Must-have mobile apps for church leaders
Mobile apps are becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives, simplifying ordinary tasks and providing instant access to information on the go.
For example, you can easily access information about The United Methodist Church with the UM Official Program Calendar app, which provides concise and functional access to Lectionary readings, Special Sundays, planning data and United Methodist Church agency information and contacts. You can also bookmark content for later use, add notes and annotations, filter by date or book of the Bible and easily share content with others.
After scouring the Internet and consulting with techie pastors, laity and bloggers, we take a look at several leading mobile apps for church leaders.
Evernote & JotNot Pro
Evernote organizes everything! If you want to remember something, take a picture with your phone and Evernote will use text-recognition technology to make the text in the image searchable. Do you like the message on a marquee and want to use it at your church later? Take a photo and Evernote will store the words in its long-term memory so your long-term memory is freed up for more important things – like when the youth are washing cars.
iPhone, iPod touch and iPad: $0.99
If you're looking for the best reading app for the Bible, look no further than Logos. Navigation is a breeze. Many translations are available and it includes Greek and Hebrew references.
If you're not using cloud-based storage and file sharing at least on an elementary level, you should be! Dropbox is an easy- to-use app that adds a nice little folder icon to your desktop. It automatically syncs any file that you put in that folder to other computers with Dropbox installed. No more frantic calls to find that elusive file at 11 p.m. on Saturday! Dropbox makes it easy to access those files from virtually anywhere.
Any.do is a free web-based app. It's simplicity is it's strongest feature. Sort tasks by today, tomorrow, upcoming and someoday and check them off upon completion. Your increased productivity is a win for everyone!
This app has everything you need and then some!. It includes several Bible translations and paraphrases, including ASV, ESV, KJV, LBLA (Spanish), NASB, NRSV and The Message. You can also download CUV (Chinese), Latin Vulgate, LutherBible, Reina Valera and Septuagint + Greek New Testament free. The translations are on your device so you need no Internet connection to use them
The BibleXpress intuitive search feature rivals Google. It allows you to choose how to organize your bookmarks and includes Easton's Bible Dictionary, with about 4,000 names, places and Christian-specific definitions along with Scripture hyperlinks. The app also includes a Prayer Journal that allows you to keep track of your prayers by contacts, categories and calendar.
With these features, you do have to pay a little more than for most other apps. You can purchase BibleXpress for $29.99 and enjoy all the features. If that's a little steep, the BibleXpress Lite app has the intuitive feature. It does not contain copyrighted Bible translations, but you may purchase additional ones. BibleXpress Lite costs $2.99.