When you see people staring down at their cell phones in church these days, turns out they’re as likely to be reading the Good Book as reading email. Maybe even more likely considering that e-Bibles optimized for mobile devices are now boasting millions of downloads. The glow of screens, once a no-no in the pews, has come to be a regular sight at Sunday services as more and more church leaders and churchgoers embrace technology designed to bolster faith and make the Word of God more accessible.
Churches themselves are capitalizing on their congregations’ tendency toward connectivity by having custom mobile apps created to highlight devotions, events, online giving opportunities and blogs written by the church leadership. According to a story on Time Magazine’s website, a Catholic bishop even publicly approved a confession app – though absolution still requires the presence of a priest.