Every year, I create a list of my favorite apps that I’ve used in ministry and business. This year, I’ve added some of my favorite apps yet!
Trying out apps can be time consuming, so I’ve done the research for you in order to share these 15 great apps for ministry leaders:
Evernote: This app tops the list because it is incredibly useful. The ability to take notes, make recordings, jot down ideas, and other functions is invaluable, and the search engine is a great way to find documents quickly. You can access your files in Evernote from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, etc. The basic version is free, so try it out! Here are a few ideas from Michael Hyatt on ways to utilize Evernote.
Insightly: This is one of my new favorite apps. I use this app for networking, specifically to keep track of my conversations with people in my ministry, ministry leaders in my field, etc. I simply create a contact, add any contact info, then add a note each time I have a conversation worth summarizing briefly for future recollection. Plus, if I want to follow up with someone at a later time, I can create a task and schedule it to remind me about the task via email at a certain day and time. Definitely worth checking out.
Is Pokémon Go safe for kids? That’s the question on the minds of numerous parents and ministry leaders. To be honest, there are multiple factors involved here on both sides of the argument.
First, if you don’t completely understand the concept of the game, take a look at the article What is Pokémon Go? Also, I won’t be addressing whether or not Pokémon is inherently good or bad, as you can probably do a quick internet search and find articles on the topic. I just want to address this most recent phenomenon and its effect on our kids.
Ready? Let’s take a look at both the positive and negative elements of the game:
What is Pokémon Go? You may be thinking to yourself that this game seems to have appeared out of nowhere. Well, actually, you’re right! Pokémon Go was launched at the beginning of July 2016 and grew massively popular within just a few days. How popular? Well, the mobile app has hit the top of the App stores, and the Pokémon Go server has shut down several times, due to the high number of people registering to play the game. In just over a week, it has amassed enough users to rival Twitter for number of active daily users.
So what is this massively popular game, and why is it so popular? Pokémon Go is a free-to-play augmented reality mobile game for iOS and Android devices. It’s the first game to be launched (at this level of popularity) where players actually have to go out into the real world in order to play the simulated game.
If you’re a parent, then helping your kids and teens navigate the digital world can seem like a difficult task. There are many safe apps and websites available for your kids, but there are also many dangerous apps for kids and teens as well.
Many social media channels have age requirements that are ignored. Some apps, such as Instagram and Twitter (which both made the list) have many safe functions for your kids, they also contain ways to access some dangerous sexual context.
Are you ready to parent well in the digital age? Good parenting involves educating yourself about the apps that kids and teens are using. You can begin educating yourself by starting with this list of 10 dangerous apps for kids and teens:
Have you ever set up parental controls on your child’s smartphone? If you haven’t, then you are leaving your kids at risk for exposure to millions of other people, some of which won’t have good intentions for your children. Keeping your child safe is important, so setting up parental controls on a smartphone or tablet is essential in the technological world of the 21st century.
Maybe you’re not convinced.
Think about taking your kids to the mall to shop. Now, imagine that the mall was filled with tons of stores. Except, most of the stores are pornography stores.
That’s right. The internet is flooded with dirty sites, and it is becoming easier and easier for kids to stumble upon these websites. In fact, 66% of kids who have seen porn in the past year first stumbled onto these websites accidentally, according to a study done by researchers at the University of New Hampshire.
Some research indicates that the average age a child is exposed to pornography is eight years old, according to Focus on the Family.
Awana has just entered the 21st century. Is your Awana club ready?
Awana is about to launch a new web-based software/app called Mozo. The purpose of Mozo is to make being an Awana leader a whole lot easier!
Mozo will contain leadership development tools for Awana leaders around the world that can be accessed by computer, tablet, and phone. Here are a few key Mozo features:
There are so many useful apps on the market, but when it comes to the best of the best, these are absolutely my favorite apps from 2014.
Asana: My new favorite task management system for teams. Take a look at my previous review to learn more about its many great features.
Buffer: This is a handy app for when I want to quickly schedule and share a great link through my social media. I actually use the Firefox plug-in to quickly create a tweet to be sent out through Buffer. Very user-friendly.
ChurchSnaps: This is one of the apps that I did consulting for this year, and it’s going to be a great app for children’s ministry leaders. ChurchSnaps provides a great way to collect pictures privately and safely from your ministry events. You get to choose who can add pictures to an album and who can view those pictures, so it’s a safe and easy way to let your team upload their pictures and only let specific people see the pics.
Woah, hold on! Should this even be a question for any decent parent? You are correct, but many parents are giving their kids access to porn without knowing it. In fact, according to a 2010 survey from CovenantEyes, 93% of boys and 62% of girls will be exposed to internet pornography during childhood (those numbers are rising, by the way, not declining).
Do you know how many devices can now connect to the internet? Here is a list of current devices that kids can use to access the internet:
- Smart TVs
- TV Appliances
- Video game consoles
If your kids received one of these devices for Christmas, then you will probably want to consider two things:
Sometimes you need a funny countdown song for the kids in your children’s ministry. Just don’t take singing lessons from this guy! Thanks to Brandon at simplyyouthministry.com for sharing this one.
Once again this year, we are bringing you the best Black Friday deals on everything that we find that might be useful for children’s ministry!
If you might use, we will include it. Throughout this week, we will be continuously adding to this list. On Black Friday, we will update this list throughout the day. If you find a better price or a great suggestion, leave a comment and we will add it to the list!
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