Okay, I’m going to say it out loud: your church might not be ready to build it’s own church app. There might be a number of reasons at play–you might not have the budget, or the time, or the people interested in downloading your church app. I can certainly understand that. My church of 1,200 still doesn’t have an app, and we still seem to have survived. That said, it is more than imperative that your church website be mobile-friendly.

With over 72 million smartphone users in the US, it is important to make sure you church website looks good on all mobile devices so that people looking for a church can find yours.

To help churches mobilize their church websites, ROAR App has developed a mobile website service for $20 per month that will take an existing church website and make it mobile friendly for any and all mobile devices. No start up fees, no gimmicks, just $20 per month.

I had fun playing with ROAR’s nifty widget online that will convert any site and show you what it looks like right on-screen. I was surprised that the mega church down the street from my church offers an app, but doesn’t have a mobile-optimized website.

Take a moment and plug in your church website address into the widget on ROAR’s site and see how your church website could look. It will be worth the 60 seconds to try it out, I promise you.

ROAR also offers church app development and social media consulting. They are great to work with and offer really affordable options for churches.

As a side note, I recently installed WPtouch, a free WordPress plugin, to this site. In less than five minutes, I edited the settings and my mobile site was ready to go. If your church website is not built on WordPress, using a service like ROAR’s mobile website offering might be just the ticket to making your church website mobile-friendly.

Lauren Hunter is a freelance writer, church technology PR consultant (http://lhpr.net) and founder of the blog ChurchTechToday (http://ChurchTechToday.com), Technology for Today’s Church.