LIFE HELP #3: 10 Apps That Help Me In Ministry

In today’s tech driven world, the task of staying on top of your tech game can seem daunting. Technology and media is a huge part of our culture today, and media can be a useful tool if we approach it properly. With that being said, I thought I would fill you in on 10 apps that have been helpful and beneficial to me.

(apps with one (*) beside them I only use on the iPad, while apps with two (**) I only use on the iPhone)

10. Calendar 5 – Formerly Calendar+, Calendar 5 is the app I used instead of the default Apple calendar. This app is more functional, and includes a language input option. It syncs with iCalendar, Reminders, and Google calendar. Calendar 5 also features an integrated task manager and syncs across the iPhone and iPad.

9. Penultimate* – Penultimate is the best writing app I have used. I also purchased the Evernote stylus several months ago. If you are serious about hand writing on your iPad, I recommend it.

8. Kindle – I am slowly weaning myself off paperback books (although I will admit I still enjoy the paperback books). The Kindle app is making the transition less painful. This app allows me to quickly highlight and make notes, and with a few quick clicks I can store all of my highlighted material in Evernote.

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7. Buffer** – Buffer is great as a central hub for getting a post to several different social media outlets. Buffer also schedules posts for you, allowing you to get information out when social media traffic is at its peak.

6. Spotify – Spotify is my default music listening app. The app is free, but I pay for the premium version, which it allows me to stream music offline. Unlike iTunes, I don’t have to buy individual songs with Spotify. Spotify gives me access to their entire library.

5. Sleep Cycle** – The Sleep Cycle app is my alarm clock. Basically, I set my alarm for a 30 minute window (you can make the window smaller, but Sleep Cycle recommends 30 minutes), and I place my phone under the pillow. Sleep Cycle detects my movement while I am sleeping and signals the alarm when I am sleeping the lightest.

4. Zite – I use this app everyday to keep up with current events and follow bloggers. Zite screens articles based on my preferences and previously read articles.

3. Molto – Molto is my email app. I love it because it is sleek and customizes my mail according to different categories (social media, personal, etc.). There are other good e-mail alternatives to the default Apple e-mail app (Mailbox, myMail, and Evomail+), but I prefer Molto because of its functionality and modern feel.

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2. Glo Bible – Glo Bible is a great Bible app (the premium version allows for access to notes and commentary). It is sleek and opens up a world of options to supplement the text you are reading, such as media and articles.

1. Evernote – No surprise here. I use Evernote for everything. It syncs across all platforms (iPhone, iPad, and Macbook). It is my digital filing cabinet. I even use it as my default to do list app.

Honorable Mention:

HootSuite

1Password

Day One Journal

Paper

Feedly

The Bible App

Genius Scan

Clear

DropBox

So these are some of the apps that have helped me. I would love to hear from some of you. Which apps have been beneficial to you?

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I love you all. To God be the glory forever. Amen!

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