4) Has Anyone Tried this "Air B&B for Cars?" (

Evidently, many Turo owners share their cars because they want help with the payments. They average sharing around 9 days/month – so they can drive it the rest of the month. The whole thing is connected via an app (think Uber). Special insurance covers against theft and physical damage. Travelers then “rent” the car like they might rent an Uber ride, except in this case, they’re driving it! Has anyone in the Brigada family ever tried this deal — driving or car-loaning? It seems promising.


(Good work suggesting this item, Tina!)


10) Could Teamwork Project Be the Perfect Task/Project Manager for You?

Teamwork Project Management Software owns a GREAT home URL. It is simply…


Over the past year, this Irish software development company has distinguished itself at finding what could be a great financial approach to helping organizations, churches, and companies afford software designed to help them keep track of projects, milestones, goals, and the people who make them happen. Their project management software includes a “free forever” trial (limited to two projects and 100 megs of stored files), and a decently-priced pro version (essentially $45/month for 50 users, 300 projects, and 100 gigs). What we miss when we evaluate Teamwork, however, is that both of these levels (the “free forever” AND the pro version) can accommodate an unlimited number of collaborators across an unlimited amount of time. The company offers its software on the web, as well as via apps that are available for virtually every type of device, including iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows PC. It’s definitely worth the look. What’s YOUR opinion on project managers like these? Click Comment following the web version of this item to share your voice about whether or not these project managers hold out any hope to track disciple-making and church multiplication.

7) Want an Entire Suite of Microsoft-Office(c)-like Tools for $5/month?

Now you can.
OnlyOffice has been opensource since October 2016. That means you know exactly
what the code is AND that it can be hosted directly for you for just $5/month.
Learn more at…

You get documents, mail, a CRM, projects, a calendar, and community tools too. See comparisons with other office suite products (hover over “Apps” in the top-line menu then choose “OnlyOffice Alternatives.” They now claim to be the world’s #1 suite! Plus, you can download the entire suite and host it on your own server for free! Why WOULDN’T you want to try it?

8) The All-Time Best Information App

appsWith this edition of Brigada, we begin a series on “All-time Best Apps,” and the All-time Best Information App has to be Evernote because it’s the all-time best way to collect loose facts that you otherwise don’t know where to record. You almost have to start using it first, then figure out why you like it. Keep track of vendors and their specialties, restaurants, hopeful vacation destinations, schedules, even tasks. Start lists of websites, books, quotes, illustrations, sermons, catalogues, and more. Record audio, take pictures, place PDF’s and even share your database with co-workers, family or friends. It belongs on any list of the best apps ever. Plus, interact with your database via your laptop or tablet. Find it in your device’s app store. It’s free but there are premium features available for a fee.

14) The BackPage: Google: Friend of Foe

This past week, several readers raised questions about our recommendation for Google Apps. One note (from our I.T. guy here at Team Expansion) reminded us that Google wasn’t really a technology company, at heart. Instead, he asserted, Google is an advertising company using Tech as the delivery vehicle. (Thanks Greg.)

Another reminded us of Google’s own Terms of Service,…

He added, “Google harvests everything (including sensitive information) that is sent through Gmail accounts. Data stored on Google Drive becomes property of Google. And the insidious part about this is that they do it with our permission (unlike the NSA that at least works to get at our sensitive data). They have categorically stated that you cannot assume any sort of privacy when using Gmail (and by extension Google Apps). See:

He went on to say, “Some of the tech people I have contact with have even reported private links to private websites suddenly showing up on Google after they were emailed to someone with a Gmail account who needed access to the site. Google Chrome also harvests information that they have no business having (see here:

“so, according to this Brigada participant, it is not a browser for people in sensitive locations.” (Thanks J…)

Does this affect your willingness or likelihood of using Google apps for your team’s content? Knowing that they data-mine everything (including the content you place in your private docs), should you be thinking of switching to a secure solution, and if so, which one(s) are you considering? Please click “comment” under the web version of this item. Thanks for any insights you can share.

4) Two New Mobile Apps For Evangelism And Discipleship

africaappThe Kola Africa app is a portal for video clips from the JESUS Film, audio clips and Bibles from Faith Comes By Hearing, all in multiple languages, plus text discipleship materials. The YesHEIs app accesses their click-to-share curated and categorized lists of video shorts in multiple languages and regions.

And it is not too late for your mission team to send a representative to the Mobile Ministry Consultation, Florida, 9-11 December, and take back valuable strategies to leverage mobile for your ministry.

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