Pretty much every tech tool that helps with ministry and work efficiency these days is related to the personal computer, either through desktop software, or more commonly, a web-based application that is hosted in the “cloud.”

I’ve written about the PC vs. Mac debate in the past, and many people feel quite strongly about this topic, it does affect ministry greatly. I’ve received comments on my various LinkedIn groups from pastors, ministry leaders, lay people, designers, and more who have all weighed in about how the Mac operating system is far superior than Windows, and “once you go Mac, you never go back.” While I’m still trying the make my decision (and save up, if I’m going Mac), I have found people’s passions for computing to be very illuminating.

For most of us, there is no other device that we use more than our work or home computer or laptop and our mobile phone. Since originally writing this post, when I had a Blackberry, it seems as though computing has changed so much because of the tablet and smartphone.

I keep thinking about Neo in The Matrix, when Morpheus asks him to choose the blue pill or the red pill – getting off the Microsoft train is a BIG deal, I will admit.

That said, here are the top 3 tech tools that I use online that impact me the greatest each day:

  1. Google – everything; Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs.
  2. Evernote – for writing, for keeping track of tasks, lists and pretty much anything.
  3. Church management software – if you’re in ministry, most likely this is the most-used software.

What about you? What apps, software systems, or techno gadgets do you love for maximum efficiency?