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FRONT PAGE  |  12/20/2014
Choice News TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014  |  25 comments
SERMONAUDIO TIP
Affordable Church App for iPhone + iPad + Android!

Attention all broadcasters!

Here at SermonAudio, our passion is to help get great teaching and preaching material to a wider listening audience. And so we're always exploring new and innovative ways to deliver sermons to where people are today -- effectively and economically. Whether it be PCs, Macs, mobile phones, tablets, Kindles, or TVs. We've got you covered.

With that in mind, we're excited to announce our newest service exclusively to broadcasters on SermonAudio -- the Church App for either iOS or Android! A fully-functional, and completely affordable native app that's budgeted for ministries of any size. Now available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android phones + tablets.

New! Native iOS7 Support! For version 3.0, all church apps have been refreshed to be compatible with iOS7. The sermon playback speed is now adjustable. In-app background playback is now supported. Downloading videos, and more! A good thing just got better!

New! Android Church Apps! We now support Church Apps for the Android platform in both phone + tablet form factors! Please note that the Android version is a separate option from the current iOS Church App. Refer to the Members Only Area for more information on activating either the iOS or Android options.

All screenshots below are taken from the iOS Church App. The Android Church App will have very similar screens and functions.

What is it exactly? The Church App makes it easy and economical for your church to have its own custom iPhone or Android app. Your own icon, your own name, your own listing in the App Store, your own sermons, photos, blog, and more!

How easy is it to setup? Real easy. In fact, you simply need to turn the option ON and we take care of the rest, from assembling the graphics, compiling the code, and of course submitting it to the App Store. Entire turnaround time: 3 to 10 days!

Access to all your sermons, not just newest. If you broadcast with us, it makes sense to let us create your Church App. All of your sermons are here already. The Church App gives mobile users access to all of them! Browse or search through audio, video, transcripts by date, by series, by Bible, keyword, or user comments. Search with auto-complete to quickly find speakers or sermon series.

Download Sermons! You can easily download multiple sermons directly to your mobile device for offline listening! It's perfect for when you need to "load up" on sermons at a coffee shop while on the road. MP3, MP4, and PDF downloads are supported with grouping. iOS and Android includes differing abilities to export to other apps.

Photos, Blog, Map, Twitter, and more. The Church App provides much more than just sermons. An interactive map shows the exact location of your church. Visitors can swipe, pinch, and zoom their way through your photo albums. And they can read your newest blog entries and even post comments! Twitter, eDocs, and more...

Special Events Integration! The Church App also supports integration with the upcoming special events found on your SermonAudio account. Use the "Add to Calendar" button to conveniently add the event to your phone's Calendar App!

Summary of features include:

  • New! Native Support for both iOS + Android platforms!
  • New! Looks great in both phone + tablet form factors!
  • New! Download MP3, MP4, PDF sermons for offline enjoyment!
  • New! Auto-complete in search bar for speaker names + series.
  • New! Audio player shows sermon info + album art.
  • Remembers the last play position for every sermon and auto-resumes.
  • Robust audio streaming experience and background playback.
  • Browse, search, and stream AUDIO sermons!
  • Browse, search, and stream VIDEO sermons!
  • Browse, search, and read PDF transcripts!
  • Browse sermons by BIBLE reference. Book, chapter, verse..
  • Browse by the SPEAKER name.
  • By DATE Preached: January, February, March..
  • By Sermon SERIES (recent show first).
  • By EVENT Category: Audio Books, Weddings, Q&A, Funerals..
  • Browse through our recommended picks.
  • Browse all sermons with user COMMENTS.
  • Read Spurgeon's Morning & Evening devotional.
  • Link to your church's own external website.
  • Easily find the church using your GPS with our interactive map!
  • Special! Video streaming over 4G, WIFI with selectable bitrate.
  • Special! Live video webcasting with selectable bitrate!
  • Special! Photo albums! Browse recent albums in portrait and landscape!
  • Special! Add user comments directly to sermons or blogs!
  • Special! Blog and Twitter! Keep up with latest news.
  • Special! Events Integration! Display special upcoming events.
  • Special! eDoc Articles! Access your church's electronic documents!

