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Bridge Communication with your own Church App!

Posted By: on January 11, 17

Have you been frustrated by figuring out what is the best way to stay connected with your congregation? In today's social media driven world what is the best way to keep communication going? Do you use Facebook? What about twitter? Does email work? Just how effective is your bulletin at reaching Millennials?

If you look at the statistics over 70% of all internet access this year will come from mobile devices (cell phones, tablets, etc.) and of those mobile devices 85% of their access is via App impressions. If you think about it, when you are on one your smartphones how do you access Facebook? Is it through Safari or Chrome? No, it's through the Facebook App!

The problem comes in if you strictly use an App are you abandoning your folks that use flip phones?


We at Todays Online Church (www.todaysonlinechurch.org) have partnered with EarnestApps to produce a unique Web App. This App is different in that it acts just like a native App on your smartphone but it can also be accessed via your standard computer! Just try that with something you have to download from iTunes! Our App can run on any platform from smartphone to tablet to PC.

Let's take a look at how we solved the church communication issue for one church, Homefront Church of Grandville, MI.

Our App has solved their communication issue in several areas:

  1. We provide an easy way to contact staff. All of the links in the App can be clicked on to make a direct call (if on a smartphone) or an email.
  2. We provided a way to organize the church directory! While we can integrate with any online church directory, our system has the added advantage of live links for calling or emailing anyone in your congregation. This is saving their church secretary hours of work and there is no additional cost! Full family pictures are included.
  3. The event system was designed to make it very easy for anyone in their congregation to find out what is happening and where! Because it is a Web App means if they made a change to an event the very next person to look at the event page saw their change.
  4. So how did they let people know of last minute changes such as bad weather cancellation or last minute change of venue? By using our alert system Homefront has the ability to text the entire congregation with these last minute urgent communications. Remember that text alerts work with the old flip phones! When it came to online giving we integrate seamlessly with Continue to Give! This means that Homefront now had a way in which Millennials (and others) could easily give right from their smartphones without even thinking about a checkbook!
  5. We also added a "Live Links" page that gave access to the common online resources that Homefront was using. For example, they have included the YouVersion of the Bible that has the weekly sermon notes and online program. They also added links to their LiveStream for online viewing of the weekly worship service and finally they added a link to the private Facebook Group for the church.
It is interesting to note that for the first time in years, since using our App, the Homefront Leader Board does not have congregation communication as one of its top ten action items for the annual retreat!

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We were able to fully customize the App to make it look like a native Homefront production and we can do the same for any church. Colors, logos, icons, backgrounds and links can be fully customized to your specific church.

So what does it cost for this App? Is it going to break the church budget? Not at all! We do NOT charge any setup or development fee! There is only a small monthly fee that covers:

  • Support for all platforms - Apple IOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Standard Windows and MAC.
  • Unlimited texting
  • Integration with any unique fundraising websites you might already have in place including Continue to Give!
  • Complete customization including layout, color, background, icon selection, linking to any online service.
  • Our fees start at $89 per month and go as high as $300 per month based upon the size of the congregation and/or features needed.

If you would like to see a short video of how we helped Homefront solve their congregation communication issues simply go to www.todaysonlinechurch.org/communicate and at the end of the video we will give you short instructions on how to try our demo version! With our Web App there is NO downloading! If you do try our demo app you will find our pricing built right into it for easy access.

Ready to improve how you stay in touch with your congregation? Email us at [email protected] or call 616-437-7970.

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