There have never been more tools for ministry than there are today. Online tools have created ministry opportunities we would have never dreamed of in the past. Who would have imagined 20 years ago the opportunities social media has given us to share our message and engage people outside the wall of our church? But with so many tools available, where do you start?
Here is a list of online tools I am currently using in pastoral ministry. Leave a comment below and share a resource you are using.
Evernote has been my digital filing cabinet for the past six years. I absolutely love it, and it keeps getting better. I scan important document and store them in notebooks. At this point I rarely keep a physical document anymore. There is a free version, but the pro-version is completely worth the annual subscription of $69.
2. Simple church
We use Simple Church CRM to provide our team with an online contact management system. We also record our weekly giving contributions with this tool. It’s very user friendly and affordable. The monthly fee is based on the size of your church, and they have a 60 day free trial offer.
We use Mailchimp to email our entire church on a weekly basis. It’s simple to use and is free for up to 2,000 subscribers.
Planning Center helps us plan our weekly services, but is really great at keeping volunteers up to date with their schedule. This resource is used primarily by our worship team.
5. Graceway media
We have subscribed to GraceWay Media for several years, and it has saved us a ton of time in creating graphics for sermons, worship slides, announcements, and even bulletins and flyers. With thousands of professionally designed graphics, you can’t go wrong.
Lightstock offers stock photos, vectors, and footage for your faith-focused projects. This is a site I recently found, but have really enjoyed. They offer thousands of professional photos for churches at a very low cost.
Canva has become my favorite tool for graphic design. The site offers hundreds of high quality templates to use for social media, your church website, or for print. Even if you know very little about graphic design, you can use this tool to create images.
8. FREEly Photos
Freely Photos shares high quality Christian stock photography for churches and ministry. All of the photos are free to the user and are royalty free.
9. Church metrics
Church Metrics is a free tool created by Life Church. Set up an account and track your attendance and giving online. You can also download the free app for iOS and android.
Workflow is a free online tool to keep track of your to do lists. It is very simple to set up and use.
11. Covenant eyes
We use Covenant Eyes on all church computers to provide security and accountability for our staff.
If you are ever distracted by social media during work hours, Freedom is a great tool that allows you to block sites for a certain amount of time. A similar site I’ve used is called Cold Turkey.
We recently began using this Txt2Give so our church give financially through a text message. The church is loving it! It is very simple to set up and use.
With Buffer you can update your social media sites in advance such as: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+. I like the schedule function and it allows me to create updates in batches.
Fiverr puts you in contact with people who provide services for only $5. I’ve used Fiver for logo design, print media, and creating t-shirts.
Feedly allows you to follow all of your favorite blogs, news sites, and magazines all one one page.
Mention allows you to create Google Alerts to inform you when your name (or church) is mentioned on social media, blogs, websites, etc.
Question: Are there any tools you would recommend? Leave a comment below.
Hi! I'm Loren Hicks. I am follower of Jesus, a husband, a father, a friend, and for the past
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