Group text messaging for churches enables faith-based organizations to connect with groups of members within their congregations - or their entire congregations - quickly and effectively. By sending one bulk message to the group simultaneously, a church group text messaging service eliminates the need for unreliable phone calling trees or other, comparatively unresponsive, forms of electronic communication.
A church group text messaging service also has broader reach than other forms of electronic communication. This is due to older-model cellphones - as well as Internet-enabled smartphones - being able to receive SMS text messages. It is also significant that text messaging is the preferred method of communication for most people - including the youth of your parish.
How a Church Group Text Messaging Service Works
In order to operate a system of group text messaging for churches, you will need to open an account with a text messaging service provider. The service provider will assign you a username and password that will give you access to their online texting platform. Once logged into the platform, you compose your message, enter a list of recipients and click send. It is that simple.
Your list of recipients can only consist of members of your congregation that have opted into the church group text messaging service. The easiest way to encourage your members to opt in is via a keyword that they text from their mobile devices to a short code (for example, text “church” to 313131). The service provider can supply you with a keyword and a short code.
Once your list of opted in members is compiled, you can sort your members into groups for easier management. You could, for example, have groups of volunteers, students, parents, administrators and pastors. By sorting your members into groups, your members only receive the messages that are relevant to them; although you can send one message to all your groups for general announcements.
Examples of When to Use Group Text Messaging for Churches
There are dozens of uses for group text messaging for churches. We have listed a few examples below, but undoubtedly you will find many more once you start using the church group text messaging service.
- You can use a group text messaging service for churches to remind youth members of an upcoming event, outing or meeting.
- The church group text messaging service can be used to request assistance from volunteers for a community member in need.
- Administrators or pastors (in fact any group) can be advised of last-minute cancellations or venue changes with group text messaging for churches.
Group text messaging for churches does not only require functional uses. You can use a church group text messaging service to request prayers for the recently departed, solicit donations for charitable causes or share inspirational Bible passages. Whenever you use a church group text messaging service to communicate with your congregation, you are fostering community engagement and the relationships that will help solidify the future of your congregation.
How Group MMS Messaging for Churches Helps Increase Impact
Group MMS messaging for churches helps to increase the impact of your messages by giving you the option of attaching multimedia (MMS) files to your text. Multimedia files can consist of images, audio or video that help to communicate your message with greater impact. Group MMS messaging for churches is a particularly powerful tool for reinforcing teachings from the previous week´s service or preparing the congregation for the following week´s lessons.
Using group MMS messaging for churches is no more complicated than using the plain text SMS service. It can be used for conducting surveys among your congregation, increasing engagement, and gaining valuable feedback from your church´s members. It is also a form of communication that resonates with youth members of your parish - a group of your members that can be difficult to attract and retain, but that will become your adult congregation in the future.
Group Text Messaging for Churches from EZ Texting
EZ Texting´s church group text messaging service provides all the tools you need to communicate, engage and develop relationships with your church´s members. Our versatile online texting platform supports both group text messaging for churches and group MMS messaging for churches and includes a number of features that will help make connecting with your congregation easier and more effective.
With EZ Texting´s church group text messaging service, you can:
- Access the online texting platform from any location that has Internet service.
- Automatically personalize your group text messages with the recipients’ names.
- Schedule your group text messages in advance so they are sent at a time of maximum impact.
With group text messaging for churches from EZ Texting, you can also monitor the success of your campaigns through our online texting platform. The platform displays when messages are opened and read, and receives responses. If you have a busy ministry to attend to, you can also have the responses forwarded to your personal mobile device.
Try our Church Group Text Messaging Service for Free
If you feel that a system of quick and effective group communication would benefit your faith-based organization, you are invited to try our church group text messaging service for free. To find out more about this offer, simply call our team of Client Success Managers and ask for more details about our “Free and EZ” texting plan.
Our Customer Success Managers will explain the “Free and EZ” texting plan to you and happily answer any questions you have about group text messaging for churches. They will be able to guide you through setting up your online account and provide you with a keyword and short code so you can start building your list of recipients and communicating with your congregation today.