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YouVersion Upgrades Bible App to Build Community: Bible App 5 Represents the Most Significant Leap Forward Since the App's Launch
Contact: Susan Arpin, 803-917-3414, susan@janerohman.com
EDMOND, Okla, April 14, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Ever want to discuss the Bible and your faith journey, but are reluctant to do so on Facebook and other social networks with hundreds of friends and followers?
In Bible App 5, the latest version of its wildly popular and free Bible App, YouVersion has added new features to help users share the Bible within a select set of relationships--not just anyone, but the people they trust most.
Think of it as the Bible with close friends included.
"Bible App 5 represents the biggest update YouVersion has ever made. While it still allows everyone the same access to Scripture, we've added a robust community-sharing feature. So now not only can you experience Scripture individually, but also collectively in the context of community and relationships with other people--just as God intended. It's the best of both worlds," says Bobby Gruenewald, Innovation Pastor of LifeChurch.tv in Oklahoma, which created the Bible App already downloaded on more than 136 million mobile devices.
The latest version of the app creates opportunities for users to extend the conversation from church on Sunday to throughout the week with people they know and trust. A user can see what friends are highlighting and bookmarking, ask honest and sincere questions about what's being read, or simply reach out and engage in a conversation with someone who is going through a difficult time.
Bible App 5 also creates opportunities in parts of the world where people are not allowed to speak openly with others about the Bible. "It will help people have those conversations, some for the very first time," adds Pastor Gruenewald.
YouVersion users already share over 250,000 Bible passages daily via texting and social networks. While that's incredible Pastor Gruenewald says there's still a need to create an environment for deeper conversation.
"Building community and relationships with people we know and love through Scripture is at the very foundation of the church. It's critical to how this generation will make God's word a part of their everyday life."
Bible App 5 can be accessed on iOS, Android, and through www.bible.com/app. Simply update the app to the latest version to access the new set of features.
YouVersion is a ministry of LifeChurch.tv, a multi-site church based in Oklahoma. Meeting in 18 different physical locations and globally online, the church is devoted to helping people around the world become fully devoted followers of Christ.
The Bible App is not a story about an app as much as one about a global mission to share the Bible--from publishers and Bible societies offering 800+ versions of the Bible for free in 500+ languages to the assistance of hundreds of committed volunteers that enable YouVersion's 20+ staff members to provide a world-class app at no charge. The Bible App has been downloaded on more than 136 million mobile devices. To download the Bible App, visit bible.com/app.