OneHope Introduces Incredible Islands: Digitally Enhanced Children's Ministry Tool Available to U.S. Churches January 15, 2014
Pompano Beach, FL, January 09, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Now available for churches in the U.S., Incredible Islands is already changing children’s ministry paradigms by engaging kids with Scripture and biblical principles in a familiar and entertaining way. Incredible Islands is a digital ministry tool designed to help the church extend its impact beyond on-site programming to disciple children throughout the week, wherever they may be.
“We want to recreate children's ministry,” said OneHope President Rob Hoskins. “Incredible Islands helps churches engage their tech-savvy kids with biblical content that makes them want to explore God’s Word.”
In a world in which children as young as three are already using the Internet and kids spend an average of 4 – 7 hours a day online, the need for a safe and productive online environment that brings kids closer to God has been evident for some time. For the church to remain relevant to this technology-driven generation, their programs must begin to incorporate a digital element that engages kids and enhances how they are reached.
“What we’ve had in children’s ministry is good, but won’t bear up under the changes of our rapidly changing world,” said Chad Causey, OneHope’s Director of Global Operations and the idea guy behind Incredible Islands. “That can’t be done without a digital platform. Incredible Islands is that platform.”
Compedia, the developers of edutainment brands Bob the Builder, Lassie, and Postman Pat, lent their expertise in combining fun and games with educational content to build a Scripture-rich virtual world for children to explore and learn God’s Word. Working closely with churches, Compedia and OneHope designed Incredible Islands to address the 21st-century needs in children’s ministry.
In the fun and highly interactive virtual world, children can earn coins by playing games as well by completing a weekly church-assigned Mission consisting of a Bible story, Scripture memorization, prayer, and giving. Pastors can customize some of the elements in Incredible Islands such as the Scripture verse and Bible story to reinforce the curriculum lessons they’re teaching during their services. Pastors and parents are then able to monitor the kids’ progress and time spent in the game, which provides opportunities for strengthening parent-child as well as pastor-parent relationships.
A Spanish version is expected to be ready for release this year, with plans for other languages in the works for 2015.
To learn more about Incredible Islands or sign up for a 30-day free trial, visit incredibleislands.com.
Founded in 1987, OneHope is an international ministry that is changing lives by sharing Scripture with young people around the world. Each Scripture program is age specific and customized based on research OneHope conducts among children and youth, leaders and educators in the countries it works. In collaboration with churches and ministries — and working with local governments, schools and non-governmental organizations — OneHope has reached nearly a billion young people in more than 125 countries with a relevant Gospel message. OneHope will reach its billionth child with the Gospel in early 2014. www.OneHope.net