Does your church need an app?   Think about that for a second.
I am guessing your initial response is, “awesome”, or “YES!”.  An iphone app for a church is a great idea that is a certain size.  I think if you are in a mega church then it would be great to have.  It feels like the twitter world has been excited that Roar is giving out 1000 free apps!

Great,  another thing for churches to use incorrectly! 

Here is a question: Does your youth ministry need an app?  I doubt it does and here is why.  To get a teenager to download an iphone/android app could be next to impossible.  I have a friend who built an app.  It is a great app.  Good luck trying to find his app among 500 million other apps.

Next question: Do you have any church/christian organization apps?  I used to have a resurgence app.  It was horrible, so I deleted it.  I still go to resurgence’s site because they have great content.  I really don’t have tons of Christian apps.  I have a bible, and a greek/hebrew lexicon.  Simple!

Texting is still king

I still think that texting is the way to communicate directly to teenagers.  Here is one infographic is that staggering at how college students are actually using their cellphone.  Develop a strategy for texting your students.  It will be worth more than creating an app.

Optimize what you are already using

My guess is that your church and your youth ministry has a facebook group/page, a website, a texting program, and a twitter account.  That is a lot of stuff to manage.  People have full time jobs managing companies accounts.  Optimize your facebook account, and get out side of your office and hang out with your students.


What do you think?  Could your church use an iphone app? 

  • I agree that texting is still king when it comes to mobile communication.  Every study that I read as well as every presentation that I give I communicates this.  I also agree that you should optimize what you are doing.  This is why we have built the ROAR App to do just that.  Churches and ministries don’t need another place to upload content but a place that puts all of the content into one place that is optimized for the device that the person is holding or using.  The Facebook page, twitter page, website, events, podcasts, and a whole host of other things will automatically update the app for the church or ministry.  Our goal is not to separate or divide the message but to enhance it for people.

    Thanks for your thoughts.  I really do appreciate it.

    Matt McKee
    CEO of ROAR

    • Matt, thanks for the comment. I think your offer to churches is so generous, and I think your service look amazing. My comment was more aimed at youth ministries. I don’t think a lot of youth groups need this service. I was wondering the size of churches that use this. Any possibility I could get an app for this site?

      • We’ve had churches that average 75 people on Sunday to churches that average over 10,000 sign up for the service. On average though we are seeing churches that average 250 to 1500 sign up. As far as you getting an app, sure. Just go ahead and sign up.

  • Anonymous

    Hey thanks for the post. It’s good to remember not to just jump on anything that comes are way just because it’s available, but instead to really think through our communication strategy first and then implement new means of interaction/communication.

    In saying that, what mass text program are you using? I just recently left Txt Signal because I hated having to put in the carrier information (and the kids were a little suspicious too). Any rock solid services you’ve found?

    • I would recommend YapTap. Great service.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve heard great things about YapTap but the texting feature isn’t available in Canada! 

  • I think its true that no, most Youth Groups do not need a stand alone app for their Youth Ministry. We had been looking at this option instead of getting a texting plan because 90% of our kids have iPod touches, but I pitched it in staff meeting last week and realized it would make more sense to get one for the church as a whole and have a section in it for Youth, so this is what we are doing.

  • Anonymous

    I think that an app that works to check students in offline would be great.

    • Jeremy, Thanks for the comment. There has to be an app to do that! It would be cool if you could build it into your churches app for admins.

  • Justin Morris

    I’m currently playing with the new appbuilder to see if something like this would be useful. As far as texting goes, I use twitter to SMS. It’s free!

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