Unless you live under a rock, you are familiar with what an iPhone is. It’s one of the hottest items, whenever it comes out…instantly. People lined up for hours (some even days) not too long ago in order to acquire an iPhone 6. The phone is always expensive, but more and more people find ways of obtaining one. This includes, surprisingly enough, children. It’s become much more than just a phone; it’s a computer, toy, and tool. Pastors, then, can certainly benefit from having one (so long as they can afford it). There are numerous helpful apps that work well with iPhones and can be utilized to strengthen the pastors ministry and his overall life. Here are 5 iPhone apps pastors should be using.
This is essentially a news app. However, it is not an all-inclusive news app where you can find numerous topics on a daily basis. Instead, this app populates news stories based on what your friends are reading and sharing over social media sites like Facebook. In a way, this will help pastors stay in the loop of what the people around them are reading, which has many benefits for sermon preparation and ministry as a whole. If the pastor knows what is one people’s minds, his sermons can be communicated a lot better.
What’s an iPhone without a Facebook app? For many iPhone users, the Facebook app becomes their only Facebook—no need to go online when it’s in the palm of your hand. Hopefully, the pastor that is using Facebook is broadening and strengthening his ministry. With the app, he will have the ability to respond to messages, comment to people, and share any information that he wants. It’s a great way of connecting with people outside of the church, meeting them where they are at—online! A strong online presence can go a long way to impacting more lives.
Many people use Dropbox to share files with others. But, did you know that there is an iPhone app for it? Well, there is! And, it allows users to grab any stuff on their accounts straight from their phones. The majority of things are able to be downloaded and viewed straight from the app. This can be very useful to pastors, especially those who use Dropbox as a way of handling their sermon notes, pictures, graphics, or anything else that may be relevant. Now, they can take it wherever they go!
Evernote is kind of like a beefed up Microsoft Word. Instead of just being able to write documents and do some of the typical Word capabilities, Evernote allows users to quickly scan and copy web pages, articles, etc. from anywhere on the web, and then put it straight on the program. It’s great for note-taking and is much better than Word is at customization of documents. The pastor will certainly love the features on the app, even if they never had it for a desktop before. It’s a great way for them to take notes on the go and write down any thoughts they had while studying or even reading articles on the web. Of course, this has huge implications on sermon preparation—it can potentially make things much easier and quicker.
5. Adobe Photoshop Express
This is a very handy tool for anyone, but especially pastors. If they don’t have a graphics person on their staff or in their congregation, it’s an even greater benefit for them. Although it’s not as powerful as the full blown Photoshop, this free program allows users to quickly edit photos. This comes in handy when making sermon graphics, adding some Powerpoint slides into a sermon, or even just sharing some pictures on Facebook and other social media sites. After all, visual media gets shared a lot more than regular text on all popular social media sites—and that includes twitter. Bottom line: people are drawn towards videos and pictures. With Adobe Photoshop Express, the pastor does not need technical skills to make some nice edits of photos and even add text over images. As a bonus feature, the app has the potential of teaching users how to use the more powerful desktop version, Adobe Photoshop.
iPhones are still the most popular phones in America and that won’t be changing anytime soon. Despite the craziness that surrounds its launchings and the idolatry that people often commit with them, they can be handy tools when used appropriately. Much of that, though, is due in large parts to the many helpful apps available for download. Are there any apps you have found helpful in ministry or in daily use? Let me know in a comment below!