This week at Cornerstone we did a little mobile experiment. Over the past few months, I have seen a large increase in the number of people using the Bible on their mobile devices during church. We’ve even seen a few iPads being used for note taking. Now that android phones are finally available in our area (still no chance for iPhones, since AT&T has no service here), I feel that we will see many more people making the technological jump to using an electronic Bible.
I have known about YouVersion Live for a while now, but until now, I haven’t really viewed it as a good option for our church. This week we tried incorporating it into our service and it was well received. I have heard numerous comments on how great it was to be able to follow along with the message and take notes on mobile devices. If you are not familiar with YouVersion Live, view it as an electronic bulletin. You can list announcements, share your sermon outline, conduct polls and take questions, list Bible verses, take prayer requests, and provide a place for note taking all on one screen. At the end of the service, you simply type in your email address and the entire outline of the service, including all notes and announcements, is emailed to you.
To use this, you will need to have the YouVersion Bible app installed on your android, iPod Touch, iPad, Blackberry, or other mobile device. To find out if there is a version for your phone, visit youversion.com/download from your device. To understand how YouVersion Live works, please check out their information page. Basically, from their Bible app, you click on the Live option. From there, you can enter in our zip code or church name and you will see our service listed. Click on it and you’re ready to go. For the church, it only takes about 10 to 20 minutes to setup the entire service. If you attend Cornerstone and would like to help with this each week, please let me know. I would love to provide this each week. Here are some videos that explain the service in detail.