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Churches and Community Trending…

A growing number of faith-based apps are being designed to provide users’ spirituality on the go…

Churches and CommunityNearly all of the world’s sacred texts — from the Bhagavad Gita to the Bible — are now available on mobile phones. But the growth of religious and spiritual apps signals more than just a change in medium, from print to digital. This emerging trend allow for congregations and spiritual leaders to create new gateways for engagement.

These apps ensure that religious practices are no longer relegated to a specific time or place. Members can connect with their religious organization or spiritual leader before they head out for the day. They can check on upcoming events at lunch, riding the bus or subway and get inspired by video sermons and inspirational quotes throughout the day. Churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious and spiritual organizations can promote their upcoming sermons, events, donation opportunities and relevant news through updates on their app, social media sites, and posts on their mobile websites.

While religious centers are still valuable places for spiritual growth, they’re not the only ways to build a connected faith based community or transfer religious teachings to a younger generation. The purpose of the ‘church in a pocket’ apps are to enable these communities to stay connected, expand their base and create a greater connection between congregants. In a busy world where it has become challenging to bring people to church, synagogue, mosque, etc. mobile apps may lead the way to getting them back in the door and re-engaging with their faith.

Mobile apps are changing the way we connect with each other and creating opportunities for spiritual growth and fellowship. There is no question that the mobile experience will redefine how and when people engage with their spiritual and religious communities. Just as we have Web-only worshippers, we may soon be seeing mobile-only congregations which organize and disband on the fly. Nobody knows exactly where things will end up, but next-generation mobile apps could offer a powerful and extended community experience unlike anything that exists today outside of institutional walls and on the Internet.