Yesterday, LifeChurch.tv and YouVersion made a huge announcement that they would be releasing a new Bible app just for kids before the end of the year. I’ve come to expect nothing but great things from this church. Their original Bible app is one of the most downloaded smartphone applications in the world. But, it was only when I visited their website and saw the full details of the app that I fully understood how much of a big deal this was going to be. It looks incredible! This actually looks fun, it’s interactive, and the illustration style matches the current animation trends that kids are used to. It’s going to be a hit.
I’ve noticed several things about the folks at LifeChurch.tv over the past few years and this announcement just confirms them even more. They are passionate about bringing the Gospel to the people. They have led the Church in a digital revolution that has made God’s Word accessible to people in ways like never before. Whether it’s YouVersion, Church Online, or simply downloadable resources, they have put tools in the hands of other ministries so that we can all tell the Goods News better in the digital age. The best part? They aren’t in it for profit. There is no mention of a cost on the new app for kids, but I would be REALLY surprised if it wasn’t free. I believe one of biggest reasons that their church has made such a huge impact is by offering their resources at no cost. It not only blesses people by getting the Word out at no expense to the user, but I think it also sends a “it’s not about us” message that is becoming increasing rare.
It would do all of us some good to take some notes from these methods. What creative projects could you do to bring the Good News to where the people are in your community? How can you better equip others to get into the Word? What resources do you have that you could share with other ministries?