Couple Uses InstaChurch App And "Christianing" Has Never Been Easier
You’ve heard of Shipt and InstaCart. These types of proxy shopper services have been gaining some serious momentum in a culture that wants to do less of the mundane activities. You get on your app, pick the items you want to purchase, and someone on the other side of the app will go do your shopping and deliver the goods to your house. It was only a matter of time before someone figured out how to make this applicable to the church world.
Michael and Sara Reynolds recently started using the InstaChurch app. Sara explains how it works. “It is really cool, and we can see how it is a God thing. There are two sides to the app. There is the ‘Hearer’ side, which is people like us who want to be religious, but just don’t have the time. And there is the ‘Doer’ side, which is people who actually go and do our worshiping and serving for us. We get on the app and click through our preferences. We choose a style of preaching that we know won’t offend us. We choose a style of music that matches what we would buy online. We pick a model of small group that we would attend if we wanted accountability. We even get to choose the type of service ministries we would participate in if we actually cared about other people. Then the ‘Doers’ will check it out, and if they think they can fulfill our requests, they pick it, do what we want, and report back to us at the end of each week.”
Michael jumps in, “We even paid the upgrade so that our ‘Doer’ will read the Bible and pray for us. We are currently on a ‘Read the Bible through in a year’ program. So far we haven’t missed a day. But we haven’t had to spend any of our own time actually reading… which is great, because it gives us more time to binge ‘This Is Us.’ Our ‘Doer’ has already completed a fast for us. It was so good, we are ordering three more for the year. And it is making a difference in our lives. Our ‘Doer’ is growing by leaps and bounds. We consider that outreach. And even we are talking more about church than we ever did when we actually went. In fact, every time the ‘Doer’ completes a task, the app sends a notification into our Instagram and Facebook news feed. So our friends are seeing the religious difference in our lives.”
Sara enthusiastically agrees. “I used to be able to go months without thinking about God, or the Bible,m or church. But this app forces us to update our preferences every week. Michael doesn’t even know this yet… but I signed us up for a mission trip to Haiti this summer., Yep… while we are on our cruise, our ‘Doer’ will be serving the least of these in Haiti. It will be our first mission trip, but who knows? Maybe someday we will be able to become missionaries via the app.”
“That’s amazing,” interjects Michael. “I’ve always wanted to tell people that we are part of a mission trip. I can’t wait to hear what we did.” He gets a serious look and reflects, “Some people mock us. They say this isn’t what it means to be a Christian. Mostly those are older people who never understand doing things a different way. But we know how we feel. And we feel that we are more excited about church than ever before. Sometimes I almost feel like we have become some of those church people we always made fun of… almost. But I can say we are there every time the app is open.”