5 Core Tools that Power Our Online Ministry

I have what I have often described as, "shiny object syndrome."  I see new technologies and chase them hard and fast until I find a new "shiny object."  Along the way many have stuck where others have been left behind.  Some are critical, some beneficial, and some are just fun to get to know.  Here are the top 5 that power our Online Ministry at Community Bible Church:

1) Media Social - this was our first core tool and continues to be the foundation of Online Church.  This all in one platform is our digital sanctuary where our Online Community comes to gather in worship together.  

2) Social Report - this is the tool we use to manage and monitor all of our social media platforms in one place.  I've gone through several similar tools and really appreciate the flexibility of Social Report and how the platform continues to develop.  

3) Zoom - this video conferencing platform is second to none!  We use it for our individual meetings, team meetings, prayer gatherings, volunteer trainings, and online groups.  We have found it incredibly easy to use and extremely powerful for almost unlimited capabilities.  

4) Live Chat -  this simple plugin to our website has proven to be one of the most powerful ministry tools imaginable.  We now have a full-time digital receptionist who greets visitors to our website, answers questions, gets people connected to people and ministries and prays with dozens of people each week who are in immediate need.  

5) Media Fusion - we have been late to the live streaming game, but grateful to have found great technology partners in Media Fusion who integrate with Akamai's network to provide a powerful live stream solution at an affordable price helping us reach thousands of people each week through our live streamed services.

Honorable Mention:

  • Mail Chimp - our email marketing platform
  • Slack - how we communicate/collaborate internally
  • Libsyn - our podcast hosting solution
  • Gecko Board - our data visualization dashboard

What core tools are you using to power your online ministry or organization?  

Becoming More Efficient and Effective with Asana

As we are approaching a new year we are all wanting to set up some good new systems and routines in our lives both personally and professionally.  Productivity has always been very important to me, but I have not always been organized in my obsession with productivity and efficiency so my time spent was not always maximized.  I made checklists everywhere I could and for several years have tried app after app to stay better organized but needed more. About a month ago my friend and colleague, Chis Tripputi, found an App that has been perfect for me personally and an incredible tool for collaboration among our ministry team.  It's called Asana and was developed by several of the same original developers of Facebook.  It's easy to use, but can be very complex as well with an open API if you need it to be.  It's also FREE unless you have a fairly large team!

As I continue to get to know this tool I plan to blog and share how I/we begin to use the tool to collaborate and become more efficient and productive.  I would love to hear your experiences as well and what you are learning.  I want to encourage you to take a minute to watch this video and sign up for your FREE account with Asana today!