the BLACKBOARD: Technology we love to use

I love technology.  I love playing with the new gadgets when they come out to see what is new and improved to make my life simpler.  That is why the upcoming release of the iPhone 5s and 5c as well as the new iOS 7 coming out, I am all sorts of giddy.  It’s like Christmas in September.  In fact, one of these may be my Christmas presents to myself this year.

As I think about technology and what makes my personal life simpler, I also think of what technology can make my ministry life simple.  I think about my iPhone and laptop.  But there is so much more that we can do with technology.

For instance…

  1. iPad (or other tablet) is useful for checking students into youth night.  You can link it to CCB or some other Church Database System.  It’s also good to put my messages on so I don’t have to hold pieces of paper for notes.  It’s cooler to hold an iPad
  2. AppleTV is great for streaming Netflix, YouTube, movies or music on TVs.  This is particularly useful if you don’t have a projector but have a TV.
  3. Planning Center Online.  It’s a great tool to use and according to the Planning Center website it allows you to, “schedule your teams, manage your music, and revolutionize the way you plan your worship services”.  It comes at a price, but you can

Those are 3 pieces of technology I have used in the past and will continue to use.  What about you?  What pieces of technology have you found particularly useful?  Share them so we can all benefit.

Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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