Planning Center Online Tips: Keep Every Staff Member in the Loop

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Planning Center Online Tips: Keep Every Staff Member in the Loop
At my church on any team I manage, if you cannot successful navigate PCO, you do not stay on the team. If I send out consistent requests and you consistently fail to respond, we have a conversation, one about you no longer participating on the team.
Planning Center Online Tips: Keep Every Staff Member in the Loop
At my church on any team I manage, if you cannot successful navigate PCO, you do not stay on the team. If I send out consistent requests and you consistently fail to respond, we have a conversation, one about you no longer participating on the team.

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Right down the road from my church, St. John Baptist Church in Columbia, Maryland, is another great church, Bridgeway Community Church. When I was hired about eight years ago, to run the music program, my senior pastor told me to go to Bridgeway to talk to their dynamic worship leader, Mrs. Nikki Lerner.

“Get Planning Center Online. Right now. Today. Change Your Life.”

Nikki has been at Bridgeway for a long time, serving a large congregation similar in size to that at St. John Baptist, and my pastor had no doubt I could glean information from her. I emailed her, made an appointment, and headed to Bridgeway to start what would become a great professional relationship, one that continues to this day.

At the start of that first meeting, Nikki took me into her office and told me two things I never forgot.

“First thing you need to get,” she said, “is a MacBook Pro.” Being a PC guy, I was skeptical, but I eventually got one, and I never looked back, as I’m typing this piece on it at this moment.

I moved to the dark side of Apple, and never looked back.

The other thing she said was this: “Get Planning Center Online. Right now. Today. Change Your Life.”

You know someone is serious when they are perfectly articulate with the English language – yet they intentionally leave out the ‘it will’ and go right to ‘change your life’. She even went so far as to add in that eye roll, neck roll thing some women master after too many Scandal episodes.

She seemed deadly serious.

Who was I to question that?

With that, I got Planning Center Online.

While I didn’t get it “right (then)” or that exact day … I did get it that week.

And since then, I have been a happy customer using that church management software.

Therefore, I would like to humbly offer some Planning Center Online tips that you can use to make your experience with the software even more fruitful. To be transparent, I don’t make any money for endorsing them; I’m just telling all of you what Nikki told me almost 10 years ago.

Tip #1: Buy the Shoe in Your Shoe Size

PCO has many different options, that will allow one to do a variety of different tasks. That doesn’t mean you have to use all of them.


More About Eric Byrd
Eric Byrd has served as Minister of Music or as a Music Worship Leader for over 20 years. He has been on staff at St John Baptist Church since October 2010, overseeing seven choirs, five praise team configurations, many musicians, worship technology, dance and drama teams; he leads over 125 staff and volunteers.
Get in Touch: eric@ericbyrd.com    More by Eric Byrd

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