5 Free Tools To Use In Ministry
Asana is a free app and website that can help leaders organize and manage workers/volunteers and different tasks that need to be completed. Each task can be categorized into bigger categories. If you have three events/projects coming that you and your team need to prepare for, you can assign workers/volunteers to the events/projects and assign individuals tasks that need to get completed by a deadline. Asana is much easier to use on the website instead of the app, but the app can be used a quick reminder of what tasks an individual has on their plate to complete. First using the website and app can be extremely confusing and frustrating so take the time to watch some tutorials and you will be a pro in no time.
GroupMe is an app you can get on a apple phone or android as well as use on the website. GroupMe is a group chat that works as a great replacement for a typical group text that often bring about many issues when done in a variety of phone types. GroupMe can be used to transfer files, share pictures, set up calendar events with reminders, and even to create and share memes all in the same app.
Photoshop is an expensive photo editing software that not all ministries and individuals have the luxury of affording. Pant.net at www.getpaint.net is a free software for windows that was started its development by an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft. It is still being maintained and upgraded constantly as well as has a forum where users upload plugins they developed for the program. What you can do with this software never ends. I use it for the images in this blog and other ministerial reasons.
Outlook provides you with a plethora of free tools. You get a free email service that gives you access to the entire gamut of Microsoft apps and services across your number of devices. You get storage in OneDrive, word processing in Word Online, spreadsheets in Excel Online, presentations in PowerPoint Online, take notes in OneNote Online, make calls with Skype, keep organized with a Calendar, and more.
Snapchat often leaves a bad taste in the mouth of those in ministry because it is known as a "porn app." Pictures you take can disappear after a set amount of seconds, so yes people use it to send inappropriate pictures of themselves. This should not discourage you from using Snapchat, after all Facebook was derived from a "hot-or-not" Harvard website, but how many of you use Facebook? Snapchat can be used to encourage people like sending them scriptures, clops of worship songs, quotes, and just reminders that you are thinking about them at that moment. Snapchat can be used to send mass reminders of events coming up like Bible Study or laser tag on Saturday. Use the Snapchat story to show what goes on behind the scenes of your ministry.