Strengthening the power of your prayer chain through SMS is not only possible—it’s simple.
Reach your parishioners with the gospel no matter how far they are from your church. Share updates with your congregation and bring your community closer together, all through the power of prayer.
In just a few steps we can show you some easy ways to automate your prayer chains as well as some sample messages perfect to get your text chain going.
In our Text Marketing 2020 Report, we found key insights that explain why texting can be such an effective tool for an activity like a prayer chain.
Some general industry insights also show us that 98% of text messages are read, compared to just 22% of emails.
For messages as intimate and urgent as prayer requests, you want a delivery system that nearly guarantees your messages will be heard and acted on.
There are two primary ways you can invite parishioners to join your text chain.
Does your church have a website? If so, you can put a customizable web form on your homepage for visitors to enter their phone numbers.
Once they’re signed up, they’re able to receive all your important updates as well as text in their individual prayer requests!
You could also utilize a mobile sign-up widget to easily turn mobile site visitors into subscribers. Design and customize your graphic in a few simple steps, add the code onto your website, and presto! You’re ready to start capturing numbers.
You can also invite your parish to join your text chain by keyword. A keyword is a short word or phrase that, when texted in to a number or short code, signs you up to receive messages.
In the photo above for example, “PRAY” is the keyword being texted in to the short code 94090.
You can share your keyword on your website, social media, across newsletters and weekly bulletins. Even your pastor can announce it at the end of each mass encouraging people to pull out their phones and text it in, something you don’t get to do at just any old church!
Your prayer texts can do everything. From sharing community needs to community news. Here are a few sample church announcements to get you started.
1. As many of you know, Pastor Lawrence is ill and in need of our support. Please keep him in you and your family’s prayers.
3. Thank you all for the prayer requests you’ve sent in. Know we are praying for you all and holding you close to our hearts.
6. First communion is next weekend. Please pray for the boys and girls receiving the sacrament.
7. Merry Christmas, have a blessed holiday. Love, your St.Bishop family.
If you plan to send prayer chain texts on a regular basis, you can automate your messages to save you and your team time.
For example, you can schedule messages so they’ll send on the exact time and date you need them to.
You could also utilize autoresponders—a series of automatic messages that each member receives after subscribing to your list—to send drip campaigns.
These campaigns can ask subscribers what type of messages they want to receive from your church, how many times a week they want to pray, what they’d like to pray for, how they want to get involved with the church, and more.