Mobile technology is no longer just for reaching out to the young and tech savvy. Implement a mobile app into your church and watch engagement blossom across the congregation.
No matter how inspiring your sermons are, it’s hard to stay in the hearts and minds of your parishioners if you only see them one day a week. Introducing a mobile app designed just for your church can help you reach out to the flock every day of the week and encourage a strong, rewarding relationship with God. From teaching Bible verses to increasing activism, mobile apps are a powerful instrument for every place of worship.
People in the app world talk a lot about the importance of engagement, but if you’re a preacher or pastor, you’re already very familiar with the struggle for people’s attention. At a time when distractions are everywhere, and the political and social spheres are so volatile, this has never been more true.
Apps give you a platform, aside from the pulpit, from which you can teach, console, and encourage your congregation. Use it to share relevant verses or parables and create conversations around those lessons, or use your app as a Sunday School study guide. Send some inspiring push notifications, reaching every member with the app simultaneously, or stream and record sermons for later reflection. You could also upload an index of all previous sermons for the especially studious, in text, audio, or video format.
No matter what, just make sure to only broadcast content that is of particular importance to you and your ministry. Doing so not only reminds your congregation of the love and support the church offers, but also generates a natural investment in the community. And because we almost always have our phones on us, members can check in whenever and wherever they need to.
More than increasing engagement beyond Sunday, mobile apps also help you organize and involve your membership. Creating a custom calendar for your church’s events or relevant goings-on ensures that everyone knows exactly when and where they are taking place. This way, your app’s users will not forget to write down a date or double-book.
Once again, you can use push notifications to send out friendly reminders or important updates, in real time, if plans change. Since apps are paperless, you can save valuable time and resources reaching out to your congregation. After the event, use your app to post photos or videos to showcase it and acknowledge the efforts of everyone who took part. Share funny, interesting, or touching stories from the day’s proceedings to include even those who were unable to attend.
Make it Happen
Regularly reminding your congregation to use the app will help boost both engagement and involvement. But before you can reap what your mobile app has sown, you must create it. Coding languages is foreign to most of us, and those who do speak it often put a big price tag on their services. Easy-to-use, DIY platforms like AppMakr require no previous coding experience and are free of charge, so you can continue to spread the Good Word 24/7.
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