The American Bible Society has announced that more than 1 million of its reading plans have been downloaded on LifeChurch.tv's YouVersion Bible App, which just marked a major milestone of 100 million downloads by mobile users.
According to the American Bible Society, founded in 1816 and located in New York City, its reading plans are among the most popular options on the YouVersion Bible App, which boasts a nearly solid 5-star rating on Apple's iTunes store and on Android's Google Play store.
"With so many sinking trends for the Bible, it's great to see God's Word break out here in the opposite direction on YouVersion," Geoffrey Morin, chief communications officer of American Bible Society, said in a press release. "We're thrilled to play our part in helping the world's best-selling book become one of the most-downloaded apps of all time."
Bobby Gruenewal, co-founder of YouVersion and a pastor at LifeChurch.tv in Oklahoma, credited the American Bible Society with helping the popular Bible App break its current record.
"YouVersion's 100 million installs wouldn't be possible without partners like American Bible Society. This is not a story about an app as much as a global mission to share the Bible. YouVersion has grown to become a coalition of publishers, pastors, churches and Bible societies who have joined forces to help this world engage with God's Word."
The YouVersion Bible App, launched in 2008, provides users with more than 600 versions of the Bible in over 350 languages for free. The app has become so popular that many ministries have recently signed on to be a part of the tech giant's movement. The Billy Graham Evangelical Association announced last month that a new daily, one-year reading plan based on Graham's sermons and writings would be made available through the YouVersion Bible App.