Text-enable Your Church

Toll-Free or Landline Number

Do you know that most churches aren't even aware that 150 million texts are sent to landline numbers every single day?

Fortunately, enabling text messaging to your current church landline or toll-free number is easy. And it doesn’t affect your local call routing at all.

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Pastors and Church Leaders using this feature:

Whether or not your church is using texting via mobile phones, chances are you still have a main, church landline.

How effective is that number?

Did you know that recent consumer polls show that...

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prefer texting over calling

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feel frustrated while waiting
on the phone

In other words, even when there is a voice option, most people prefer texting.

85% of people whose calls are unanswered will not call back!

We’re sure you realize how much time you and the people at your ministry are wasting with landline calling because people just aren’t picking up but were you aware that 85% of people whose calls are unanswered will not call back?

In a way, each of those people is a missed opportunity to bring someone into the discipleship cycle, moving them closer to Christ.

A text-enabled church landline gives more complete coverage, so when people reach out, you are there.

And once a phone is text-enabled, it can link to the PastorsLine platform and become part of your well-thought-out digital communication strategy, enjoying such features as:

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    Multiple users with some advanced controls.

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    Multiple numbers to reduce Inbox madness.

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    Some multicampus options: go beyond just one account while keeping connected to your campuses/departments.

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    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.

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    Digital Connect Texts: because digital connect cards for guests are dead.

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    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.

One of the big advantages of text-enabling your church landline number is that it's a number your people already know. Chances are, it's a number already stored in their contact list. If not, no problem. When you send a text, your number will behave like a company number. This means they will get the name of who's sending the texttheir church.

How it Works

Text-enabled landlines are quite new. They are a virtual service made possible by cloud computing. There is no additional equipment needed. Your calls still go through your local provider. Most landline numbers can be converted. Check your landline’s eligibility.

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Your caller texts your church landline number.

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PastorsLine has provisioned your landline for SMS, so the text message will be routed through our servers. Once we receive the text, we place it on PastorsLine.com or our mobile app.

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To reply, you simply text back your caller through PastorsLine.

Setting it up

This is a 5-step process which typically takes 1 - 2 days.

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You get this feature and so much more...

(All features are included.)

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direct, automated data capture via phone from those interested

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mobile keywords to opt in to different church campaigns

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automatically create and manage groups

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gather information via online forms

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polls and surveys

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personalized, bulk text messaging

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personalized birthday wishes

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contests

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create and schedule a series of automated messages

integration

Integrates with Planning Center, Church Community Builder, Mailchimp, Elvanto, ...

Overall, text-enabling your church landline gives your ministry virtually 100% communication, in the method people prefer, any time of the day or night.

FAQ

Dozens of churches are already using
PastorsLine and seeing success.

The PastorsLine platform is a church-driven, bulk texting platform developed and managed by church ‘insiders’. We know churches intimately. We’ve attended them, been part of their management teams and worked with them for many years. Our goal is to serve you by helping you spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. We’ve positioned ourselves to be your in-house, IT team for solutions to your communication issues. In addition to everything our platform can do, our partners love our responsiveness to their needs and fast tech support.

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"Baptism Worship Service Reminders - bulk texting—we were blown away by the number of people who showed up."

Cara Saliby

Dir. of Admin.

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For us [a PastorsLine text-enabled church landline] has been huge for people to be able to text the number they already knew for our church. It means they don’t have to remember two different numbers when they are looking to try and get in touch with us. Most people don’t even realize its mostly an automated process.

Tyler Boles

Connections Pastor, The Exchange

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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

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““...the guest connection card...We had a great response -- people whose names and contact info we might not have captured otherwise. Our autoresponder directs them to our Welcome Center...where we have a gift...with their name on it."

Kristen Waddle

Church Communications

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Sending and receiving texts from our landline number is the #1 feature that ensures visitors and members can engage with us on the most relevant means of communication there is right now. Having one number to advertise, simplifies all graphics, ads, announcements, etc. for us, as well as for those we're trying to reach. I use PastorsLine EVERY DAY. It's changing the way we engage with our members - it's both easier and more effective.

Tara Freeman

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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

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It’s honestly the best feature that we have utilized. Being able to give one phone number for voice and text simplified our process.

J.W. Dunbar

Pastor Gateway Church, Ashland, KY

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By using the same phone number for texting and calling you get people to remember your phone number. When it comes the time that are ready to reach out to us they know the phone number.

Abraham Schwartz

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The personal and almost immediate assistance at [PastorsLine] is so great! We feel valued and important! We love that it is church-based!!! … Jason and the team at [PastorsLine] are always ready to help, make things better, and they also welcome feedback.

Richie Halversen

Pastor @ College Drive Church

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At first, the landline feature seemed like it would overload the church secretary since everyone would have the church phone number saved in their phones. This has not happened! People are simply interacting with our events better than ever before! We love the landline feature.

Sterling Willborn

Associate Pastor, Journey Church

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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

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I belong to a Church Communications group on Facebook, and you were highly recommended. We signed up with you over others because we are a multi-generational church and you have an ability to reach people on landlines.

Daniel Chambers

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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

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I honestly never realized how many people must have been trying to text our landline all along! We never advertised our landline as a number you could text, but we have gotten multiple members of our congregation and even guests from some of our events to send us texts saying, ‘Thank you for this and that’, and it has been really great to see!

Heather Bredeman

Joy Christian, Center,
St. Cloud, MN

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“[PastorsLine is] a huge answer to something we’ve been looking for. I was able to send a template with a field merge by scheduling it... ”

Dr. Matthew Robinson

Pastor

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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

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The land line is more familiar with our congregation. When we texted from the other number, some would inquire about who was sending the text as the number was unfamiliar, and we did not use it frequently, so by the time we sent another text, some had forgotten the number.

Myrna and Peter Rohdin

New Life Fellowship Church, Elmhurst, NY

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