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A few weeks back I was visiting my friends at Download Youth Ministry and Doug asked if I would film an episode of 5-Minute Youth Ministry with him about my favorite apps.  I decided to go with the tried and true because I’m constantly surprised how many people still haven’t heard of them.  Enjoy the show:

Links to what we talk about:

What are your favorite apps right now?

Cloud Storage: Copy.com

Chris —  June 12, 2013 — 5 Comments

Almost everyone I know uses cloud storage now for making sure they have files on all their devices, sharing docs between friends and co-works, or backing up.  Dropbox is great, but the free 2 GBs isn’t enough for most people.  I just found a new options that is giving 10x that for a limited time: Copy.com.

Click here to sign-up, install the app and enjoy 20 GBs of free space. (The standard account is only 15, but this Friend link, will get us both the bonus 5 GBs.)

How it works:

From now until Christmas the iPad iBooks version of The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse by Michael Gungor is free. I haven’t finished it yet, but what I’ve read is great.  It’s been a both thought provoking and funny look at how we are all creative.  The iPad version is also full of great visuals and audio to accompany it.

From the Publisher:

The_Crowd_the_Critic_and_the_Muse_A_Book_for_Creators.225x225-75“We are all creators. Whether or not we create is not up to us. We are human, and creating is what we do. Every interaction, movement, and decision is creativity at work. We are all artists. We all order creation around us into the world that we want to make.”–Michael Gungor

In The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse, Michael Gungor takes an uncompromising–and humorous–look at our creative selves and the world that we have fashioned around us. Through story and reflection, Gungor shows how our deepest beliefs and assumptions about the universe affect how we order creation.

An award-winning, globetrotting musician, Gungor also reveals his personal journey as an artist and creator, a tale of moving from innocence to wisdom, from simplicity to complexity and back again, a tale of leaving home and
returning in a new, better, and more creative way.

The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse - Michael Gungor

Google Maps for iOS Now Available

Chris —  December 12, 2012 — 6 Comments

For all those that have not been thrilled with Apple’s new maps, you can rejoice that Google Maps is now available again. Download the all new version complete with voice turn-by-turn directions. Best of all it’s FREE.

Download Now.

OK, there’s much excitement in our house about Star Wars Angry Birds in our house.  It’s a mashup of two of our favorite things. After playing it for a few days, we are still just as excited. Who doesn’t like an Angry Bird with a light sabre slaying though evil storm trooper piggies.

If you are interested you too can enjoy the fun and games.  It’s available on just about every platform out there.

iPhone
Angry Birds Star Wars - Rovio Entertainment Ltd

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Angry Birds Star Wars HD - Rovio Entertainment Ltd

Kindle Fire

Google Play
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May the Force be with you!

apple-siriA couple weeks ago I purchased my first iOS device with Siri, and she has been making me look much better and more thoughtful in ministry.  In case you haven’t begun to leverage her skills for ministry, here’s how I have been using her to make my ministry more successful and organized.

  1. Lists – Any list you create in reminders can be added to using Siri.  For example, I have a staff list to keep up with the things I need to bring up in staff meetings.  So, when I remember something for staff meeting while I’m on my way to a soccer game I say “Siri, add ‘egg nogg chug mess’ to my staff list.  I have tons of lists: shopping, pastor, staff, study, books, etc.  Now that my brain has been uploaded to the cloud, I am getting more done on time.
  2. Reminders – After someone grabs me in church to tell me about an upcoming job interview on Monday, I often think: I need to call them and ask how that went on Tuesday.  Now I duck into an office or empty room and say “Siri, Remind me to call James about his job interview Tuesday at 5pm.”  Then, my phone reminds me to be a caring pastor at the right time.
  3. Not Dying – Why is it that everyone decides to text me when I’m driving.  Now, I would never have read and responded while driving in the past, but I know people who do.  Now, I ask Siri to read the texts to me and can respond without ever taking my eyes off the road.

What feels great is that these things that I truly wanted to do that were missed are getting done.  Mainly because Siri has made the tools I already had easily accessible.  How has Siri helped your ministry?

Apple has their big announcement tomorrow, but while we wait, here’s a hilarious video to keep you entertained.  Star Wars and Justin Beiber, who could ask for more.

If you plan a weekly worship service then you will want to check out Planning Center! It’s a worship planning, volunteer scheduling, media repository, emailing, texting machine! Here’s a quick video overview:

Forget printing cue sheets (aka Order of Worship), figuring out Microsoft Excel for band scheduling, or burning cds for your instrumentalists to listen to. Planning Center does it all! One of my favorite features of Planning Center is their FREE app. We have been using Planning Center for almost 2 years and love it! Here are two more videos. The first is a more detailed look at Planning Center’s in-depth features, while the second is about their iPad app called Music Stand (a virtual sheet music/band notes app).

 

Are there any go-to planning resources you use on a weekly basis? Share the wealth with the youth ministry world here!

VidRhythm

Jon —  May 23, 2012 — Leave a comment

Yet another great app for iOS! I can see so many places to work this into student ministry. How would you use it?

I have written about the square card reader before which is the easiest way for you to begin swiping cards at your next parent meeting or fundraiser, but they have taken it to a whole new level with Square Register.

Designed to operate as a cash register for a business, Register transforms the iPad into just that, but better! After you download the app, you input your items (think summer trip costs or fundraiser items) choosing or taking a picture that represents them. Then, you decide where you want those images to appear, and you are ready to rock and roll. Pass the iPad to the volunteer and they simply touch the items someone needs to pay for, swipe the card, let the buyer sign on the iPad and the program texts or emails a receipt!

Incredible, I know. AND square’s fee is simple. The app is free, the card reader is free, and they take a simple 2.75% off the top of each transaction and direct deposit it at the end of each day. Yeah. You probably have already left to download the app, but if you haven’t… go get it!