5 tech resources from youth workers like us.
Andy Johnson leads the 5th and 6th grade ministry at Valley Church in West Des Moines, Iowa. Here are Andy’s #FAVEFIVE.
1. Website: CGtextures.com
This is a free stock photo site and it’s my go-to when I’m looking for a high-res image to use in teaching or promotional material.
2. Software: Photoshop
I use this ALL THE TIME for ministry. Sure there’s a learning curve, but that’s what YouTube tutorials are for. Whether it’s creating an event flyer, poster, Bible reading bookmarks, or just funny photo manipulation, Photoshop is probably my most used software.
3. Gadget: iPhone 5
What else can I say? In ministry I use this primariliy for social media, taking video and pics of student activities and uploading them to a Facebook group where parents can stay up-to-date with what we’re doing in pretty much real time.
I use Youtube in ministry mostly for training volunteer leaders. Along with others on my ministry team, I create short training videos and send links to my leaders every week. The videos compile a series called “Training Without The Meeting,” essentially allowing leaders to be trained at their leisure. I can track analytics through YouTube, which allows me to see exactly how many views a video gets on any given day.
Yes, I said it. When operating on a budget and in multiple venues, it’s hard to beat PowerPoint. Compatibility between Windows and Mac is also a huge win for me, since I am constantly moving from one to another. With the help of programs like Photoshop and websites like CGtextures.com and dafont.com, it’s not difficult to make a professional, aesthetically appealing PowerPoint presentation.
Andy is a tech and music junkie, follow him on twitter @andywilliamj.