A text message service for churches is an ideal tool for extending a faith-based organization´s reach into the community. More personal than magazine or billboard advertising, more immediate than email, and more noticeable than social media, a text messaging service for churches delivers your message to your congregants wherever they are, whatever they are doing.
It is also worth considering that many young people now choose to use their mobile devices as their primary vehicle for communicating. By leveraging this vehicle of communication, faith-based organizations can maintain contact with the youth in their community, develop relationships, and ensure the future of their congregation.
One significant advantage of SMS text messaging over other forms of mobile communication is that you do not need the latest Internet-enabled smartphone to receive an SMS text message. Every opted-in member of your church can receive your text communications - regardless of whether their mobile device is Internet-enabled or an older-model cellphone.
How a Text Message Service for Churches Works
A further advantage of SMS text messaging is the ease with which messages can be sent using a text message service for churches. In order to start messaging your members, all you need is access to a text messaging platform - typically an online portal that you sign into with a username and password assigned by your service provider.
Once signed in, the process involves composing your text message, uploading a list of recipients and clicking send. You do not need to send every message to every member of your community. A text message service for churches allows you to create different groups of members. You can select which group(s) your message will be relevant to, and simply send to just that group (volunteers, students, parents, etc.).
There are various ways you can expand your groups of recipients. A simple call to action at the end of a church service, or an item in your church’s newsletter (i.e. text “Join” to 313131) often encourages church members to opt in. Faith-based organizations that have a website or use social media channels can also expand their groups of recipients via their online activities.
Using an MMS Message Service for Churches
Using a multimedia (MMS) messaging service for churches can have a considerable impact on the level of engagement your messages attract. Messages comprised of images, video and audio files tend to have more influence than plain text messages, and an MMS message service for churches can be more effective in increasing church attendances, encouraging donations for a worthy cause, or promoting volunteer opportunities.
With an MMS message service for churches, it is also possible to attach polls to your messages. The polls should have between two and five predetermined answers and could be asking anything from “where would you like to go on the next youth group outing?” to “what reading would you like to hear at next week´s service?” Text messages with polls tend to increase the rate of engagement according to research conducted for the retail industry.
Finally, an MMS message service for churches also enables faith-based organizations to extend their spiritual reach. Bible passages, prayer requests, messages of support and consolation can be sent and received quickly and inexpensively using an MMS message service for churches - a service that can also be used to prepare children for their next Bible study class or members of the congregation for the following week´s sermon.
EZ Texting´s Text Message Service for Churches
EZ Texting provides a text messaging service for churches through its versatile text messaging platform that supports both plain text messaging and MMS messaging. The platform has multiple features that are simple to use, but that can elevate the effectiveness of your text messages to encourage engagement from your members. These features include:
- The ability to schedule messages for a time when they will generate maximum response.
- The ability to automatically personalize text messages with the recipient´s name.
- The ability to track your messages so you can observe spikes in engagement and responses.
- The ability to save sent messages as templates for re-use in the future.
- The ability to access the platform from any Internet-connected device so that you can compose and send/schedule text messages on the go.
We offer full technical support, plus tips and advice on how to extend your organization´s reach within the community and effectively engage your members. We also offer online tools so that visitors to your website and those who follow you through social media can opt in to receive your text messages. One of the best text message services for churches we provide is our “Free and EZ” texting plan.
As the name would suggest, our “Free and EZ” texting plan is both free and easy. There are no contracts to sign, no payments to make and no obligation to subscribe to a higher level of service. All you need to do to take advantage of this offer is to call our friendly team of Client Success Managers for an explanation of what is involved in our plan.
Our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our text message service for churches and will guide you through setting up your account and sending out test text messages. Call us today, and you could be extending your reach within your community within minutes and engaging with your members more effectively than ever before.