Why go Mobile with a Customized App?
1. Everything is going mobile
Your members are a part of a world that does everything mobile. While there is much to be cautious of in technology today, there is also much to grasp and take advantage of for eternal purposes. Creating an app for your church can help equip this generation with the tools they need to stay grounded in a quickly changing world. Let’s look at the numbers:
There were more smartphones sold in 2014 than the total number of PCs. 88% of all U.S. adults now own a cell phone and 46% of all American adults now use smartphones. According to star 3G consultant Tomi Ahonen, mobile is a faster way to reach people than other digital forms of communications. A study done in New Zealand found that the average email is opened 48 hours after it is sent while the average text message is opened 4 minutes after being sent. Ahonen said, “SMS is literally 720 times faster than e-mail in message-opening throughput.”Ahonen says that mobile is the fastest growing industry of all time going from zero to $1 trillion in 2010 and that is expected to double by 2020. Mobile apps really do open up an incredible opportunity to stay connected with your members throughout the week.
2. Stay connected
Not only will an app allow you to stay involved day to day with your members, but even when someone has to be out of town and can’t make it through the door Sunday morning, they can still stay connected and participate by watching through a podcast. Check out our features that you can add to your app to promote connectivity in your church, like a live prayer wall.
3. Save time and confusion
You can make a place on your app for FAQs. Be sure to list service times along with other regular church activities and times. List your different ministries within the church and the contact person with his or her email address and telephone number. For children’s ministry, make sure to post important announcements for parents, who may or may not get the memo passed along from their child on this weekend’s special event. An app can help you be organized and promote unity, getting everyone on the same page. With this kind of useful information made readily available, your church members can feel confident in clearly understanding church happenings. It can be frustrating and confusing for someone who has to check your website, facebook page, twitter, and then email someone just to find out when their small group is meeting. With an app, you can put everything neatly in one place.
4. Attract new members
Not only will having a church app help establish who you are and create member loyalty and involvement, but new members will be attracted because you are reliable. Your church information will be available anytime, showing yourself to be transparent and organized. Your members will know they are a priority through keeping them well informed, and keeping them updated on what is going on in their church. Your members are already keeping up with the other organizations they are involved in through smartphones, why not make yourself available too? Further, you will stand out with an app through connecting and positively influencing the next generation by using technology for good.
5. Make giving easier
Having an app will make giving more convenient. Most likely, at least half of your church does online- banking, and it isn’t just the young people. According to thenextweb.com and The American Bankers Association (ABA), for the first time, most Americans aged 55-years and older prefer online banking as opposed to visiting a branch or ATM. “According to the study, 57% of bank customers in that age group noted that Internet banking was their preferred means of managing their money, compared to only 20% in 2010. Among all age groups, 62% said they prefer online banking, up from 36% on the previous year.” Giving your members a place to give on your app does not mean you are working an angle to get more money; it simply means you understand the way they do their finances.
Your church mobile app is a powerful tool that brings with it great benefits. When your focus is on proclaiming the Gospel, connecting with your congregation and encouraging your flock, you’ll benefit heavily from having an app. There are many exciting possibilities, but these 5 benefits remain amongst the top favorites and are all possible with Sharefaith’s free Church Mobile App, available on the Website Yearly and Complete Yearly membership plans.
6. Instant Communication With Your Congregation Through Push Notifications:
Push notifications are like advance-text-messages. They are an immediate and powerful way to communicate with your congregation. Instead of writing it in a bulletin or newsletter or waiting to announce upcoming events on Sunday, you would simply send reminders or updates using push notifications. Once your church mobile app has launched and you’ve introduced it to your congregation, they can download it, and then opt-in to receive push notifications from your church. Some of the many things to communicate through a push notification would be calendar reminders, event reminders, invitations, conferences, bible studies, care groups, Sunday sermon theme, prayer alerts, schedule changes and many more.
7. Increase in Tithing and Donations:
Your congregation does not have to wait for Sundays to place an offering in the box, when they can tithe at any time using the church mobile app. Imagine combining your tithing option with a notification and taking up a special offering for a specific need. You can instantly alert your entire congregation that, for example, a family is in crisis and needs financial help. Immediately, those receiving the push notification can hop on over to the tithing/donations section and give to that need. It’s fast, secure, easy, and incredibly functional.
8. More in-depth and powerful Bible study model:
Don’t keep teaching and study for Sundays, only. Take your congregation on an incredible Bible study journey by using your Mobile App to combine your blog and sermon audio/video as a unified study tool. If you are, for example, teaching through the Book of Romans, your weekly/daily blog posts can educate/teach and further encourage users in addition to the teaching on Sundays. By operating in this manner, you work towards a goal. Your blog posts and teaching integrate and combine to leave a powerful impact. At the end of your sermon series on the Book of Romans, your users/readers would have had consistent study material given to them, alongside your sermon audio/video, giving them an in-depth understanding on your sermon topic. It’s like having a sermon, and a commentary to go along. It’s much easier, more powerful, and more exciting than just doing this manually on a Sunday and then releasing notes in a newsletter. It’s also global so anyone can benefit from it.
9. Easily educate and attract new visitors:
Chances are, new visitors will Google the churches in your area. Your website should come up. There, they can already learn everything they need to know. Your mobile church app, however, takes this further. On your website, you indicate that there is a Mobile App. They download the App, and without being stuck in front of a computer, they can take their time to familiarize themselves with your vision, mission, offering and teaching style. They get a good oversight on who you are and what you are about and will come with much clearer expectations on their first visit. Once they have opted in for push notifications, you can deliver specialized messages to them as new visitors or members.
10. Increase your budget and funding:
With struggling budgets, it’s hard to allocate funds, even to worthy technology solutions that could benefit your ministry. That means that your budget and funding towards other projects just went up. No need to pay $600-$1,000 plus monthly hosting charges. Your website integrates with your church mobile app. You edit once, publish everywhere.