It’s Monday, but it doesn’t feel like Monday.
That’s because I don’t have to work today. I am unemployed now. Not because I quit or was fired, but because my charges (as I affectionately refer to the kids I nannied this summer) are spending their last week of summer on a family vacation.
It feels good to be free, but the end of my summer job only means more time to ponder future classes, employment, internships, professors, friends, roommates, etc. Classes at U of O start on September 29, so I’ve got some time. Before I know it, I’ll be moving back to Eugene, but I’m savoring the last few weeks of summer.
One of the best things about this weekend was discovering the Mars Hill Church iPhone app. Mars Hill is a huge church in the Seattle area with multiple campuses and an unconventional pastor named Mark Driscoll, and the church recently unveiled its app, which allows users to view or listen to sermons via their iPhones.
Whatever your religious beliefs may be, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts about a church’s development of an app. I’m not a church-and-social-media scholar, but I know enough to understand that the Christian church is not necessarily viewed as cutting-edge in the technology world. While many have fancy setups for their worship music and large projection screens for their big sanctuaries, Mars Hill seems to be the first to embrace the App Store. (Mark Driscoll also has his own Twitter account: @PastorMark.)
Based on this article on the church’s blog, they see the app as a way to broaden their reach in the community and give Christians a way to take the teachings with them on the go.
I’ve listened to some of Mark Driscoll’s teachings before and really enjoyed them, and I’ll be more likely to listen again now that I can get them straight from an app instead of having to download them in podcast format.
What do you think? Will individual churches or business start providing their services via iPhone apps? It will be interesting to see how Mars Hill’s app is received in the coming weeks and whether or not more churches follow suit.