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Here are a couple apps and one feature that I have been using a lot recently:

Over- If you have an advertisement to make and don’t have a graphic design bone in your entire body, than this is for you. In a nutshell, the app allows you to put words on any picture saved on your phone. Students have made this app (or others like it) famous by putting cliché quotes over sunsets and kittens, but you can redeem the app by using it for ministry! I have been using it to make advertisements for our ministry’s Instagram account. While it isn’t a total substitution for a graphics guy, it will help you make ads that look clean and professional.

Group Text- Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPhone, but I am not a huge fan of the “group chat” feature. When I want to make jokes with my friends, group chat is great. When I am trying to coordinate student volunteers, group chat is awful. To avoid it, I use the app, “Group Text.” Group Text allows you to create multiple lists of contacts and lets you send them all individual text messages rather than the “group chat” feature the iPhone defaults to. I use this almost everyday to communicate with my small group, volunteers, and parents. Love it.

Encouragement Photo Album- This one isn’t an app, just a cool idea. When I first started in ministry, my mentor told me to keep all of the encouraging notes in a box so that, when I get discouraged, I can go through them and remember why I do this. I loved the idea, but had no clue what to do with texts and emails. The solution: “screenshot” all of the texts and emails and save them into an album solely dedicated to encouragement. Simple. Easy. Free.

What apps/features are you using right now?

Colton Harker is the Student Leadership Director at Saddleback HSM.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact him at coltonharker@gmail.com or on twitter at @ColtonHarker.

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  • Kevin Patterson says:

    My can’t live withouts:

    Dropbox: self explanatory.

    Phonto, PicFx, and Camera+: Like the post this is the poor mans graphic design software. I can do everything from funny pictures to awesome graphics for sermon series.

    Hootsuite: enables me to control my youth ministry pages and still control my personal accounts from my phone.

    Live App: I can have access to my small group curriculum any where.

    Slideshark: let’s me control my slides on my iPad from my iPhone.

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