Using the Bible App to Engage Families in Devos and Track Who’s Actually Doing Them

Wouldn’t it be really helpful if you could actually track which families were consistently doing devotionals together?

At the church where I serve, recently God has really brought to the forefront the lack of spiritual discipline among the youth at our church.

And so we’ve begun to focus more on helping families build spiritual habits.

Of course, to do that, we needed to figure out a way to track how we currently stood in some sort of objective way, (which has always been the problem).

Then we transitioned to a new curriculum that had family devotionals that go with each week’s lesson directly in the Bible app.

Note: If you use a curriculum that isn’t integrated with the Bible app, you can simply search plans in the app for something that’s age-appropriate and goes along with the character, Bible stories, theme, etc.

As we explored how to get the Bible app devos out to families every month, we discovered the “Do it with Friends” feature.

If you’ve never used this feature, it creates a link that can be sent to anyone for them to do the plan with you.

When someone clicks the link, if they already have the Bible app, a page will open up in the app with a button to join the plan with you.

If someone doesn’t already have the Bible app (most people do already), the app store will open for them to download it.

After downloading the app, they can click on the link you shared again and join the plan.

Any group plan can have up to 150 participants (AKA families).

Here’s a more detailed tutorial for doing “Plans with Friends”: https://help.youversion.com/customer/en/portal/articles/2898682-how-to-start-and-manage-plans-with-friends-on-bible-com?b_id=206

Now here’s where the beauty of tracking comes in.

Once someone has joined the plan, you can see a checkmark beside their name/icon after they’ve completed a day.

This allows you to track which families joined (and not joined) the plan, which families started the plan, and which families actually completed the plan.

Doing group devotionals with all the families in our church on the Bible app has really helped us to have a starting point to go from.

It’s also helped to engage families that maybe hadn’t been doing devotionals before.

Application Question: Would trying the Bible app for family devotionals, be worth experimenting with for a few months?

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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