Innovative Ministry
Free Apps and Websites Any Church Can Use To Organize, Promote And Do More Creative Ministry
If your church is small and your budget is non-existent, new technology may seem out of reach. But it’s not.

You can even upload your sermon notes to YouVersion so others can benefit from them. This is just the start. It’s worth taking some time to explore it and discover what it can do for you and your congregation.

Planning Center, Slack, and Trello

Of these are three planning apps. Planning Center is the only one specifically designed for churches. They have pricing tiers that vary based on your church size, but they also have some great options on their free plan.

Our church uses Planning Center to coordinate who’s scheduled for what role on what Sunday, including details like the song set, order of service, and more.

Slack Slack Slack is a great way to keep teams informed of what’s happening when, including customizable ways to declutter your email inbox, create a thread of ongoing conversations between team members, and more.

Trello is a project-based platform that allows team members to assign duties, share results and move projects off from one phase to the next.

Canva and Unsplash

These programs will help bring your church graphics into the 21st century.

Canva is a graphic design program with easy-to-use templates to help you create promotional materials that can be shared and edited with other team members. There are plenty of free graphics, plus premium designs that can be used for as little as $1.

Unsplash is a photo sharing site with great pix from thousands of photographers, including professionals. Use their search bar to enter what kinds of photos you want, and you’ll get a bunch of great options.

Unsplash is what I’ve been using for most of the photos on this blog for the last few months. And every photo is always free.

Mention

Wouldn’t it be great if you knew every time your church was mentioned anywhere online?

Wouldn’t it be great if you knew every time you or your church was mentioned anywhere online?

If you’re on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you know when someone has mentioned you because they’ve tagged you. Mention does that for the entire internet.

You can enter up to three search terms on the free version and they will let you know every time that term is mentioned anywhere on the internet. Yes, the entire internet!

Enter your name, your church’s name or an important subject and keep track of the online chatter.

You can also filter out the excess noise by excluding sites you don’t want to hear from, like your own website, other churches with the same name, etc.

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January 16, 2019 at 2:00 AM

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