If you’re a pastor or ministry leader, odds are you’re always looking at tools for ministry needs.
What superior software, resources, and options are available to you?
What is affordable on a tight non-profit budget yet robust and useful?
It seems many tools are either cheap and unusable or overly pricey.
Surely there’s a happy medium somewhere?
Never fear! Here are some tools for ministry needs to help.
1. MailChimp for sending emails
MailChimp is a highly popular mass email provider for businesses and organizations.
Churches and ministries can use mass emails for a myriad of reasons, including:
- Prayer requests
- Outreach reports
- Sermon follow-up questions for discussion and reflection
- Online newsletters
- Weather cancellations
Although I’ve never personally used it, MailChimp is widely utilized and the pricing doesn’t look half bad!
2. SermonAudio for uploading sermons
SermonAudio is a site that allows users to upload and listen to sermons.
If you don’t upload sermons to your own website you can use a site like this to make your sermons available to the public.
This can be useful for when congregants miss a service, or when they want to download and re-listen to a message. It can also be good for exposure as your sermons are made publicly available online.
Pricing to be able to upload sermons to SermonAudio is $39.95/month.
3. Planning Center for overall church management
Planning Center is a multi-purpose platform containing several products allowing multiple different features such as:
- Child check-in
- Volunteer management
- Music management
- Donation processing
Its plans allow you to pick and choose which products you need or can afford, and they have options available for different sizes of churches.
4. Mobile Text Alerts for sending text messages
Our product Mobile Text Alerts is a mass texting platform that was initially designed with churches in mind.
We find that while email and social media are useful, texting is a much better way to get important info out to people quickly.
Texting plans start at $19/month (billed annually or $29 month-to-month), but for those reading this article you can get 15% off with the promo code church.
(Feel free to try a free test account today to get a feel for how it works!)