5 Digital Tools That Will Transform Your Ministry

5 Digital Tools That Will Transform Your Ministry

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I’m a tech junkie. Truly.

Excuse me while I geek out about my five favorite apps and tools that have been game-changers for our team:

5 Digital Tools That Will Transform Your Ministry

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15Five is a tool that helps managers celebrate wins, remove roadblocks and discover great ideas in just minutes each week.

This is an excellent tool that allows you to better understand the pulse of your people. The software allows you to send everyone on your team a handful of probing questions each week. You’ll be able to quickly identify how people feel about their role, the direction of the team, and gain a more thorough understanding of where the bottlenecks in your ministry really are. You can choose which questions should be asked weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc. You can even create your own questions.

Type: Paid

Evernote


Evernote 

Bring your life’s work together in one digital workspace.

Ok, so this one really isn’t much of a secret. But it’s probably the most used app I have on any device.

Evernote is a note-taking app on steroids. You can create notes with traditional text, sketch a concept from a team meeting or add a voice recording on the go. You can sort all of your content into folders, as well as share those folders with your team.

The best part: Evernote syncs all of your files across all of your devices. It works on any smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.

Everyone I have spoken with seems to have their own Evernote formula and rhythm that works for them. Our teaching pastors love clipping content from the web and saving it for future sermon content. I use it as my primary way of organizing meeting notes. Others use it for mini to-do lists and short memos. The possibilities are endless!

Type: Free (additional paid features)

Remind


Remind

Reach students and parents where they are.

Remind is sure to become one of your favorites. It is a free tool that you can utilize to send text message updates to those on your team or in your ministry. I’ve seen ministries use it to communicate with parents during the week. I’ve personally used it to deliver short but sweet teaching tips to my volunteers each week.

Remind is a text in service, meaning that people can text a keyword to a number to subscribe to that mailing list. They can also subscribe via email, if they’d prefer receiving updates in their inbox.

Type: Free

Slack


Slack

Team communication for the 21st century.

Slack is a mash up between traditional email, a social media chat room and a file sharing service. It serves as the perfect replacement for your work email. All internal team communications can happen in one place. You can create channels for specific teams or projects. You can drag and drop files into the chat for everyone to see. It integrates with every major corporate software (Dropbox, Google, Trello, etc.). It is available on all platforms and syncs across all of your devices.

I’ll be using this is the communication hub for all of the volunteers at a major conference coming up. Needless to say, it is an excellent resource and it’s incredibly easy to use.

Type: Free (additional paid features)

Wunderlist


Wunderlist

Wunderlist makes it easy to share your lists and collaborate with everyone in your life.

We recently began using Wunderlist for our children’s ministry team, and it has revolutionized our project management and productivity. Think of it as a digital to-do list that you have the option of sharing with your team. I can create tasks, sub-tasks, set due dates and even assign each task to a specific person on our team. Even better, I can add files to or leave comments on a task.

As a team leader, it allows me to track the progress of each person and monitor all of our projects. I spent some time on the front end creating a whole host of recurring routine tasks, everything from printing weekly coloring pages to processing paperwork for new volunteers.

Wunderlist has allowed our team to be on the same page and never have to wonder, “What should I being doing next?”

Type: Free (additional paid features)


What digital tools are you using in your ministry?

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Jeremy O'Neill
Weekend Elementary Director at The Grove Community Church
Jeremy was born and raised in sunny Southern California. He's served in children's ministry for the last ten years, five years volunteering and five years on staff. He currently serves as the Elementary Weekend Director at The Grove Community Church. He’s a strong believer in creative communication, leadership development and vision casting. He loves to geek out over things like baseball, tech stuff and even graphic design. He’s still waiting to build a family of his own but he has promised to raise some Godly young Angels fans.

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