Here are a couple apps and one feature that I have been using a lot recently:
Over- If you have an advertisement to make and donâ€™t have a graphic design bone in your entire body, than this is for you. In a nutshell, the app allows you to put words on any picture saved on your phone. Students have made this app (or others like it) famous by putting clichÃ© quotes over sunsets and kittens, but you can redeem the app by using it for ministry! I have been using it to make advertisements for our ministryâ€™s Instagram account. While it isnâ€™t a total substitution for a graphics guy, it will help you make ads that look clean and professional.
Group Text- Donâ€™t get me wrong, I love my iPhone, but I am not a huge fan of the â€œgroup chatâ€ feature. When I want to make jokes with my friends, group chat is great. When I am trying to coordinate student volunteers, group chat is awful. To avoid it, I use the app, â€œGroup Text.â€ Group Text allows you to create multiple lists of contacts and lets you send them all individual text messages rather than the â€œgroup chatâ€ feature the iPhone defaults to. I use this almost everyday to communicate with my small group, volunteers, and parents. Love it.
Encouragement Photo Album- This one isnâ€™t an app, just a cool idea. When I first started in ministry, my mentor told me to keep all of the encouraging notes in a box so that, when I get discouraged, I can go through them and remember why I do this. I loved the idea, but had no clue what to do with texts and emails. The solution: â€œscreenshotâ€ all of the texts and emails and save them into an album solely dedicated to encouragement. Simple. Easy. Free.
What apps/features are you using right now?
Colton Harker is the Student Leadership Director at Saddleback HSM.Â If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact him at email@example.com or on twitter at @ColtonHarker.