Here we are once again, it’s the start of the new year and what new year’s celebration would be complete without us taking a look back at 2014 and the things I liked? A little self centered? Maybe. But there’s nothing I can do, they’re called the “Wayne’s Choice Awards” and I’m contractually obligated to provide this list.
So, here we go! Today we’ll be handing out the Wayne’s Choice Awards for the Professional/Ministry side of things…
FAVORITE BOOK I READ IN 2014: Overwhelmed by Perry Noble
I read this book at the start of the year and it really messed me up. Overwhelmed helped me realize that “It’s OK to not be OK, but it’s not OK to stay that way.” I was stretched way too thin in my ministry and after reading this book it helped me understand that I needed to make some changes. It was a key component for me to write the blog post “Spinning the Ministry Plates“. You can pick up Overwhelmed through my Amazon link, simply click here.
FAVORITE APPS OF 2014: These were the apps that I started using in 2014 and have changed the way that I work or have saved me some serious time.
Overcast – it’s a podcast player that has replaced what I used before on my iPhone. It’s simple to subscribe to podcasts on it, you can set the rules for how you listen. If you don’t have a lot of time and you just want the info you can speed it up, if you want some recommendations because you’re new to podcasts it’ll give them to you, it’s WAY user friendly. You can even create playlists to listen to throughout the day.
Dispatch – a GREAT email app that allows you to take the info in your inbox a few steps further. With Dispatch you can take your emails and turn them into a “to do” list item, a calendared event, a simple note, etc. AND you can send them to different apps on your phone. AND it’s Text-Expander Enabled! I talked about this app at length during my “Inbox Hero” episode of the podcast.
Fantastical – If you’re looking a simple calendar app that works with plain english then this is the one for you. It also syncs with other apps as well and especially with the iOS Reminders app which comes in very handy! If you’re going to spend money on an app, it makes the decision easier if you know that the app plays well with others.
WISEST MINISTRY MOVE WE MADE in 2014: Switching to ORANGE – I can’t unpack it all here, but if your Children & Youth Ministry are looking for a structure, strategy, and more importantly a philosophy of ministry that everyone can get behind then you need to do yourself a favor and check out Orange. Everything from curriculum, to scripts, to videos, to social media plans, it’s all in there and it has become a VITAL tool for our ministry!
FAVORITE PAPER CALENDAR: NeuYear Wall Calendar – This calendar is GREAT. It’s the entire year at a glance, you can mark it up as much as you want, all of the days run together with no breaks. To be honest, if you’re in ministry this is an excellent way to really take a look at your entire year of ministry and see if it works. In 2014 I had the standard calendar; for 2015 I decided to go with Jon Acuff’s version of it which starts the week on a Monday. It’s a little jarring at first but I figured that I spend the workweek heading TOWARDS Sunday, so why not make that my visual?
FAVORITE NOTEBOOK: Field Notes – These notebooks are great to carry around with you for day-to-day simple note taking. I keep one in my pocket all the time and use it for everything from meetings, quick ideas, and even home projects.