Perrysburg First United Methodist Church is “here to serve, not to be served”. They serve a long list of local, national and international missions that support adults, youth, and children. Successfully running all these important missions depends on communication: people need to know what’s on offer as well as where to be, what to do,...
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If you are already using texting, then you are probably already doing these 3 things. If you are new to using texting, here are the top 3 activities most churches...
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Many pastors, church leaders and ministers face the same problem: how to quickly communicate important information to your entire congregation. In the past, there were easy, straightforward solutions. You could send something in the mail, hand out a note at church, or call people. There was a time when writing a letter was the easiest way to communicate with family and friends all over the world. Then, the computer was developed, and a while after that, the World Wide Web (Internet) sprang into existence. This combination enabled email. Email was...
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You’ve most likely heard A LOT about including text messaging as part of a church communications plan. Some of what you’ve heard is in favor of including texting and some...
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We share your communication challenges. Having been a church communicator, I’ve been there, trying to make contact, whether it’s a first-time chat with guests or sending relevant information to existing members. We have seen that the best communication strategy is to have a variety of options which can be suited to your audience. So, paper (for those non-digitals), emails (for those digital but not really into their mobile phones), and text messaging (for the younger, digital natives). In the right audience, the text messaging option gives the best results and...
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Scott and Julie Lorino have been leaders in children's ministry since 2001. They have served as Adventurers club leaders, both at their home congregation of Houston Central Seventh-day Adventist Church and...
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Over the past decade, United Baptist Church (UBC) in Hempstead, NY has been developing a digital communication strategy, to grow their church. Their main communication channels include a mobile app, a website and a Facebook page. They also utilize the crossMRKT text messaging service. (crossMRKT is an earlier version of PastorsLine.) When Pastor Sedgwick Easley first arrived at UBC, the church did not even own a computer. In 2011, UBC started a website. From there, they continued to add new digital and print communications channels. They launched the crossMRKT text...
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Pastor Richie Halversen is a dynamic preacher and caring pastor at the College Drive Church and its plant, the Ridge. These are Seventh Day Adventist congregations located outside of Jackson,...
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With over 6.3 billion mobile connections in the world (based on one UN study), text messaging in developing and underdeveloped countries still trumps other communication methods (that we all may take for granted). The power lies in the ease of implementation of cell towers, in areas where traditional ‘pole and line’ networking would be economically unfeasible. One company, FrontlineSMS, was one of the first platforms to help harness the power of mobile technology for social change. Having seen how SMS was widely used in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2004, Founder Ken...
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There was a time when writing a letter was the easiest way to communicate with family and friends all over the world. Then, the computer was developed. E-mail was one...
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Once you have purchased or subscribed to a SMS service, your members and visitors can easily agree to accept messages from you or opt-in to your service. You are not allowed to simply enter in a batch of phone numbers into the application and send out messages, because that is considered spam and is not allowed by cell phone carriers. Once your members and visitors opt-in to receive your messages, they are sent a message giving them instructions on how they can opt-out or turn off your messages, and a phone...

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