Posted on May 18, 2013 by servant | Reflections
Many Megachurches already have security personnel. These may be off-duty police officers who volunteer their time. Or the Church may pay them for their services. Either way, Churches have learned that they need security. I can remember a time when the Church doors were left open round the clock – just so people could go in and pray. Everyone in the community had a healthy fear of God that kept problems from occurring in the Church. Today, Church leaders have to worry about a host of security issues:
- Acts of violence directed towards the pastor or congregation
- Child abduction from Children’s Ministry by estranged parents
- Criminal trespass or vandalism
Is your Church secure? What does it take each day to keep it that way? Is there someone on duty during worship who is armed and linked to local law enforcement? Or are there simply off duty police men and women in the congregation that ensure your security?
Posted on April 15, 2013 by servant | Reflections
As more and more people use their cell phones for financial transactions, it seems possible to also make a contribution that way. We already have giving kiosks; why not cell phone giving? The technology is there, but how do we take advantage of it?
Suppose a majority of the congregation wanted to give via their cell phones. Why couldn’t we announce the giving period as the offering time. Then, at the end of the offering, we could display a dynamic count of the total. This would do two things:
- People would see their gift tallied in real time, so they would know that it got there.
- The congregation could celebrate the achievement of a giving goal – e.g. for a new Habitat house.
I know some of you think this is far-fetched, but the technology is right around the corner. This is just one way to take advantage of it for the benefit of the mission of the Church. What other ways can you think of?
Posted on March 18, 2013 by servant | Reflections
There are plenty of automated tools out there that can filter content. If you allow visitors to your web site to add comments, then you will need to filter them. This insures that people use wholesome language. But how do you keep the SPAM solicitations out? Well, there are tools available for that also. They will check each link to see if it matches up to a known SPAM site. If it does, or the language is inappropriate, then the tools will flag the comment as needing review. Or you can optionally just delete it. Either way, let the tools take care of the headache of trying to keep comments appropriate.
Posted on February 20, 2013 by servant | Reflections
Everyone wants to be an Administrator for the Web Site. They know that the Administrator has more clout than regular users. And maybe they have a need to do something that steps just over the boundaries you have carefully set out for all users. That doesn’t mean that they are trying to cheat anyone; just that they have a need to do something irregular.
One way to handle this is to establish a role of Local Administrator. This allows individuals to act as administrators, but they don’t have the keys to every door in the system. Just give them access to handle the irregular stuff that comes up, and they’ll be happy.
Posted on January 20, 2013 by servant | Reflections
Most people have good computer skills. But not everyone knows the difference between a Gigabyte and a Megabit (hint: it is not 1000). So you may find yourself supporting users that don’t have great computer skills. How can you do this with grace and love?
It takes patience to support any user. They come asking questions – a lot of questions that may seem less than intelligent. Just remember that they’re not IT Professionals who have been in the classroom learning this stuff. They don’t speak geek! Slow them down and spend some time explaining the technology. This will help them understand and rephrase their questions in more technical terms. And go the extra mile in getting them through the issue. They will bless you for it.
Posted on November 15, 2012 by servant | Reflections| Tags: Gratitude, Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on the things that we have to be thankful for. Here is a short list:
- God, who makes all things possible
- Resurrection, which empowers everything that we do as Christians
- Advent – a time to begin anew in search of the Babe in the manger
- Christ – who is our Lord
- Evangelists – who spread the word around the globe
What are you most thankful for? And how do you maintain your gratitude towards God?
Posted on January 28, 2012 by servant | Reflections
These days, everyone seems to have a cell phone. Most Churches have their own telephone systems, typically land lines through ma bell. But would it make sense to switch the Church over to a VoIP system instead? Or maybe just give every staff member a cell phone (i.e. if they don’t already have one?) Would the cost savings make this worthwhile? What has been your Church’s experience?
VoIP is a telephone system that uses the Internet to carry the communication traffic. It requires that you have an Internet connection and a phone with a network jack. However, the handset looks and operates like a regular telephone. So it is at once familiar – i.e. you just pick up the phone and dial the party you want to talk to – and easy to use. However, sometimes network congestion comes into play, so the quality of the call is not as high as a true dedicated line. But the expense is negligible, since you more than likely already have the Internet connection available. This just adds a little bit more traffic, optimizing the service.
