With text messaging, your congregants are contacted wherever they are. There’s an immediacy -- and intimacy -- to text messaging that other channels simply don’t have. And when it comes to faith-based outreach, these traits are ideal. Encourage your parishioners to sign up for daily or weekly inspirational messages or scripture quotes. Share urgent information -- event cancellations, last-minute venue changes, or a sudden need for volunteers -- quickly and reliably. Has a road closure blocked one of the primary routes to church? Send a text recommending an alternative -- you’ll reach people en route, save them time and frustration, and improve the likelihood they’ll arrive at your service.
Trying to connect with parish youth? Average daily screen time for 18-24 year-olds is an astonishing ten hours. SMS is the means by which this demographic communicates; if you want your messaging to resonate with them, try reaching out on their terms. You’ll be amazed at the response.
The EZ Texting platform allows you to log in from anywhere, and on any device -- you just need an internet connection. And it’s truly easy: select your opted-in contacts, compose your message, and send. It is important to have consent before you send any messages, and there are several easy ways to obtain it. For example, why not have greeters with tablets welcoming congregants to your services and encouraging them to sign up on the spot? It’s a warm and friendly way to welcome people to the program.