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Top Eleven iPad Apps Used by Pastors

Based on a Twitter survey of 16,000 followers of my website, PastorGear.com, here are the most-used what apps on pastor’s iPads. The results are in no specific order.

  1. YouVersion:  This app got mentioned the most. It’s one of the best, if not the best, Bible apps out there. Also, the YouVersion folks are always improving it. The iPad version is the default Bible reader for most folks and it works extremely well. Be sure to check out all the reading plans offered in this app too.
  2. DropBox:  This app got mentioned a lot as well and it’s one of my favorites too. Many people mentioned that this is how they get their preaching notes to their iPads. Certainly this is a must-have app.
  3. Splashtop / VNC / LogMeIn : I’ve lumped these all together because they basically do the same thing. Each of these apps lets you control your desktop or laptop computer remotely. I’ve only used the LogMeIn app but it’s certainly rock solid and has never failed us. While the app is very pricey, I highly recommend it.
  4. Evernote:  This certainly is a must-have app for anyone that uses Evernote and, frankly, Evernote is something every pastor should be using to capture thoughts, ideas, creative sparks, meeting notes and the like.
  5. Zite:  This app is a personalized magazine that learns what you like the more you use it and helps you find new items of interest. This app was bought by CNN this year for a lot of money so they must think it’s something special. I haven’t tried it but I’m installing it right now.
  6. Wunderlist:  This is a simple, put powerful, task management app that syncs with the wildly popular site of the same name. For a sexy task management system that works well on both the desktop and every other mobile device you could think of this app/system is for you.
  7. Agenda:  This beautiful app is a calendar replacement that looks like a work of art. It’s sleek and minimalistic and works hard to show you just what you need to see from a calendar while on the go.
  8. Accordance:  This is the iPad Bible app for Bible scholars. Beyond just reading English versions, you can also access commentaries, study aids, and perform complex searches in Greek and Hebrew.  It also offers Bible encyclopedia style photographs of ancient lands and objects.
  9. Omnifocus:  Omnifocus is a mac-only task management system with an almost limitless number of options and capabilities. This app is the mobile version of that desktop app.  Omnifocus has been around for ages and has a very loyal following of users. The iPad mimics the desktop experience well while taking advantage of unique iPad abilities.
  10. Penultimate:  This app lets you take notes or sketch as if you were writing on paper.  The iTunes description says that it ”gives you the fast, tactile gratification of writing on paper, with digital power and flexibility.”
  11. uPad:  This app is another handwriting and sketching app. It looks to be slightly more robust than penultimate as far as the feature set goes. I haven’t used either but I’ll give them a try and write some reviews later.

Are any of the apps you use on your iPad missing from the list above  If so, leave a comment and let us know.

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Tony has been a senior pastor for over twenty years and a techie for longer than that. His first computer was a TRS-80 (how's that for tech cred?). You can follow him on twitter at @tonymccollum