Why cell phones matter in youth ministry. [infographic]
Does your youth ministry have a texting service?
Do you have a plan for mass communicating with people in your youth ministry on their mobile phone? You need a plan. Cell phones are here to stay, and more people are getting iPhones, and will continue to use smartphones. I predict that in the next year when apple releases its cheaper iPhone, every teenager will purchase one. With that said, we recommend setting up a texting service for your youth ministry. You can read the post, Developing a texting strategy.
Here are a few things that stand out from this infographic on how popular mobile phones are today:
1. Worldwide there are 2 phones for every 3 people. Everyone has a phone, and more students are getting smart phones to stay connected to the digital world they live in. Youth ministries need to use this communication medium, and use it effectively to reach teenagers.
2. 1.5 trillion text messages were sent in 2009. This is the way people communicate. I don’t use my phone anymore for talking, it is mainly texting.
3. 63.7% of american mobile phone users receive/send texts. This stat was from 2010, and my guess is that today it is more like 80%. I think that the single most effective communicate tool today is the text message. This isn’t the only way we should communicate, but when I see the 100% sent/received status I know this is one powerful tool to embrace.
Does your youth ministry send out mass texts? Do you have a texting service?