We love to see the variety of uses people are finding for AppSheet's DIY app platform, and we think user Jason Strickland is doing something really cool with his mobile app.
As a pastor at New Work Fellowship in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Jason and the pastoral team provide special pastoral care to members in his congregation when they're in need of extra support and prayer. Some members request pastoral visits for sick loved ones, prayer for recoveries, and support during times of hardship.
"Pastoral care becomes a challenge as our pastoral team tries to meet the needs of a growing congregation."
New Work Fellowship is a fast-growing congregation, averaging over 500 in their three services. Jason says that as the church continues to grow, so do the needs of its members, and the pastoral staff must find ways to stay updated and current on providing the care its members need.
"We were looking for a solution that would keep this kind of information at our fingertips, have it online, and on a mobile platform. We couldn't find anything that worked for us. We didn't need bells and whistles, we just needed to be able to see the information in a way that we could use and manage it."
A quick Google search yielded AppSheet as one of the results, and Jason immediately began playing with the samples.
"One of the things I found first was that no code is required, and that spoke to me, because even though I consider myself somewhat technical, I don't do code at all."
The most important change Jason's app has brought about is it allows the pastoral team to keep much closer track of the needs of the congregation. The team is able to collaborate and see, in real-time, when and what the last contact was with a family. They are empowered to provide the best possible care because they now have all the information they need to do so at their fingertips.
Jason has shared the app with the rest of his seven-person team, all of whom have adopted the new model and are running it problem-free.
"I can open up the app, and I can see it's a couple of days since we've contacted this particular person. It allows us not to let that person fall through the cracks. We can put current information at the top, so I know when the last care was given, and it makes sure we are doing what we are called to do in ministering to the needs of our people."
*Names in Jason's app have been changed for privacy reasons.