A Great Idea for Churches

Bright Idea 3 In today’s post, I want to share a really neat tool for your congregation. All of us have probably participated in the making of a church pictorial directory. And we have probably all come to the realization that by the time the directory is completed, it has become outdated.

Well, here’s a solution to this problem — A digital pictorial directory.  The Karns Church of Christ in Knoxville, TN (where I preach) has recently created a digital directory.

What’s a digital directory? Well, it’s a directory that can be downloaded to your Android or Apple smart-phone or tablet (including Kindle). And as a new member is added, or as someone moves away, these changes can be made in the office and automatically and instantly updated on everyone’s devices.

Here are a few details.

  • We use an app called, “Instant Church Directory.” It can be downloaded from your Google Play Store or the Apple Store.
  • The members download the app, add their password (which only has to be done once) and they have access to the directory on their phone or tablet.
  • It is secure. The only people who can access your directory are people who are in the directory and the information is encrypted.
  • The information for each family is hyperlinked so that if I tap the phone number, my phone feature will pop up.  If I tap the email address, my mail program will pop up.  And if I tap their home address, my map program will pop up and give me turn-by-turn driving directions to their house.
  • In addition to Name, Address, Phone, Email, you can also add birthdays and a paragraph sharing details (i.e. hobbies, work, background, etc.).
  • As a member leaves or is added, that change can be made in the church office, and it will instantly update the information on everyone’s devices.
  • If you’re worrying that not everyone has a smart-phone or tablet and you don’t want to exclude people, this program also allows you to print out paper copies that can be bound and used just like a typical pictorial directory.
  • The cost is free to the members to download the app.  There is a monthly fee of just “$10.00” to the church for the service.

If you have any questions or want further information about this, please feel free to contact me, or visit Instant Church Directory. Below are a few screenshots.

 

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