Tony Morgan, author of Killing Cockroaches and Other Scattered Musings on Leadership (on my Kindle 2), shared on his blog the top 25 free apps that he uses in his ministry:
- Google Calendar
- Google Reader
- Google Documents
- Google Analytics
- Google Groups
Thinking about switching to a free app (like Gmail) but hesitant because of the lost productivity getting used to a new system? I understand. When I switched from Outlook to Gmail last year I had a learning curve I knew I would have to endure and dreaded, but now I’m more productive than before and wouldn’t go back.
There’s always a gap between the short-term results of a well-polished system and the first results of a switch to a more efficient one.
If you stick with that thing you’ve worked so hard to perfect, the next few hours or weeks or months will surely outperform the results you’ll get from the new thing. That’s because there are switching costs, glitches and a learning curve.
The end result is that organizations that choose to switch are usually the ones with the least to lose. The upstarts and the outliers. One reason they’re always leapfrogging the market leaders.
One way to stay innovative is to understand that this gap exists and to budget for it. Denying it won’t make it go away.
If you are interested in the broader discussion about the use of technology in ministry, listen as Mars Hill pastor Rob Bell interviews Shane Hipps, author of Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith.
Hat Tip: Solar Crash