Regular readers of the Christian Courier will know that “The Bridge App” (thebridgeapp.org) is a communications tool for tablets and cell phones, that was developed by the Christian Reformed Church in partnership with Extreme Technology.
We are at about halfway through launching The Bridge App across Canada and I thought I would take this opportunity to provide an update. Perhaps this can motivate some of you to get your churches to use this tool. For those already signed up, perhaps this will provide some creative suggestions for using the app in the future.
I will spare you all the statistical data, but will share that two-thirds of CRC congregations in Canada have enquired about the app, and half of those have begun using it regularly. I can also say that one or two churches in every classis in Canada are using the app in a robust way.
These early adopters have been invaluable. We have been able to log their input about how the app works and are taking this feedback seriously. About 50 improvements are coming out by the end of January.
Churches are also seeing the benefits of this new technology. Each month, for example, digital giving through the app goes up, as we see users feeling more comfortable stewarding their monies in this secure way.
We have also watched churches do very interesting things with the app. From posting bulletins and monthly schedules, to congregational voting and teaching new music – the range of uses has been impressive.
Combine all that with the already existing functions of devotional material, live sermons, the Bible, and more, and we are beginning to see the app’s vast potential.
A little while ago, pastor Ken Benjamins spoke of how the church needed to once again become the centre of our lives. To those working on the app, it feels as if its functionality and ease of use are helping the church take a more central place throughout the week. For my wife and I, it is our go-to tool for reading the Bible together during our morning cup of coffee.
– This article was made possible through a partnership with CRC Ministries within Canada.
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