subscribed to Publishing, you have to add Groups to the navigation.

Once you've set it up in Accounts, make sure your groups are public.

Access Church Center

Church Center is a web page and a mobile app.

Although the experience of Church Center is similar on the web and app, your congregants will access the web and app in different ways.

Church Center web is hosted on your church's unique Church Center URL, which you can link to or embed on your church's main website.

Group Members can download the Church Center app for free using these links:

To familiarize your church with the Church Center app, download and share this video:


To get a custom version of this video with your church's name and logo, ask our Support Team by clicking the ? in the top right of any Planning Center product page.

The Group Member Experience

When you log in to Church Center, you can access your profile, engage with your groups, or manage notifications.

1. Access Your Profile

In your profile, you can update your donor information and preferences.

  1. Tap your name to update your contact information.

  2. Tap My Groups to view your donation history and statements, set your email and receipt preferences, and update recurring donations.

2. Engage with Groups

You can access all groups or choose one of your groups.

  1. Go to one of your groups to access event information, messaging, and resources.

  2. Scroll through group types to see other groups you can join.

As a group member, you'll have access to events, the member list, and any resource posted for your group. If enabled, you'll also have access to messaging.


From the Messages page, you can mark a message as read or unread, and you can mute or unmute the message as well.


From the Members tab, you can see other members' contact information if they've made it visible. You can also choose what information you want to make visible.

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3. Manage Notifications

From your profile, follow these steps to set your notification preferences.

  • Scroll to the bottom of the screen and select Notifications.

  • Choose a group.

  • Set notification preferences regarding messaging, resources, and reminders.


To manage and view notifications, tap the bell next to your profile picture.

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View any resources added, announcements, or messages from your groups.

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