Our church has been taking advantage of the best mobile app solution out there for several years now. Since that time we’ve really embraced the benefits of a great mobile app when it comes to engaging people in the life of the church. I also consider Tony Caudill, Aware3’s Founder and CEO, to be a good friend.
Tony recently posted some good stuff on how technology will serve the church in the new decade. Here’s some of what he has in the post …
Will this be the decade when tech actually begins to serve the church?
Joe and I started aware3 in the Fall of 2013. Our first church app was for my church here in Kansas City. As a regular attendee at my church with my wife and newborn son, I found myself becoming increasingly frustrated. I could never find the right information at the right time, the giving options were dated, paper bulletins were being printed and thrown away, lots of missed communications, and so on. We felt like there had to be a better way and we wanted to help. Our only intentions were to help my local church grow—We had no idea that in time, we’d be helping churches all over the country.
Tony goes on to say …
It’s no secret that technology has connected us like never before. Churches can reach people in ways we never imagined just a few short years ago. However, there has to be a balance as technology can quickly become overwhelming for both church staff and members. Just like the old adage says, more isn’t always better. Every day, there’s a hot, new app or service. To keep your church relevant, you may feel pressure to keep up with it all.
Even worse, we’ve seen online profiles and social media feeds being positioned as a replacement for real-world relationships and physical community gathering places. We believe real-world interactions and relationships are critical to the future of the Church and society as a whole. It’s clear what impact this “tech only” approach has had on our society, and it’s not for the better. Technology should be used to encourage, not replace real-world relationships.
We don’t see our tech as the destination. We see it as a bridge—connecting people to the tools and communications they need, encouraging them to be a part of something bigger than themselves, and ultimately driving them into the real world to serve and participate in meaningful relationships.
In the post, Tony gets into some detail on these 5 Predictions:
- Churches will have fewer online tools and services.
- Churches will “cut the cord” with their Church Management System (ChMS).
- Data will spur growth for local churches.
- Churches will be expected to offer a personalized, always-available member experience.
- Online giving innovation will accelerate.
It’s a great article, and I agree with most of his points. I don’t think that churches will “cut the cord” with their Church Management Software (CMS), though. Rather (and maybe this is what Tony is really saying) CMS will be more congregationally facing and more mobile. In fact, mobile apps and CMS will become the same thing, with lots of use and engagement from the church at large.
I love the people at Aware3. In my opinion, the people behind the solution are the real reason to choose one over another. Check Aware3 out HERE.
Read Tony’s entire article HERE.