“We are humbled by the growth and know we only reached this number because of the constant and unique way our users share YouVersion with each other." Bobby Gruenewald, Pastor, Innovation leader for LifeChurch.tv
Edmond, OK (PRWEB) November 15, 2010
YouVersion, makers of a modern application that increases engagement with the Bible across mobile devices, today announced that over 10 million unique mobile devices have installed their free Bible App. The app has been growing rapidly since its launch in 2008, currently at a rate of nearly one million new users per month. It remains steadily in the top 5 downloaded apps in the reference category on the Apple App Store, and is by wide margin the number one downloaded Bible app in the world.
To celebrate the occasion, YouVersion is throwing a special live global webcast beginning at 1pm EST on November 16 to share the milestone and discuss future goals with the community.
Find out more and join the webcast at http://www.youversion.com/webcast.
“We are thrilled to reach this milestone with our amazing community, which spans the globe,” said Bobby Gruenewald, Pastor, Innovation leader for LifeChurch.tv (creators of YouVersion). “We are humbled by the growth and know we only reached this number because of the constant and unique way our users share YouVersion with each other. We are working hard to promote innovation at the intersection of technology and faith all the while witnessing the Bible being read, engaged with and shared in inspiring ways.”
Since its founding in 2007, YouVersion has sought new ways to help people connect the Bible to their daily lives. As technology has evolved, the YouVersion Bible App has followed suit, delivering a modern Bible experience across new platforms, diverse languages (over 20 translations today) and both traditional and modern Bible versions (over 40 available).
With technology making religion more accessible and social than ever before, YouVersion is capitalizing on the opportunity to show how the Bible can speak widely, across geographies and age groups, whether at home or on-the-go, whether alone or as part of a group.
In fact, churches all over the globe are themselves harnessing the power of technology to interact with their congregations in new ways. In addition to simple reading mode, YouVersion Live’s functionality allows users to follow along during services, reading message outlines, voting in polls and asking questions anonymously. In many churches, attendees are encouraged to follow along on their mobile devices. Outside of church, congregants are using the Bible App to set weekly and monthly reading goals and achieve them with friends and family.
“We live in a world that is increasingly mobile and social, and people are leveraging new technology to seek answers to the questions they have in life. We want to empower our users, both existing and future, to use the Bible App to find answers to their questions and to reach their personal and spiritual goals,” said Gruenewald. “Whether you just want to read a little a day, follow along on your phone in church, recommend a reading plan to a friend or have a place to jot down your thoughts on a passage, we’re striving to provide a system and, more importantly, a community to support your journey.”
YouVersion credits much of its success to the social sharing of the community, whether through tweets about a certain passage, Facebook status updates about reading goals or meaningful pictures and videos attached to specific passages. Over half a million passages have been tweeted through the YouVersion app.
YouVersion has also seen high adoption of their reading plans and will expand the number of plans soon to meet demand, including even more diverse topics. Other pieces of the roadmap include adding more Bible versions, expanding even further into the international market and creating more social sharing features.
YouVersion is the #1 Free Bible App, available in over 40 different versions and 20 different languages. YouVersion can be downloaded on iPhone, BlackBerry, Android Phones, Symbian, iPad and Windows Phone, as well as accessed on any web-enabled mobile phone. It’s based on the website http://youversion.com/, and it was developed by the team at LifeChurch.tv. Users can access a simple reader, many sharing features, social sharing tools, powerful search, bookmarking, reading plans and more.
In 1996, LifeChurch.tv began with a handful of people meeting in Oklahoma City, Okla. under the leadership of Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel. It has since grown to be the one of the largest churches in the United States according and currently has 13 total campuses located in Fort Worth, Texas, Oklahoma City, Okla., Nashville, Tenn., West Palm Beach, Fla., Albany, N.Y., and Tulsa, Okla. metropolitan areas, as well as the Church Online campus on the Internet.
For more information about LifeChurch.tv, visit http://www.lifechurch.tv.