Running a church in the 21st century means using 21st century tools. These tools often come in the form of software applications or Apps for short. Because we love getting things for free (who doesn't), we've compiled a list of our top 11 best free and open source church apps that are available now. Every single one of these apps we've either used before or are using now. Each app is tried and true and will add HUGE value to your ministry!
Before we go further, we just need to get a couple legal things out of the way. We at ChurchTrac do not offer support for these apps nor do we endorse the views or standards of each of these apps. So please please don't ask us how to use them ?
Okay, now that we got that out of the way...here's our list of the Best Free and Open Source Apps For Church.
Apps for church communication:
Mailchimp- Send emails to all your church people at once or have lists. (Integrates with ChurchTrac beautifully)
Hootsuite- Easily schedule your social media tweets and facebook posts. (One of our favorites)
Slack- Really cool multi-platform communication app for your team that is better than sending text messages and emails.
Apps for church admin:
Open Office- A great free alternative to the Microsoft Office Suite.
Google- Google Docs and Google Drive are great for creating and storing your docs. (We do not recommend keeping sensitive data on Google per their Terms of Service).
Evernote- A better way to take notes and keep lists that are accessible on a computer, tablet, or a smartphone. A big favorite among pastors.
Inkscape- Vecor image program similar to Illustrator.
Ardour- Audio editing program that's perfect for editing your sermons on either PC or Mac.
Anchor- Free and easy-to-use podcast hosting that's perfect for getting your message out to the world.
OpenLP- Full fledged Church Worship Presentation Software that's 100% free. If you're using Powerpoint now, this app will blow your mind ?
Though there are hundreds of great software applications out there, we feel like these 11 can add amazing value and help your church do ministry without spending TONS of money.
What about Church Management Software?
When it comes to Church Management Software, there really isn't a free or open source solution that meets the needs of most churches. Most of the "Free Church Management Apps" are either bait and switches or self-hosted web apps that go well beyond most people's technical capabilities. Don't worry though, you have nothing to fear.
At ChurchTrac, we offer the top most affordable and most user-friendly church management software. PERIOD. Seriously!
In the words of the great LaVar Burton..."you don't have to take my word for it".