You’ve probably heard the adage that there is always an app for that. for many times, and now your church can have its app! But are outreach and member engagement goals indeed served by mobile church websites? Let’s examine the advantages and disadvantages of these proper little instruments.
On the one hand, busy churchgoers who want to stay in touch with their church family may find mobile church apps a lifesaver. They can receive weekly bulletins, hear sermons, and keep up with events and news with only a few taps on their smartphone. In addition, they can donate online directly from the app! Talk about comfort!
On the other hand, only some people are tech-savvy, so if a member doesn’t have access to a smartphone or tablet, they can feel excluded or overawed. Additionally, not all church apps are made equally. Some are cumbersome and difficult to use, while others are very simplistic and of little use. As a result, if you’re considering spending money on a mobile church app, be sure it’s user-friendly and provides a positive experience for your members.
Let’s now discuss member outreach and engagement. Can a church app for smartphones truly assist with these issues? The response is perhaps. While a mobile app can undoubtedly offer a practical means for members to remain involved with and connected to their church, it’s not the only option. Developing a sense of community and involvement depends just as much, if not more, on in-person events, volunteer opportunities, and interpersonal contacts.
So, are our church mobile apps required? It depends, is the answer? A mobile app may not be a top priority for your church if it already has a vibrant, active community and an excellent website. However, a well-designed mobile app can be something to consider if your church is searching for fresh ways to connect and engage with members, particularly younger ones.