Todd McKeever loves his tech and continually shares his favorite apps and programs for use in your ministry, job or home. Check out his new favorites here today.
Now that I have made a move after years at a 5-6000 member ministry to one that is only 400-ish (isn’t God funny with the paths that He will take us) I am needing to learn some new skills. One of those is seeking out some tech goodies that will help me still get the results of having a large paid team.
Today, we will hit on a couple of tech goodies that I am finding to be helpful in getting the results I need while not having the paid admin team around me. In a medium size church we are still at the point where the children’s pastor can fall under the one who is expected to do it all. Seeing that there usually are not as many formal ways of communication, or systems are not set up for great follow-up, things fall through the cracks.
Welcome – Asana and/or Trello
Asana provides the accountability your team needs to move forward and do your best work without having to be tied to email. Asana offers a great way to collect your task that only you need to work on or it can assign a task to a team member or members that you choose. You can assign due dates and as people work on it, if there is any correspondence, it will keep all of it in that area so everyone on that project can see the conversation taking place. (It can also be made private.) You can set up a daily email to be sent to you for updates on every project and so much more. Watch some more about Asana.
Trello is a different feel than Asana. Trello is simple on the surface, but cards have everything you need to get stuff done. Post comments for instant feedback. Upload files from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive. Add checklists, labels, due dates, and more. Notifications make sure you always know when important stuff happens.
Here are 2 more tools I urge you to check out, I’m not going into detail with them, but I do use these as part of this process for myself.
With any of these tools it should help you have that feel of having a full-time team while you are at a small to mid size church. Don’t allow the size of your church now to effect your productivity for the Kingdom.
Pastor Todd McKeever is the Family Life Pastor at First Church of the Open Bible, Des Moines, IA. You can find out more about him at http://www.toddmckeever.com or follow him on twitter @tmckeever. Or you can request him as your ministry coach from Kidology.org coaches page at http://www.kidology.org/page.asp?i=242