Posted on October 14, 2011 by servant | Reflections| Tags: team, website
Just as we have One Word – i.e. the Bible as our spiritual source, so the technical ministry needs one source for technology. What makes the most sense to me is a web site that all of the Tech Team can share. Perhaps a blog, or a facebook&tm; page, or an extension to the Church’s existing web site. Either way, it should have the following features:
o Calendar, showing who is working when
o Resources – i.e. technical manuals on equipment used
o Discussions about technical issues – i.e. and how they are resolved
Rather than having one person responsible for the content of this site, let everyone on the Tech Team contribute. Give them all editorial rights to write articles and post them. If someone gets out of line, then step in as administrator and revoke their rights. But be dynamic, and let the website manage itself. Your Tech Team has many creative people on it, and they have great ideas. Let them express those ideas and the whole Church will benefit.
Posted on August 18, 2011 by servant | Reflections| Tags: ChMS, Church Management System, CMS, content management system
What’s the difference between a CMS and a ChMS? A CMS is a Content Management System. A ChMS is a Church Management System. Most Content Management Systems are designed with the following features:
- Make it easy to manage the content of the web site
- Allow multiple people to contribute to the site without being developers
- Improve overall communication with the community
- Enable specific roles for various types of contributors
- Generate reports on content and how it is being used
In contrast, a ChMS or Church Management System needs to do more than simply manage the content of the web site. That is not to say that it could not also include CMS software, just that it is also designed to provide management. I would suggest that a Church Management System needs the following features:
- Membership Management
- Financial Accounting
- Worship Planning
- Calendar Tracking
- Newsletter Support
- Web site Content Management
- Sermon Repository
- Bible Study Resources
- Small Group Support
What does your Church need? Are you still using multiple software packages for multiple tasks – sometimes with little coordination between them? If so, feel free to comment on your wish list for a Church Management System below.
Posted on July 22, 2011 by servant | Reflections, Scripture| Tags: Evangelism, Internet
How can we use the internet for evangelism? Putting up a Church website is certainly a start, but how do you make the web site an effective witness? You can and should add social networking, where people can both witness and minister to others. Sharing a witness in a very public arena like the internet can be a little daunting. You will want to make sure that you do the following:
- Focus on Jesus Christ, not personal glory
- Limit personally identifiable information, such as addresses and phone numbers
- Identify scripture passages used and which translation – e.g. NIV
By bearing witness to the saving grace of Jesus Christ, you extend the power of evangelism to the web. That doesn’t mean we have to pursue God.tv, but it does mean we use the communication channels available to spread the Gospel.
Posted on May 25, 2011 by servant | Reflections| Tags: asset management, checkin, checkout, equipment, inhouse
How do you keep track of equipment that has been loaned out? It can be a challenge to remember who has what and for how long. Technical Ministry requires lots of Audio, Video, and Computer equipment. And various groups in the Church will from time to time need to borrow that equipment. Ideally, it all finds its way back home. But sometimes a piece of equipment gets misplaced before it gets back to the storage area. That can be a problem when some event comes up that requires that piece of equipment. How many times have you heard, “I know it’s here somewhere?”
Informal arrangements can be effective, as long as everyone follows the rules. There are also Asset Management Systems that can be applied. The idea is that a particular piece of equipment would be checked out to the person that has a need. When they are done, the equipment is checked back in. If something gets misplaced, or a critical need comes up, then the Asset Management System identifies where the equipment is and who has it. Instead of frantically searching everywhere, you go straight to the person that has it.
To make these systems work, you will need to conduct an inventory. Every item has to be counted and labeled. A bar code should be assigned that is unique and fully identifies who the equipment belongs to. That way, if it is lost, then it can be found and returned. A bar code reader is required at the check out station to enable the process. Yes, it takes time to check out and in, but a lot less time is spent searching everywhere for something that has gotten misplaced. What kind of Asset Management System does your Church use? Is it formal or informal? And is it effective? Your comments are welcome.
Posted on April 5, 2011 by servant | Reflections| Tags: policy, polity
Most Churches have policies and procedures written down so everyone can read them. They may be published in a book that is distributed to all, or they may even be documented online. Everyone has access, so they become the standard operating guide for how to run the Church. However, there are also disadvantages to this exacting practice:
1. Organization of the Book, and that Book is not the Bible.
After a while, the policies and procedures manual begins to look like a legal document. It no longer gets used just as a guide, but rather becomes a stick to hit people over the head with to make them comply. Remember that the policies were put in place to facilitate our common service, not to be a source of harassment.