$199 one-time setup +$10 per month. This is simply the fastest and most affordable way for any ministry to get their own native iPhone or Android app. Research for yourself and compare our costs with other services!

Still not convinced? Try it for yourself! Try a real-world Church App for yourself and see how it all works! Simply go to the App Store on your device and search for "Faith Free Presbyterian" and give it a try! Or you can use the links below:

For more information about requesting activation of this option, please log into the Members Area and take a look in the "Personal Info" section.

Enjoy!

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News Item1/4/14 11:45 AM
Barriebrown | Ontario  Find all comments by Barriebrown
Randolph wrote:
Yes you do ... Don't you believe in the suffeciency of scripture?
Well said!
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News Item1/3/14 9:57 AM
TeenChristian | Georgia  Find all comments by TeenChristian
Excuse me Sermon Audio, I know you guys are busy and I don't mean to bother you but can I ask a real quick question?
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News Item1/1/14 12:16 AM
SermonAudio.com  Protected NameFind all comments by SermonAudio.com
TeenChristian wrote:
Excuse me SermonAudio Staff, I just wanted to drop a note saying thank you for the wonderful app, these sermons have been a very rich blessing. That and I know this isn't part of the news post, but what criteria must a sermon fit in order to be a staff pick? (I was just wondering because I have heard some really good sermons and I'm left scratching my head wondering why they aren't chosen) Thank you!
We don't mind feedback. Really, it's quite alright. If you email us sermons that have been a blessing to you and recommend it to us for a staff pick, we'll do our best to listen to them and make the final call. Thank you!
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News Item12/31/13 1:39 PM
TeenChristian | Georgia  Find all comments by TeenChristian
If I seemed proud or presumptuous I sincerely apologize. I'd just always wondered that's all.
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News Item12/31/13 11:57 AM
Easy there.... | Atlanta  Protected NameFind all comments by Easy there....
Doing it for years wrote:
Really TC, you think you are qualified to tell a successful web site how to do it better? May God humble your spirit as you serve Him
TC said nothing to warrant your backlash. He was merely asking a question.
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News Item12/31/13 8:04 AM
Doing it for years  Find all comments by Doing it for years
Really TC, you think you are qualified to tell a successful web site how to do it better? May God humble your spirit as you serve Him
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News Item12/31/13 4:51 AM
TeenChristian | Georgia  Find all comments by TeenChristian
Excuse me Sermon Audio Staff, I just wanted to drop a note saying thank you for the wonderful app, these sermons have been a very rich blessing. That and I know this isn't part of the news post, but what criteria must a sermon fit in order to be a staff pick? (I was just wondering because I have heard some really good sermons and I'm left scratching my head wondering why they aren't chosen) Thank you!
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News Item10/3/12 6:05 PM
SermonAudio.com  Protected NameFind all comments by SermonAudio.com
Dr. Jeff Voegtlin wrote:
I have a question about the church-
specific apps. Can anyone tell me how
much it is better than the SermonAudio
apps? If you use it, who downloads it?
Your church members, other people from
your area, or others from around the
world? What percentage of those
categories?
I like technology and I think it would be
"neat" to have our own app, but I wonder
about the upfront cost and ongoing costs
compared to usefulness.
Thanks,
A "church app" is not absolutely necessary because your church's sermons and presence are available on the main SermonAudio.com app.

However, the church app does give you a number of additional features such as photo albums, twitter feed, blog posts, and it presents many more additional ways to browse your sermons (ie: by date, by speaker, series, Bible reference, etc). Not to mention that folks can search the App Store for your church name.

