8) Use Flipboard to Customize the News You Use

flipboard_browse_sections_620pxWhether you are a go-er or a sender, you would probably like to stay informed of the latest news and trends about your field(s) and outreach(es). I have a good friend and strong partner named Wade who supervises his megachurch’s missions ministry on virtually every continent in dozens of countries and locations. He uses Flipboard to prep his news….

By creating a profile in Flipboard, he can maximize the relevance while minimizing his time and leveraging his potential impact as an overseer. Flipboard can send his news to his phone or his ipad — and it’s always there, sleuthing out the stories and resources he’d like to see, all for free. Wade advises, “Give Flipboard a try. You won’t regret it.”

3) The Best of the Best Calendar

fantastical-app-e1352378308414*** Continuing our “Best of the Best” series, this is another category with no clear winner, though Fantastical 2 is giving everybody else a run for the money. You want a calendar that will let you show multiple accounts, and that will parse your clear language (if you say “lead worship at 9am Sunday,” the app should create an appointment “lead worship” and place it in your calendar at 9am this coming Sunday), and show you the month view in a style that you like. What’s your favorite?

4) The Best of the Best Expense-tracker or Finance App

finance app*** Again, no clear winner here for me. I use iXpenseIt, but your app might be better. You want something that lets you take a picture of your receipt (so you can then file or throw away the receipt), record where you spent the money and why, and interface with your bookkeeping software or make some kind of acceptable report. What’s in YOUR wallet?

9) Tell Your Social Networking Success Story

Social-mediaWe ask because, well, we wonder if there ARE any. Does your organization or church have a successful ministry using social networking? Is there a favorite app or approach that has helped you? If you’re unselfish enough to share, please slick “Comment” after the web version of this item. Thanks for your willingness to pass the news.

5) The Best of the Best Task Management App

task*** Right now, I’m using Flow but I have to admit, I don’t like that it’s “online” only. (It won’t work when your phone or laptop goes out of connectivity.) But the collaborative portion is great. This has to be one of the biggest markets in the entire app world. There are probably more task management apps than all the tasks on my task list! (And that’s currently quite a few.) What’s your favorite?

10) The All-Time Best Communications App

skypeIt has to be Skype. It’s the defacto way to instant message, call, and even video conference with your co-workers, family members and friends, no matter what continent. VSee might be a smaller footprint, and perhaps even more secure. But Skype is the one to which everybody compares. I’m not hearing as much from ooVoo these days?

11) The All-Time Best eBook App

kindleWas there any question? Gotta be Kindle. Can anything challenge Amazon’s Kindle app for playability, ease of use, and price? (free!) Whatever you download onto your Kindle is also available in your Kindle app on Windows, Mac, iPhone, android and/or all of the above. It’s genius.

12) The All-Time Best Bible App

Bible AppWe’ve already been asking about this one in past editions of Brigada. Logos Bible is great, but if you just need something quick, do you end up opening e-Sword LT, BLB, Olive Tree Bible+ Maps, or what? What’s your favorite currently and why? So far, there’s been no clear winner.

4) YouVersion: The Bible You Always Wanted for Free

YouVersion_logo_The-Bible-App_for-lightIf you haven’t visited YouVersion for a while, it’s worth the time.

Thanks to the organizers, you finally have a free bible on your phone, tablet, and computer. It’s simple, clean and ad-free, with 150 million installs (and counting). With it, you can read, study, subscribe to Bible-reading plans, and use it across all your devices, with your notes, bookmarks, highlights, and plans syncing perfectly. And by visiting their “Now” page at…

You can get an idea of how much use the product is getting. (A lot, by the way.) So far, they’ve incorporated 982 versions in 679 languages. YouVersion is a ministry of, which, in and of itself, is worth a visit. Wow.

They began in Oklahoma City with 40 people meeting in a two-car garage in 1996. They have multiple locations in five states, along with 20 tv campuses. considers them the 5th most influential church in the USA. If you have kids, see the next item. :-)

12) A review of the new Travel App from the CDC, “Can I Eat This?”

can i eat thisHere’s a new travel app that is free on Android and iPhone from the U.S. Center For Disease Control. The app is “Can I Eat This?” and it helps travelers and those living overseas to minimize cases of getting sick by eating the wrong foods. Good Neighbor Insurance did a review of the app and reportedly found it helpful for short-term teams, volunteers, and new overseas residents. Read the review at

1) Critical Information for Travelers

morton secureThere is now a free app called Travel Secure by Morton Security Solutions, that gives travelers up to date information on areas of travel, travel alerts and security resources that can be very helpful in avoiding and responding to all types of crises while trekking and working around the world. The app is available on Google Play for Android users and will be available on the Apple Store for iPhones, within the next few weeks. The app pulls feeds from local and global news, government travel alerts and intelligence collected by Morton Security Solutions, providing you with multiple sources of information, critical to operating effectively in a foreign country. Download it here

It’s Free!!

8) If you Prefer Short Stories :)

dailylitAre you the type who prefers bitesized chunks? Try DailyLit. It’s a bit different from the typical book site in that it delivers a small excerpt from the book of your choice to your email on a daily basis. You’ll receive one excerpt per day until the book is finished. You can always click to read more, of course. Give it a try, if you don’t have much time to read. :-)

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