Client Spotlight: Northstar Church

“Northstar began in 1997 with the hope and dream of being a church for people who didn’t know they wanted to go to church yet.” —Mike Linch, Senior Pastor 

In 2016, nineteen years after they first opened their doors, Northstar Church set out to transform their finances and launched an ambitious campaign to pay off $6.8 million of debt. Just two years later, they reduced their debt to $0, and they’re now putting those resources back into the community by giving away $30,000 per month toward kingdom impact. 

Northstar is located just 30 minutes outside of Atlanta, Georgia between the two cities of Acworth and Kennesaw. The church is situated between the two towns, and has congregants in both with an average weekly attendance of 2,500.

In 2012, Lead Pastor Mike Linch gathered together 30 members and leaders within the church community and asked them to choose from three options to help grow and advance the church: pay off debt, take out additional loans, or stay where the church was at. All 30 members voted to pay off debt, and from that moment the “Bold” campaign was born. 

“We looked at debt and said, you know what, we can keep living with it. We were servicing it out of our budget—at $46,000 a month—but we just asked, what could we do with that money if our debt was paid? So we called the campaign “Bold,” and the goal was to attack that debt. To let people not just know that we want to get rid of debt, but what could we do when the debt was gone.” —Mike Linch

To reach their goal, they knew they would need to make some changes. One of the first steps to move towards paying off the debt was to find a fully integrated giving solution that supported their congregation toward greater generosity. They chose Subsplash for its fully functioning integration and ease of use. 

“The greatest benefit of Subsplash Giving is the ease of integration to a platform that we were already using and had seen be successful. Plus, the integration into our custom Subsplash app allowed our congregants to have it in their hand, which was probably the biggest reason it has been so successful.” —Jeremy Thompson, Art Director

Since switching to Subsplash Giving, Northstar has seen an increase in consistent tithing, continuing even after the initial debt campaign was complete. After paying off every dollar of  debt, “Bold” became “BeBold”, which focused on taking those resources and pouring them back into their community. Now, they give away $30,000 every month to charities, businesses, and individuals in their area.

“It’s been so fun watching BeBold because the generosity of our church has gone through the roof! When their gift puts a smile on someone’s face it takes giving to another level.” —Mike Linch

We loved visiting our friends at Northstar Church and hearing their story. To find out more about Northstar Church, you can download their app or visit their website. To learn more about how your church can experience these same results, contact us today at 206-965-8090 or let’s chat!





We’re celebrating 14 years!

Subsplash was founded on August 2, 2005 and today marks our 14th anniversary! It’s been an incredible journey over the last decade-plus, as we’ve grown to serve over 10,000 organizations and delight millions of end users around the world on the Subsplash Platform. We’re passionate about our vision to Equip Every Church with best-in-class technology to Fuel their Mission™, expand their reach, and make the truth of Jesus incredibly accessible. 

Want to learn more about Subsplash’s history over the last 14 years? Check out this video and the timeline below! 

 
 

 

The Subsplash Story

2005 - Subsplash was founded by Tim and Kristy Turner and began as a design and software consulting company creating enterprise software for world-class brands like XBOX, Microsoft, Samsung, Expedia, and Cisco. 

2008 - Began developing apps for iPhone before the App Store was created. 

2009 - Created the first-ever church app. Subsplash’s iPhone app received significant attention in the press and was downloaded over 10,000 times in the first week. Launching even before Netflix or Hulu developed iPhone apps, it featured a massive collection of video and audio streaming.

2010 - Launched and created the first Android church app, and also launched for iPad.

2011 - Developed the Luminance app, which was nominated as Apple’s App of the Week with over 2 million downloads.

2015 - Developed the very first church apps for Apple TV which were live on day-1 of the Apple TV App Store launch. 

2016 - Launched Subsplash Giving and GrowCurve™.

2017 - Announced The Church App, an app helping churches and ministries expand their reach and be more discoverable than ever before.

