Episode 340: Are Church Apps Churches?

In Episode 340 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Todd discuss the pros and cons of churches releasing apps and calling them churches. Here is today’s question: 

“There have been recent developments of churches releasing apps, but have gone a step further and are now calling them churches. It has created a buzz on Twitter and such; the buzz not being much different than when video venues were more of a new thing and people debated. Currently, people have stopped discussing if video venues can be churches and have accepted it. Do you think this going to be another thing that people will accept/won’t discuss in the future? Or do we need to go a little further and push back? As christians, does the end results of our heated discussions over these things stop innovation from happening within the church?”

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • Pros and cons of churches releasing apps that have church services available
  • If churches use apps to disciple and create community for their congregation

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “Since your phone is always with you, I wonder if a church app could help someone’s spiritual formation rather than hurt it?” – @danielsangi
  • “Spiritual transformation usually occurs in the context of relationship. The question is: does that have to happen in person or not?”- @toddadkins
  • “I think we would be taking great liberties to say that spiritual transformation can all be done online.” – @toddadkins
  • “I think churches on apps are a legitimate way to move people toward Christ as long as it doesn’t end there.” – @danielsangi
  • “Church apps needs to be an on ramp toward moving people into community.” – @toddadkins
  • “Can ‘iron sharpening iron’ happen solely online?” – @toddadkins
  • “How are you using your church’s phone app to engage your church and to help supplement their spiritual growth?” – @danielsangi

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