Free Task Management Systems for Churches

Free Task Management Systems

Some great task management systems have come out in the past year that are absolutely free. I use some of them for managing tasks, keeping track of details for events, assigning team members to different tasks, keeping track of my notes, and more. All of the following task management systems have some excellent features, for absolutely free:

What’s in the Bible: Church Edition

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I’ve written about What’s in the Bible curriculum? before, so you know about my reviews regarding their curriculum. I think that What’s in the Bible? is one of the best Christian video resources for teaching the Bible to children, and I am excited to see them complete the whole curriculum and DVD set that covers the entire Bible.

Instead of reviewing the curriculum myself, I’m going to refer you to a couple of great reviews that a few kidmin friends posted:

Tales of Truth: Share Stories of Christian Missionaries and the Gospel Message

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I love telling kids about Christian Missionaries. Their lives can be a significant encouragement to children as they learn how to devote their lives to God. That said, I wasn’t aware of any resources that can help you teach about the lives of missionaries, until I found Tales of Truth. Tales of Truth has created captivating Powerpoint slides and helpful scripts so that you can tell these Christian missionary stories easily.

Take a look at the description for these resources:

How Ministry Leaders Can Use Text Messaging for Parent Communication

How Ministry Leaders Can Use Text Messaging for Parent Communication

Have you ever wanted to communicate with all of the parents of the kids in your ministry through text messaging? It is totally possible! There are multiple ways to do this, but the following way is the easiest way that I have found to be successful.

The best part is that you can use an easy social media tool to text your parents. That tool is Twitter! All you need to do is follow four easy steps to get started.

Want Your Own Awana Church Website?

Want Your Own Awana Church Website?

Do you need an Awana website? Most churches don’t actively update their Facebook Awana pages, and keeping up a church webpage for Awana can be difficult if you don’t have a dedicated IT staff member at your church.

The solution? Selected Ventures Inc. has come up with Quick Club Sites, which is a user-friendly way for churches to create and maintain their own Awana website! Here is a short description of the Quick Club Sites:

Is Minecraft Safe for Children?

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Last week, I interviewed two kidmin experts who shared their knowledge of Minecraft and whether or not it is safe for your kids, and if there is potential for us to use Minecraft in ministry. The experts who joined me for the interview are Trisha Gail Peach and Bill Gunter.

In general, is Minecraft safe for children? Why or why not?

Top 15 iPad Apps for Leaders

Leaders need to use their technology to enhance their leadership skills and harness it to improve their organization and increase efficiency. Here are 15 apps that every leader needs on his/her iPad and iPhone:

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  1. Evernote: Let’s be honest- this app just might be the most recommended app for anyone in leadership. The ability to take notes, make recordings, jot down ideas, and other functions is well worth the price (which is FREE!). If you own several mobile devices, you can access your Evernote materials from them or pretty much anywhere.
  2. Dropbox: It’s an online storage for your documents that can be accessed from anywhere in the world, and shared with any other Dropbox user. The downside of Dropbox is the lower amount of storage when compared to its competitors, but everyone has Dropbox… so this app is a must!
  3. Keynote: This is Apple’s version of Powerpoint. It’s sleek and easy-to-use, plus you can sync it with your Mac and mobile devices. Definitely worth the price.
  4. Google Drive: This app is incredibly useful for teams who need to share documents and edit them. Simply create a new document, invite your team to share the document, and you can all edit it as you wish. Leave a comment on the document, and your team can take a look and make adjustments as necessary. Whether you are a ministry team, a college study group, or just need to work on a project collaboratively with a group, this app is the way to go.
  5. YouVersion Bible: A solid Bible app that has so many functions, you just need to check it out.
  6. HootSuite: The most successful social media platform, with many different abilities and functions. Sign up for a free account and start managing every social network you have from one spot. Oh, and don’t forget to schedule out your tweets and Facebook statuses for the next week!
  7. Hangouts: An essential app by Google for having meetings with a group of people. Perfect for the leader who is on the go, but still needs to meet with their team.
  8. Accordance: An easy to use Bible study tool. Check it out and experiment with its Bible search capabilities and commentaries.
  9. AirSketch: Take a PDF on your iPad and project it onto a computer, then sketch and draw on the PDF from your iPad as it shows up on your computer. Great for meetings and playing games in your children’s ministry (you draw on your iPad, and it projects first to your computer, then from your projector onto the big screen for all the kids to see!).
  10. Pandora: Great app for listening to your favorite music mixes in the office or while traveling.
  11. Spotify: Great way to listen to music but not have to purchase it. Only downside is you can’t purchase the music. Take a look at this review to learn more.
  12. TurboScan: Solid app for scanning papers and other images. Once you scan something, you can then share it or email it to yourself. Handy tool for the road, especially on the iPhone. Can’t beat $1.99 either.
  13. Feedly: This is my replacement for the Google Reader. It takes blog posts and articles, then displays them in a sleek list for you to view. Definitely one of my favorite apps.
  14. Starbucks: The ultimate app for every leader. You know what I’m talking about. Download the app, put some money on the gift card, enjoy the coffee rewards, and remember to thank me later.
  15. Remote: Turns your iPhone or iPad into a remote for your Mac presentations. Let’s just be honest, it’s time to throw the “clicker” out. Buy this app and join the 21st century.
  16. BONUS: The Keynote Remote works well when you are using Keynote on your Mac.

What are some of your favorite apps? Share your most loved apps with others in the comments.

Free Powerpoint Slides for Children’s Ministry & Church Services

Today I wanted to share with you some great resources from our friends over at Children’s Ministry Deals. They have offered 35 free Powerpoints for your Children’s ministry. These can be used in your Sunday School, Children’s Church, and even during your main services at your church!

To get your free Powerpoint slides, simply go through checkout with each slide that you would like, and the total will come out to $0.00. Make sure you check them out and pick a few up before it’s too late!

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