36 Free Tools for the Small Church

36 Free Tools for the Small Church

Chances are you don’t have a team full of specialists — video editors, graphic designers, or copywriters. In any given day, you alone may need to create a social media graphic, put together a video for Sunday announcements, or write a blog post casting vision for a new ministry.

Whether you are the sole person on staff or you have a patchwork of part-time help and volunteers from your congregation, you can probably use some ready-to-go tools and resources to help you effectively and efficiently get a wide variety of jobs done.

So we’ve pulled together a list of free communication resources.

Each of these resources (apps, photo libraries, software, and more) can help you do the work you need to do without breaking the bank or requiring extensive knowledge and training. Just apply a little bit of creativity and put technology to work for you and your church!


  1. Unsplash 
  2. Freely Photos
  3. Pexels
  4. Creation Swap
  5. Undraw
  6. Pexel Videos
  7. Videezy

    Social Media Graphics

  8. Canva
  9. Stencil
  10. Snappa

    Photo/Video Editing

  11. Over
  12. VSCO
  13. Clips
  14. Design Wizard
  15. Layout (Instagram)
  16. iMovie
  17. Splice
  18. Quik
  19. FilmoraGo

    Social Media Tools

  20. Buffer
  21. Tweetdeck
  22. Hootsuite

    Writing Tools

  23. Grammar.ly
  24. Hemingway  
  25. CoSchedule Headline Analyzer
  26. Power Thesaurus

    Email Tools

  27. MailChimp
  28. Tiny Letter
  29. Emma
  30. Benchmark


  31. Font Squirrel
  32. Garage Band
  33. Anchor
  34. Sublime Text
  35. Drift
  36. Open.Church

If you’re looking for another great tool for your leadership, we wanted to highlight 95Network Membership. (Ok, it’s not free, but it’s a steal.) For just $95 a year, members gain access to monthly exclusive content, a $499 course from The Unstuck Group, free personal access to RightNow Media, and other great resources from our partners!


This list was put together by Adam Bouse, Communications Strategist at Fishhook, one of our awesome partner organizations

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