The official iPhone/iPad app of The United Methodist Church was released earlier today. My initial impressions of it are not very favorable. It offers features such as, a church locator, a daily devotional, UMC news, videos and photos. Overall it lacks in creativity and innovation. I would love to see an app that includes access to a mobile format of The Book of Discipline, The Book of Worship, The United Methodist Hymnal, access to other UMC web resources such as GBOD’s worship planning helps, a bible feature, and a feature that would help find other UMC related blogs and websites. It would also be great so see some deep social integration that would allow interaction between users and the ability to easily share things using Facebook and Twitter. Basically, I would love a UMC app that I would look forward to using each and every day to interact with other United Methodists, as well as having a one stop shop to easily access UMC resources, in a mobile and easy to use format. I would even be willing to pay for an app/monthly subscription that had some of these features.
What do you think of the UMC app? What do you like? What don’t you like? What would you add/delete/change? Leave a comment below!