How Mobile Apps Can Help Churches and Other Religious Organizations
December 19, 2014
It's a wonderful day at wemakisolutions, LLC! The Christmas holiday is fast upon us and wemakisolutions, LLC is one of the companies that will be closed all day for the holiday. We encourage families spend time together and worship together Christmas Eve or Christmas morrning. I hope you and your family have a very safe and merry Christmas.
In my readings I discovered this article written early in this year by the CEO of Biz about how mobile apps can help churches and others. I reprint it below for your consideration.
“Our church has operated for years just fine without mobile apps – don’t tell US what WE need, sonny!”
Whoa, there! We’re only trying to help. Hear us out!
A mobile app can offer a wealth of benefits that can make church 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 make things more pleasant during services – but an app can offer a number of functions that make it totally worthwhile for churches of all sizes. For example:
Increased Communication - If church leaders want to communicate with church members, a mobile 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 Church 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 fulfill 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.
Video Sharing - When community members can’t make it to events, video can easily be uploaded and shared. 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 traveling parishioners to keep in touch when they can’t personally attend services.
Boosting 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, and it can do it very cost-effectively.
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