After purchasing church management software, you may be asking yourself whether or not your church actually needs a mobile app as well.
According to research by Christian Web Trends, while 58% of those surveyed stated that both mobile websites and apps are important, out of those who thought one was more important than the other, apps beat mobile websites by two to one (20% to 10%). Among larger churches, the preference for apps was even larger, at more than four to one. And 51% of respondents from larger churches said their church was really motivated to get an app.
Considering the fact that two-thirds of Americans own smartphones, allowing your congregation to access your church information via a mobile app is a huge benefit.
Here are six great tools and services that can create a custom app just for your church:
MyPocket Church is a mobile app development company. They create custom designed apps that are made to fit your church’s mobile marketing strategy. Their packages include different configured features, an app management system, custom backgrounds, inclusion in the Google Play App Store and iTunes’ App Store, home-screen widgets, a mobile website version, and more.
You can send direct messages to all of your church members, list your church information, integrate your social networks, and list your events, images, sermon notes, and donations as well. Their prices range from $39-$79/month.
This service will custom build your mobile site, and then provide you with a web app to go with it. Once you send your information, it typically takes them about 24 hours to build the site, and then they send you the URL to your new web app. Their plans start at $19/month.
Bridge Element designs websites for churches but also provides custom mobile church apps. Features include the ability to share images and videos with members, link directly to your online giving from the app, and display your social media feeds. They charge a one-time fee of $199, and then $49/month.
The Church App is a mobile app platform built by Subsplash that lets you create good quality, configurable apps for your church, ministry, or organization. They allow you to update and customize your app on the go. They give you videos on demand, the ability to keep everyone up to date on events with a calendar, a blog reader, and maps and locations. Most of the features allow you to share content through your social media accounts. Their packages range in price from $799-$999 for setup, and $99-$155/month.
ChurchLink offers either a custom, branded app, or inclusion in their more general Churchlink app (where your members download the Churchlink app and then select your church as their “home” screen). When you subscribe to ChurchLink, you obtain access to your own personal app dashboard where you can immediately start uploading sermons, adding events, and linking your social accounts. Features include a prayer wall, notifications, a blog, photos, and videos. Pricing for the branded app is $39.99/month or $399.90/year with a $399 setup fee, and the ChurchLink app is $29.99/month or $269.91/year without any setup fees.
Unify provides all the standard features that you need for your church—events, donations, sermons, blog, and the ability to broadcast messages to your members. Their apps are designed with a very uncluttered, clean aesthetic, and are available for iPhone, iPad, and Android. Pricing is $100/month/platform (e.g. iPhone, iPad, or Android), and there are no set-up fees. The other pricing option is to pay $25/month with a one-time setup fee of $1,000/platform.
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