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December 27th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

YouVersion: 1 Month. 1 Billion Minutes

bible-app-iconDuring the YouVersion webcast we hosted in November, we shared a God-sized goal: To see users of the Bible App spend at least 1 billion minutes reading the Bible during just the month of January. Now that time is here, and we could really use your help to see this vision fulfilled.

Around New Year’s, many people want a fresh start, often deciding that this will be the year they’re going to read the Bible. We’ve literally been preparing for this moment for months. We’ve brought the Bible App to iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, PalmOS-even Facebook. Reading Plans have proven to be a great tool to help both new and seasoned readers walk through the Scriptures, so we’ve added several new ones (like the One Year® Bible NLT), with even more on the way.

We’ve shared simple things everyone can do-rate the Bible App in iTunes, help connect friends with the Bible, and share on Facebook and Twitter. We’ve even added a resource page to YouVersion.com to help people be part of the challenge. Here’s how you can help specifically:

  1. Read as much Scripture in the Bible App as you can during January.
  2. Encourage everyone you influence to do the same.

YouVersion saw some amazing numbers during 2010 (installed on more than 12 million devices, used to engage with Scripture for more than 4 billion minutes). We’re convinced God is up to something even bigger. And we believe that helping other people fall in love with His Word is the most important thing we can all do to be a part.

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December 16th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

December 25: Global Share the Bible Day

picture-7To help remind people of the true meaning of Christmas, YouVersion is leading an effort to make the Bible as visible as possible during this season. We’ve set Saturday, December 25, as Global Share the Bible Day. We’d be honored if you would join us.

The idea is to get as many people as possible talking about the Bible leading up to—and especially on—December 25. We’re asking people to engage others in everyday conversations, to send tweets, to update their Facebook status, and even to highlight it on pages on their websites. (And those who spread the word ahead of time might just enjoy an extra gift this year: Their choice of an iPad, an iPhone 4, or a Nexus S!)

We’ve suggested ideas as simple as sharing what God has done in your life, sharing your favorite verse, and sharing about the Christmas story. We’re hoping that if people will use the hash tag #Bible, we can build some momentum online.

We’re also asking people to consider telling others how they can get the Bible for free through the Bible App. (We specifically designed it to make it easy for believers to share both their faith and how they’re using YouVersion, so we hope that will help people participate.)

Please prayerfully consider joining us, speaking to your circles of influence, and encouraging others to spread the word building up to—and especially on—that day. We’d love your help to draw as much attention to the Bible as we can on December 25.

What you can do now:

What you can do on Christmas day:

  • Share the Bible in your social media spaces (using #Bible on Twitter) and with the people you know.

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November 16th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

1 Billion Minutes in 1 Month: Can You Help?

In our YouVersion Webcast today, we just shared exciting news about some recent milestones and future goals. So far, the Bible App has been downloaded more than 10 million times and people have used YouVersion to read the Bible for 3.5 billion minutes! And as thrilled as we are with what God has done so far, we’re confident that He wants to do much, much more to help people fall in love with His Word.

So we’re stepping out with a big goal and hoping you’ll be a part of it too:

1 billion minutes reading the Bible in 1 month.

In January alone, our hope is that users will spend at least 1 billion minutes reading the Bible. For comparison, it took 18 months to reach the first billion minutes, so we’re counting on God to pave the way and awesome people like you to fuel the fire. If you would prayerfully consider whether you can be a part of making this God-sized milestone a reality, here are some things that would really help:

  • If you haven’t already, would you rate YouVersion in iTunes?
  • Please vote for YouVersion in the 4th Annual Mashable Awards.
  • Help your friends install YouVersion on their phones and other devices.
  • Please mention @YouVersion in tweets and in Facebook status updates, encouraging folks to download it to their devices.
  • If you blog, please consider writing at least one post to let your readers know what we’re doing and rallying them to join us. Feel free to use these graphics in your posts.
  • Share the Bible on Christmas Day. You’ll be hearing more about this soon, but it will be a great opportunity to point people to the birth of Christ.
  • Consider serving on the YouVersion team in one of the many different positions that are available: proofreading, user support, app testing, design, development, and more.

Between now and Christmas is when we’ll have the opportunity to make the biggest impact, so it would be really great if you could focus your efforts within that window. Stay tuned to the YouVersion Facebook page or Twitter feed to keep up with the latest.

Thank you so much for your help. We appreciate how much the Swerve community has already done for YouVersion and can’t wait to see how God moves in this next season as person after person spends more time than ever in His Word.

