Technology for Ministry Surrey Adventist Church, Feb.12, 2011
Useful Ministry Tools Image Editing Cloud Computing Google Apps 6 Free Online Tools for Ministry Online Adventist Resources
Cloud Computing (“The Cloud”) Cloud computing is simply a set of pooled computing resources and services delivered over the web. Cloud computing is a system whereby data storage, applications and to some degree processing power are freed from local constraints and are available via servers or computers elsewhere in the world. Examples: Gmail, Youtube, Facebook, Dropbox, Google Docs, Picnik
Google Apps Powerful, intuitive applications like Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Docs can help reduce your costs and help people collaborate more effectively. Available Applications: Adwords Calendar Gmail Docs Analytics Call Phone Send SMS Chat Contacts Tasks
6 Free Online Tools for Ministry (handout)Note: Not connected with the Adventist Church. Google Docs: Create, edit and share your work online. Dropbox: Online backup, file sync and sharing made easy. Facebook: ability to create “pages” and “groups”. BibleGateway.com: A searchable online Bible in over 100 versions and 50 languages. Picnik:online photo editing. Wikipedia: free online encyclopedia that contains approximately 17 million articles.
Web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form, and data storage service Supported on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Running: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or Chrome Create and edit your work online Familiar desktop feel makes editing a breeze Upload your files from your desktop: accepts most popular file formats Access anywhere
Documents can be shared, opened, and edited by multiple users at the same time Choose who can access your documents Documents can be tagged and archived for organizational purposes Easily find your documents by organizing them into folders Opened documents are automatically saved to prevent data loss Can be saved to your computer in a variety of formats (ODF, HTML, PDF, RTF, Text, Microsoft Word)
2GB for free 50GB $9.99/month Works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry Photo galleries Online backup Web Access Automatic file sync of any size Share large files and folders
Google Calendar Share your schedule & embed into website Access your calendar on the go with a mobile device Never forget another event again with customizable reminders: be notified by email or text message Send Invitations Sync with your desktop applications (Microsoft Outlook, Apple iCal) Work Offline Create tasks with due dates and they automatically appear on your calendar.
Online Adventist Resources
AdventistGiving 75 years ago approximately 95% of church offerings were given in cash and only 5% were given by check Today we are going through another “church giving” transition as more people use the internet for their finances. Started in 2007 by the NAD
eAdventist Membership List Family List Birthday List Transfers Pending Find people/churches (Organization Search is the official NAD church or school locator) – embed in website Note: All Pastors have a role that allows to print reports but not make changes.
Online Adventist Resources AdventistGiving eAdventist The EGW Estate – CD now available for both PC and Max OS X AdventSource NAD Resource Center My Place With Jesus It is Written Online Bible Studies Sabbath School Network Audioverse
Sending & Receiving Files from BC Conference (Mac OS X Users) Sending from Mac OS X to PC (PDF, MS office formats) Ability to open MS office 2007 files from conference (down load Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack (to open 2007 & 2010 files like xlsx or docx). There is a link to these files on the Treasury webpage. Treasury webpage contains applicable forms for pastors (vacation application, pastoral exp reports 2010, etc…) - http://www.bcadventist.com/article.php?id=283
Online Tools for Ministry Google Calendar: Organize your schedule and share events with friends. (Also, ACC) Skype: Make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files. Google Apps Password program (online option – passpack.com) SermonCentral.com Text message polling (polleverywhere.com) – free & paid accounts Twitter OpenOffice