We need YOUR help! We launched this campaign to help finish the development of Glo Bible and to invite you into an amazing new future for Bible applications.
How many times have you had this experience? You're reading through Scripture and all of a sudden a passage grabs your attention - you want to read a commentary to have some questions answered or maybe hear what your favorite pastor has to say. After an online search, you're immediately overwhelmed by the hundreds of commentaries, videos, and resources available to you and you're not sure which ones to explore.
Glo Bible gathers study content from contributing ministries, churches, publishers, and pastors and puts it just a tap away for you. Linked to each verse are HD videos, pictures, sermons, commentaries, maps, virtual tours, and more. No more spending valuable time searching across multiple sources to find what you’re looking for. Just tap the verse and explore these powerful resources in app!
- Explore each verse - Thousands of multimedia resources behind every piece of Scripture.
- Premium Content - Resources from Zondervan, Intervarsity Press, Crossway, Francis Chan, and more!
- Open Source for Content Creation - You or your ministry/church can publish sermons, videos, reading plans, etc.
- Commentaries - Dive deep into each passage through a library of commentaries.
- Video - From sermons to virtual tours, we’ve got you covered.
- Fast Search - Search by theme, phrase, verse, or book to quickly find what you are looking for.
- Audio Bible - Sometimes listening to the Bible brings to light new insight.
- Share - Encourage your community by sharing verses or media.
- Reading Plans - Our reading plans help you stay on top of your daily reading.
- More to come!
Behind these incredible features is our desire to propel people’s understanding of Scripture through technology. We live in a time where technology is responsible for influencing culture and world-views in profound ways. By creating a more immersive Bible reading experience, our hope is to equip anyone to easily approach the Bible so its truths can be discovered and encountered more fully.
We need your help! Here’s where your funds will go:
- Development: Glo Bible is a very detailed app with thousands of features and content. We’ve got an amazing team of developers working on building this out but development isn’t cheap!
- Marketing: Some of the funds raised also go toward marketing the app so that it gets in the hands of users like you all over the world.
- Content: In order to provide you the richest experience possible, a portion of our funds raised will go towards acquiring and licensing more content.
We will be ready to launch Glo Bible for iOS early 2016 and for Android and Web by Easter 2016 (to be clear, initially we'll be launching on 3 platforms, web, iOS and android). More platforms may be announced in the future as we get feedback from you and the funding allows.
We know there are a ton of amazing causes and companies to support these days. Given that Glo is an app, these incentives are a simple way for us to say thank you for partnering with us to help get this project done now! First 500 people to back us get early access to the new Glo Bible.
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- Back the project - We would be forever grateful for any contribution to make this happen!
- Spread the word - If you are as excited about this project as we are, tell your community! We've made it easy for you here!
- Become a Content Partner - We are always looking for more people to partner with to provide the best content we can get our hands on.
Risks and challenges
While Glo Bible already has thousands of resources built in, much of its power lies in what is created by content partners - churches, pastors, ministries, artists, and publishers. Our heart is to see fresh, incredible content pouring in from all over the world. That said, there are a fair share of obstacles in the way of getting the greater Church body to collaborate. The fact alone that there are tens of thousands of denominations overwhelms us sometimes.
Along with that, there is a notion that younger generations lack Bible literacy or interest. Content providers can be reluctant to pour resources into technologies that younger generations may be more inclined. Yet, that is why this app is so important. We feel that Glo Bible is the exact outlet to provide everything needed to enhance the Bible reading experience for people of all ages.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Glo Bible is unique in that it connects several forms of media with Scriptures. Glo Bible is namely a content aggregator and platform first and a Bible app second. We also support open source development and encourages others to work on Bible apps. Glo Bible believes that the more high quality Bible apps that are out there, the more the church benefits by this.
Right now we are preloading the ESV, KJV, and HCSB translations for free and offering the NIV, NKJV, Amplified Bible, NIrV, and the NCV for a price. We are actually one of only a few Bible companies that have approval to use the Digital Bible Library (http://www.everytribeeverynation.org/library). This means that we can quickly integrate almost every translation out there. We do have to charge for certain translations because they are owned by publishers. Our goal is to at some point have every translation available but we don't anticipate that happening until end of 2016.
Glo Bible was originally designed for a desktop architecture. We completely reimagined Glo to reflect a mobile first universe as the majority of users are accessing the Bible through their mobile devices. Glo Bible is now not the only provider of content but we are partnering with other publishers, pastors and content providers.
We are transferring all users who were previously Premium members over to the new Glo Bible app with most features carrying over. You will not need to purchase Glo Premium again.
We plan on launching Glo iOS early 2016. We hope to close the Kickstarter campaign with the initial iOS launch. After finishing the Kickstarter we plan on completing Android and web later in 2016. Part of the reason we are running the Kickstarter is to raise funding for further development of the product and for the Android and web development.
For a long time now, we’ve been gathering feedback from users and doing quite a bit of research. This has been a long and rewarding process. For the past year, we’ve put together a new team from the ground up, with a new vision. We’ve been developing relationship with various partners and content creators such as Zondervan, Crossway, Frances Chan, etc. We have also partnered with Fishermen Labs, a top app development agency to develop a reliable and quality app. All this has taken a lot of time and effort, but we’re happy to say that it’s really paid off.
Right now we are partnering with the most reputable scholars, pastors and content creators but as we scale we plan on opening up the publishing platform to others. We recognize that content will need to be vetted and are working on formalizing how this is done.
Yes, this is our statement of faith:
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative, and the inerrant Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:21).
We believe there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30).
We believe in the deity of Christ (John 10:33); His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:34-35); His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15, 7:26); His miracles (John 2:11); His vicarious and atoning death (I Corinthians 15:3; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 2:9); His resurrection (John 11:25; I Corinthians 15:4); His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19); His personal return to earth in power and glory (Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16).
We believe in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of the human nature, and that all are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ, and that only by God’s grace through faith alone are we saved (John 3:16-19; John 5:24; Romans 3:23, 5:8-9; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5).
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those who are saved unto the resurrection of life, and those who are not unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).
We believe in the spiritual unity of the believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:12-13; Galatians 3:26-28).
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, Who gifts us to accomplish Christ’s purposes in the world and Who manifests His presence to the world through Christ’s church (Romans 8:13-14; Romans 12; I Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20; I Corinthians 12; I Corinthians 14; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18).
We believe that we as Christians are examples of the love of God in this world. It is this (agape) love that we desire to possess and without which we have no right to call ourselves Christians (I John 4:16-17).
We plan on releasing international versions shortly after releasing the US version. We anticipate that by 2016 we’ll finish the transition.
We’re happy to say that we’ll be consolidating the various versions of Glo into a single app. This reduces the need to download various versions. We will slowly retire the other versions as we start to consolidate content into the new Glo.
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