Using technology to turbocharge ministry
Technology can greatly simplify your ministry efforts while enhancing your capacity to build connections among people, communicate vision, form faith, and manage projects.
Thoughtfully-chosen technology tools, if introduced at the the appropriate time, should lighten a person’s ministry load while maximizing the ways people can participate. Technology tools can extend the weekly worship experience into people’s daily lives through blogs, Facebook postings, Taking Faith Home inserts and more. Technology can engage more people in faith forming activities such as online book discussion groups, Bible study reflections and access to daily devotions sent directly to one’s smartphone. Technology can expand the amount of time staff spend out in the community since their office (phone, tablet and/or laptop) usually goes with them.
How are you using technology to form faith, build community and equip households? Listed below are ways I see technology turbocharging ministries across the country.
- Texting (EZ text)
- Constant Contact for sending email updates
- Posting blogs using WordPress, Blogger, etc.
- Deepening community through Facebook groups, Snapchat, Instagram, etc.
- Supporting people dealing with health issues through Caring Bridge.
- Sharing photos of events and activities via Dropbox, Flickr, Instagram, Photodex, Smilebox, Snapchat, etc.
- Managing events and projects using Base camp, Google Docs, Evernote, etc.
- Gathering feedback and data from people via online polling such as Survey Monkey, Constant Contact, etc.
- Using Free Conference Call, Skype, FaceTime or Google Hangout in lieu of face-to-face meetings.
- Storing and sharing documents via Boxy, Dropbox, Google Docs, iCloud, Skydrive, Sugarsync, etc.
- Using Signup Genius, Eventbrite, Cvent to manage registrations and donated items.
- Using Google Calendar to share schedules among, staff, boards and all members.
- Using Square, PayPal or Google Checkout to receive payments.
- Provide live and recorded trainings through platforms such as Adobe Connect, Go To Meeting, Slideshare and Webex.
- Using Videos from Godtube, Vimeo, Youtube to support and train people.
- Creating slideshows and movie clips to celebrate ministry activities, train leaders and and highlight ways the congregation is living into its mission (iMovie, Photodex, Smilebox, etc.)
- Creating and managing blogs (WordPress & Blogger)
- Video conferencing (Facetime or Skype)
- Store documents and confidential information (Dropbox, Google Docs, mSecure, Sugarsync, etc.)
- Faith Formation (Vibrant Faith at Home, FaithTalk Series, sermon.net)
- iLife/Work Suite (Garage Band, iMovie, Keynote, Numbers, Pages) and Office 365
- Listen to books, news or podcasts (Audiobooks, Audible, iCatcher, Umano)
- View or share photos (Dropbox, Flickr, Instagram, Snapchat, PhotoCard)
- Project Management (Base camp or Google Docs)
- Read the Bible (CCEL NRSV, Glo Bible, )
- Read books and magazines (iBooks, Kindle, Oyster, TED books, Zinio)
- Social Media (Facebook, Google+. Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.)
- Video (Godtube, Netflix, Vimeo, Mactube)
- Emailing and texting (Group Email and GroupText, Messenger)
- Training Platforms (Adobe Connect, Go To Meeting, Slideshare, Webex)
- Travel (Expedia, Weather, Maps, Google Maps, Fly Delta, National Geographic Parks)
- Personal utilities (Duolingo, Pedometer, Recordium, mSecure, Passbook)
Are there ways you could maximize your time and efforts through judicious use of technology tools? Which tools would have the greatest impact on your ministry without requiring significant time to learn and implement? What are you using now that’s proven to be a great time saver or ministry maximizer?
If you’d like to learn more, you’re welcome to participate in today’s webinar, Tech Tools for Turbocharging Ministry. It takes place at 1:00pm central time. Click here a few minutes before 1pm (enter your name in the guest field) to join other participants.