Children's ministry? There's an app for that!
Technology is great, but sometimes there's so
much to shift though that finding the right tools for the job can
be intimidating. We've browsed though the app stores in search of
the best downloads for giving your ministry a digital boost. Here
are five great apps that you and your volunteers should check out
- Is It Contagious? -Not sure what that rash is
on Johnny's arm? This app from the experts at KidsHealth can
help. The "Is It Contagious?" app has information on more than 85
different conditions. The app provides picture references, guidance
about when to seek immediate care, and information about how
contagious the condition is. Now you can know when it's safe for
Johnny to stay and when the parents need to be called to pick him
up. Available on Android and IOS.
- Apparent - Apparent is an
easy and convenient way to share information with your circle of
parents in a secure format. The app was designed for parents who
want to create play dates for their kids, but it could also be used
by children's ministries to share kids' craft ideas and arrange for
fun get-togethers. Available now for IOS; coming soon to Android and Windows
- Max 7 - Built from the free ministry resource
website Max 7,
this app puts curriculum, videos, music, training materials, and
much more right at your fingertips. Whether you're looking for a
little something extra to add to your plans―or you're starting from
scratch―there's something here for everyone. Available for Android and IOS.
- Pinterest - Last week we talked about how Pinterest can
be an amazing resource for gathering ideas; but many ministries are
also using it as a social media bulletin board. Using the official
Pinterest app, you can post pictures of crafts for home devotions
and keep parents informed about upcoming lessons. Available on Android and IOS. (Don't forget to check out our own Children's Ministry Magazine Pinterest
- Dropbox - A great tool that I personally use,
helps you share files, photos, and videos among your volunteers.
You can get up to 18 GB of space for free, with more space
available for a monthly fee. Using Dropbox, your volunteers will
always have whatever you need to give them right on their phones.
Available for Android and IOS.
While you're looking around the different app
stores, make sure to check out Children's
Ministry Magazine (
IOS). We've gone digital, and you'll love the digital-only
extras that bring the magazine to life. Check out the subscribe page for more information.