Sunday, April 26, 2015

New Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) and Tools for Churches


It's the 21st century and their are many new ways to use technology to help share your faith and beliefs in the emerging 'Information Age'. The following are a collection of links to selected web sites offering free & open source software (FOSS) and tools for religious organizations and individuals. Check them out!
    • Bible App for Kids - A popular free and open source app for kids.
    • Bible Time - A free and open source Bible study program.
    • BibleGateway - A web site offering access to an online Bible search engine and other useful research tools and information resources.
    • Christian Clip Art - Links to free Christian clip art provided by the Atlantic Fish web site.
    • Christian Web 2.0 - Providing a comprehensive listing Christian Web 2.0 resources and sites, e.g. social networking, blogging, Bible study, pastor resources, etc.
    • ChurchBiz Online - Offering a variety of free solutions for churches, e.g. software, eBooks, music, and much more.
    • ChurchInfo - A  free, open source database driven program to help churches track members, families, groups, pledges and payments.
    • Church Software - Open source software with church members management, church financial budget, user management etc.
    • CrossWire Bible Software - A variety of open source religious software products for use on Laptops, Desktops, and PDAs.
    • CyberSpace Ministries - A web site offering free software, Bible games, and other products and services.
    • Freshmeat Shareware - List of Bible related open source software on the Freshmeat web site.
    • GearDownload - A web site providing a list of numerous open source or shareware religious software.
    • Lectionary - A web site with free and low cost software, preaching and teaching tools for pastors, chaplains, and other clergy.
    • OpenLP -An open source lyrics/media projection application developed specifically for churches
    • OpenSong - A a free, open-source software application created to manage lyrics, chords, lead sheets, overheads, computer projection, and more.
    • ShareSong - Download Christian sheet music, MP3s, chord charts, MIDI, and lyrics for free.
    • SWORD Project - A Bible software development project that has created a range of related cross-platform open source tools.
    • TechMission Christian Software - A collection of freeware and open source software aimed at Christian organizations and individuals. They include church management software, ministry software, Bible study software, and more.
    • Ubuntu: Christian Edition - a free, open source operating system geared towards Christians. It is based on the popular Ubuntu Linux.
    • Xiphos - A popular open source Bible study software application.
    There are many other links to available information and tools that have been posted on the COSI 'Open' Religious Technology & Tools web site.

    If you know of other free and 'open source' tools, send us the links so we can share them with our readers.

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