2018 - Introduced SnapPages, GeoEngage™, and Roku TV Apps

2018 - Opened second office in Wenatchee, WA.

2018 - Awarded Washington’s Top 100 Best Places to Work by the Puget Sound Business Journal (PSBJ).

2019 - Awarded Washington’s Top 100 Best Places to Work by the Puget Sound Business Journal (PSBJ) for the second consecutive year.

2019 - Awarded Seattle Business Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Today we’re serving over 10,000 churches, ministries, and businesses around the world with a team of over 100 smart, fun, laser-focused people. We can’t wait for the years to come and the impact we’ll continue to make.

The Subsplash 2019 Keynote is here!

A lot of incredible things have been happening at Subsplash! We’ve released websites with SnapPages™, rolled out targeted Push Notifications with GeoEngage™,  taken Subsplash Giving to the next level, and so much more.

We can’t wait to share with you all the products and features we’ve rolled out over the last year, in addition to the heart behind our mission. We’re excited about continuing to take digital engagement to the next level and supporting your ministry as you make the truth of Jesus incredibly accessible, make more and better disciples, and build community.

In our 2019 Keynote, you’ll hear from a handful of our team members as they share what we've been up to in the last 12 months. We have lots of exciting news, including highlights from 2018, first-hand accounts from our clients, and an inside perspective from our founder and CEO, Tim Turner.

With new and innovative tools to support your ministry just around the corner, our team can’t wait to share everything that will be coming in 2019 to the Subsplash Platform. If you’re currently using the Subsplash Platform to maximize engagement and want to know more about what’s coming in 2019, reach out to your Client Success Manager. If you’re not yet utilizing the Subsplash Platform and want to learn more, one of our ministry-minded experts would love to talk with you. Let’s chat!


Be inspired! Mobile content we loved in 2018

Behind the scenes at Subsplash, our team gets a front row seat to incredible content made by our clients for their apps, websites, podcasts, giving campaigns, and more. Countless hours, pixels, and bytes—all of them created to impact communities around the world.

Your content inspires us, encourages us, gets us through traffic, takes us deep into God’s word, and gives us joy as we serve the Church with great technology. We love seeing the content you create, and how you use the tools on the Subsplash Platform to engage your audience.

Looking back on 2018, here are just a handful of apps that we love—and you will too!

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Bethel

“I’m constantly encouraged by the sermons I listen to on the Bethel app. They publish an enormous volume of media with incredible variety, and I love hearing from so many teachers and pastors!” —Gretchen, Talent Acquisition Specialist

Learn more about Media

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Fresh Life

“I love that Fresh Life updates their app regularly so that it always looks current and keeps returning users engaged. They know the impact their Subsplash app has in their church community and in the lives of people that use them, so they’re continually working to leverage our platform well.” —Josh, Client Success Manager

Learn more about Apps

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Northstar

“I always refer to NorthStar when another ministry is looking for inspiration. Their app is designed so well, with a timeless look that’s also easy to use. That’s a tough line to walk but they do it with excellence.” —Manny, Client Success Manager

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Christ the King

“My hometown church, Christ the King has a great app that allows me to stay in touch even after moving away. I really enjoy that they upload their weekly sermons, because it allows me to listen to teachings from Pastor Grant during my commute.” —Brian, Sales Manager

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The Summit Church

“I’ve loved learning about The Summit Church’s heart to plant churches across the globe. It’s inspiring to see how they’re getting people connected locally and encouraging growth as disciples of Jesus. Their app also includes some original worship music, which I personally enjoy!” —Tayla, Client Success Manager

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RIVERBEND

“At first I was drawn into this app by its beautiful design: the graphics, color palette, and typography. It’s so visually appealing and engaging. I also enjoy the music and live performance videos. The entire app is truly an audio-video feast!” —Chuwei, Front-End Engineer

