An Application for Everyone

April 20, 2010 by

We’ve covered mobile church web sites and iPhone applications before, but recently we’ve chatted with a couple of developers whose companies are going the extra mile on this front. It’s becoming more practical than ever for your church to find its way to mobile devices.

“I think every church should have a web site and a mobile version of their web site,” says Greg Atkinson, a Regional Network Coordinator with the Center for Church Communication (our nonprofit parent). He’s teamed up with BigBadCollab and TruthCasting to offer affordable mobile sites as well as custom iPhone applications.

“We’re going to make getting a mobile web site affordable and easy for churches of any size,” Greg says.

They’re not the only ones.

“We quietly rolled out iPhone web apps, free of charge, for every church using our system,” says Matt Kirkland with City Gates. “It’s a small thing we can do to help churches communicate well, and the no-additional-cost aspect is a big deal in today’s bad economy.”

Want more? Check out The Church App from Subsplash. They’ve already created applications for churches like Mars Hill and Saddleback, and they’re hoping to provide native iPhone applications for even more churches in the future.

“1.5 billion people access the Internet. Between 4 and 4.5 billion people have mobile phones. It is expected to reach 5 billion by 2013. That’s pretty amazing and that’s why church leaders should care,” says Greg.

So Where Do I Sign Up?
You might want to start with the developer of your church’s web site if you have a good relationship and trust their abilities. But if that’s not a good place for you to turn, then have no fear, there are other options (including the ones mentioned here). There are also plenty of options in the Church Marketing Directory.

Even more, I’m sure some of the kind developers who are creating these applications will be kind enough to swiftly sweep into the comments and let you know about their work.

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Joshua Cody

Josh Cody served as our associate editor for several years before moving on to bigger things. Like Texas. These days he lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, and you can find him online or on Twitter when he's not wrestling code.
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2 Responses to “An Application for Everyone”

  • Sim
    April 20, 2010

    We’ve recently launched a mobile site for with our full Message Archives and an array of useful features, built entirely on WordPress (read: incredibly low cost).
    I was the designer on the project and worked with our in-house developer. The site took over 6months to develop from start to finish.
    The most important aspect being that mobile sites need to behave very differently to a conventional website – rebuilt from the ground up to maximise the mobile web.
    Can’t wait until more churches are on board with the Mobile world!

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  • Hillary Morris
    April 21, 2010

    Hey Josh!
    Great article. Thanks for spreading the word about how churches can use mobile to revolutionize their ministries. At Subsplash, we are always amazed to see how God uses everything, including technology, for His great purpose.

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