Each year the season of Lent is observed by Christians everywhere. From Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, a focus on self-reflection ripples around the world. 40 days of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of Easter.
Most commonly associated with Lent is the practice of giving something up as an act of observance of Jesus’ 40 day sacrifice in the desert. People forgo things like chocolate, social media, alcohol, soda, and other guilty pleasures.
However, an often forgotten Lenten tradition is the act of adding things in to your routine. Things like prayer, charity, or volunteering.
So, how can your house of worship work to encourage parishioners to start incorporating these acts of good and reflection into their 40 day routine?
We’ve got a few ideas.
There are more than 26 billion texts sent each day in the U.S. On average, people of all ages are accustomed to receiving anywhere from 16-128 texts each day. Texting is ingrained into our routines, which makes text messaging for churches the perfect medium for adding a new habit into the lives of your parishioners.
Here are some innovative ways you can get your parish active and interacting during this season of Lent.
Hundreds of churches around the country are already using SMS to connect with their parishioners. To learn a little more about how churches utilize text marketing, check out our industry guide for religious organizations.
To give you the spark notes version of the guide, texting has become a valuable tool for churches across the country for several reasons. First and foremost, it’s a helpful tool to keep your congregation engaged in a time where distractions (especially ones on their cell phones) compete for their attention. It’s also a popular place to reach teens and young adults, a notoriously difficult group to reach with religion. In addition, it’s a way for folks to take the word of God with them out of the church (literally) in their pockets. Keep your congregation engaged outside of just the Sabbath.
Outside of the holiday season, there are some other bread and butter situations for SMS and religion. Some of the most popular include:
You can also check out some success stories from some of our magnificent partners who are spreading the world through text each day!
Interested in learning more about getting your religious organization text enabled? Reach out to us 7 days a week with your questions, or sign up for a free trial! We would love to help you spread the word and engage your community as you grow in faith together.
Amarillo Fellowship found an easy way to encourage and inspire their congregation—just send texts! Learn how they built their list, and how they're texting church members.Read