The highlight of the youth ministry year is often that week everyone gets on a bus to go sleep in a cabin, play lots of games, and learn more about what it means to follow Jesus as a teenager. Lives are changed forever at youth camp.
Text-TO-Church TM is a new User Interface concept. It combines texting ideas that have been the domain of specialty platforms, with the functionality of a full church management system. For over a decade people have been able to send a text to donate to an online giving platform. In recent years applications were developed to text to register for something like an event or a content drip. With Text-TO-Church, all the functionality of your church database is now just a text away. Here's the list of current features that fit under the Text-TO-Church concept. Click the link for a more complete explanation of each one. The Text-To-Church Innovation post was written to help you actually experience everything except Text-to-ME which wasn't done at that time.
I have done several blog posts the past 4 months related to texting. The response has been incredible. We are excited to see this innovation engage guests, regular attenders, members and staff in a new, extremely relevant way. The more we have worked with it, the more we realize the potential of texting as a tool for simple and user-specific interface with your Churchteams database.
*Okay, yes, I did make up the phrase "Text-TO-Church".
Receiving a text FROM a church is nothing new. Lots of churches use text to send updates, news and reminders. This feature has been part of Churchteams for a number of years.
So, we're talking about text to register a couple of weeks ago. James throws out the idea of using texting to take worship attendance. This is an age-old question that churches ask us about all the time. We discuss it more, and Mark realizes it's something he can easily add. A day later and it's done.
Most churches have data scattered among several software applications. This came about because in the past twenty years innovative programmers have developed applications that helped churches in ways that their old ChMS couldn't.
If I were a pastor writing to my congregation about texting to give. Here's the blog post, email and/or newsletter article I would write. Maybe it will give you some ideas or use it as it is, just change the phone number.