the Social Sidekick: Lead Small App

I love technology.  There are no 2 ways around it.  From the moment my brother and I participated in a Computer Club where we got to play with Apple II til now where I have an iPhone, iPad and MacBook (not all the latest updates but I do have them :)), I have always been fascinated with technology and how it can make life simpler.

th-2So when reThink announced at the Orange ’14 Conference about a Lead Small App that was now available to help Small Group Leaders, I IMMEDIATELY downloaded it!  When I opened it, I was blown away by everything they included in it and how this will help me be a better leader of leaders and leader of my own small group.

Here’s why I love this app:

  • It gives each leader the TOOLS to be a good Small Group leader.  Whether it’s the principles, videos, podcasts or FAQs that they have in the “Big Ideas” section of the app, they are preparing every leader to be a great Small Group leader.  It takes all the training I want to give my leaders and puts it in it…for FREE!
  • It gives each leader WAYS to keep in touch with students.  In the “My Few” section, there are ways to insert each of your small group member in it and keep in touch with them.  Not only can you send group text messages to all of them from it but in each contact card you can include some great info about each person like their Instagram and Twitter handles, hobbies, favorite candy, etc.  For me, this is great because it adds info that a “contact card” on my phone doesn’t have.
  • It gives each leader the CURRICULUM.  In the “This Week” section there a leaders guide for you to look at, devotions for you to read through, a focus section that give you the week’s theme and bottom line for each student to remember, notes for you to keep track on from your group and a news section to keep you focused.

Honestly I can’t say enough about how great of a tool this is for all of us.  For me, ultimately, this gives every single leader I have the TOOLS to be a great small group leader.  It is the OMG tool as I can’t believe reThink is giving this to us…FOR FREE and in ONE SINGLE APP!  I try to give my leaders this insight over the course of the year but now we all have a great resource that I don’t have to recreate.

Furthermore, Reggie announced that hopefully in August they will have a way for each church or ministry to tailor it according to their needs.  How cool is that!?!  Even though it will come at a price, that is definitely a price I’m willing to pay to tweak it specifically for our ministry.

So, if you haven’t checked it out yet, goto the the Lead Small site for more information.  If you have checked it out yourself already, what do you think of it?  Share your thoughts below.

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 YMSidekick.com and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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