Airplanes are interesting places. Recently, I found myself sitting directly behind Brian Russell from YouVersion on a trip and had the chance to catch up with him regarding happenings at YouVersion and life. While the chat was informal, I was able to ask a few questions which he allowed to be shared here:
MMM: What has been your watershed/best moment to date with YouVersion?
BR: God continues to show us that the best is yet to come. As exciting as it is to see more than 65 million people using YouVersion to spend time in God’s Word, we believe that we could see half a billion or even a billion people someday engaging with Scripture. Instead of accepting predictions that Bible engagement will follow a downward trend, we believe our generation could become the most Bible-engaged generation in history.
MMM: Being that we are on an airplane, and YouVersion travels well (languages, etc); how do you see YouVersion being a part of brokering moments where people are in close proximity with mobile devices want to share the Bible with one another?
BR: People frequently let us know that they are able to share the Bible App with someone right when they need it or during the moment an opportunity presents itself. Here’s a recent example. But proximity is helpful not only in the sharing of the app, but in spending more time in God’s Word. When the Bible is on your mobile device, there are more opportunities for it to intersect your daily life. Many people tell us they read the Bible more than they ever have in the past for the simple reason that they always have it with them.
MMM: I see you have an a few Apple devices going. As a team, what device(s) is/are in your pocket?
BR: Our team uses a wide range of mobile devices to make sure we are well versed on multiple platforms. We’re committed to using today’s and tomorrow’s technology to help people engage in Scripture.
Brian is the Global Partnership & Community Pastor with YouVersion’s community (@brianjrussell). YouVersion is the leading Bible application for just about every mobile device platform available today. For more information about YouVersion, visit their blog or freely download the YouVersion app onto your mobile device/PC and be a part of the “most Bible-engaged generation in history.”