gathering ideas for a UMC mobile app
Seriously. It’s been over a year. And the United Methodist Church doesn’t have an iPhone app? Seriously?
Maybe I’m being too harsh. Maybe the general UMC is yielding this development to the local churches. A quick web search yields the following iPhone apps made by local churches. Click these to get ideas (they might bring up iTunes however, sorry).
- Central UMC (Fayetteville, AR) has podcasts, giving, and videos as their main items.
- Mt. Bethel (Marietta, GA) has sermons, blog posts, media (videos) and a connect page as their main items.
- Pulaski Heights UMC (Little Rock, AR) has news, a church twitter feed, and videos as their main items.
So, consider this a call for ideas. What would you have on your UMC mobile app? What would you like it to do? Here’s my suggestions (serious and otherwise):
- Send reminder notifications every day of “Have you done all the good that you can today?” and “How is it with your soul?”
- Augmented reality of UMC churches, when you look thru your iPhone it colors them blue for liberal, red for conservative, and purple for fabulous.
- Newsfeed of all the Methoblog entries (woohoo!). Hey, why not a search function of the Methoblogs to read what everyone hip is musing about?
- Links to search MinistryMatters.com or Cokesbury.com for subjects (Shane better link to me for that shameless plug).
- Aggregated twitter feed with updates (culled, obviously) of everyone using the app on how they made disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world that day (in 140 characters or less).
More ideas? Thoughts?
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