Let me first start off with a simple statement: Every Pastor Needs to have a Smart Phone, preferably an iPhone.
Most already do but there are still some that are lagging behind citing reasons of sanity or serenity. Get over it! The smart phone is a tool that you can’t do without in ministry today. The computing power on the iPhone 5 is amazing. I just upgraded from the iPhone 4 and I am amazed at the power and speed between the two. With that speed a pastor can go completely mobile and still run much of the communication that a church needs. Below are 10 free apps that every church planter should be using. This isn’t an exclusive list. In fact if you want to add to this list post it in the comment section below.
- Messages: I know this comes standard on the phone but it is essential to today’s ministry. Being able to text multiple people at once thru MMS is vital. I do this with several ministries like our Men’s Breakfast. I shoot off a text to about 70 guys in a matter of moments and sure enough most show up the next morning.
- Voice Memo: Once again another installed app but essential. Do you know that this app records my messages on Sundays better than our really expensive digital sound board. It has great range as well. I don’t have to stand right above it. Very clear and makes it easy to upload to podcasts.
- Evernote: This cross platform program has become essential. I do everything in it. In fact we are going to devote a special blog post on how pastors can master this application. You can use it on your phone, computer, and tablet anywhere and it all syncs. I do all my messages, to do lists, blogs straight from Evernote. It has so much more that I am not using it for.
- Dropbox: This is a free cloud syncing storage system that gives you a ton of space. All of my previous message, word docs, and other admin stuff are stored in here. I am not even close to the free space that I have. It also syncs across all platforms. Never worry about backing up again.
- You Version: Simply the best Bible app on the planet and one of the most downloaded apps too. Something like a billion people use this and this is the reason. Almost every translation of the Bible as well as devotionals, reading plans, and notes. Awesome and always getting better.
- Facebook Pages: Every church should have a facebook page. Facebook pages app helps you manage it on your phone. You can see your traffic, interactions, and post updates and pictures from anywhere. Since 60% of everyone on the earth is on facebook you need to get this app and use it.
- Logos: Even if you haven’t paid thousands of dollars to purchase Logods software you can use their app. They are always giving away free books and give you a decent amount of stuff just in the app. Not sure what that entails because I own the software.
- Google Reader: Don’t pay money for an RSS reader. Google Reader isn’t really an app but an icon you download onto your phone. This is great! I read all the blogs in a mobile format right on my phone. Great for passing time waiting in line, for my kids practice to get over, or at a stop light.
- WordPress: Do you blog on wordpress? If not you should be. Blogging is a great way to communicate your heart to your people. Don’t get Tumblr. Crazy people are on that site. WordPress is simple and fun. You can upload post straight from your phone, especially if you have it already in Evernote. Just cut and paste and there you go, a blog post.
- Starbucks: This app is awesome because I never have to take money into this place. I load it with money and pay for it with the app when I go. It is also connected to my rewards card so every 12th purchase gives me a free drink. With as much as I go there to have meetings this has become essential. Don’t get snobby on me about Starbucks. I don’t care for their brewed coffee but it is the only place in my small town.
There you go. My list of apps every church planter should have. They are free and turn your phone from an addiction to a fully functioning tool. So stop pouring over your personal twitter, facebook, and instagram accounts and put your phone to work for the benefit of your ministry.