3 Best Features in the Bible App for Pastors to Know About

If you’re a pastor or church leader, there’s no doubt that you want your church to be engaged in the Bible. If you’re using the YouVersion Bible App in your church or in your own personal study, you know it’s a powerful way to access God’s Word.

What you might not know is that the Bible App has built-in features that will help the people in your church stay motivated in their daily Bible habit, read Bible plans together, and view your sermon notes during services.

3 Best Features in the Bible App

New! Plans with Friends

Have you ever wanted to do a YouVersion Bible Plan with your small group, friends, or spouse? Now with the brand-new feature Plans with Friends, you can invite others to join you in a plan and view everyone’s progress. This feature is perfect for helping small groups, mentors, pastors, and church staff teams to read the Bible together.

At the end of each day, there’s a “Talk it Over” feature that encourages discussion around the day’s reading, allowing community around content. Update your version of the app to access Plans with Friends today! And, download resources to help you communicate this new feature to your attenders.


With Streaks, the home feed of your Bible App will show you how many days in a row you’ve engaged with God’s Word. When you consistently open the app multiple days in a row, you’ll create a “streak.” Streaks create momentum and encouragement for being in God’s Word daily. Each time you reach a new milestone—such as engaging with God’s Word for seven days in a row or beating your previous record—Streaks rewards your accomplishment with mini-celebrations.

This is a great way to help the people in your church—especially middle and high school students—stay motivated to open the Bible App every day.


Events allows every church to have a presence right inside the Bible App. Create an Event for your church, and attenders will be able to follow along with your message and see Scripture references, message outlines, church announcements, and links to online giving—all within the same Bible App they likely already have installed on their phone.

This feature may actually help your church save money. The average church spends $10,000 a year printing bulletins. Because Events can replace your bulletins with a digital copy, it could help you reduce or even eliminate those costs.

Learn more about Events and find helpful resources and training free on the Life.Church Open Network.

Bonus! Scripture Art

We love God’s Word. It’s alive and powerful; sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword. (Hebrews 4:12) Why not use free scripture art from YouVersion to reach people with God’s Word on social media? Download free scripture art your church can use on social media to encourage your attenders during the week.


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