Text Messaging for Churches

Churches and Text Messaging

Churches

It might not seem like a match made in heaven–after all, more than a few youngsters have been caught fiddling with their phones during a service. Yet, it’s important to realize how this modern technology can help your faith community overcome common challenges.
Ministries and religious organizations of all kind face the same challenges:

  • Keeping your congregation connected in today’s world of digital distractions and information-overload.
  • Connecting with the youth, teens, and young adults of your community.
  • Making your message meaningful the whole week long—not just the Sabbath.

Text messaging, powered by SimpleTexting, helps your religious organization address each of these issues with ease.

How Your Church Can Use Text Messages

Wondering what a church could possibly use text messages for? Here are just a few ways to use texts, complete with explanations and examples.

Send daily Bible quotes straight to your member’s mobile phones

Text scriptural quotes relevant to that week’s sermon and keep congregants inspired all week long.
“ “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24”

Alert members instantly about schedule changes

Need to cancel Sunday school due to dangerous weather? Send out text alerts to reach the multitude in minutes.
“Sadly, Sunday school classes have been canceled this week due to the snow emergency. Stay safe and warm!”

Notify parishioners of upcoming events

Want to ensure your social events are well attended? Remind members that day with automatic texts.
“Reminder that First Church’s annual Ice Cream Social is this afternoon starting at 4pm!”

Reach your youth by speaking their language

Did you know? Among 15-24 year olds, text messaging is by far the most frequently used channel for personal written communication.
“Reminder that our Youth Group meets today after school at 4:30. Feel free to bring a friend!”

Get feedback from your community

Have an idea and want the input of your entire congregation? Send a text, ask for feedback, and reap the responses.
“Have any suggestions for the children’s next field trip? Let us know! Just respond to this text”

You can probably think of even more reasons to message your members! Wish them happy birthday, run a contest, or share a prayer. There’s no limit to what you can send.

How It Works

With text messaging, or SMS (Short Message Service), solutions, it’s easy to contact your members instantly.

But before you can start texting, you need the cell phone numbers and the permission of your members.
Sound complicated? It’s Simple!

All you need is a keyword and our shortcode. Once you’ve reserved a keyword on SimpleTexting.com,  instruct your congregation to text your designated keyword (say, “1STCHURCH” or “BETHSHALOM”) to 555888. To be compliant it’s also important to add the following text wherever you advertise your keyword “Standard message and data rates may apply.”

That’s all it takes to gather their number and consent. They’ll automatically be subscribed to your text messages—it’s really that simple!

You can also manually import your contacts if you have them stored in a spreadsheet. Easy.

Spreading the Word

But what’s the best way to tell your members about your new text services? Here we share some effective ideas to get the word out.

How, where, and when you promote your text messages may be best dictated by how you plan to use them. We’ve broken down how to get the most subscribers by use.

Scriptural Quotes

Sending daily bible quotes is a great way to keep your community inspired the whole week through—not just the Sabbath. Consider using quotes related to the theme of a upcoming or recent sermon to encourage reflection.

Announce it from the pulpit

Advise your congregation that they can receive daily bible quotes relating to the week’s topic at the beginning or end of a sermon. It’s a tremendous way to extend your message’s reach throughout the week.

Event Reminders and Schedule Changes

Timely texts about schedule changes or event reminders means no one will be left in the dark. Ensure all your events get the best attendance possible by promoting this convenient text service.

For best results, integrate simple instructions (e.g. “Text ‘1STCHURCH’ to 555888 to receive event reminders by text message”) any place you’re advertising upcoming events. Here are just a few places a notice might be most effective:

  • Bulletin Board
  • Community Calendar
  • Newsletters, Emails, and Website

Updates on Charitable Efforts

Text messages are an excellent way to inform your members about on-going philanthropic missions and programs. Keeping the whole community actively involved in your progress is sure to encourage more donations and volunteers!

The best time to let the community know about this service is any time people are giving donations. The service will let people know where the money is going and inspire more members to give more. Here are a few ways to get the word out:

  • Announce about the texts during collection times
  • Place a tasteful sign on the donation box with easy instructions
  • Integrate instructions into any written requests for donations

Follow these simple steps and you’ll texting in no time!

Free to Start

If you’re ready to give text marketing a try, we encourage you to sign up for a free trial account with us.

You’ll get 50 messages plus your own custom keyword.

And yes, it’s really free. No credit card, no contract, just free.

When you’re ready to upgrade to a paid account, just change your billing plan from the dashboard. Simple!