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Mobile Phone Ministry

The desire to be in touch with people and information 24/7 has led to the huge growth in mobile cell phones and other mobile devices. 80% of the world’s population now lives within a mobile reception area, a figure likely to increase to 90% by 2010.

Mobile phone subscriptions passed the 3.3 billion point at the end of 2007 (i.e. equivalent to half the world’s population) and many of these are in non-western or developing 10/40 Window countries. There are more mobile phones used in Africa than USA. The mobile systems in Japan and Korea are more advanced than almost anywhere. It is a hugely significant medium. Unlike a computer, a mobile is always with you – an integrated part of you and your lifestyle.

So how do you leverage and accommodate this technology for ministry?

SMS (text messaging)?

Are you developing your web presence to accomodate mobile browsers?

What about voice messaging services like

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Hi Bill, I was excited to find you blog today! Great questions about mobile ministry - I wish my church was doing more, but I'm afraid that they are sorely behind in the area of technology (even though I've been preaching it to them for several years).

I think using text messaging is almost even better than sending email messages. Everyone has their cell phone on them pretty much all day long. I'd love to see more churches sending out event reminders and prayer requests via text. I think this would help believers feel more connected to their congregations and encourage community.

I agree with you about is definitely a better medium to contact people rather than email...everyone has their phones. Especially young people. They text or Facebook rather than email.

Could not agree more. We are using text messages. We have a mobile web site for our church, We have used an IP voice messaging service. These are fast and easy ways to keep connected with those interested in knowing what is happening in the church.

Other ways to keep the church informed are:

1) Using RSS feeds and email subscriptions to blog posts. We no longer send out eNewsletters. We have given each ministry that has asked a blog so that they can quickly and effectively communicate with those interested in their ministry.

2) Using Facebook. We have groups and pages for our church and campus'. I have led a Facebook 101 class for our staff and am getting ready to do the same for ministry leaders within the church.

3) We have a Twitter account @hendersonhills just for the sole purpose of communicating with those who use twitter.

Keep up the good work!

Love the post! My favorite topic, really...

I agree with Jeff: Twitter is a biggie, and I think the church is just beginning to touch on the leverage opportunities. Facebook has also been mentioned.

Social networking, IMHO, has come to stay. The great news? Cell phones are becoming real mediums.

Now, I can hear of a youth or friend feeling down by text and/or Twitter, pull up a relevant verse on the Youversion Bible, and email this encouragement directly to the person (or cut and paste text). All from the phone. Even if I am a thousand miles away.

I love the question pertaining to mobile-capable websites. This is huge. I think it is crucial for ministry architects to take the time to think about this.

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If you want a free, objective way to check the reception in your area BEFORE you lock yourself with a specific carrier, you should really check out "Got Reception?" (

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