6 Things You Need to Consider When Deciding on a Church App (…okay, 7 things)

As a church leader, it’s not easy to make decisions on systems, technology and capital expenses that you don’t have experience or know-how of. Most churches find it challenging to make big changes that influence their whole congregation.

In this article, we help you decipher the aspects you need to consider when choosing a mobile app for your church.

  1. Do you need a Custom Designed App or Basic Functionality? — If you need special functionality and extensive custom features then a custom designed app is the way forward. It could mean that you have a skilled person on your team to manage some of the aspects of the app. If you only need basic functionality, then you have options like a pre-built app that is populated with your content. This option is more cost effective and needs less highly skilled personnel to manage.
  2. How much setup or maintenance is needed for the app? — Consider the setup and regular updates required to keep the app up to date and secure. Depending on the agreement with your service provider you can either have the skills in-house where you manage the app yourself, or you will need an ongoing maintenance contract with the related cost for an expert to manage the app for you. Another option is that the setup and maintenance are included in your church administration system’s subscription.
  3. How easy is it to update your information on the app? — Content can automatically pull through from one of your current systems or you will have to manually load each event, news update, sermon or piece of content to your app.
  4. How comfortable are your church members with technology? — If your church is comfortable with using technology then rolling out an app to them is easy and a logical step considering the benefits of having a mobile app for your members. If your members are not technologically savvy then you need to spend more time on implementing the app in order to realize the benefits for your church.
  5. Can it integrate with existing systems? — Is the app a stand-alone app or does in integrate with other systems making implementation and maintenance easier. An app connected to an existing system can cost less to implement, has a shorter learning curve, lessens the amount of time spent on updating content and lessens the aversion sometimes found when people have to adopt a new system. A stand-alone app will require you to outsource and pay for the uploading of content, or you learning a new backend system so that you can upload the content yourself.
  6. How established is the company that builds the app? — A a well-designed app can serve your church for many years. This is why it is important to use an established company when deciding on a service provider. Using the volunteer in your church might save you a few bucks now, but in the long run, using an established company with a dedicated support service will get you further.
  7. Do they have a plan to expand app features? — Apps that don’t integrate with a database can’t add extra features like group management, ministry management, etc.. Their features are limited to content distribution.

Did we miss something? Is there another aspect that you think we could cover? Why not tell us in the comments…

If you are looking for an app for your church, you can head over to GoDoChurch for more info.

GoDoChurch is web-based church administration software that helps the modern church stay connected to its congregation. Get a Mobile App, multisite support, event management, small group management, a follow-up module, Mailchimp integration for newsletters and more.

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