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24 Collaboration, Workgroup, Conference, Presentation & Meeting Tools For Pastors

Yesterday I shared Top Chart, Diagram, and Whiteboard Tools for Pastors. Today we look at the top applications for collaboration with your team! Managing your staff can be one of the most challenging aspects of being a pastor and most churches do not have typical business hours, so the use of collaboration tools can really benefit the church. I do want to highlight one major standout on this list: Text The Mob is a fantastic tool that you can use to get feedback during your sermons every week! Your congregation can text in answers to questions that you propose on Sunday mornings. I have been in a few services where this has been used and the result, if you have buy-in from your church is awesome! I am thinking about running an article on all the text applications that churches can use later on, but for now this was the only one to make this list. Enjoy!

skrbl – Online collaboration and white board space.
Why is this good for ministry?
skrbl offers a nice way to share your notes with your church staff.

Nuospace – On demand collaboration software that provides online document management, allows you to edit pages in your browser, and offers tools to engage your colleagues.
Why is this good for ministry?
Edit documents that your church staff shares with you. Put your sermon in the cloud so you can access it and edit it from any computer at anytime.

DeskAway – An online project collaboration app aimed at small businesses and teams that organizes, manages and tracks your online work.
Why is this good for ministry?
Manage and see projects your staff is working on, what the progress is, and make changes if needed.

Mentat – A free project-sharing service accessible from a browser of supported devices (including BlackBerry).
Why is this good for ministry?
Share your projects and view them on your mobile phone.

Easy Projects .NET – Project collaboration software that offers both a downloadable option and a hosted version.
Why is this good for ministry?
Manage staff projects. I would use the hosted version if possible.

Ecto Connect – An online collaboration, communication and content sharing app.
Why is this good for ministry?
Share your projects with your staff, allow them to make changes, and update you.

Twiddla– An online conference tool that allows you to mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or brainstorm on a blank canvas.
Why is this good for ministry?
Neat tool that lets your mark up anything you want. Great for writing notes on website mock-ups, or church promo art.

Sosius – Online workspace that includes a contact & group manager, custom workspace, file management, calendar, blog, discussions, chat, and more.
Why is this good for ministry?
Free place to keep files, manage your team, basically organize all your stuff!

CollectiveX – Create free group sites for collaboration and networking.
Why is this good for ministry?
Offers a great free tool to launch your own staff and volunteer collaboration site!

BrightIdeasLab – An online home for all your brilliant ideas that also offers collaborative brainstorming space.
Why is this good for ministry?
Free place to jot down all your great ideas!

Status – A Twitterlike app for keeping your work group connected.
Why is this good for ministry?
Feels like twitter, but only goes to your church staff. Neat app. Twitter is still better IMO.

GroupSwim – Social collaboration and community tools to bring your staff together.
Why is this good for ministry?
Connect your staff together, work on projects all in one place.

Kindling – Idea management and collaboration tool that lets you vote on ideas.
Why is this good for ministry?
Neat way to vote on those ideas that come up in staff meetings.

Gretastudio РCreate on-demand presentations for your company’s products, record training and e-learning materials, or other types of presentations that require audio or video content.
Why is this good for ministry?
Biggest thing is that you can create e-learning for your staff, or even church members on any topic you want.

280Slides – A free online presentation software that allows you to import existing documents, download to PowerPoint, publish to the Web and more.
Why is this good for ministry?
Good way to publish your PowerPoint to the web.

SlideRocket – Design professional quality presentations and then deliver them in person or over the Web.
Why is this good for ministry?
Good way to publish your PowerPoint to the web.

vcasmo – Presentation software for academic teaching, seminars, conferences, live events and more.
Why is this good for ministry?
This would be good for classes your church hosts, or any conferences.

slideboom – Allows you to share PowerPoint presentations live online.
Why is this good for ministry?
Get your PowerPoint presentations online.

Empressr – A visual storytelling and presentation application.
Why is this good for ministry?
Get presentations online.

Zoho Show – Create embeddable presentations online, present from a remote location, or share and collaborate on presentations.
Why is this good for ministry?
Give online presentations for those staff members who cannot come into the office.

slidelive – Present Microsoft PowerPoint presentations live online with this browser-based meeting solution.
Why is this good for ministry?
Share your PowerPoint presentations online.

Text The Mob – Collect feedback during presentations and seminars by posting polls or message boards on a large screen and having your audience send their input via their cell phones.
Why is this good for ministry?
Let your church text in poll answers during your sermon! AWESOME!

Calliflower – Conference calling tools that include Skype integration, invitations and reminders, and more.
Why is this good for ministry?
Online conference calls.

GoToMeeting – Online meeting and conferencing software.
Why is this good for ministry?
Setup online meetings with your staff.

5 replies on “24 Collaboration, Workgroup, Conference, Presentation & Meeting Tools For Pastors”

I am using DeskAway from almost a year now. It is a very nice tool and the service is excellent. It is the best project management & collaboration tool I have ever used.

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Great post. there isn’t too much written about collaboration tools within the ministry. We tried about 8 of these on your list, but settled on Centroy (not on your list), mainly because it was very easy to use for those without technical skills and already had a lot of the features bundled in the core offering (things like document management, chat, discussions, video, calendar). Anyways, we”ve been pretty happy with it. It’s always nice to see someone writing about technology use-cases among pastors.

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