Learn more about Custom App Layouts

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Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS)

“FOCUS hosts conferences every year with phenomenal speakers, and they upload all of the talks to their app. Whether the topic is theology, scripture, or faith in modern culture, I’ll often listen while working or running errands. They also have a robust set of Bible studies and discipleship resources!” —Clare, Accountant

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Anthem Ventura

“I love the app for Anthem Ventura because it strikes a great balance between encouraging members of their church and reaching out to people beyond its four walls. There are opportunities for newcomers to learn more, as well as for members to engage with easy access to classes, events, and service teams. Plus the graphics throughout the app are stellar!” —Madi, Ministry Consultant

Download a few of these apps today to get inspiring content and some new ideas for your own mobile strategy. If you want to learn more about custom apps and The Ultimate Engagement Platform™, let’s chat!

That’s a wrap! Looking back on 2018

As we tie a bow on 2018 and head into the new year, we’re reflecting on all the incredible things these past 12 months have brought.

And what a full year it's been! From opening a new office in Wenatchee, WA to launching dozens of new products and features on the Subsplash Platform, we've been hard at work to serve the 9,000+ churches, ministries, and businesses we have the honor of partnering with.

Not to mention we nearly doubled our team in size, welcomed 11 Subsplash babies into the world, won the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Best Workplaces Award, and our team consumed 625 pounds of coffee!

Here are few more highlights from 2018:

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SnapPages™

Oh, snap! In 2018 websites joined the Subsplash Platform! We are so excited and encouraged by the increased engagement that has been made possible through SnapPages. Since we launched SnapPages a few months ago, we have seen hundreds of churches and businesses maximize the power of the Subsplash Platform by building their website on SnapPages, and we can’t wait to see the continued engagement this brings into the new year!

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Roku TV Apps

By adding Roku TV Apps to the Subsplash Platform, meeting your community where they are at as has never been easier than it’s been in 2018. We’ve loved hearing about how Subsplash TV Apps have made week long engagement possible for your communities! Since we launched Roku TV Apps this year reaching people with gospel-centered content all week long, in their homes, is now possible.

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GeoEngage™

GeoEngage creates the ability to send location-based push notifications as well as complement person-to-person interactions that help connect your community right where they are. We are on a mission to help bridge the divide between digital and real-life communication, and are making this possible through world-class technology like GeoEngage.


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That’s not all!

We couldn’t stop there! We’re continually striving towards creating products that real people can use. In 2018 we also released new Custom App Layouts, Media Search (for apps and web), new ChMS integrations with Planning Center Giving and Rock RMS, App Promo and Events Web Integrations, improvements to Subsplash Giving, Fill in Notes, and so much more!

Stay Humble. Work Hard. Make Waves.

Our team worked hard in 2018 to fulfill our company mission and release incredible new enhancements to the Subsplash Platform, plus we've had a blast doing it! Over the last year our team each took on average 100  of hours of paid vacation (work hard, play hard), we opened a new office located in Wenatchee, WA, and all new team members (and there were a lot of them) participated in our annual “challenge course” day, which consisted of team-building activities designed to develop the way we communicate, plan, and implement new ideas at our offices. In addition, we were able to promote 43% of our employees to reach more goals within their career path. As we strived to delight our employees and clients, we were awarded the Puget Sound Business Journal Best Workplaces Award, and made multiple appearances on the GeekWire 200 list. 2018 was a year full of working hard, staying humble, and innovating to make even more waves. We couldn't have asked for a better team or year!

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That’s a wrap!

As we ring in the new year and reflect on the delight that was delivered to millions of people around the world, we have so much to be thankful for! All of this and more was possible because of you, our clients, and the work your ministry does to make the truth of Jesus incredibly accessible. We are honored to work alongside you, and we love hearing how Subsplash is helping you reach more people and increase engagement within your community. We can’t wait to share what 2019 holds, and we wish you the happiest of New Year!