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Ministering to folks? There’s an app for that.

A new app released yesterday in the iTunes store aiming to help pastors “more effectively minister to the members of the church.”

iPastor, created by Bowers Technologies Inc, lists the following features in the app store:

  • Record an unlimited number of ministry needs
  • Assign multiple categories to a particular person’s needs
  • Assign multiple care strategies to address the need
  • Record notes as you address the need
  • Track how the person is associated with your church (member, friend, etc)
  • Record relevant contact information
  • Delegate a ministry need to another person
  • Sort needs according to situation, care strategy, or by delegate
  • Review fulfilled needs for historical record, reminders, followup etc.

What do you think?

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I’m still evaluating this myself.  I do think iPastor has the potential to keep pastors, care pastors, volunteers, etc. organized and on top of things. I hope future releases will allow for interaction with email (like the Things app).  Even proximity alerts would be cool — several apps have this to remind you when you’re near a location to take action.  My fear is that it’s just a fancy Access database.

What’s your opinion?

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  1. Taylor (Reply) on February 9th, 2010

    Cute.
    Doesn’t sound like a warmed over Acceas databse, it sounds more like a dummied down version of a CRM solution for pastors. Do Pastors really need to be spoken down to in terms of “care strategies” and the like? Wouldn’t a standard CRM package do everything listed above maybe minus the mobility piece… But there are plugins for that.

    Maybe it’s price though that makes this conversation palatable?

    Dunno. I’m not a pastor.
    Taylor

  2. Andy Darnell (Reply) on February 9th, 2010

    Just need to get mine blogging and on twitter first. We’ll cover iphone apps later.

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  4. Bryan (Reply) on February 23rd, 2010

    Hello,

    I am the author of iPastor. We wrote the app due to requests from pastors around the country.

    The price seems high but you have to consider that our target market is very small so pricing the app at a lower price will never allow us to breakeven on the development costs.

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