2. Rigid Policies Generate Conflict
When policies are carried out unequally, people resent it. This becomes a source of conflict within the congregation. Yes, exceptions do occur, but they should be few and far between, not the norm for one particular individual. There should be documentation that supports making the exception which any reasonable person would conclude warrants it. Otherwise, the policies are seen as ineffective and capricious.
3. Legal Situations Do Arise
Churches, like all organizations, can be sued in civil court. Written policy and procedure statements then become legal documents. Under the eyes of the law, these manuals become legal contracts between the Church and its employees. The Church can find itself having to defend a particular policy in legal action using legal terms. It might not be a bad idea to have the Church’s lawyer review the policies and procedures manual from time to time. Just don’t let them rewrite it in legalese that no one else really understands. Although it may then stand up better in court, it will also cease to be useful to the average person.
4. Out of date policies contribute to Inefficiency.
If you expect the policies to be set in stone, then they will eventually get out of date. Others will then perceive them as unnecessary, since you’ll be constantly making exceptions. At this point, the procedures no longer apply, so why keep trying?
The best practice is to never let the policies be set in stone. Keep them supple and flexible. Review them every year, and ask yourself these questions:
- Does the situation that demanded this policy still confront us?
- If not, then what has changed?
- How should we change this policy to be more efficient?
- Is it too rigid for the average person to apply?
- Is the policy well stated, or confusing and ambiguous?
Part of the reason why you write down policies and procedures is to capture Institutional Memory about how things work best. Keep modifying those documents to ensure that they still work the best way possible. Look for ways to improve them. And in so doing, you’ll make the best use of the resources that the Church has been blessed with – both people and technology.
Posted on March 21, 2011 by servant | Reflections| Tags: Blasts, communication, eMail
Electronic mail has many advantages for a Church. You can publish a monthly newsletter via eMail without spending a lot on postage. You can also target emails to specific groups – e.g. just the people interested in missions. And you can get the information out quickly – within an hour. These advantages make eMail communication a great communications tool when you want to get the Word out to people.
So why not blast away with every eMail message you can think of? In short, because of SPAM. SPAM is unsolicited bulk messaging sent to people indiscriminately. Everyone with an eMail account has had to deal with this deluge of useless information. This year, projections show that there will be at least 7 trillion SPAM messages generated. Unfortunately, that means 80% of the eMails that land in your inbox are likely to be SPAM. How does the Church’s important message about the change in the meeting time get through all of that chaff? And to make matters worse, people use eMail filters that can mislabel an eMail message as SPAM and throw it away. Here are some tips for getting your eMail Blasts past the filters:
- Ensure that your eMails have original, useful content
- Avoid trigger words in your subject line, e.g. free, trial, money, quote
- Avoid using ALL CAPS – i.e. SHOUTING FOR ATTENTION
- Do use a subject line that matches the eMail – e.g. March Monthly Newsletter
- Avoid the excessive use of punctuation – i.e. “! ! !”
SPAM is a tough problem to deal with. And some people have given up and don’t use eMail as a result. Or they may use Social Network Messaging instead. You should encourage people to let you know if they aren’t getting your eMails. Perhaps you should still print a few paper newsletters and send them through snail mail (USPS). That way, you cover the spectrum and ensure that the Word gets through.
Posted on March 1, 2011 by servant | Reflections| Tags: ministry through technology, web ministry, website
How do you do ministry through your website? Is that even possible? Yes, your Church’s website can and should be doing ministry. There are many approaches to this, but the first step should be an assessment:
- What is the purpose of your website?
- Who are you trying to minister to?
- What are the resources that you need?
- What resources do you have available?
When you first put together a web site, you may have just been getting on the bandwagon. After all, other Churches in your area were developing websites, so why shouldn’t yours do the same. That may have been enough of a purpose to convince the board to fund the site. (Sometimes the costs can be quite a hurdle.) But you should ask yourself now, what is our purpose going forward? Is it to invite newcomers to Church? Is it to keep the congregation informed? Or is it to provide a way for shut-ins to stay connected with their Church? Or maybe you really want to share the great teachings of your staff with as many Christians as you can reach. The web opens the door to a community of faith that exceeds your local boundaries. People that would never be able to visit your Church can find inspiration and growth through your website. The Gospel can and does reach the whole world – via cyberspace. Who are you trying to minister to?
