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.
- Stewardship grows. Convenience and consistency increase giving.
- Seamlessly integrated. Contributions automatically post to donor's giving record.
- Save money. On monthly access and per transaction fees.
- State of the art simple.
- Service you know and trust.
A few years ago, we heard about and met a company that had introduced giving by text overseas and were bringing it to the United States. At first, I was skeptical. We've been doing this long enough to know that not every new thing is an improvement. Adoption is more important in the long run than innovation. We decided to watch, listen and learn. We became convinced in late 2015 and began building our own, integrated, version of text-to-give in mid and late 2016. Last week we rolled it out. Here is how we became convinced.