Planning Center Online- A Tutorial

Planning Center is a web-based scheduling software that we have been using in Kidology for around six months. It allows us to schedule all of our volunteers, load our lesson plans for you, our teachers, as well as other things. I know that many have been continuing to pull their lesson plans from the site where our curriculum was stored which was completely okay. However, with our change in curriculum to The Gospel Project that will change. (Side note: GospelProject.com has some great resources to help you as you prepare to teach this curriculum. I’d strongly encourage you to take some time to read some of the blog posts or watch some of the videos).

Back to the point…

Planning Center will be the only place where you will be able to go to download your lesson plans for your class. Since there are those who have not used Planning Center I wanted to put together a little tutorial with some very basic things for you to help in your usage of the site. You have a couple of options when it comes to getting to Planning Center- you can either click the link in the scheduling emails you receive, or you can just go to www.PlanningCenterOnline.com When you get there you should see something like this: Planning Center Home Page

From there you click the “login” and enter your email and password that you have setup. (Let me know if you have problems with your password and I can reset it for you).

When you get logged in you will see a dashboard page similar to this:

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From there you simply click on the week that you are assigned to teach which will lead you to this page:

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To access your lesson click on the dark gray box (it will have a number indicating how many files it has) under the Small Group heading, next to “Discussion.” It will open up this box where you can easily select which lesson you want to download:

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And that’s it in a nutshell. Similar to The Gospel Project site there are videos and other helps available to you in the Planning Center site. You can “block” out dates where you know you will be on vacation, see who else is working when, and many other things. Take some time to figure it out, it will only help you in the long run!

If you run into any problems- let me know! I’m more than happy to help you in any way that I can!

Love you guys,

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“The Gospel Project:” An Introduction and Training

I have been sharing over the past two months my desire to change the curriculum we use in Kidology to something that does a better job teaching Jesus, and not just good character traits. Our current curriculum has served us well, however I feel like it focuses primarily on “good” character: respect, cooperation, honesty, etc- all important traits that we desire for our kids to have; but certainly not the most important one. Continue reading