YouVersion Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback
YouVersion is an online and mobile Bible platform published for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and many other operating systems; it also supports a variety of other platforms.
Rae Hodge for CNet mentioned the problems with YouVersion, "YouVersion Bible is notorious for privacy violations and dangerous data collection. Yet, here it is: still seated firmly in the Play Store, racking up over 100 million installs with a whopping 22 permission requests."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at Life.Church full-time for less than a year Cons: life church is a 'church' without the 'spirit' of a church. a lot of people there do seem very fake. if feels very like a corporation, and probably is, without the leaders stating that profits are the main goal. most of the positive reviews here do sound exactly the same. this is because people are being told to write them, and also told what to say ex. 'I am part of a great mission'. - those phrases can be heard during various employee meetings, where people are 'motivated' accordingly as well but once you have some 1:1 conversations with various employees, you can hear things which do not sound as great, and people do seriously struggle, which causes further confusion in their minds. it does appear that most employees drink the corporate cool-aid, but somewhere internally don't really believe it, hence the struggle many people have there. 'the greatest mission and place to work for in the entire world' - but once you spend couple days in the organization, you start wondering if this is the case, why everybody's heads are down and people do look depressed. you are made to believe that you are on a great mission for God, but the reality is, your mission is to fulfill the CEO's goals and vision, which is to 'grow', 'grow', 'grow',. this growth however does not produce anything but numbers, and there do not seem to be any true transformations or life changes, in fact it is difficult to see a difference between people in 'church' and outside in the world. Pride is another huge problem in this place and it appears that everybody lost his sense of critical thinking (definition of a cult/sect) also, the company prides itself in amazing benefits and pay, but unless you come from some minimum wage job, those are very mediocre at best. there is absolutely no space for individualism at this place, you either drink the cool-aid or you are out. lastly there is an absolute lack of any kind of diversity, everybody looks and speaks the same. it appears that LC is preying on young and in-experienced people, which can be shaped and molded to drink the corporate cool-aid, without asking too many difficult questions. do yourself a favor and skip on this place, and you can avoid disappointment years down the road."
Former Employee - Associate Youth Pastor says"I worked at Life.Church full-time for more than a year Cons: Where do I begin?... I think the thing that makes me most sad when I look back on my time at Life.Church is that I didn't actually receive development opportunities like the culture there SO prides itself in creating. Their idea of development for me was "Do better. Recruit more people." And when that didn't happen, the conversation basically led to, "What's wrong with you?" Instead of embracing the gifts that I know my leadership saw in me, they criticized me and had no clue what to do with me. I still struggle most days because of being brainwashed for 2 years of my life that "This is the best place to work in the world." How do you think it felt with that firmly planted in me to essentially be told, "God must be calling you somewhere other than the best place to work in the world.""
Former Employee - Worship Pastor says"I worked at Life.Church full-time for more than a year Cons: You are expendable with 50 people behind you. Don't complain, or you'll be out. Trust me. Plus, one day off a week. It becomes your life."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at Life.Church full-time Cons: Wow where to start. The standards to be in ministry here are all over the place. I struggled to see a clear difference in non-believers and LC staff leaders that party, gossip, steal, and post half-naked pictures on social media sites. If you are in the right crowd or have a spouse on staff, you can do whatever you like though. There are contradictions left and right. Staff do not value you other than what you can do for them. It's a disappointing representation of working for a church. There are sex jokes made in the office all the time and this is considered funny and okay. Good luck having a personal life while working every weekend and several weekday evenings. This place is burn out central in all aspects. Sad sad sad."
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I have been working at Life.Church full-time Cons: Unprofessional, no standards, no accountability, no processes or procedures, poor management structure or involvement."
Former Employee - None of Your Business says"I worked at Life.Church full-time for less than a year Cons: Gets a little boring at times"
Former Employee - Network Administrator says"I worked at Life.Church full-time Cons: Benefits do not match expectations"
Former Employee - Project Coordinator says"I worked at Life.Church full-time Cons: If you don’t drink the cool-aide, it will be an uphill battle."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at Life.Church full-time for more than a year Cons: Very little accountability for those in power Culture is largely based on “superiority mindset” Every person I was hired with stepped off the team within a year There is a lot of talk about culture - however, in my experience the culture for employees at the bottom of the totem pole was quite different than what leadership at the top advertised."
Former Employee - Pastor says"I worked at Life.Church full-time for more than 8 years Cons: Life.Church was an amazing company to work for... when I started 10 years ago. From my honest experience over the years, the bigger the church got, the less you were able to be a pastor, and the more you were just an employee expected to meet expectations and hit your metrics. The more responsibility you were handed, the more the “pastor” title was blurred. When I started at LC, I was living out a calling in my life. The church was small, the focus was on people, and everyone had the same incredible energy. God was moving through me and I truly felt like I was making a difference, but somewhere along the way, upper-leadership, on the campus level and central level, shifted away from the people of the church and instead focused on the excellence of the experience and the numbers. They’d never admit that, but it’s 100% true. I didn’t even notice this shift until I was in a high level leadership role. I took an honest look at the church and came to this realization. When I tried focusing on the people of the church and listening to what my employees, my team’s volunteers, and our attenders needed, I didn’t get any encouragement from my management, and instead my ideas got shut down by higher-ups for more “numbers-driven” goals. This happened more than once, publicly (in front of other pastors in my role) and privately (in one-on-one conversations with my management). Eventually it got to a point where my job was no longer being a pastor, and instead my job was managing my employees as well as my team’s unpaid volunteer leaders while also being delegated several of my boss’ responsibilities, which never included being able to step up and simply pastor people. The burnout began to sink in, because I was no longer doing what I was called to. I lost all passion for the church and my role, and I knew it was time to leave. LC took care of me during my transition out, but to my surprise, I never heard from anyone once I left. All of my so-called “friends and family” I met and grew close to while there never reached out to me. Even after reaching out a couple times to old coworkers asking to get lunch or coffee, I was blown off. There was one time when an old coworker agreed to hang out and they literally didn’t show up and I didn’t hear from them. Pity. Unfortunately, I am now looking for a different church and I don’t recommend people apply for a job at LC. It used to be a fantastic company to work for. But unfortunately it no longer is. Some other cons are no work/life balance. If you work on a campus, you’re underpaid and overworked with one day off a week. Starting entry level salaries are around $30,000. You’re guaranteed to work 50+ hours a week."
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Swarajya reports"Sex Offender Uses ‘YouVersion’ Bible Smartphone App To Befriend Teenage Girls Of Christian Youth Group, Arrested"
Gizmodo UK reports"Registered Sex Offender Arrested for Allegedly Soliciting Teens on a Bible App"
myfox8.com reports"Sex offender arrested after using the Bible App to target teen girls at church"
WFLA reports"Tampa man, registered sex offender accused of using Bible app to befriend youth group girls"