Took a different approach with the topic for a MinneBar talk this past spring from talking business.  Instead we talked about Depression and Burnout using a lot of personal examples and gifs. It’s an issue that is very present in the tech industry. I watched it again now that it’s online and reminded myself of a few things. Hope its helpful for some of you out there as well.

So stay awesome, learn to take better care of yourself, and make the world a better place. We need you in it.


I was lucky enough to spend a few minutes this last spring with a few of the team from Power Moves. They wanted to know what it was like to start a software company in Minneapolis.

It has been a rocky road for Fresh Vine – as all start ups. We’ve become profitable and outdone over 95% of startup companies. This interview was a nice time to reflect our experience up to this point.


Help me Tell Others About the Church Software Guide

Church Software Guide for DummiesThere have been pastors I’ve spoken with who have felt a bit lost when considering software for their church. With so many options out there that it’s overwhelming. It is with that in mind that we created the Church Software Guide: Everything you Need to Know.

The goal is not to dig in deep, but to explain for you the types of church software you should consider. There are nine categories that will have some benefit for your church. Check out the guide, and please pass the link along to your friends in ministry.

If you have a blog please consider writing a short post to encourage people to check it out. If you’re on twitter/facebook/google+ post something encouraging people to check it out.

Thank you so much! We’re really proud of the hard work that went into that guide.


Excellent List App to Get Things Done

Trello iOS Check-ListOne of the biggest challenges in ministry is keeping track of everything that is on our plates as ministers. Very few of us are fortunate enough to be able to focus exclusively on preaching, or pastoral care. Most of us have to wear dozens of different hats a week. To-Do applications are the perfect solution to improve your focus and productivity. Trello will really shines for your ministry.

I loved my old To-Do application – The Hit List – as I went through seminary, worked at a church, and launched my start-up. There were to many moving pieces to keep track of, and thanks to that app I never missed a due date at school over the 4 years. Having a list I could easily add tasks too, and use to allocate my time meant I didn’t have to mentally keep everything in the air. I could relax as soon as I placed it on a list. As great as Hit List was, it’s not web-based, and does not have any collaboration tools.

This spring I fell in love with Trello

Since I started casually using it they have come out with iOS and Android apps. I believe that if your church starts using Trello you’ll communicate better, and be able to stay on top of your projects better.


Collaboration by Organization

This is so cool. Not only can you assign specific tasks to individuals (one or many), but you can actually set up your boards for your whole organization. Each board then can have as many lists on it. I use 4 lists called: Icebox, Queued Up, In Progress, and Completed.

Cards are a Brilliant Idea

Trello is not simply a list of check boxes. Instead they use cards. A card can have multiple check-lists, attached files, due date, an activity log, and more. This makes it really easy to manage projects since you can have the whole project setup on one card. Once you’re ready to start the project you drag the card onto your In Progress list. You can also archive cards that are old to clean up your screen.

Trello iOS appThe mobile apps are powerful

The apps have every bit of functionality from the website while I’m on the go. I love being able to add items to a check list, or create a new card in the Icebox when the idea strikes me. Since my moments of inspiration come when I’m away from my desk these apps are a life saver. I actively use the Android app on my phone and tablet, and the iOS application looks equally powerful.

Best of all Trello is Free!

I paid for the app I used through school, and it was not as powerful as Trello is. Try it out for a project and see how it goes. It might be a tool you use to track the progress of projects, or it could become a platform for collaboration utilizing the organization functionality. Learn more about Trello and get started!

Are you using Trello or something like it? Do you have any advice for people starting?