Creating A Service Type & Setting Up Dates and Times
This lesson shows new users how to setup their first Service Type by adding Dates & Times.
First, check out the Setting Up and Getting Started video!
Your Plans Page: Create a Service Type
A Service Type is a set of plans that are grouped together. Service Types are most commonly used for the different services you advertise or for different ministries in your church. For example, if your church has a Sunday Contemporary Worship Service that occurs every week at 9:00AM & 10:30AM, and also a Sunday Traditional Worship Service in another room also at 9AM. In Planning Center, you would create 2 Service Types. The first will be Sunday Contemporary Worship which (since 9AM and 11AM are basically the same thing, you would group them into one Service Type), and the second will be Sunday Traditional Worship.
Name your Service Type a general name, like "Sunday Morning Worship" or "Jr. High Ministry", not a specific date, like "September 4th". The plans inside your Service Type, however, will have specific dates. You can also log in to our sample account to see many popular ways to set up your Service Types.
- If you plan on scheduling People to each plan in your Service Type, you can get a head start by choosing some starter people Teams and Positions. Check any Teams you'd like Planning Center to create for you. Don't worry if they aren't exactly what you need, you can edit them and add more at any time.
- Click accept to create your Service Type and your first Plan.
Enter the Date and Times of Your First Plan
Enter the date of your service and then the start and end time. Be careful to pay attention to "am" or "pm". If your service has multiple service times, for instance a 9:00 and a 10:30 service that are the same, just enter the 9:00 start and end time in this box, and then repeat this entire step and add 10:30 as a completely separate time later.
Everything else should be good, so you can click accept. If you want to know what the rest of these options are for, check out our lesson on Adding and Editing Times.