Attention all youth leaders: we’re about to enter a new decade! That said, do you have the best christian apps for youth leaders that will help you become the leader God calls you to be in 2020? If your answer is, “ugh…not yet,” we’ve got you covered! Here are 5 apps that will help you effectively engage with and disciple the teens you serve:
By using this app (on iOS or Android) you can freely and easily create the visuals you need for youth events and announcements. The app also gives you access to hundreds of stock photos to create eye-catching social media posts. Which leads us to our next recommendation…
You know your teens are online so why not take a genuine interest in their online experiences? But we understand that doing so is hard when they’re on so many different platforms like facebook, instagram, snapchat and more. And that’s exactly where Hootsuite comes in! You can find this app here and use it to schedule automatic posts on all your ministry’s platforms at once. No more going back and forth between social networks to make sure you’ve posted the latest info to your youth; hootsuite does this all for you. This makes it that much easier for you to engage with your youth right where they are!
So you’ve got creative posts and social media covered, but what about all the other things you’re called to do to impact these kids’ lives through the Gospel? What about all those meetings to attend, emails to send, food to order, and volunteers to invest in? If you’re having a hard time keeping track of these tasks, we recommend trying ToDoIst here. This app helps you break down massive projects like the next winter retreat into smaller bite-sized tasks. And if you don’t get everything done in the day ToDoIst will email you the next morning, making sure that these important tasks don’t fall through the cracks!
Jesus Film Project
Now it’s time to turn over to christian apps for youth leaders; apps that will help you disciple your students. Our first recommendation is the Jesus Film app. News flash: in 2020, you’ll be ministering to students from all over the globe! Generation Z is racially diverse with about 50% of them identifying as racial or ethnic minorities. That said, it’s very likely that some of these teens speak a language other than english. By downloading the Jesus Film Project app here, you can introduce students to spiritual videos in the language they prefer! Use it to get free, unlimited access to hundreds of movies, miniseries and short films that will help your students discover who Jesus is in their own language!
Sometimes, teens need to know that it’s okay to doubt. This may sound counter-intuitive when you want youth to follow Jesus wholeheartedly. But the latest research indicates that exploring doubt is key to forming one’s religious identity. That said, sharing the Voke app with your students gives them the opportunity to explore doubts in a healthy way. The Voke app does this by providing video-series called the Faith Adventure. These Adventures address core questions about faith like, Is Jesus real?; Did Jesus defeat death?; What’s Jesus Got to do with me?; and more. There are plenty of chrstian apps for youth leaders but we’ve seen this one genuinely help youth go deeper in faith. Download this app (on android or iOS) and invite one of your youth to go on the Faith Adventure with you!
Which of these christian apps for youth leaders will you begin using today? We pray these recommendations help you move powerfully into 2020 as you continue the great work you’re doing for God and this generation!