Churches Turn to Apple for Support
As time goes on iOS devices are gaining more and more popularity among consumers while also gaining traction for both businesses and education markets. All of this just seems to be the tip of the iceberg for the iPad and the iPhone, whose popularity extend the reach beyond these core markets and into smaller ones like religion as well. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal
, an increasing number of church and synagogue leaders are using custom iOS apps as part of their outreach.
Turns out churches are tapping talented congregation members or companies like ROAR
to develop apps that will allow them to stay connected to their members. These apps have a variety of different uses, such as parents using an app to track their childís progress in Sunday school, members listening to sermons when they are unable to attend a service, or connect with other members in a virtual prayer room. It also appears to be a way for churches to reach out to teenagers, which are considered a group that is likely to drop their faith as soon as they step foot outside of their home.
It isnít just evangelical and Protestant churches that seem to be embracing technology with the use of the iPad and iPhone- rabbis such as Dan Cohen of the Sharey Tefilo-Israel in New Jersey are also using the iPad in their services and developing apps for members of their synagogue. All of the religious leaders are approaching the idea with caution as they want to use the technology to help people embrace their faith instead of turning them away from it.
Have any of you people out there who are religious ever seen iPads or iPhones in use at your place of worship? If so, what do you think of the whole idea? Share any thoughts and opinions below!
Source: Wall Street Journal