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Why you should not sign up to use PastorsLine

author: Jason Alexis

category: blog

Let’s be honest. Our PastorsLine dashboard offers so much that at times, it feels overwhelming. Here are some options to consider.

Is this enough to convince you not to move forward? Let’s check.

PastorsLine is not the platform for you right now if you are looking for a “2-door sports car” and an older, bigger SUV utility vehicle may not do it for you.

We prefer to think of PastorsLine as a vintage truck. The engine is superb. The craftsmanship is solid. In fact, we’ve been tinkering with its performance and features for a few years, not based on what we think you need but based on feedback from hundreds of churches. As a result, PastorsLine has become very powerful and useful.

Here are things we do that others may not do well.

  • 2-way integrations with CCB and Planning Center. MailChimp is next on our list.
  • Multiple users with some advanced controls.
  • Multiple numbers to avoid the ‘inbox madness’.
  • Some multicampus options: go beyond just one account while keeping connected to your campuses/departments.
  • LandLine SMS: text-enable your church landline and reuse a number that your church already knows.
  • NEW – We’ve just launched multiple keywords per campaign. Imagine being able to set up several keywords (e.g. Pray/Prayer) to trigger the same campaign, in order to catch errors or to allow you to use different words for branding purposes.
  • Digital Connect Texts: because digital connect cards for guests are dead.
  • Though texting is what we focus on, having the option to send a voice broadcast or receive a call might be of value to your ministry. You can call out on the numbers from the desktop and not your personal cell phone.
  • Our pricing is very competitive at the moment. This might change in the future, so now is the time to lock in our rates. You get most of the features without having to pay an add-on fee.Recommended by friends. Signed up because: more comprehensive, right price, smarter system.
    And so much more…

However, the time spent on performance meant that the overall comfort suffered. The suspension springs are worn, so things get a little bumpy at times. The seats and exterior paint job are a little dated, so our web app doesn’t look as fresh as it could. The mobile app was still stuck in phase 1.

On the flip side, our church partners who use PastorsLine love what that vehicle can do for their church communication.

Essentially, PastorsLine is a workhorse for a fraction of the cost.

The good news is that for the next 3-6 months, we are putting a lot of TLC into that very area: the aesthetics. Of course, we will continue adding useful features as we think of ourselves as problem solvers: partnering with your church to bring more people closer to Christ. But comfort is important, too. When communication is comfortable, people tend to be in touch more, and that’s what we’re about—easily done, quality communication to build strong relationships.

So, here’s what we’re doing to improve things:

Cleaner Web Application that works across all browsers

We are working on a cleaner UI and better flow for our desktop app—same power but designed to minimize the overwhelming feeling and your learning curve. Our focus will initially be where most of the communication happens—the Inbox. Then we will move to the other areas. Here are a few samples of what we would be doing.

Mobile App …

By Q1 or Q2 2019, we plan on re-launching our mobile application to utilize more native features (Phase 2). This is a huge project (complete recode). It’s already in progress and we are excited to give you a cleaner way to communicate with your members and visitors from your mobile devices. The initial versions will focus on sending and receiving messages. Later versions will include calling and other campaign options. We want you to be able to manage most or all aspects of your account from your mobile device by 2020.

Mobile App

So what does your church communication need right now? A utility vehicle that can do more or something else? If the former, we are your best investment that will keep giving—with the big bonus that you can influence changes.

Dozens of churches are already using PastorsLine and seeing success.

Here’s what some of them are saying.










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Tommy group director.

PastorsLine has totally changed not only my workflow, but it’s taken our “personal” factor up 10x! Just with our welcome process, we have gone from a 40% READ rate to a 40% CONVERSATION rate. That’s just crazy!
So thanks 🙂

Tommy Carreras

Group Director

richie-halversen

The text messaging service we use is: www.pastorsline.com. Excellent web based interface. You can send texts, voice broadcasts. Very easy to use. One of the best new tools I have integrated in my evangelism is what [PastorsLine] provided… Can’t praise it enough!

Richie Halversen

Pastor @ College Drive Church

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[PastorsLine] works well for us and has been very successful.

Carmela Houston-Henry

Communications @ Union Baptist Church

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PastorsLine has been a fantastic tool which has enhanced communication with out church family. As with any tool, the secret is in learning how to use it effectively. I have been most excited when I see my church members telling their very own unchurched friends to text “PRAY” to our pastorsline number and have them join our prayer sessions.

Paolo Esposito

Pastors, RGF Church

Vas

The text message bible study invites are working great. We saw a huge increase from 5-6 to 10-12 and the numbers stayed consistent.

Zeke Vas

Pastor

pedro-trinidad

[Text messaging] has made it easier to contact members on Fridays wishing them a Happy Sabbath and to let them know of Sabbath activities…

Pedro Trinidad

Pastor @ Concord International

Chris Elliot Wave Church PastorsLine

We hired [PastorsLine] to assist us in a new “Small Group” initiative we were launching at our church. The tools they provided us with helped us monitor and take action on hundreds of responses. Our workflow was cut in half and our ability to track, monitor and follow through with the data gathered more than doubled.

Chris Elliott

Associate Pastor, New Believers

Wyatt Allen

When we finished our evangelistic event in Houston, 70% of those who were baptized, communicated with me through PastorsLine…it had a big influence.

Wyatt Allen

Evangelist, End Time Hope

Jerrod Boling PastorsLine

Exciting! Just sent out my first text and I’m able to interact with them. On top of that, Chrome [sends notification] and it tells me when I get texts!

Jerrod Boling

Bible Worker

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