Split Teams

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Split Teams allow you to have one team with people who can serve at different times.

Check out the video on Split Teams, and then see the rest of the article for more details.

Split Teams Benefits

See the following sections to learn more about the benefits of Split Teams.

Help Team Members Communicate Preferences

From the Scheduling Tab on their profile, anyone can specify which times they prefer next to their other scheduling preferences.

Manage the Whole Team Easily

From the Members tab, view all the people on your Team. You can even filter the times to see just the people assigned to specific times.

Manage the whole team easily
Find Backups Quickly

If all team members for one time are unavailable, it's easy to to choose someone who normally prefers a different time. Click plus x people with conflicts to ask someone who prefers to serve at another time to fill in.

backup people
Simplify the Teams View for All Users

Split Teams take up less space on the plan page and in our mobile apps. In the Teams section on any plan page, you can collapse the entire team to one row. In our mobile apps, you'll only see the team once and tapping it will then show you the times within it.

Expand Times within Teams

Enable a Split Team

To make your team a Split Team, check the box next to Split Team in the Team Settings.

See if a team is a Split Team by glancing at the arrows icon next to the team name.

Once you've enabled the Split Team, set the times for that team, schedule team members, merge any teams that previously existed, and set your team members' scheduling preferences.

Set the Times

Once Split Teams are enabled, you can set the times for that team based on when they will serve.

Select Times in the Split Teams box to add or remove times.

times button

Choose to import service times from the most recent plan or to add your own times.

time preferences

Time are shared for each Service Type, which means that the times set here will apply to all split teams in the Service Type.

Add, edit, or delete additional times as well.

Adding time preferences for the split team does not necessarily mean that these times are scheduled in a plan. You need to also make sure that these times are added to the plan that you want to schedule this team to.

add, edit, delete times
  1. To change the day or time, hover over the time and select the pencil.
  2. To delete the time completely, hover over the time and select the trashcan.
  3. Once you select the pencil, choose a day from the dropdown and enter the time. Click Save to add that time.

Once you've made the necessary changes to the times, Close the box to continue making changes to the team.

If you occasionally have an extra service time, for example on Easter, do not create a time preference option. You will still be able to schedule team members to that special time in that one plan without creating the time here as one of your regular times.

Set Time Preferences

If you've changed a previously created team to a split team, you might need to reassign team members so that they are only serving for one of the times.

In a plan, select the name of someone assigned to multiple times.

names on plan

Next to the team name, you can choose which times the person is scheduled. This dropdown is linked to the Service Times checkboxes on the right.

If you uncheck times in one place, the other place will reflect that change.

When you remove a person from a time within a Split Team, it unassigns them from that time. If that was the only time they were assigned to, they are completely removed from the plan. If they were assigned to multiple times in that team, they are only removed from the time you removed them from.

Schedule Team Members

Now that your split team is set up, set up needed positions so that Planning Center knows how many people you need at each time. For example, if you need more people in the nursery during your 2nd service, you can designate that here.


Then schedule people to schedule people to the plan.

Merge Teams

If you currently have multiple teams for each service time, you can merge those teams into one Split Team.

Merging teams takes all people assigned to the old teams and assigns them to specific times in the new team. It also takes needed positions and scheduled people from plans and moves them into the new team. The old team is then deleted.

You cannot merge teams until you've created times for those teams. The Merge button will be grayed out, and you'll see a message if you hover over it.

time preferences needed

Once you've created times, select Merge to choose teams to merge into the new team.

merge teams
  1. Use the dropdown to select teams to merge into your new team.
  2. The teams will populate below, and you can choose a time from the dropdown. All people in that team will then be assigned to the selected time.

Once you've made those changes, select Submit to merge those teams together.

What Happens After You Merge Teams?
  • All people assigned to positions in your old teams will be assigned to the same positions in your new team with the time you specified.
  • All people scheduled to your old teams will be scheduled to the new team, even in templates and past plans. All settings about their schedule, including Replies To Person, assigned times, status, and notification settings will stay as they were. In addition, if you had previously sent scheduling emails for the old team, those people will still be able to respond using the links in the original scheduling email.
  • All needed positions in plans or templates will be recreated in the new team and assigned to the time options you created.
  • Your old teams will be deleted, and only your new team will remain. Teams can be recovered for up to seven days, so if you chose options incorrectly, you can undo the merge by restoring those deleted teams.

Now that you've set the times and merged the teams, set time preferences for your team members.

Assign Time Preferences

If you know your members' time preferences, you can set them in each position; however, your team members can also set their own time preferences.

Set Preferences for Members

From a position tab, select the times to choose which times the person would like to be scheduled.

Then, select the preference to choose how often the person would like to be scheduled.

You can even choose certain weeks like the 1st and 3rd week by selecting Choose Weeks from the dropdown.

Request Team Members Set Preferences

If you don't know the preferences of your team members, you can ask them to set those or at least double check them by sending them a quick email.

From any of the Members tabs, select the email icon in the top right.

Encourage your team members to set their scheduling preferences and even send them the article showing them how to do it!


Now, you cross your fingers and hope they set those time preferences! The more preferences set, the less declines!

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