Update, 3/29/17: Much has changed over the last three years in the world of apps and church technology, so it’s high time for an update to add new options (there are now 11!) and remove those that are no longer relevant.
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 three-quarters of Americans now own smartphones, allowing your congregation to access your church information via a mobile app is a huge benefit.
The debate over mobile apps vs. mobile responsive websites rages on, but there’s no reason your church can’t benefit from both. And an app can do some things that a website can’t, like track attendance and access the church management system.
Here are 11 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.
Price: $100 per month, or $170 per month for the enterprise package with additional features. Monthly prices do not include initial development cost.
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.
Price: 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.
Price: Packages range 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. ChurchLink also offers free demos.
Price: The standard package is $199 for setup and $39 per month. The custom package is $399 for setup and $49 per month.
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. New features in Version 2.0 include user profiles, map integration, message board, directory, and a document library.
Price: $99 per month after a $99 setup fee.
Roar offers an express package, which includes a customized app designed by their team, or a self-service package, for churches with an experienced app-developer on staff. The self-service package still includes support in case any problems arise during development.
Price: $49 per month after a $199 setup fee.
FaithLink is optimized for iPhone 6, and integrates with a church’s website to save time on updating content. It also integrates with Apple TV and Roku to archive and broadcast sermons live. FaithLink apps can be configured to cater to multiple campuses within one church organization.
Price: $50 per month after $99 setup for the standard package, or $300+ and $65+ for the specialized package. $199+ and $80+ for the Apple TV/Roku package.
At $50 per month with no setup fee, Go Church App is one of the most affordable options on this list. It was designed by a youth pastor in Grand Rapids, MI, and the team provides support through online tutorials, email, and Facebook Messenger. Go Church offers a 30-day free trial and their apps are fully customizable through their app builder.
Price: $50 per month.
ShareFaith does not charge a setup fee, though customers must make an annual commitment. They offer a wide array of features, including an app builder and presentation software. According to their website, ShareFaith has helped 4,000 churches build their own app.
Price: $71 per month (billed annually).
Custom Church Apps offers a starter tool, which has basic features and allows church members to select their church within a generic platform called My Church App. Their custom apps include many more features, but start with a $999.95 setup fee. A 30-day free trial is available for either option.
Price: Ranging from $19.95 per month up to $129.95 per month based on number of users. The setup fee for a custom app is $995.
Apollo guarantees they will beat competitor’s rates by 25% for comparable packages. Advanced features include geofencing and HD livestreaming, and their apps are custom designed at the premium level. All levels offer a free trial.
Price: $60 per month for the basic package, $90/month for premium, and $130/month for the ultimate package.
Know of any other great church app creating services or tools? Add them in the comments below!
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