ChurchTrac is the best Planning Center alternative.
Here are a few reasons why...
More Affordable
Planning Center charges by the module AND by how much you use that module. This can get really expensive, really fast.
Service Planning
Planning Center isn't the only option for planning your worship services and scheduling your team. ChurchTrac offers the same features, for less.
Accounting Tools
ChurchTrac has accounting built-in for tracking your expenses, managing funds, and creating budgets. Planning Center does not.
Go beyond what Planning Center can give you.
Planning Center just can't compete with ChurchTrac.
 
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Affordable for Any Size Ministry
Planning Center charges for each feature (module) you use, plus how much you use that feature. The bigger you get, the more expensive it is to use Planning Center, quickly adding up to many hundreds of dollars a month. Our approach to pricing makes ChurchTrac affordable for ANY SIZE ministry, with prices starting under $5 a month.
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The Best Support and Training...Included
ChurchTrac not only offers training, live webinars, one-on-one workshops, but has a Support Team that is second to none. Planning Center offers minimal interaction with their staff, paired with lots of self-guiding.
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Worship Tools Built In
With the ChurchTrac Plus Plan, you get everything at one low price, including worship planning and scheduling, including SMS invites and service reminders.
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Track Income and Expenses
ChurchTrac offers Fund Accounting and Budgeting, built right in to our Plus Plan. Planning Center doesn't do that. ChurchTrac is the clear all-in-one ministry tool champion.
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Church Connect
Stay connected with your people using Church Connect, a free website and app for your church. It enables your people to donate online, view and register for upcoming events, stay connected with church leadership, and more.
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Why Choose ChurchTrac over Planning Center?
Better Price
When it comes to managing your ministry, ChurchTrac gives you all the tools you need in ONE application, for ONE price. Planning Center breaks up their solution into multiple modules, making you pay for each one that you want to use. For a medium size church, Planning Center's monthly cost can easily exceed 5 or 10 times the cost of ChurchTrac.

At ChurchTrac, our belief is that smaller churches should pay less. We also believe in the mission of the local church, and we don't want any church (large or small) to pay more than what is reasonable. ChurchTrac's pricing makes it easy to customize your plan according to the size of your church and the features you want without needing to overpay. We think the software you choose should be a blessing to your ministry, not a financial burden.

On average, a small to mid-sized church switching from Planning Center to ChurchTrac can save 70% or more a year. Bigger churches save even more, making ChurchTrac the #1 most affordable alternative to Planning Center.
"ChurchTrac had by far the most options included for the price. And their price is at least half of most companies. The monthly subscription includes not only management tools for people, but also accounting as well (which is a huge bonus)."

-Pastor Jerrod @ Harlowton Faith Chapel (Capterra Review)
Better Support
Sure, Planning Center offers some resources to help you learn and use their application. With ChurchTrac, we take more of a hands-on approach. ChurchTrac is intuitive and super simple to use, but we still offer training videos, live webinars with Q&A, and even one-on-one workshops. Plus you can schedule a call with a member of our team when you need extra help.

While many companies take a day or more to reply to your questions, our team typically handles most support incidents in less than 1 business hour.
Our support goes deeper than software.
We see every church as a ministry partner, not a customer. Any way that we can help your ministry succeed, we're here for you. Whether it's helping you craft a better safety protocol for your Children's Ministry, or simply praying for you and your family...that's what we do.
Accounting and Budgeting
With Planning Center, you can pay for the number of monthly donations you want to track, but you can't keep track of finances. Instead, you have to purchase another third-party tool which costs more money. Seeing a trend here?

ChurchTrac gives you the ability to track all of your income and expenses, and to plan your spending using budgets. You can also print checks, reconcile transactions, import bank statements, and generate easy-to-understand financial reports. Since ChurchTrac is a true Fund Accounting program made for churches, you can easily track and manage your fund balances. Volunteers love ChurchTrac’s simplicity; Accountants love the features.
Worship Planning
Planning Center is a big name in Worship Planning, but they're not the only option out there. ChurchTrac has worship planning features built-in, at a lower price than Planning Center.

ChurchTrac gives your worship leader the tools to plan services, schedule teams, and manage their song library. ChurchTrac also features chord transposing, scheduling reminders, and an integration with SongSelect.
Since your worship leader can use ChurchTrac for all their scheduling, they don't have to worry about double scheduling volunteers. Let's say your Children's Pastor scheduled Emily to serve in the nursery next Sunday. If your worship leader tries to schedule Emily on that same Sunday, ChurchTrac will show a scheduling conflict.
Simplicity
Both ChurchTrac and Planning Center are easy to learn and use. However, Planning Center's user interface results in more delay and longer times to perform basic software tasks. In an independent review by Capterra, ChurchTrac was ranked #1 in church software task completion times. Planning Center also made the Top 20 list....at number 20.
Church Connect
ChurchTrac is the only church management solution that includes a church website AND app...at no extra charge! Planning Center doesn't have anything that compares. Church Connect is the member-facing side of ChurchTrac. Your congregation can install the App on their Apple or Android devices in seconds by simply scanning a QR code.

Best of all, it works seamlessly with ChurchTrac. When people sign in or register for Church Connect, they're automatically linked to the correct person in ChurchTrac (or you can quickly add a new person to ChurchTrac based on their registration information). Members can view and update some elements of their own profile, making it easy to keep your database information current.
Your people will always be up-to-date with the latest announcements, plus they have the ability to submit prayer requests, spiritual decisions, or any other information to your leadership through our custom form builder. Church Connect also has a self-check-in feature, allowing your members to mark themselves and family members present when arriving at church.

Members and contributors can give online through Church Connect, as well as view their giving history, and print their own contribution statements. Your donors can set up ACH giving or text giving too.

Church Connect can display upcoming events for your ministry. Your people can even register for events right from your page, or from the web app. Volunteers and band members can respond to invites to serve when they are scheduled, or they can enter dates they're not available to serve. Musicians can access this week's worship outline, sheet music, or chord charts....all from their mobile devices.
We Love the Local Church
ChurchTrac has been around since 2002, growing to be the preferred choice of most small and mid-sized ministries. We focus on the needs of churches first. While many companies only care about larger churches, we decided to be different.

We're a team of people that have firsthand experience in leading worship, teaching, preaching, church finance, children's ministry, and more. We serve in the local church, so we know the needs of the local church. Our experience helps us to serve you better.

Your ministry is our ministry. Your mission is our mission. We love to help churches, and we often get feedback like this:


And this...
No one beats ChurchTrac
ChurchTrac is the best option for price and performance, beating Planning Center...and everyone else.
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Your ministry is our ministry.
We go deeper than software. We see every church as a ministry partner, not a customer. Our mission is to help you achieve your mission. Our passion is to serve you. Nobody cares for churches like ChurchTrac.

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