Text messaging for church notifications is a bulk messaging service that uses SMS technology to reach parishioners quickly and efficiently. Sending church notifications by SMS means that all your parishioners receive your message at the same time, regardless of whether they have an older model cellphone or the latest Internet-enabled smartphone.
One of the major benefits of text messaging for church notifications is that it cuts through the noise of the busy communications highway. It delivers messages via a channel of communication already used by your congregation to connect with each other and, rather than being invasive, brings the church into your members´ conversation.
How Sending Church Notifications by SMS Works
Text messaging for church notifications as a means of engaging with congregations is growing in popularity as you do not need any special technical or design skills to use it. In order to send a text message simultaneously to your congregation, you simply contact a bulk texting service provider, who assigns you a login to a bulk texting platform. Once logged into the platform, you -
- Compose your message.
- Upload a list of recipients.
- Click send.
Asking each of your parishioners for their cellphone numbers can be a time-consuming way in which to compile a list of recipients. Consequently, your bulk texting service provider will supply you with a keyword. Then all you have to do is ask your parishioners to text the keyword to a short code number (for example, text “church” to 313131) and the list is compiled automatically.
You can extend your church messaging service by adding “click-to-join” widgets to your website and social media channels. Then, when your database has grown, sort it into groups of opted-in members (students, parents, volunteers, pastors, administrators, etc.) for easier management. In this way, you can send messages to just those parishioners for whom the message is relevant and save on your costs.
Practical Uses of Text Messaging for Church Notifications
The title “text messaging for church notifications” may seem to imply that the service should be used as a substitute for your church newsletter; however, there are many more practical uses for sending church notifications by SMS. The service can be used to request volunteer help for community members in need, to promote outreach projects, or to send last-minute reminders of church events to increase attendance.
Sending church notifications by SMS can foster community engagement as well. Messages of support can be requested via text messaging for church notifications, as requests for prayers. Text messaging for church notifications is also an effective means of engaging with members of your congregation unable to attend church events - the sick, the elderly and those in prison or in the armed forces.
Using MMS for Church Notifications
When sending church notifications by SMS, you can significantly enhance the impact of your message by attaching multimedia (MMS) files. Using MMS for church notifications is especially effective when sending spiritual messages - such as sharing inspirational Bible passages supported by images, videos and audio files. MMS for church notifications is also a valuable way in which to prepare students for their next Bible study class.
You can use the same bulk texting platform as you would for sending church notifications by SMS to send messages by MMS. You simply upload the appropriate multimedia file when composing your plain text message - or replace the plain text message completely with the image, video or audio file. You even have the option with MMS for church notifications to attach a poll to your message to get vital feedback from your congregation on important community matters.
Text Messaging for Church Notifications from EZ Texting
EZ Texting is a bulk texting service provider that offers faith-based organizations access to an easy-to-use bulk texting platform. Our platform supports both plain text messaging and MMS for church notifications, and has several valuable features that can make sending church notifications by SMS even more effective:
- Our bulk texting platform can be accessed from any Internet connected device - even from a smartphone.
- You can compose your messages in advance and schedule them to be sent out at the most effective time.
- Sent messages can be used as templates for future messages - a big time-saving feature if you send similar notifications every week.
- Each message can be automatically personalized with the recipient´s name to increase its impact and encourage engagement.
- Responses to your messages can be monitored through the bulk texting platform or forwarded to your personal mobile device.
With text messaging for church notifications from EZ Texting, you can use multiple keywords to automatically sort your congregation into groups. You can also integrate our software with many different website applications you may already use to help communicate with your congregation. All the support you need is provided by our dedicated team of Client Success Managers.
Try Sending Church Notifications by SMS for Free
If you feel your organization could benefit from text messaging for church notifications, you are invited to contact us and request details about our free trial plans. Our free trial is the ideal way to try text messaging for church notifications with no set-up costs, and no credit card.
To find out more about our free offer, please do not hesitate to contact our team of Client Success Managers. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you have about text messaging for church notifications and guide you through the process of registering for an account. Once online, you will be able to cut through the noise of the busy communications highway so that your messages reach your congregation in the most effective and meaningful way possible.