5 Digital Tools That Will Transform Your Ministry

5 Digital Tools That Will Transform Your Ministry


I?m a tech junkie. Truly.

I just love the way that technology can transform a ministry and the way it operates. From ways to communicate with your pastors across the area remotely and easily to making organizing the registrars so much easier using software like http://www.filecenterdms.com, there’s no denying that the digital age holds many blessings that can really help a church keep track and keep organized. Now 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


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



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)



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



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 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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Greg Baird
Founder of Children's Ministry Leader at Children's Ministry Leader
My passion is seeing the lives of children transformed. I believe the best way to do that is to equip leaders in the local church to serve children, volunteers and parents to invest in the lives of children at church and in the home. That?s what we do here at Children?s Ministry Leader ? equip leaders to create healthy Children?s & Family Ministry.
I serve as the Vice President of Global Resources in the Global Mission department at David C. Cook.

I love what I do as it is the outflow of 25 years of ministry experience as Children?s, Family & Administrative Pastor, consultant, trainer, speaker and short-term missions leader.

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We always hear that children and youth are the church of tomorrow.

Yes, they are.

But they are also part of the church of today.

They are the group most receptive to the Gospel. They are the group most responsive to discipleship.

They also typically represent the largest group in the church, and the one with the most peripheral impact (volunteers, parents, etc).

They are the most vulnerable, physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.

Why on earth would we ever think we could “babysit” this group while “real ministry” happens with adults?

The truth is, many (most?) churches are not as healthy or strong as they could be because they lack a thriving focus on perhaps the very group that should receive the greatest focus.

You cannot have a healthy church without a healthy ministry to children and families.


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