L et’s face the church here in the U.K has always been lacking behind, compared to other countries. I dare say not just in technology terms as well but in other areas as well. The modern church has a bad reputation for aversion to the “new,” especially when it comes to new forms of communication. Cast your mind back to the beginning of the printing press, church authorities banned the Bible from being printed in any language other than Latin!
Now we have so moved forward from stone tablets to Apple & Android tablets and everything in between, the church has, historically, lagged behind the rest of the world in accepting and innovating new communication mediums. Bear in mind I am one of those who believes that technology complements, enhances but doesn’t replace the bible at all. There is nothing like opening up your bible searching the Word, marking it taking notes and digging deeper into the living Word of God.
The good news is things are beginning to change and for the better. Before I go any further I would like to let you know that I have a webinar answering this exact question that goes deeper into explaining further benefits of a church mobile app.
So, I will attempt to explain briefly the key benefits and why your church needs a mobile app. Here we go...finer points.We believe that technology enhances not replaces the bible, evangelism, giving, sense of community and personal interaction in a church.Click To Tweet
Used correctly church mobile apps will help significantly in all your outreach efforts. Your app can help in collecting data such as names, email, phone numbers all from within the app as your church is out on outreach. You can then have those details entered into your outreach program and follow through with them via email, direct push notifications to remind them of church times and other meetings.
Like the printing press revolutionised communication in the Middle Ages, mobile technology has transformed the way people find information. Mobile usage has officially surpassed desktop and is continuing to climb in prominence. The message of the Church hasn’t changed, but the method has.Your church needs a mobile app because The Gospel Message hasn’t changed, But the Method has. #ChurchAppsUKClick To Tweet
Church mobile app will also help promote the ministry/churches cause more on a personal level. Apps account for 89% of mobile media time, and 88% spend more time on our smartphones than we do sleeping - staggering stats from OFCOM.
It’s therefore wise to have a church app that will deliver events reminders, audio & video sermons, discipleship or life group reminders via push notifications into the palm of people’s hands. Being able to plant the Word of God into people's hearts in a consistent way is a sure way to spiritual growth and mature disciples of Jesus Christ.
According to Forbes, “87% of connected devices sales by 2017 will be tablets and smartphones.”
Think about this 96% of church members are internet users and own a smartphone!
As mobile search and browsing have taken over desktop computers since 2014 and there are no signs of slowing down at all. Therefore, for many their smartphone has become a basic necessity that is part of their day to day life. A church mobile app should not, therefore, be another tech in the church that doesn't get utilised well but an integrated mobile strategy for the church that aims at more engagement and spiritual growth into the palms of people’s hand during the week and Sundays.
Being a relevant church within your community, town, the city is key for the growth and impact desired and a church mobile app will certainly help. Open the doors of your church with a church mobile app strategy and reach out to people even when they are on holiday; be a relevant church.
The average person checks his or her phone 150 times a day. That’s once every 6.5 minutes!
Outside of church, people are always on their smartphones, increase the engagement of church past Sundays into the week through a church mobile app. There are several engagement features that come with our church app prayer wall, social media integrations, podcast, sermon player, church events, monthly/weekly, quick contact, receive regular news and updates via push notifications.
The mobile revolution has begun and smart churches are noticing the trend and are beginning to implement the technology their members use every day into their church systems. These churches that do are seeing some amazing results.
Your church needs a mobile app because:
I hope that this article has been helpful to you as you seek to understand mobile app place in the church. Building your knowledge about communication trends and available technologies is the first step toward creating a more connected congregation.
I am passionate about technology and strongly believe that technology enhances not replaces the bible, evangelism, giving, sense of community and personal interaction in a church. It’s all about finding new ways to connect, engage and inspire.