Today’s Toolbox Tuesday brings me to one of my favorite ministry tools of all time: Slack. It's a powerful too to help you communicate.Slack shortens the communication chain within your organization, tying leaders and volunteers together with a beautiful interface on mobile or desktop platforms.Click To Tweet
The application allows you to create a private “intranet,” complete with discussion “channels.”
Example: Let’s say that I need to share some information about an upcoming Sunday programming change. I can share that information within the #sunday_programming channel. Once I do, only those who subscribe to that channel will be notified of the change. But, if I need to share something with everybody I can post in the #general channel, which allows everyone to see it.
Slack permits you to create as many channels as you like, and even to specify who has access. You may lock “private” channels so they are invitation only. This is good for conversations between staff members, your board of directors, or for sensitive topics.
The application is free as long as you don’t need some of the extra features like voice calling, screen sharing, or priority support.
We have been using the system for about 9 months and have about 25 people using the free version. It works like a charm.
The best way for you to understand how it works is to start using it. Download the Slack iOS app or the Google version or sign up at slack.com.
This is a no-brainer – check it out!
If you want to read more about the founder and designer of Slack, I found this cool article.