Church App Builders: Everything You Need to Know
Churches have a lot of options when it comes to creating a custom app. Some rely on developers in their congregation, but without your own church app builder, it can take months—or even years—to get it just how you want.
Others hire from outside, which can be faster and can give you a quality app, but it creates a bottleneck—when you want to change your app, you often have to go back to that developer. (Not to mention, it costs a lot up front.)
Having a developer custom-code an app always takes time because you’re creating your app from scratch—and relying on someone else to bring your vision to life.
But there’s another route to a great app: A church app builder.
A church app builder provides a “do-it-yourself” approach to creating a high-quality church app. You decide what you want your app to do and what you want it to look like. After that, making it a reality is like flipping a switch. Your app is done and ready for the app stores. (At Pushpay, we don’t even charge you a setup fee.)
If you’ve decided it’s time to get an app, here’s why you should go with a church app builder.
A Church App You Can Actually Create Yourself
People turn to developers because building an app is complicated. You know what you want, and they know how to make it work.
A church app builder bridges the gap by using templates.
This means two things:
1. You don’t have to be a developer to get the features you want
Church app builders give you the keys to your app. Templates make it easy to select the features you want and personalize them with your church’s information. Pushpay’s app builder even lets you drag-and-drop features right into your app.
You don’t need a developer to be the middleman between you and your church app. When you want to change something, anyone on your team with administrative privileges can get in and make it happen. You can easily edit your church’s information at any time.
We’ve already built all the key features churches use, and behind the scenes, a whole team of developers keeps your app running smoothly. So you’ll have the support of a developer’s expertise, without the complicated back-and-forth to actually get your app running and working with your other tools.
2. You don’t have to be a designer to make your app look great
When you hear “templates,” you probably picture a generic app that looks like everyone else’s. But that’s not how Pushpay’s app builder works.
Most church apps have the same handful of features, regardless of whether they had a developer make a custom-coded app or used an app builder.
Suppose someone draws an outline of a face and asks a group of people to create a self-portrait, using that template. Every face is going to start with the same basic structure, but each one will be unique.
Your church is what makes your app unique. And our church app builder gives you ample opportunity to let your church’s unique qualities show in your app. You control your app’s features and branding. That means it’ll feature your logo. It’ll use your colors. The sections can be titled however you want. And it will look and feel like your church.
App builders let you produce a high-quality church app at an affordable price.
Here’s how it works with Pushpay.
How to Build a Church App with Pushpay
Step into your own Mobile App Studio, where you’ll start building your app with a blank slate. You can drag and drop new features and get an interactive preview of how each change will look when you push it live.
With each new section, you:
- Provide the name
- Pick the icon
- Choose the functionality
- Decide how it looks
- Add your content
- Put it where you want
Here’s what you can do with your Pushpay app.
Make Your Content Visible
One of the staples of any church app is easy access to your church’s content. What that means is a little different for every church. Maybe that means livestreaming your service every weekend, hosting a podcast, managing a blog, or doing a little of everything. Whatever digital content looks like at your church, our church app builder helps you prominently display it.
Digital giving can be more than a form on your website or a kiosk in your foyer. Our app makes giving more convenient for your congregation and easier for you to manage on the backend. Like everything else, you can put giving right in the main menu so people will see it every time they open your app to watch sermons, explore your content, or connect with your church.
Help Your Congregation Connect
Meaningful communication is a vital component of building fruitful relationships. With Pushpay, directories help facilitate communication by connecting members with the small groups and ministries in which they’re involved.
Directories can list important phone numbers, email addresses, and physical addresses. When a member taps an address in your directory, it opens it in their maps app so they can see where they need to be and how to get there.
Streamline Event Registration
The events section of your app makes the registration process more convenient for you and your members. There’s no need to collect piles of forms or pass money from person to person. Parents can register their kids for your youth retreat and pay by credit card in moments.
All the information for all your events can live in the app. Add custom photos, links, descriptions, and social sharing options. You can also sync your events calendar with your app so it stays up-to-date automatically.
Reach the Right People at the Right Time
Push notifications create new opportunities to reach your congregation with timely messages. To send a push notification from the Mobile App Studio, all you have to do is…
- Write what you want the notification to say
- Choose who to send it to
- Decide when to send it
You can send push notifications to all your members at once or isolate groups based on their preferences or location.
Was there a last-minute location change for your ministry meeting? Want to remind people about the upcoming men’s breakfast? Is there something you’d like people to know when they arrive at your campus? There are plenty of situations where a push notification can quickly communicate with a specific group of people.
And since you can choose whether you want to send your message now or later, you can make sure they reach the right people at the right time.
Measure Your Success
You could hand out thousands of bulletins without ever knowing if people actually read them. You can make countless announcements without knowing how many people paid attention.
One of the major advantages of digital engagement is analytics.
Want to know how people interacted with your push notifications? How many people are watching sermons in your app? What days people give the most during the week?
Your Pushpay app comes with a suite of analytics tools to help you make data-driven decisions and improve the ways you serve your congregation through the app.
Get Constant Support
Just because you can do everything yourself doesn’t mean we’re going to leave you hanging. Our support team is always at-the-ready—even on weekends. (Especially on weekends.) Here’s how we help you get the most from your app.
- An Implementation Coach will connect with you to make sure setup runs smoothly.
- Technical Support will be available whenever you need it.
- Admin Support can teach you the ropes of the Mobile App Studio, so your team can confidently manage your app.
- User Support will help you maximize engagement with your congregation and increase participation.
- A Customer Success Manager will help make sure you use your app in the best possible ways.
That’s all included in our lowest pricing tier. Our Advanced and Complete tiers also include weekly check-ins, where you’ll get regular time to talk through your goals and strategies.
Church app builders put a lot of power at your fingertips. If you ever feel like you’re not sure how to make your app do what you want, we also have a self-serve support site packed with articles and videos to help you out. If you don’t see what you need there, you can also submit a request or give us a call at 844-787-4729.
See Our Church App Builder for Yourself
We aren’t surprised when people say, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” That’s why we’ve personally demonstrated our app builder to thousands of churches. Schedule a demo, and we’ll have a real person walk you through the process and show you how to build your own church app. There’s no commitment.
Every church is unique. This demo gives you a chance to talk about the unique needs of your church, which helps us show you the things that will be most valuable to your staff and congregation.
Schedule your free demo to see how easy it is to build a quality church app.