Resources include not just the finances but all of the information sources that you depend upon for content. This will certainly include staff members, who may be intent on promoting an upcoming event or small group. It will include Church members who lead committees and want to share information about what the committee is doing or when the next meeting is. It may even include community leaders – e.g. scouting, civic groups, etc – who need a way to promote events. But it can also include denominational leaders – e.g. a Bishop’s message about a state wide event. Your web ministry will certainly include sermons and teachings by your preaching staff. Do you provide the sermon as a video, audio, and/or text file? How about a followup discussion in an online forum about this week’s sermon. And you probably have a Church calendar of events and meetings, so people can look up the time and place. But how about announcements of inclement weather and/or natural disaster responses. The possibilities are incredible. Just be sure to tap into as many information resources as you can, and organize the website so that people can find it easily.
For more information, check out these online resources:
Top 10 Best Practices for Web Ministry
Posted on October 12, 2010 by servant | Reflections| Tags: planning
Strategic planning for a technical ministry involves looking ahead at needs for carrying out the mission. It should be driven by a thorough understanding of the ministry and where it is headed in the future. Then you should match that understanding up with a grasp of the technology, and where it is heading too. Here are some steps to take in the process:
- Identify Strengths and Weaknesses
- Assess the spiritual needs of the Community
- Identify opportunities for ministry
- Explore ways to use the technology to meet those needs
- What else do you need in terms of technology?
- Lay out a plan of action
Don’t get caught up in overcoming your weaknesses – i.e. that is wasted effort. Focus on your strengths, and then be ready to utilize them in new ways. And always identify the spiritual needs of your community. Things have probably changed since you last looked here, and new opportunities will exist. You need to identify them, and then explore ways to use technology in meeting those needs. Once you have these goals in mind, then you’re ready to ask what technology you need to obtain or expand – not before! That way, you are aligning the development of the technology with the development of the ministry.
For example, you could have an interest in Social Networking – a hot topic in technology. The popular thing to do would be to get that technology and then figure out a way to reach your congregation with it. But that’s the wrong approach. First, you identify the needs, then the technology. You may decide that a facebook page will help you meet those needs, but you need a plan. That way, you can tell when you’ve succeeded.
Posted on August 1, 2010 by servant | Reflections| Tags: Information Technology, screen, video
Images have power. They can convey the equivalent of a thousand words. They can convey emotion, as in a picture of a young child looking lost. Then can convey love, as in the mother who has just found that lost child. They have this power because they evoke a response within us. That is perhaps why a great movie can bring us to tears. It can leave us with a powerful image of just about anything, if well crafted. How do we use this power of the image? In the Greek Orthodox tradition, images have 3 dimensions. They aren’t just paintings, but sculptures. They look like real life, and they thus have power. We may be limited to two dimensions – i.e. for the present – but we can still leverage the power of images to convey the Gospel in new ways. That means seeking out new images to show. It means trying different approaches. Some will be effective; others will not. But the Gospel message has always been known for breaking out. Remember the words of Jesus, “even the stones will cry out.”
Posted on July 30, 2010 by servant | Reflections| Tags: ethics, technology, worship
Ours is a world filled with Technological Power. We see it everywhere, use it in our daily lives, and applaud the latest developments of Tech. However, we need to remember that the source of that power lies not within ourselves; all knowledge comes from God. So we don’t need to worship technology; we worship the living God who has given us all good things – including technology.
When we recognize that technology is another gift that God has given us, we put it in the right perspective. The technology presents us with new challenges, not an absence of God. The Church has encountered those challenges, sometimes with obstinance, sometimes with wisdom. At our best, we should be making use of the technology to spread the Gospel further, to reach more people, and to enhance the message so that more people listen. When we do that, we are using Technological Power to enhance ministry. And that is perhaps the best way to use it after all.
Posted on February 14, 2010 by servant | Reflections, Scripture| Tags: Bible, Bible study tools, research
Christians are blessed with knowledge about the Bible. In a sense, we have never known more about the Bible. We live in an unprecedented era of access to great Biblical research. Millions of books have been written about the Bible – which was the first major book printed on the Gutenberg press in 1455. There is more information available about the Bible than any other ancient book. In a sense, Biblical research has peeled back the darkness of the Middle Ages to take us to the earliest sources. We are blessed by this knowledge.
