How to Build Church Community with PlanHero™


If you’re a church communications director, administrator, or pastor/minister/priest, then you know how important it is to build church community and your own thriving church culture. Creating opportunities for frequent congregation engagement is a key part of building church community.


We can help. Depending on your needs, our Signup Tool or our Club Tool will allow you to quickly and easily create all kinds of events to engage congregants outside of normal Sunday attendance times.


Here are just a few examples of church signups (events):








More ideas:
  • Karaoke
  • Brunch groups
  • Target shooting
  • Bowling
  • Small groups
  • Game nights
  • One-on-ones with clergy (pastor/minister/priest)


The good folks over at XPastor have written this reference article, which is useful for planning large scale events: Seven Keys to a Successful Church Event. Our Tools can do the heavy lifting for much of the planning and reminding noted in the Seven Keys. And if you’re looking for more direction in developing church community, Tyler and Ryan over at myXP will have all kinds of creative ideas for you.


Here’s what Executive Pastor Tyler Drewitz had to say about PlanHero on the TrustPilot review site:

PlanHero Testimonial from Pastor Tyler Drewitz on TrustPilot



More Examples of Church Signups


Of course the same Tools can be used to organize other groups such as child care volunteers and ministries:






How Do I Decide Which Tool is Best for my Congregation?


The Club Tool has all the great features of the Signup Tool, plus it includes a member roster with contact information and more branding. In addition, it includes a comprehensive calendar of all events. This calendar is visible to all logged-in members of the “club”.


What Do You Mean by More Branding?

With our Club Tool, all of your confirmation and notification emails will feature your organization name and logo in the heading as opposed to ours (PlanHero™). If that’s important to you, then the Club Tool is the Tool for you.


Examples below:


Example of Club Tool confirmation email
Example of Club Tool Confirmation Email



PlanHero Confirmation Email Example Signup Tool
Example of Signup Tool Confirmation Email


Deciding which Tool is best for you is dependent on what kind of software your faith group is already using. For example, if you already have a database for your members and are using a web-based calendar to post your events, you probably just need the Signup Tool. You can create a new event, then paste the link into your existing event calendar. Easy!


If creating a roster is important to you–say for a self-contained book club–then the Club Tool might be a better choice for you. You could run your book club as one club, then add another club for all your other church-wide events. NOTE: Our Club Tool allows you have both members-only events AND public events (meaning a person need not be signed in to signup for the event).


What if I want the branding aspect, but don’t need the roster?

No problem. Just use the Club Tool without ever adding any members. All of your events can be set to public. This way you get the benefit of the additional branding, but can ignore the member roster aspect. Many of our corporate clients do exactly that!


Ready to get started? Great! You can sign up for your PlanHero 30-day free trial here.


Still have questions? No problem. You can contact us here.