Stumbled across Planning Center today ... wow, it's kinda like basecamp modified for service planning.
Planning Center is an online service planner that will revolutionize the way you plan your worship services. Your staff will become more organized and efficient while your volunteers become more connected and informed. Planning Center helps bring your whole team together.
It's elegant, easy, and web-based. You don't need to download, install, or configure anything (no IT department required!). All you need is a web browser and an internet connection.
A while back we had a couple brainstorming meetings with our Creative Arts Executive Pastor about what stuff he'd like to see in an online tool to help him and his team. Our aim was to develop something with Sharepoint ... and well, we still haven't gotten anything firmly together 'cause we just don't have the time to focus on Sharepoint.
After watching the demo/walk-through of Planning Center, there's no way we can make Sharepoint do the same things with such simplicity and elegance ... without dropping a TON of resources on custom development and even then you don't get that AJAX look and feel. I'm confident we could make something useful for our arts guys using Sharepoint, but who knows when we'll actually make that happen.
Planning Center is the brain-child of Jeff Berg, who recently resigned after 6 years as the Director of Creative Technologies at Southwest Community Church in Indian Wells, CA to fully devote his time to Planning Center. That certainly lends of a lot cred to this service vs. something written by an "outsider". According to Planning Center's website, Willow Creek and North Point use this product so it must be pretty slick right?
I'd love to hear if any of you are using Planning Center ... or any other worship service planning apps.