When you implement a text messaging solution (SMS) in your church to communicate with new and existing parishioners, you are tapping into a powerful form of communication.
Reach out to New Members Right Away
New visitors to your church often want to learn how to become more involved, while active parishioners may want more ways to stay connected. When you use texting to reach your church members, you will also be able to reach your younger parishioners using their favorite medium of communication. Text messages are read quickly, as most people are constantly attached to their phone.
People who feel welcome in a church are more likely to come back again. If you have a visitor who signs up to receive text messages, you can send out an automated welcome message right away to begin engaging in conversation with the potentially new parishioner. You can send a link about other ways to worship at your church, and other messages regarding upcoming events that a new parishioner might enjoy.
Have Guests Sign Up Through Your Guest Book
Most churches display a guest book when you walk in the door, and this is a great place to request new people to signup and receive text message updates regarding your church. In order to send any sort of text messages to the general public, you have to have permission to do so. By having new members sign up, you have permission to send a welcome message. Each of your messages must contain language that explains how to opt-out of receiving any further messages.
Build Community Through Text Messaging
When you have a variety of ministries in your church, you can invite church members to join ministries that are of interest to them. By sending out links to content that describes each ministry, you can give church members the information they want about day-to-day events and activities. In addition, you can set up text groups for ministries, so that you can send out targeted updates to specific ministry members.
Get Help When You Need It
Whether you need office coverage for a few hours, or you have a project that needs to get done quickly, sending out a text to your church members can make finding help easy. Everyone that has signed up to receive text messages will receive the message within a few minutes. That way, you'll be able to get the last minute help that you need to keep your church running smoothly.
Give New Members a Way to Request Information
New members can ask for further information by text, instead of having to call in to the office. This is a less intimidating way to reach out to a new community of people, and will help increase church attendance.
To boost attendance at church services and events, providing ways to communicate is important. When you want to engage with your church members, setting up a text messaging software is one of the most useful forms of communication. Reach people in the way they like to communicate, through text messaging.