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January 5th, 2009

by Bobby Gruenewald

2009: The year the Church better get mobile!

mobile-1If you know me, then you know that I am a huge fan and user of mobile devices. My passion is not about having the latest and greatest, but because I see mobile as the single greatest space (present and future) to impact this world using technology.

At the start of last year, 3.3 billion people were mobile phone users.  This is a global phenomenon and contrary to what many believe, “global” actually includes the US :) 13-17-year-olds in the US send/receive an average of 1,742 sms messages each month.  EVERY populated area on Earth is affected by the growth of mobile usage.  So mobile is really both global and local.

I believe the Church must communicate with and engage people where they are at (not just spiritually, but geographically). Most pastors and church leaders I talk to agree with me, but think that using mobile technology is out of reach or expensive. It is true that you can spend a lot of money trying to reach people via mobile if you want to…but you don’t need to. 

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share and discuss what I think the Church should be doing with existing (and often inexpensive or free) tools to engage people where they are at.  It will be practical and you won’t want to miss it.

It is imperative we get it!

But first, let’s find some examples to celebrate…where have you seen the Church leverage mobile technology in an effective way?

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