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2-way Texting (SMS / MMS)

Bulk texting converts the top form of mobile digital communication into a communicative powerhouse for your church. In other words, 2-way talk in an economical and reliable way.

PastorsLine SMS / Texts

Are you looking to get information to your ministry in a way that people pay attention to?

Sending texts is one of PastorsLine’s core features and should be one of the main tools in your digital communication strategy. Here’s why:

High engagement and fast response rate with both SMS and MMS

As we know, people read 90% of text messages within 3 min. of receipt, and there is a 90-second response rate on avg. 

90% of all
American adults
have a cell
phone

336 million
wireless
devices

 

As of December 2013 there
were estimated 336 million
wireless devices in use.

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67% of all cell phone owners find
themselves checking their phones
for messages even though they don’t
notice the phone ringing or vibrating.

Once, using mobile phones and texting for church communications was seen as sort of irreverent, even disrespectful. Today, it is so ‘second nature’ to most of our audiences that if you’re not tapping into that potential, your church is losing out on an important way for your members to become more connected to their families and Jesus.

Communicate 1:1 or in bulk

Text messages—Short Message Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)—are the #1 form of mobile digital communication in use today. With the human feel of personalized bulk texting, you can reach 1, 100s or 1000s of people in a non-intrusive way. Added features make bulk texting not only economical but reliable. PastorsLine offers 2-way texting--from you to them and from them to you.

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    SINGLE 1:1 MESSAGES: Just like you do on a personal level, from you to them and from them to you. 

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    GROUP MESSAGES: The real powerhouse of PastorsLine—sending the same personalized message to many individuals, so it looks like a single, 1:1 message + each reply comes only to you. So, although you are sending a ‘general’ message, it is relevant with a ‘human’ feel.

MMS offers more communicative power when needed

Send picture messages to your audience to include your event flyers or invite cards or even a fun picture from your pastor's trip abroad. You can even send other file types as links (sermon notes, videos, etc).

Attaching files to text is not just for pretty pictures anymore. It’s also for engaging people, moving them on to next steps.

Our PastorsLine MMS feature allows you to attach up to 10 images to your text message. If you are just attaching inline pictures, your limit is 5 MB.

If you are attaching links, your limit is 1600 characters.

Via the file picker, you can upload files which are:

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    MMS (Images & Photos)

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    Attach videos as links

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    Attached various documents and files (.doc .ppt .pdf, etc)

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Pro Tip: Did the Pastor use a motivational PowerPoint presentation during his last sermon? Send it to your congregation. Would you like people to do some reading in preparation for an upcoming workshop or evangelistic event? You can add most file types and we would convert it to a link for you.  

Automation capabilities save you time

It's a given that regular contact keeps a relationship strong. Thing is, you don't always have even a few minutes to send off a quick text. Solution: whenever you have a block of open time, create and schedule as many routine text messages as you can, both individual and group. For example, reminder texts about annual events or a 'Bible quote of the week' series.

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Create “once and done” repetitive texting of all all sorts:

Use templates to conserve more resources.

Schedule your texts according to your needs: evergreen campaigns, date-based, or even link several campaigns together via keywords. More about automation here.

Logs: Reports and Analytics

STANDARDIZING NON-GSM FORMATTING keeps texting costs down. Some punctuation / special characters in your text messages (known as Unicode or non-gsm characters) could be raising your costs. So your 160-character text could actually be charged at 2 or 3 times the price. PastorsLine automatically scans every text message, changing the non-gsm formatting into gsm formatting to save you money. 

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Communication that arrives at its destination

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    FAILED MESSAGE REPORTING because your texts should be reaching their destinations, and if not, you need to know. PastorsLine’s failed message reporting is now more transparent via our failed message badge. We alert you in your Inbox, your Logs, and take out the ‘wondering why’ by showing you the reason, so you can follow up.

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    The PastorsLine FAILSAFE MESSAGING SYSTEM keeps delivery percentage as high as possible due to several servers + if a message fails, we will try resending it once. If that doesn’t work, we will affix the failed message badge, so you can follow up.

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

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2-way integrations with CCB and Planning Center (MailChimp is next)

With PastorsLine, you can send text messages to many people at one time. You can’t do this with your normal phone service. Group texts are possible, but if you want to tell 500 people that your weekend service has been canceled due to weather, this is not going to be practical with just a group message. You need a complete system to keep track of your contact list and to send out your messages. With our system, your contacts can also opt out of receiving messages if they change church membership, due to school enrollment or just loss of interest in that specific communication.

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.

Our full feature, free trial

If you sign up today, we will give you a bonus 500 credits. The invite code is TEXT. So act now. No CC required. No obligation to purchase. We will NOT automatically bill you if you are using our FREE trial. Try it, risk-free.

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