I think the apostle Paul would have texted or emailed Phillipi or Colassae if he had the technology. Since there was no blogging or Paul Instagramming from prison in Rome, we are left with the very reliable writings of eye witnesses. Today we have the tool of technology. And the most used vehicle is our cell phones. I want to give you some apps that I use to help me be more efficient in ministry.
I know the phone is so personal. Anyone in the ministry will be able to add their two cents and give an alternative app to what I suggest. And their suggestion may suit you better than my suggested apps. If you can get one helpful idea from my list then it’s a win. These are the ones that have helped me unclutter my life, speed up some things, and connect me best. So if you are in the ministry , maybe these can help.
Nothing can ever replace PRAYER AND TIME READING THE BIBLE. But what technology should do is open up schedules and time blocks to do these necessary things.
These apps have helped me. I hope they can help you.
One promise I can make: someone will develop better apps and next year’s list will be different. These are my best for now:
You may think this is a no brainer but so many have NOTES on their iPhone and never use it. Listen close….Write down everything: every quote
every book reference you hear, every illustration. When you think of something or hear something WRITE, WRITE, WRITE. This app works because you can search easy on it. Don’t let anything in a conversation that should be remembered not be written down. I think NOTES can’t be beat for quick writing and quick referencing and flawless synching.
OLIVETREE to me is the best MAC platform Bible program. It is so easy to use and so reasonablly priced. Logos is good but so over priced as well as Accordance. Olive Tree has a ton of great free books. Best iphone and ipad Bible app hands down. Cutting and pasting is a cinch. Adding personal notes simple.
There is so many articles and blogs and info on the internet to read….this is the best place to copy and paste and organize to. Works flawlessly between iphone, ipad and laptop. Everything I read that I want to reference from the internet goes to EVERNOTE.
This is your remote to your laptop. This is too valuable not to have. It gives you the best access to all your saved files. All my sermons and church info is at my finger tips on all my devices because I saved it to DROPBOX on my laptop. Everyone should have DROPBOX. It gives me access to my laptop on my phone.
I think every pastor should journal. It may sound girly and junior highish but you need to chronicle your journey, the ups and the downs, the testimonies and all that happens…. and this is a great app to do it with. DAYONE JOURNAL is the best to me. Just make a commitment to write each day. What you don’t write down , you will forget . You are able to connect pictures with your entries.
Those of us who preach from their iPad like I do, this is my favorite to preach from. I send my typed out messages to my iPad and then open it in EVERNOTE. I love this for a few reasons. One of the few apps I can preach reading West to East instead of North to South. I can also add my personal writing notes to it just before I preach with my stylus. Finally, I can highlight the typed text.
For those of us who still find some comfort in writing stuff down with pen and paper, check out DOCSCAN PRO. So many sermons I have preached have been hand written (English not hieroglyphics). To preserve and reference them this app has been great. Simply take the picture of it, then you crop it to the size you want and save it. All my handwritten notes are easily saved now. Paperless here we come.
Need a restaurant, Starbucks, bank, sporting good shop, dry cleaners….whether you travel by plane or car, AROUND ME is the best. It tells you anything you need that is around with all the necessary information. You can then direct it to MAPS app for walking or driving.
NOTABILITY is the best for writing freehand notes and saving them and emailing them. When I listen to sermons or sit in a meeting , this writes the best with a stylus. It doesn’t turn to text , it keeps my actual handwriting.
Seems obvious but KINDLE is a must for those that are ereaders. I think I like iBooks copy and paste features of highlights better. In order for me to get my highlights in my notes from Kindle , I have to go to a special Amazon website. However, with Kindle, I get more books and a lot of free classics. I’ll do the extra step for highlights.
This is where the past intersects with the present. This is my answer to podcasts. I need to reconnect with the great preaching voices of yesteryear and SERMONINDEX does that for me. You get to listen to actual sermons by Leonard Ravenhill, Tozer, David Wilkerson, Alan Redpath and others. All free downloads to listen to pulpit giants of the past.
Whether you go to the movies or are recommended movies….you need this for yourself , your congregation and your family. I have 4 children and this by far is the best Christian viewpoint on all movies. Put out by Focus on the Family, it never tells you to see it or not, but it gives details from every side of the movie to consider so you make the decision.
Finally, I know that podcasts are very important to someone in the ministry for the refreshment of their own soul. Probably the best to me and the one that I use is POCKET CASTS. So easy, so accessible, especially since I spend almost an hour and a half on a subway each day that has no internet access. I need something downloaded for me. I like it better than Apple’s podcast app.