Also, we have remarkable Bible study tools available. Gone are the days when you had to depend on Crudens Concordance for study – useful though it was! Now you can have the Bible on your smart phone – i.e. in your favorite translation. (It works great for a sword drill!) And you can search the Biblical text for any word combination in any set of books that you can think of. It really makes the Bible a “lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105Psalm 119:105
English: Good News Bible (1992) - GNB
Light from the Law of the Lord
105 Your word is a lamp to guide me
and a light for my path.
WP-Bible plugin NIV).
With all of this great Biblical research available to us, you would think that our knowledge of the Bible as individual Christians would be awesome. Yet there are studies that suggest that Biblical literacy is on the decline. Stephen Prothero even has a test for it, and finds most Americans sorely lacking in this day and age. I suspect that this reflects the shift away from talking about religion in the public arena. The Church needs to do a better job of teaching the Bible. How is your Church increasing Bible literacy in your community? Are you using all of the tools, both in print and software? Or are you just sticking with an emphasis on good preaching?
Posted on January 1, 2009 by servant | Reflections| Tags: new, New Year, renewal
The writer of the Revelation states, “I am making everything new!” REV 21:5REV 21:5
English: Good News Bible (1992) - GNB
5 Then the one who sits on the throne said, “And now I make all things new!” He also said to me, “Write this, because these words are true and can be trusted.”
WP-Bible plugin NIV. As this new year begins, I am reminded that God continually makes things new in our lives. He applies grace to bring us renewal.
May your New Year be one of great Joy!
Posted on December 16, 2008 by servant | Reflections| Tags: coordination, philosophy, purpose, thinking, video
In designing a video clip, you have many objectives. To get a lot of great shots is probably on your mind as you shoot it. To find just the right transition effect is probably on your mind as you edit it. But what about the thinking you expect in your audience as they watch it. There is a tendency to make it as plain and specific as possible. But there are times when you want to leave the congregation thinking about something. In the Bible, there are numerous paradoxes designed for this purpose. How can that rich man enter the eye of a needle? Who is my neighbor? Jesus knew His audience. He didn’t always tell jokes – although we have some evidence that He had a great sense of humor. But He did challenge His audience to think about the implications of what He was telling them.
One occasion where you might use a Video that makes you think is right before the sermon. It will serve as a transition from whatever happened before in the service. And it can leave the congregation asking a particular question. The preacher then goes on to answer the question that’s on everybody’s mind. A well designed video can do that, rather than just getting everybody to laugh. But it will take some coordination between the preacher and the videographer. And the preacher will have to be comfortable letting the video serve to make His first point, which otherwise would be to ask the question that he wants everyone to be thinking about. It can be done, and it can free up the preacher to focus on articulating the answer. The video can leave people thinking, and thus challenge them to engage all the more in the words of the sermon. For here is the answer, the Word of Life!
Posted on November 30, 2008 by servant | Reflections, Scripture| Tags: Antiquity, Archeology, Bible
One of the amazing things about the Bible is the fact that we have so many ancient copies of it. This might be expected, since it was so revered. But the Bible in antiquity survived incredible persecution, as well as the ravages of time. No other ancient text has been so well preserved. The writings of the ancient Greeks have survived, but only just barely. The Bible is available in well preserved copies dating from the 1st century A.D. Indeed, here is a link to a copy of the Psalms dating to 40 A.D.
Electronic copies of the Dead Sea Scrolls are available. The question is when would we need to project these, or interact with them in worship. In some Churches, the scriptures are read in their original languages, but usually we worship in the local tongue. This is one of the consequences of the Protestant Reformation. And the scriptures have now been translated into thousands of languages – i.e. thanks to the Wycliffe Bible Translation effort. But you could show the scripture passage in both the original language and in the local language. All it would take would be a well formatted screen. Would that add to the worship experience? Feel free to comment below.
Posted on November 20, 2008 by servant | Reflections| Tags: job description, ministry description, volunteer
Create Ministry Descriptions
Before people will commit their time to a ministry, they want to know what will be expected of them. Ministry descriptions that are specific and written are important because they give people the information they need to make a commitment.
Why not have a section on the Church’s website where there are ministry descriptions for volunteers. The idea is that this is a job description, but for a volunteer position. By reading through these, a potential volunteer would have a better idea about what is going to be involved. This usually helps people make up their mind to commit to a volunteer task. The Ministry Description could include any or all of the following sections:
- Description of the Volunteer Position
- Amount and Frequency of Time Commitment
- List of the Skills Required
- Ideas on Training (e.g. technical hands-on)
- Benefits to the Community of Faith
In addition, there should be a table showing the number of volunteers that are needed in each area of the Church’s ministry. This could be the overview page showing all of the open positions. Hopefully, this would decrease as people volunteered, until all positions were filled.
