Three Ways to Use Evernote in Youth Ministry

Posted on October 24, 2011


Evernote is one of those programs that, once you start using, you wonder how you ever worked without it. Evernote is a memory capture and recall app; you can save any type of file into Evernote and easily access it from a wide variety of devices. I have been using Evernote for youth ministry since August 2008, and it quickly became an essential part of my workflow.

Here are 3 ways you can start using Evernote today in your youth ministry:

  • Track Budget. I create a note for every ministry expense. In the note, I provide a description of the expense, as well as where and when I spent the money. I take a picture of the receipt with my iPhone, which I can also attach to the note, so that I keep a copy of the receipt. If I need to be reimbursed, I include that in the note, along with when I receive the reimbursement.
  • File Illustrations and Ideas. When I am online I am always looking for new ideas for ministry: creative advertisements, potential youth events, and sermon and lesson illustrations. I try to save anything that could be useful. What’s great about Evernote is that I don’t have to worry about saving space; my sermon illustrations would fill up a filing cabinet drawer alone! Then when I am doing sermon prep, I use Evernote’s search feature and user-defined tags to find any relevant material.
  • Keep Previous Years’ Communication. I try to keep every handout and every event description on Evernote. That way, if I am trying to figure out what year we went on a certain trip or covered a certain passage in Youth Group, I don’t have to wrack my brain – the answer is just a few keystrokes away. I have also tried to write a brief recap of the event right after it happens, so I have an even better grasp on how it went and what to change.

For more tips on using Evernote, I highly recommend Michael Hyatt’s Evernote series – I learned a great deal from this series. Evernote also has a great library of intro videos on their website.

Question: How else do you use Evernote in youth ministry?

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