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November 16th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

YouVersion: 10 Million Downloads!

If you didn’t know already, as of this posting, YouVersion’s very special webcast is happening right now (Tuesday, November 16, 2010). We’d be thrilled if you could join us and let your friends know (the webcast page has handy social sharing tools to make it easy).

During the webcast, we are announcing that the YouVersion Bible App has been downloaded more than 10 million times! And we’re also very excited about this: so far, people have used the Bible app to read the Bible for more than 3.5 billion minutes. We are witnessing the Bible being read, engaged with and shared in new, inspiring ways.

While we are thrilled that we get to be a part of what God is doing, we also would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped make it all possible. It’s only through your passion, your commitment, and your help that we have reached these milestones.

We’d like to first thank our publishing partners who make it possible for our users to enjoy so many great translations as they spend time in Scripture. We’d  also like to thank the Swerve community, the YouVersion user community,  all who contribute financially to YouVersion, and YouVersion’s core  group of volunteers. It’s only because of all of these dedicated people  that the Bible App is continuing to grow in usefulness and in reach.

We love God’s Word, and we are humbled that we get to serve Him by sharing it with others. Thank you for being a part of it all. This is just the beginning… millions more are ready for the Bible to become part of their everyday lives. More on that soon!

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November 15th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

Reminder: Special YouVersion Webcast This Tuesday

I just wanted to take a moment to remind you about a very special YouVersion webcast coming up:

THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, AT NOON CST (GMT-6)

We would be honored if you could join us and invite your friends. If you missed our earlier message, you can find more information at http://www.youversion.com/webcast. If you have questions about YouVersion or the Bible App, we’d love to try to address those for you during that portion of our webcast. We’re even planning to give away three iPads. (Again, please check the website for details.)

We have a big week planned for YouVersion and the Bible App. We’ll keep you posted right here on Swerve with everything that’s happening.

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November 4th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

Special YouVersion Webcast: November 16

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Please join us Tuesday, November 16, at noon CST for a very special webcast about YouVersion. Here’s what you can expect:

•    News about a huge milestone that YouVersion just reached
•    An inside look at some big things coming up, and
•    Vision for where we believe God is taking YouVersion in the future, and how you can play a part.

We’d be thrilled if you could join us and invite your friends.

We’re going to have some fun, and we’ll even be giving away three iPads. YouVersion will send a tweet to announce the webcast, and we’ll automatically register you to win if you retweet that tweet, post about it on your Facebook wall, or if you tweet about the event with a mention. Visit http://webcast.youversion.com for all the details, and then add it to your calendar!

You can follow what YouVersion’s up to in all of these places:
http://twitter.com/youversion
http://facebook.com/youversion
http://blog.youversion.com

We’re really looking forward to this opportunity to share all the exciting things God is doing through YouVersion, and say a big, “Thank you!” to all of you who’ve helped YouVersion come so far, so quickly in making the Bible part of people’s everyday lives.

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July 1st, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

2 Billion Minutes + Norwegian: YouVersion News

2BillionThis June was the biggest month in YouVersion’s history, which pushed us forward to an exciting milestone. YouVersion users have spent two billion minutes engaging with Scripture using YouVersion! I’m excited to see what could happen as more and more people spend more and more time in God’s Word. We’d love to celebrate with you and hear how you’re using YouVersion.

And, more and more people are adding the Bible to their phones. In just the last four weeks, the Bible App was installed on more than 650,000 new mobile devices! That’s approximately one new user every four seconds, and in that same four second period of time, 17 other people open up their Bible App and use it.

We’re committed to making the Bible available to people around the globe, and we just took an additional step in that direction. 
Today we introduced the first native translation of YouVersion.com with the rollout of a Norwegian language version. This means the entire interface of the site is available in Norwegian. Next up: Spanish!

And have I mentioned that we’re hiring? ;) To keep up with all the great things God is doing through YouVersion, we’re adding five people to the team. Should we hire you?

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June 22nd, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

YouVersion is Hiring

YouVersion is on the brink of some exciting developments, and I’m really looking forward to telling you about those next week. But did you know we’re looking for people to join the YouVersion team? We need a few talented individuals who are passionate about getting millions of people around the world engaged in God’s word:

Even if you don’t fit these descriptions, you can help by telling people you know about these positions. Thanks for everything you do to help YouVersion break new barriers in Scripture engagement!

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