MOORE—Oklahoma Baptists have created a new mobile phone app designed to help disciples make disciples through evangelism. The GoodNews Coach app was unveiled at the Advance Conference at Moore, First on January 24-25.
“Living in a whirlwind is a reality for most people, and priorities can change in moments,” said Brian Baldwin, who led the app’s development. “Evangelization is one of those priorities that should not be set aside or forgotten!”
Baldwin, who is a youth evangelism ministry partner for Oklahoma Baptists, believes the new app will help pastors and ministry leaders keep the command of evangelism front and center for themselves and those they lead. The app trains, reminds, tracks, and inspires evangelism action while connecting users to a trusted evangelism coach of their choice.
The app allows users to set goals and reminders to pray and share the Good News with those whom the Lord places within their circle of influence. It offers encouraging training videos to help users become more proficient in speaking the gospel, sharing a testimony, as well as developing other testimony and discipleship skills.
Each lesson has a follow-up quiz to help retain lessons. The app also allows users to track their progress and invite someone they trust to be their coach and accountability partner.
Baldwin explained that coaching is central to the purpose of the app, as it adds the necessary element of accountability.
“Setting a personal expectation for sharing the Good News of Jesus is only the first step in evangelism,” Baldwin said. “The next phase is personal inspection. The very reason we allow teachers to grade our work and supervisors to check our progress is that we generally don’t do what is expected, but generally do what is inspected. The same is true for evangelism.
“The GoodNews Coach app is also a training tool to help you have effective gospel ‘conversations,’ not just ‘presentations,'” Baldwin continued. “Users will find this helpful in making regular gospel sharing a reality instead of an unmet expectation.”
Since the app provides a means of accountability, coaching and mentoring, it is ideal for pastors, ministry leaders, Sunday school teachers and various discipleship groups who want to encourage their members to do advance the gospel.
Bret Lalli, student and recreation pastor at McAlester, First, agrees the app can be a helpful ministry tool and expects the accountability aspect of the app to pay off in his ministry.
“We plan to use the GoodNews Coach app to equip our students for our GoStudents mission trip to Lawton in June,” Lalli said. “We will require students who sign up for the mission trip to use the app each week. Each missionary will complete the video training and have the opportunity to practice and present the gospel while preparing for the mission field. They should check in weekly and show how they are progressing.If they are not sharing the gospel in their own community, how can they hope to do so in the mission field?
Lalli explained that the church will also offer the same optional training and mentoring to youth group students in the fall. He expects to provide multiple opportunities for students who have been equipped through the app to share the gospel at McAlester.
“The app will be part of our discipleship strategy,” he said.