Tag Archive - mobile

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Multisite Tools of the Trade

I work with two mobile teams. The church I serve at, Sun Valley Community Church, is a multisite church with staff that are distanced by up to 45 minutes. The consulting firm I’m a part of, The Unstuck Group, has consultants literally all over the country. Both of these organizations have high performing teams and produce great results. But in order to do that with mobile teams you need great mobile solutions. I know the market has become flooded with mobile solutions but here are 9 that I’ve used that really work. What experience do you have with mobile solutions? What would you add to the list? Leave a comment!

1. Zoom

When it comes to video meetings (and I do a bunch of them) I love Zoom. You can have multiple users in multiple locations on one call and whoever is speaking is “zoomed” in on. You can record videos to share with people who missed the meeting. It integrates both online meeting and group messaging. And there is a free version. Oh, and please don’t ever use Skype again…Zoom kills Skype.

2. Cam Scanner

CamScanner turns your smartphone into a scanner! You can easily send document scans to team members via email or the cloud and say goodbye to running between your desk and the printer. Allow team members to share comments, turns pics into .pdf’s. If you do work on charts or whiteboards, you’re probably going to want to download this app.

3. Trip It

If you do any traveling then TripIt is for you! I love this app! TripIt automatically creates a master itinerary for every trip for instant access to all your travel plans—anytime, on any device. In other words my flight, car rental, hotel are all in one place and it’s fully integrated with Google Maps. Love it!

4. Develop.me

A free human resources tool that helps your church promote a staff-wide culture of growth through goal-setting and performance reviews. 100% web based and supervisors and team members can make comments and stay on the same page regarding goals, job performance, and reviews.

5. Periscope

I actually did a post the other day about 10 Ways Your Church can Leverage Periscope so I won’t rehash that here, but I will encourage you to click the link. I think there are some intriguing ways to stay connected to team members in a mobile setting through Periscope. It’s worth checking out.

6. Planning Center

An industry standard go to tool for worship service planning. Schedule volunteers, manage music, and schedule worship services. Share music with band members, put rehearsal files online, add songs, media and other items to your services so your whole team is in the know. Track timing before and during your services, and get organized.

7. Expensify

Stop filling out expense reports and trying to find those receipts you lost to turn in, and simplify your expense reporting. Streamline the way your employees report expenses, the way expenses are approved, and the way you export that information to your accounting package. Quickly add cash expenses, automatically import all card transactions. Capture mileage, time, and other reimbursable/billable expenses. Code expenses to GL accounts, clients/projects, and custom fields.

8. Asana

Get out of email and into Asana. A great project management tool that puts communications and tasks all in one place instead of spread out over email and various notes. A great dashboard feature, easy team organization, and it’s even broken down into check lists with due dates and reminders!

9. Slack

Get rid of email and group texting and start using this messaging app for teams. Organize by projects, teams, campuses, or anything you’d like. Sharing files is easy as it integrates with apps like Google Drive and Dropbox. Oh, and it integrates with just about everything (including social media) so all your notifications come to one place. And it’s searchable. Smile.


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Top Posts of 2014 #5: “Ministry Trends for 2014”

We’re halfway through our Top 10 countdown of the most popular posts here at Helping Churches Make Vision Real! I’d be interested to know how many of these trends you experienced in 2014.

Recently Carey Nieuwof, who serves as the Lead Pastor at Connexus Church north of Toronto, Canada, released this info-graphic about trends he’s seeing in ministry as we head into 2014. With his permission, I’m happy to share this here with you. Carey speaks to leaders and audiences across North American and around the world on leadership, change, parenting and personal renewal. You can follow this link to keep up with Carey at his blog!

Which of these trends have you seen? Which ones do you disagree with? Anything surprising to you? Or is there anything you would add? What trends are you observing as we head into 2014? Leave a comment!


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Why Your Church Needs a Mobile App

Sun Valley Community Church, the church I have the privilege of serving at, recently announced the public launch of a new app for mobile devices. While I know that Sun Valley is by no means the first church to go this route; I also know as a result of my work with churches across the country that there are many churches considering developing an app but still have questions before they jump into this technology and method of engaging with people.

I sat down with Mo Grimm, the Director of Communications at Sun Valley, to ask him about the launch of this app. Here’s what he had to say. Hope it’s helpful to you and your church as you engage your community with the Gospel!

Paul: Does a local church really need an App?

Mo: Every day there are over 1 million smartphones sold. The majority of the people purchasing those smartphones are using their devices to access data. The thought that people are accessing the website through their desktop computers is fleeting. About two-thirds of all Americans have a mobile device that they use for apps and they spend almost an hour and a half every day on those apps. Our desire is to reach people and interact with them in a language and manner that they use most frequently. So we went with an app. It’s actually quite missional in the sense of going to where people are and learning to speak their language.

Paul: You chose to partner with Subsplash on the project? Why this company?

Mo: Subsplash is a leader in app development for churches, and because this was a new endeavor for us a proven track record was important to us on this project. Not only are they developing apps for churches, they are developing apps for Fortune 500 companies. Their platform has been tested and continues to be improved upon. Their goal is to make the Truth of Jesus incredibly accessible to people both inside and outside of the church.

Paul: In designing an App what features should Churches key in on?

Mo: Our goal with the app is to provide people with the content they want most. We are keeping it pretty simple by providing the ability to watch sermons live via Livestream or recorded, notes for the sermons as well as for Small Group Bible Studies. We wanted people to have the ability to see our various campus locations, connect with our website, and give financially to the ministry of Sun Valley in a simple and secure manner.

Interested in downloading the app and checking it out for yourself? Just follow this link.


Posted in Creative Arts, Leadership

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Ministry Trends for 2014

Recently Carey Nieuwof, who serves as the Lead Pastor at Connexus Church north of Toronto, Canada, released this info-graphic about trends he’s seeing in ministry as we head into 2014. With his permission, I’m happy to share this here with you. Carey speaks to leaders and audiences across North American and around the world on leadership, change, parenting and personal renewal. You can follow this link to keep up with Carey at his blog!

Which of these trends have you seen? Which ones do you disagree with? Anything surprising to you? Or is there anything you would add? What trends are you observing as we head into 2014? Leave a comment!

 

 


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