Local churches in Ahwatukee Foothills are keeping their heads above the sea of technology with the use of iPhone, Android and tablet apps for their members. Along with the surge in use of Bible apps, online podcasts of sermons and social media, non-denominational Christian churches as a whole are remembering that relevancy is key. Pastor Jeff Zubeck of Living Word Bible Church said “keeping up with the times” is key, though the larger scope of the church shouldn’t change the main message, just the method of delivery. Whether in church services or at home, members and attendees of Mountain Park Community Church can literally have their church in their pocket.
The app is available at the Apple store and Google Play, featuring full sermon podcasts, Bible plans, event calendars, Bible reading plans, live or recorded worship music, photos and a whole page for social media connections.
Using the sleek interface from The Church App, on the Subsplash platform, the app provides users with the opportunity to share videos or podcasts via email or on Facebook or Twitter. They can also plan visits to the church and download a page for sermon notes with ease. “You present the Gospel as people want to take it,” said Zubeck. “Never changes the message, but you change the way you give it.”
Church attendees can access sermon videos and use Bible reading plans during weekly small groups, often using their smartphones or tablets along with a hardcopy of the Bible or in replace of one.
Mountain View Lutheran Church in Ahwatukee also has a fully functioning mobile app, providing its attendees with similar features as well as devotionals. Zubeck said Living Word is working on developing a mobile app for its congregation, hoping to launch in the next few months.
Though the church, located near 50th Street and Ray Road, has downloads and podcasts available, Zubeck said they want to create a mobile app with more options that people would want to use.
“We want to release one that’s actually useful, most of the time apps look just like mobile versions of sites,” he said. “It’s about relating to people where they are, we have to be relevant.”
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