How to Use Church Center for Groups

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Set Up Church Center in the Account Settings

To allow congregants to find your church on the Church Center app, you need to set up your campuses, enable the app, and then choose the products you'd like to make available for your congregation on Church Center.

1. Enable Church Center

Enable Church Center from the Church Center tab.

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  1. Check to enable the Church Center App and Web.


    If you're unable to check the box next the Church Center App, go to the Church Campuses tab and add a campus.

  2. Use the default URL that was generated for you during the setup process or enter your own.

  3. Share the links to the buttons for people to use the Church Center app on their corresponding device. If you see an error, add a campus for your church. A campus is required for using the Church Center app.

Check out this clip from Planning Center University.

2. Set Up Church Center Navigation

Drag and drop feature icons to where you want them to be in the Church Center navigation.

  1. Features in this section will be available from the Church Center navigation.

  2. Features in this section will not show up in the navigation, but you can link to them from other pages on your church website.

  3. Congregants don't have access to features in this section. You can click Manage subscriptions to add products that you're not yet subscribed to.


If you're subscribed to Publishing, you have to add Groups to the Navigation to make it publicly accessible.

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 or embed on your church's main website.

Congregants 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.

Access Your Profile

In your profile, you can update your contact information by selecting your name.


View Events on My Schedule

From My Schedule, you can see any events or plans you have coming up!


Services plans, signups, and group events will automatically show up in My Schedule.

To add calendar events, bookmark an event from the calendar.

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

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


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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