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News Item10/3/12 5:13 PM
Dr. Jeff Voegtlin | Chesterton, Indiana  Protected NameContact via emailFind all comments by Dr. Jeff Voegtlin
I have a question about the church-
specific apps. Can anyone tell me how
much it is better than the SermonAudio
apps? If you use it, who downloads it?
Your church members, other people from
your area, or others from around the
world? What percentage of those
categories?

I like technology and I think it would be
"neat" to have our own app, but I wonder
about the upfront cost and ongoing costs
compared to usefulness.

Thanks,

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News Item6/9/12 3:40 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
The And Bible app is really what makes a tablet worth the money, as far as I'm concerned. I was happy to be of help. All it has even more of description on the, http://www.crosswire.org site and it can use a lot of the modules from them since it was designed to do that.

It really works well and I do mean well for a Android program. So, anyone else out there give it a try -- it's free.

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News Item6/9/12 3:14 PM
Dopey  Find all comments by Dopey
Jim Lincoln wrote:
One more that you might find handy, Dopey.
And Bible...
Thanks again Jim!

P.S.
I was having trouble linking to websites from Sermon Audio earlier today. And then I finally remembered how I learned how to do it last year. It was by clicking on reply to comment in regard to your comments and studying the code you were using. See how an absence of approximately 11 months dulls the memory.

So thanks for the refresher course today and thanks also for last year!

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News Item6/9/12 2:22 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
One more that you might find handy, Dopey.

And Bible. If you want probably the best free, and since there aren't that many Bible apps out their for Android perhaps the best one, period, this one is it I was having trouble with some sites but as usual I wasn't having trouble with the programs from freewarelovers. Though they often just give a description of an earlier version, but often have the latest version on it, so check it out. You also can get it from the Amazon store besides and no doubt be guaranteed to have the latest one. Yes for many out their that are tied to 1769 version of the KJV it has that one of course and you can have it interact with Strong's concordance, remember to download his Greek/English and Hebrew/English dictionaries. What is also is nice this app will run from your SD card.

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News Item6/8/12 2:04 PM
Dopey  Find all comments by Dopey
Jim Lincoln wrote:
I still like your free android app, found at such sites as, Freewarelovers, SermonAudio, I should call mine the iPad mini It's 7" and it can't receive flash natively, But, anyway, works great on the Cruz T301, which sure didn't cost like the iPad, and of course your app is free.
Jim,

Thank you very much for your post! In my travels around Sermon Audio I completely missed what you linked to. And your link has opened up a brand new vista to me. So, thanks again!

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News Item6/8/12 1:45 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
I still like your free android app, found at such sites as, Freewarelovers, SermonAudio, I should call mine the iPad mini It's 7" and it can't receive flash natively, But, anyway, works great on the Cruz T301, which sure didn't cost like the iPad, and of course your app is free.
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News Item8/30/11 10:03 PM
iEvolve thru Christ | Calgary, AB  Find all comments by iEvolve thru Christ
It's not many times I come across posts that really stir in my heart that cause a chain reaction, but I felt compelled to write.

Technology isn't the issue.... the people are..... Money isn't the problem, but the love of money is... The point is simple.... It's simply a tool or resource... we determine the use whether good or bad.

To go as far to be combative over old school and new school is completely irrelevant. There are pro's and con's to both. I would say take the good from both and marry them together.

Our God is the most creative in all the universe... He gave man the wisdom for our technology. We preach from both the OT & NT.... there is a reason for that. We need both. We can't swing from one extreme to the next, but in many cases we do.

Our culture is ever changing and growing as we should be in Christ. Instead of fighting the change, we should harness it and lead by example. A mobile app could be like one more bobber in the water. You never know who it can impact or reach on a global scale. As a marketer adaptability is key with growth. I would see a lot of value with having a mobile app.

