Think like a small group leader for a moment if you're not one...

I want to create a cheap or free iPhone app for small group leaders. I know pastors would love to see a super-easy way for group leaders to send them a report about meetings and the health and needs of the group, but this is a need and want for pastors, not group leaders.

Frankly, I think small group leaders couldn't care less about submitting reports!

But they might submit them if this was one feature of a cool app for their iPhone.

So, what I need to know is this: What kinds of things would small group leaders want in an iphone app?
• A way to tweet to all their members simultaneously?
• Pull member info together from the address book?
• Track discipleship?
• Keep prayer requests for each member?
• Keep calendared items for the group?

What else might the see in an iphone app and say, "I gotta get that!" ???


Dennis Beckner said...

Great idea! If you could partner up with and, you could include the following:

1. Curriculum
2. Quick Bible references to answer students' questions

Another cool feature would be automatically generated push notifications such as "Johnny hasn't been at your group for 3 weeks. Give him a call. His number is..." or "Samantha's birthday is today. Text her at..."

mwerickson said...

I think this is a great idea as long as you have group leaders who have iPhones or some sort of smart phone that can use the app.

I'm still a bit skeptical about group leaders giving a report back unless asked personally.

If it were to work, I think you would want to have:
- the ability to track prayer requests that could be emailed out to the group
- a group calendar for events, including who is doing what (e.g., leading, hosting, bringing snacks)
- a group address book that can be updated by anyone
- a way to track attendance at the group (leader only)
- way to track personal growth

As a pastor working with groups, I think it would be ideal if there was a way to integrate this with church database tools (e.g., Fellowship One, ACS) or some of the developing spiritual growth tools (e.g., Monvee).

That's a lot, I know.

Matt Erickson
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Brooklife Church
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