Having trouble getting everyone together in person for your church plant Management Team meeting? Maybe you have people that commute long distances to work and can’t make time for a small group?
I can’t believe this is free! Right now I’m using it for my project management calls with a team where the church planter is on site but his wing man is still out of the area. We had been using Skype for two of us, but adding a third video feed is a paid feature of Skype. LiveMinutes solved our problem, plus provides us an instant, automatic record of our meeting.
For years I’ve been setting up my church planters with Google Apps for their email service. It’s
free for any organization [as of Dec 2012, Google no longer offers a free option], and along with 10 email addresses, you get the standard Gmail suite: docs (now called “drive”), calendar, shared contacts, etc… I usually add to that other free services from Google:
- Google Analytics to track website traffic – shows you how many visit your site, where they linked in from, and which of your pages gets viewed most.
- Google Voice as a free ‘permanent’ phone number for the church. Have it ring your cell phone or office phone and never have to change the number you publish on your website or business card.
- Google Alerts to help you listen to chatter about the new church.
But now Google has bumped it up a notch. Once you get your 501c3 Determination Letter back from the IRS, Google will also give you:
- Google Grants: Free AdWords advertising to promote your website on Google through keyword targeting.
- YouTube for Nonprofits: Premium branding capabilities on YouTube channels, increased uploading capacity, the ability to select custom thumbnail images, and Call-to-action overlay on your videos.
- Google Earth Outreach Grants: Free licensing for Google Earth Pro and Maps API Premier.
- Google Apps for Nonprofits: Free version of Google Apps for Nonprofits with fewer than 3,000 users…
So they take your Google Apps and unlock the 10 email address restriction and offer you live support. Oh, and they let you post ads for free. Seems like a no-brainer to me!
This is an app that will absolutely revolutionize your ability to remember people you’ve met! Take a snapshot of someone you meet, jot down their name & email address (or pass your phone to let them type in their info), and/or pull them up on Linked-In. Imagine their surprise when the next time you meet, you remember all the things you chatted about the the last time! Leave yourself a couple of quick notes, review them before your next meeting, and you’ll be a relational pro.
Available for iPhone and Android. If you’re planting a church, you need this to help you remember people!