We are living more of our lives online than ever before. And our online time will increase for some time before it levels off.
While there are certainly a lot of downsides to this, there are also huge upsides that every church can take advantage of. With people spending an average of five hours a day on their mobile devices, technology is a helpful tool for churches as they fulfill their mission within their communities.
If your church is small and your budget is non-existent, new technology may seem out of reach. But it’s not. There are a lot of great apps and websites available to help churches without spending a penny.
Here are a few:
Your church needs a website. It’s your most important tool for promoting your ministry. Your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts are important, but none of them matter nearly as much as your website.
As far as potential church members are concerned, if you don’t have a website, your church doesn’t exist. There are a lot of website companies that do great work for a fee. But what if your church has literally no budget for it?
WordPress is your answer.
Through WordPress.com, anyone can choose from a wide array of templates and set up a website surprisingly easily. Unfortunately, in exchange for WordPress making the site setup process easy, your website will be www.YourChurchName.WordPress.com.
To get rid of having WordPress in your URL, use Wordpress.org. Through them, you can set up a URL that’s simply www.YourChurchName.com (or .church, .org, and so on).
The downside of WordPress.org is that while it is technically free, you need to go elsewere to buy your domain name (about $10 a year) and host your site (about $4 a month). Plus, it’s not as easy to set up as WordPress.com.
The upsides of WordPress.org? You will own the site, you can pick the name, you control it, and you have a lot more options about its design.
The size, scope and versatility of the YouVersion Bible app is breathtaking. In addition to a user-friendly, readable, and searchable Bible in multiple translations, it has a ton of tools to help your congregation keep God’s Word at the center of your church’s life.
You can sign up for a daily devotional that comes with a social media-ready graphic to send out to church members every day. There are biblical devotionals on every subject imaginable that church members can study together for a week, a month, or any other period of time.