By Simon Bray
A mobile app can offer a wealth of benefits that can help outreach grow, administration easier, strengthen the bonds of a congregation, and make communication simple. Yes, technically, a church doesn’t need an app—anymore than it needs the other items that are used in churches to reach people—but an app can offer a number of functions that can really help churches of any size connect, inform and grow.
Communication—If church leaders want to communicate with church members, an app allows them to do it a number of ways that are more likely to get a response than a flyer on the church’s message board or an email campaign. First, there are push notifications—short messages that users are notified of on the home screens of their devices. There are also posts to social media profiles that can be accessed from your app, and more. In addition, church members can send messages to each other via app as well, opening the lines of communication to the whole community.
What can you share? Schedules of programs, hours of services, weekly verses, contact information for officers, event dates, and anything relevant to your church. It’s all up to you. Easy communication makes organizing your church and its various groups a breeze.
Fundraising—Mobile apps are a great way to ask for donations, or to ask members to share donation links to leverage their social networks. Asking for contributions during services can be limiting, but mobile apps allow you to open up creative ways to engage community members in fundraising initiatives using various channels.
Support for members—Members sometimes need to share struggles and support each other, and mobile apps can meet this need. Some churches even use apps to allow members to submit and fulfil prayer requests. In addition, various support services can be connected to a mobile app, enabling community members to find the help they need more easily when it comes to distributing donated clothes and food, or helping members displaced by natural disasters.
Service broadcast sharing—When community members can’t make it to events, video or audio only of your services or bible study can easily be uploaded and shared or streamed live. This allows community members to connect and maintain their routine even when they’re away or unable to attend an event in person. It’s a great way for elderly, homebound, or travelling members to keep in touch when they can’t personally attend services.
Supporting charity work—By communicating about service and volunteer opportunities, an organization can maximize participation and offer necessary reminders to keep people engaged. Many people are energized and ready to commit to volunteering during services, but lose motivation as time goes by. A mobile app is a great way to keep the fire going while members are away from church. You can send photos of successful events, messages about upcoming service opportunities, conduct remote brainstorming sessions about improving charity work, and lots more.
In short, an app is an excellent way to keep a congregation connected, communicating, and engaged in the church’s mission. It can help bind a community and increase participation in church activities. Most of all it will allow your churches message to be accessibly 24/7 by anyone in the world!
If you are interested in getting more information about an app for your church call (224) 400-2722 or email Simon@dwtnow.com.
Simon Bray Jr. is president of Daily Word Technologies, enabling faith-based communities to stay connected, expand their base and deliver “always-on” services to worshipers at home, work or on the go. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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