God has blessed the community of faith with tremendous gifts and graces. Using Ministry Descriptions will help tap that resource, so that the mission of the Church can be fulfilled with excellence!
Posted on November 1, 2008 by servant | Reflections| Tags: dependence, technology, worship
Modern megachurches are dependent on technology. Any time you gather more than a hundred people together, you need some sort of technology to enhance worship. At the very least, you need an audio system, so that everyone can hear the sermon. Ideally, you should be able to hear the Word clearly in every seat – i.e. even in the back of the balcony. In addition to that, most megachurches offer video screens. Typically, this shows the lyrics for the songs, so no one needs a hymnal. But it can also show the preacher in a way that everyone can see clearly – i.e. IMAG. For those at the back of the room, this helps them follow the sermon. However, now we have moved into video technology; cameras, switchers, video projectors, and one or more video screens. And with the video, it becomes possible to show video clips as illustrations, announcements, and points of transition in the service. The technology allows the congregation to literally go anywhere; e.g. you could easily show Jerusalem’s wailing wall during a sermon about the Temple. And other types of technology lie on the horizon, awaiting development. The possibilities are limitless.
However, with the technology comes a dependence. What happens if the electricity goes out because of a storm at 3:00 AM on Sunday? If the service is held, the preacher may be preaching by candlelight. There needs to be a fall back position; e.g. a generator to run at least some lights and the sound system. And if you can’t show IMAG, can a battery powered camera at least record the sermon? You could then put the sermon on the Church’s web site for those who couldn’t come because of the storm’s damage. And a satellite congregation may have to resort to listening to an extemporaneous sermon by the local pastor.
We worship a big God, and we are blessed with technology to enhance that worship. But we need to make sure that we think through the issues of our dependence on that technology. That doesn’t mean we reject the technology and go back to smaller congregations. It does mean that we understand our priorities for using the technology should we encounter issues. Sunday worship will go on, but we may have to fall back to a different technical configuration on various occasions. We need to be prepared to do that, rather than panic at the circumstance.
Posted on October 21, 2008 by servant | Reflections| Tags: sitemap, visitor, web site
How do you direct visitors on your web site? It seems like an obvious question, but there is a subtle side to it. Sure, you expect Church visitors to check out your web site before they show up at the door. After all, they have all week to look. But how do you direct them to the information that is most critical for them deciding on whether to come or pass your Church by? You have to look at the Church web site from the perspective of a visitor. Make sure to present the following information directly off the home page:
- Worship times and places
- Upcoming Worship Theme or Series
- Information about Sunday School for all ages
- General directions and map
- Layout of the Church buildings
- Phone number to call if they have questions
If you do this, then potential visitors should be able to answer their questions prior to coming. And you can expect that they’ll know this basic information before they walk in the door. (Be sure your greeters are familiar with it, too, just in case a visitor doesn’t have web access.) You can then help them start down the path to joining the Church.
Posted on October 2, 2008 by servant | Reflections| Tags: Bible study, gui, iPhone, Palm, smart phone
There are lots of Bible study programs available now for smart phones. When smart phones got sufficient memory (i.e. megabytes), Bible study applications started coming out. Here are just a few, along with comments:
Based on the PC program QuickVerse, this version is designed for the Palm OS. It allows you to have multiple translations, as well as commentaries and dictionaries. You use a hierarchical search tool to find a specific verse, i.e. select the book, chapter, then verse. It allows you to attach personal notes to specific words in specific verses.
For more information, see Quickverse.com.
Available on the iPhone, this Bible study program takes advantage of the finger based user interface. To find a verse, you start with an alphabetical list of the books – i.e. just like the contacts list. You select a book, then you get an outline showing chapter numbers and section titles. You then select a chapter and you go to the beginning of that chapter. You can then easily scroll down through the text to find the verse in question.
Acro Bible takes advantage of the iPhone’s user interface. It actually works quite well, allowing you to keep up with even a preacher citing verses rapid fire. And the text is easy to read even in low light, given the iPhone’s backlit display. But note that if you want to add a personal note, the note is attached to the whole verse, not the individual word.
For more information, see AcroBible.