Let’s face it—there’s no shortage of features when it comes to church apps. In fact, some companies offer so many features it can be downright overwhelming. Don’t let this discourage you or make you think that adding a church app to your ministry is going to be more trouble than it’s worth.
The truth is people want a church app now more than ever. Over 80% of people prefer using apps over mobile websites, and they spend 85% of their time on smartphones using apps. Of course, not all software is the same, but there are 4 key features that the best church apps share. Let’s take a closer look at those essential features.
#1: A fair price tag
Church apps shouldn’t cost an arm and leg. They should provide a better way for your church to connect beyond the walls, so your congregation is more inspired to give and participate. If you’re paying more than $40/monthly for your church app, it might be time to consider switching to a better solution that comes at a lower cost.
There was a time when the only church apps available had to be built from scratch, and the price was in the thousands (if not tens of thousands). Since then, technology has advanced, and now premium systems can be purchased at a fraction of the cost.
MinistryOne is $39/monthly with any easyTithe plan, and it has all the key features churches love!
#2: Simple customizations (with no setup fees)
The best church apps are simple to customize with your church’s logo, colors, layout, and more—and they don’t require a setup fee. This way, you get the premium branding and functionality without having to hire a tech agency. You just download media, add images, and choose colors in a user-friendly app that’s already built for you.
#3: Push notification options
Studies show that sending push notifications can boost engagement up to 88% and increase retention rates by at least 3x. With push notifications, send your church event invitations, weather alerts, and fast fundraising efforts for local or global causes. Since push notifications have such a high response rate, your message won’t get lost in all the white noise online and on social media.
#4: On-the-go giving
With all the features available, it’s vital that your church app allows people to give on-the-go. Prayer requests, listening or watching sermons, getting the latest event updates, and more can inspire giving. Plus, the primary purpose of a church app is to keep everything in one place, making it easier to connect with your congregation beyond Sunday service.