Kids ministry is full of a zillion details, and Evernote is a great way to keep everything organized and easily accessible. What I like about Evernote is, it syncs with all my devices. When I am working on my computer in my office, I can make notes on things that I can access later on my iPhone, and vice versa. Here are some of the ways that I use Evernote.
Sunday Morning Notes – I connect with a lot of people on Sunday, and often my conversations require an action step. Writing a note on Sunday and tagging it “follow up” allows me to follow through with the details that I said that I would do. I carry my phone with me on Sundays, so it’s easy to make a note in Evernote using my phone. Then on Monday morning, I check my follow up note, and cross off things as I get them done.
Recruiting – I make a note for each person that I connect with about volunteering in Kids Ministry. I add to the notes as they complete various steps in the screening process, such as completed interview, completed police check. This helps me remember who still needs what when it comes to their on-boarding process.
Meeting new people – When I meet new people, I make a note in Evernote to remember their name, and something about them. Depending on the situation, I might even ask someone if I can take their picture, so that I can study the info and remember a face with a name. This was particularly helpful at our family dedication class. I met many new parents, and took their picture, so that I would remember their name at the family dedication event.
Receipts – If I want to get reimbursed for things I purchase for the church, I need to hand in a receipt. Sometimes I purchase something online, and I’m not near a printer to print the receipt. Keeping a list of receipts helps me to remember what I need to hand in at the end of each month. You could also take a picture of your receipts, and keep them in a notebook.
Business Cards – People give me their business cards, and I can never really remember where I put them. I scan the card with Evernote, and can always find the info when I need it.
To Do Lists – Writing everything down helps me keep track of what I need to do, and stay focused on it. In the office or on the go, my list will sync with my devices, so it is always current.
Scripture Verses – Keep track of your personal Bible reading, or verses that are important to you.
New Ideas – I love to visit other churches & learn from their kids ministry. Taking a picture of things, or writing down a few words in a note of the things I see helps me keep all the ideas in one place, and I can easily refer to them when I am ready to try something new.
Collecting Research or Information – I love to keep learning about leadership, kids ministry (and Disney). As I search the internet, I can clip ideas or pages using the Web Clipper, and refer to those later on. Articles, books, or blog posts can be saved in one notebook and organized together.
I’m sure there are many other uses for Evernote, but these are the ones that I use the most.
If you don’t have Evernote, it can be downloaded for Free! You can find it at evernote.com.