In this post I wanted to highlight 7 apps that I use on a continual basis as a worship pastor. There is some overlap between posts, but here I’d like to highlight why and how I use it in a worship ministry context.
This is a total game changer. I’m planning a dedicated post to this amazing resource. We use Planning Center to do ALL of our scheduling, service planning, and service programming. It is our “home base”. No worship leader LOVES to schedule services, but Planning Center makes this much easier. The app is free but you need an account first. Head over here.
Like I mentioned before, this is my “idea capture” tool. It can do a lot of other things but this is what I use it for. I’ll use it to type setlist ideas on the go, take snapshots of books or quotes in books that I like, record songwriting ideas, etc. Fantastic.
3. You Version
I’m using one of the Bible reading plans from YouVersion this year. I prefer to read my physical Bible when I’m at home, but if I’m out and about it’s great to be able to pick up where I left off. This can also be great for sharing Scripture verses with your team, devotional moments, (gasp) reading from the stage, etc.
This is a sweet little app that I use mainly for the ‘on the go’ guitar tuner. But it also has a nifty metronome for figuring out clicks to songs, a bank of guitar chords, and guitar lesson options. So great.
This is probably the app that I’ve used the least but am planning to use it more. Evernote has been my go to, so I’ve forgotten I’ve even had this. But it is a really great app for drafting a song on the go. Let’s face it, as songwriters, inspiration strikes us at the weirdest times. With an app like this we can be ready when we’re driving (God forbid!), in the bathroom, or on a roller coaster Essentially it gives you piano chords to frame your melodies around. You can choose any key, use a metronome, and record your voice (updgraded version for $4.99).
6. Mobile RSS
DropBox is my online storage. Anytime I create a Word document (or any file, for that matter) I save it to dropbox. That way I can access it on my iPhone. This has been primarily beneficial for worship team meetings where I need to access the meeting agenda. I never print things like this anymore and hope to never again.