7 Digital Kid’s Min Resources to Save Time

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Most of us wish we had more hours in the day; I know I do.

Unfortunately time’s one of those things that doesn’t flex on wishes.

But there’s still hope!

While we may not be able to add hours to the day, we can save time to free up more space.

Here’s 7 Digital Kid’s Min Resources I use every single week to save time in Kid’s Min and create space to…think about the future…invest in myself…work ahead…spend more time with my family…not stress.

1. Mailchimp (mailchimp.com)

This is an email campaign service that allows me to create beautiful emails using a simple drag and drop interface.

Once I spend the initial time designing an email to send to parents and/or volunteers, I can duplicate it with a click, making future emails super quick to create.

If you need help getting started, here’s a download link to the Mailchimp template for our Parent Resource email (you need a Mailchimp account to access the template): https://us2.admin.mailchimp.com/templates/share?id=6796930_8561f3c765802593142f_us2

2. Planning Center (planningcenteronline.com)

You’ve probably heard of this one, but if you’ve never actually tried it out, you should give it a shot.

At our church we have the same volunteers leading on the same weeks every month, so on Planning Center, I can create a “Week 1 First Service” template with all the volunteers and their positions.

Then on week 1 of every month, I simply open the template, click email, and all the volunteers receive a email asking them to confirm for Sunday.

You can even set it up to text the volunteers in addition to the email (I don’t do use the text feature because I text the schedule to volunteers using Mighty Text [below]).

3. Cloudup (cloudup.com)

Cloudup is an awesome file sharing service.

It’s completely free and allows you to take any document, pdf, or picture and create a short URL download link to send to anyone.

When I email and text the schedule, I use a Cloudup URL, so volunteers can download and view the schedule; instead of messing with attachments or services like Dropbox or Google which require an account.

4. Mighty Text (mightytext.net)

A couple disclaimers: 1) It doesn’t work with IOS (it’s on Apple’s end, not their’s) & 2) It costs $4.99/month (which as you’ll see is super cheap for what it does).

So here’s the rundown:

First, it allows you to create text templates; I have a template for volunteer schedules, guest parents, Small Group Leaders, etc.

Second, it allows you to create groups and send mass (individual) texts; I have lists for all the parents, all the volunteers, week 1 volunteers, week 2 volunteers, etc.

Third, it allows you to schedule texts, so you can sit down and schedule out all your texts to volunteers and parents for the whole week at one time.

5. Trello (trello.com)

Trello is a to-do list app that’s great for organizing your week.

You can create boards, and on each board you can create lists for each day of the week.

And best of all, it’s cross platform.

You can update it on your laptop, and then move to your phone, and it will save everything across everything.

6. The Parent Cue (parentcue.org)

This is our go to website for the parenting articles, blogs, and videos that we provide in our Parenting Resources email.

It’s updated weekly, and has amazing resources for you to share.

7. Lead Small (leadsmall.org)

This is our go to website for volunteer articles.

It’s niche is Small Group Leaders, but much of the information is transferable to any volunteer role.

We use articles from Lead Small every week in our volunteer huddle.

 

So those are the 7 digital Kid’s Min resources I use to save time, and free space, every week.

What do you use? I’d love to discover more resources to make my life easier; leave a comment!

And it would be super helpful to me if you went ahead and like & share this post on Facebook.

 

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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