Introduction for Administrators

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Publishing helps you manage what your congregants can access on the Church Center app or website. You can create custom pages, change the navigation, and share sermon content based on what your church prioritizes.

Log in to Publishing

The first time you log in to Publishing , you may or may not need to set a password, depending on if you have previously created a password for one of our other products.

On the login page, select the Need a password? link below the email and password fields.

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Enter the email address your Administrator used to set up your profile, and Planning Center will send a verification code to that email address. After entering the code, you will be able to create a password and then log in.

Notice

Once logged in, you will stay logged in until you log out or after two weeks of inactivity.

Log In Issues

No Access

If you are taken to this page, you don't have access to that specific product.

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When you click the name of one of the Administrators listed, you will be taken to your email client. Let the person know what you were trying to access.

Link Accounts

When you log in, you can see all the accounts your login information is associated with. Accounts with the same first and last name, password, and the email address or phone number you entered are in a box, which means they're eligible to be linked.

If they're not linked already, you'll see a button to Link these accounts.

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Tip

Accounts listed separately have a first or last name that is spelled differently and cannot be linked. To link them, log in and change the names to match in your profile.

Notice

If you recently joined a new church and you don't see it listed in your available church accounts, contact your church to request a new welcome email and make sure they used the correct names and email/phone number when creating your profile. Use the link in the new welcome email to reset your password to match your other accounts and log in again.

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When you click Link these accounts, the linking option will disappear.

Choose one and log into it to complete the process.

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Now you'll be able to toggle accounts from the profile dropdown in the upper right. Click the dropdown to choose a linked account.

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Tip

Click the “unlink” option to instantly unlink your accounts and remain logged in to the one you’re currently using. If you change your mind, you can re-link them when you log in again.

Reset Your Password

Go to the password reset page or log out of Planning Center on all of your devices and then click Need a password on the login page.

Enter your email address or phone number when prompted, and then click Send Code. If you're linking multiple accounts, use the email or phone number they have in common.

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You will receive an email or text with a verification code. Manually enter the code or click the link in the email or text to go to the verification page, where the code will already be entered.

Make sure that the verification code is entered correctly, and then click Continue.

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If your email or phone number is used for multiple profiles and organizations, you'll see those listed.

  • Check the boxes next to the organizations you want to reset your password for.

Caution

If your email address or phone number is shared with other people, only check the boxes with your own name. Checking someone else’s name will reset their password. If you do reset someone else’s password by accident, they’ll receive an email letting them know it’s been changed and how to fix it.

  • Enter a strong password, confirm it, and then click Reset my Password

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Congratulations, your password is reset!

Choosing a Strong Password

Planning Center stores a lot of sensitive, personal information, such as donation records, background checks, medical notes, prayer requests, and information on children. Protecting this data is vital to your church, so strong passwords are a big piece of that overall security picture.

Many people use a password manager to store their passwords in a secure place, some paid (1Password, Dashlane) and some free (LastPass).

Tip

Password requirements help ensure data remains secure.

Our password strength meter doesn't require a specific number of special symbols or numbers; instead, it tests the overall strength of your password. So, while randomly generated characters usually work, long, memorable phrases can be used as well.

Table 1. Strong password examples

Password

Why it’s strong

LargeGoofyHats

A simple, memorable phrase

SixFeetApart!!

Anything memorable works

89#%&62A4x

Short, but complex and non-patterned

llamas and chimps

Use any characters - even spaces!


Table 2. Weak password examples

Password

Why it’s weak

Password

The world’s most awful password

Dogsdogsdogs

Repetitive, too easily cracked

zxcvbnm,

The bottom row of the keyboard

Abraham Lincoln

Names are easy to guess


Troubleshooting: Reset Password

If you get an error while resetting your password, use one of the steps below to fix it.

  1. Delete old verification code emails.

    For security, verification codes will expire after a short time period.

  2. Clear your browser's cookies.

  3. Use this link to reset the password.

  4. Click the new link in the new email.

. Additional tips:

  • Manually enter information.

    Don't copy and paste!

    Sometimes a space will slip in before or after your login information, so re-enter your login and password.

  • Try a secondary email or phone number.

    An administrator or adult in your household may have made changes to your profile on your behalf, including the contact info you use for logging in. If you have a secondary email or phone number in your profile, try logging in with that instead.

Tip

Still no luck? Contact your church to make sure your profile is still active.

Manage Pages

Each product you're subscribed to has its own built-in page on Church Center, and those pages can be managed in the product itself.

Depending on your subscription, you can create custom pages with forms or links your congregants to access.

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Format custom pages to add links, images, and emojis.

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Once you create a page, you can immediately add it to the navigation, or you can wait to release it to the app and website.

Notice

If your subscription allows, you can also create Sermon channels for people to watch messages from your church.

Enable the App and Website

If it hasn't been enabled already, you can show Church Center as a mobile app and as a website from the Settings.

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Get Help and Support

Our Support Team is always here to help! Use the ? at the top right of every page to find articles or open a ticket with Support.

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When you click that, you'll see this helpful dialog box.

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  1. Suggested articles will give suggestions based on the page you're on when you click the question mark.

  2. Click browse our documentation to be taken directly to our online manual. You'll be able to see all of our help articles and open them from there.

  3. Type in what you're looking for. This will search our online manual and return articles on that topic.

  4. Send an email to our Support Team. For the most efficient support, be sure to include specifics about what you're working with. When you submit your questions from here, we receive lots of information about your account, including the page you're viewing, which allows for fast and accurate support for your request.

Phone Calls

We're dedicated to getting you an email response within an hour whenever we can. We look into the issue in detail, ask for help from other seasoned members of the team, or even consult a developer, if necessary. This type of direct assistance and shared knowledge isn't available when on the phone.

However, if you do need a phone call, you can schedule one when you open a ticket.

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