In the end we can't control how the tool or resource will be used, but if it can be used to connect 1 person to who our Lord and Savior is,then I believe it was wor

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News Item6/28/11 10:03 PM
Dr. Kenny Rhodes | Modesto, California  Protected NameContact via emailFind all comments by Dr. Kenny Rhodes
This is a great option for all broadcasters. I highly encourage all broadcasters to take advantage of this great opportunity. Over the last six months just about 1/4 of our listeners used sermonaudio.com on their mobile phones. I listen to sermonaudio myself from my iPad. Times are changing and more and more people seek spiritual resources online. This is great and sermonaudio is there to help meet this need.
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News Item5/25/11 1:04 PM
Charlie  Contact via emailFind all comments by Charlie
Randolph, how about we tone things down a bit and just focus on your original observation: "It would be better if people had Bibles and paid attention in church rather than playing with their electronic pacifiers."

OK, let's all grant that yes, it's unfortunate that people may use/abuse their mobile devices during services.

But what has that to do with this blog post, about SermonAudio offering an iphone app feature for churches? (To be clear, there is already an iphone app that can be used for the SA site in general.)

Are you asserting that there's something wrong with SA in general? With this iphone app? With use of technology?

You've posited the problem as being specific to "in church". Fair enough, but I think others here are defending the value of the app elsewhere. Would you disagree with that (using it elsewhere)? or even using it responsibly in church (a slippery slope, I grant)?

I'm not picking a fight, really. Just trying to help advance the conversation, especially for those who may come to it some months after it happened, as I have.

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News Item3/7/11 4:01 PM
Randolph  Find all comments by Randolph
Jacob McAnally wrote:
I don't mean to be so sarcastic but this is the kind of atitude that has stopped the church from moving forward and reaching more people in just about every generation.
Yes you do mean to be sarcastic, and overreactionary. I don't mind you or anyone else using technology judiciously. But your post reveals several things. First you are Very defensive toward someone who has pointed out the abuse of this technology. This makes me think you may be among the 80% of people who are addicted to texting, or who use the tecnology inappropriatly. Secondly, you have put words in my mouth by portaying me as wanting to go back to smoke signals. Thirdly, you have totaly missed my point about how church services are interupted and the Holy Spirit quenched by people texting and surfing the net during the ministry of the Word. Not only in church, but when you can't even have a conversation with someone without them ignoring you to text someone, or they can't do their job due to texting, something is wrong.
As to the idea that God's work cannot move forward without technology....Don't you believe in the suffeciency of scripture?
So how about not jumping to conclusions when someone twice your senior recognizes the danger of fads.
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News Item3/7/11 2:17 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Jacob McAnally wrote:
Then why are you on sermonaudio.com? Go back to using your telegraph or smoke signals.
I don't mean to be so sarcastic but this is the kind of atitude that has stopped the church from moving forward and reaching more people in just about every generation.
I use my phone to keep in touch with my congregation whether in voice calls, text, or facebook. I use the apps to listen to sermons from other pastors. I also....get this...use the bible apps to read THE BIBLE.
Or maybe I should really go old school and only read scrolls!? I mean Jesus didn't have books.
I think you get my point. This is a new media. And like all media (including scrolls and books) it can be used for good or ill. We should be making the best use of it for the LORD.
What, no scroll app?

Seriously, Amen to your post.

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News Item3/7/11 11:59 AM
Jacob McAnally | Millington, Tennessee  Find all comments by Jacob McAnally
Randolph wrote:
It would be better if people had Bibles and paid attention in church rather than playing with their electronic pacifiers.
Then why are you on sermonaudio.com? Go back to using your telegraph or smoke signals.
I don't mean to be so sarcastic but this is the kind of atitude that has stopped the church from moving forward and reaching more people in just about every generation.
I use my phone to keep in touch with my congregation whether in voice calls, text, or facebook. I use the apps to listen to sermons from other pastors. I also....get this...use the bible apps to read THE BIBLE.
Or maybe I should really go old school and only read scrolls!? I mean Jesus didn't have books.
I think you get my point. This is a new media. And like all media (including scrolls and books) it can be used for good or ill. We should be making the best use of it for the LORD.
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