Planning Center Integration
PastorsLine now integrates with the Planning Center People app!
Integrating PastorsLine and the Planning Center People app (PCP) gives your church improved communication and better relationships with your church members and first-time guests. Integration also reduces your workload.
Sync your Planning Center People App with PastorsLine
You have already created contacts and groups on
PCP. You have already captured important data.
Why do it all over again? Just integrate with PastorsLine,
and enjoy the fruits of your previous labors.
Hi Everyone... Anne here.
We are so excited to share with you our newest integration. PastorsLine now integrates with the Planning Center People (PCP) App!
This integration means all of your PCP app contacts and all of your lists can automatically sync to your PastorsLine account!
With this integration, we make it easy for you to text any of your PCP contacts—and even text an entire list all at once! You can schedule texts in advance; use templates; send photos; personalize your texts with merge fields like first and last name; and connect with your church members even better!
To ensure that our application works for a wider audience, you are being invited to help us Beta Test this integration at no risk to you or your data.
You will have complete control over what we sync. If you ever want to opt out, you can disable the integration, and all your PCP lists and contacts will be automatically removed.
What’s the benefit to me? Glad you asked.
- If you don’t have a PastorsLine account, you will get 2000 credits, a free local number and 60 days to give it a go. This beta account is a real account, and the number will be unique to you. This benefit is over $50 in value.
- For those who already have an active PastorsLine account, you will be given the same 2000 credits to use for the duration of your account.
- In both cases, you will also have a direct influence on changes that can make this app even more useful for your specific church (if you decide to move forward - no obligation to buy).
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for people who are action-takers.
- You will be required to have an active PCP account with lists and people, and sign up for or use your current PastorsLine account.
- You will be required to sync your PCP account within 48 hours of having access.
- You must be willing to provide feedback via our inbuilt chat or other means like text, email or FB group.
Replace Digital Connect Cards
with Digital Connect Texts
In PCP, data is captured via a form. On PastorsLine, it is captured via text message—easier for you and your subscribers. So, capture the data on PastorsLine and send it back to PCP.
You can use the data capture (FKA autoresponder) feature to
instantly capture new data via text and push
that info into a PCP group immediately. E.g.
first and last names, emails, birthdays, phone
numbers (Digital Connect Texts).
You will be able to sync some or all of your PCP groups to PastorsLine.
You will be able to see all your
contacts with a phone number
in your contact list.
You can create a new Planning Center group
or sync to existing groups from
within the PastorsLine interface.
No more duplicates with Smart Syncing
Works with our Automated Messages Campaign
How to Setup the Integration?
Deep Dive (recommended)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
I synced our list, but the numbers don't match. What's going on?
We currently sync any profile from your PCP list(s) that contains a phone number. Here is the order of phone numbers we look for: a "mobile" number—if not found, then a "home" number—if not found, then "work"—then "other". If there is no phone number, we will skip importing that contact.
I am seeing more contacts in the "My Contacts" group than I expected. What's going on?
Our philosophy is that you should be able to engage with anyone from your list as required. So, we sync all your contacts. However, you can select which list(s) you want to sync into PastorsLine.
Working in teams? No problem. Assign the different list(s) to users you invite, set limited roles and restrict access. This process is completely reversible.
How do you compare with the Clearstream text messaging service?
We’re sure you know how a good, church-focused, bulk text and calling solution can help you make stronger connections with the people in your ministry. And you probably also know that there are many options available. The question is, “Which is the ONE which best answers your particular needs?”
To help you make your best-informed decision, we decided to do a comparison between PastorsLine and Clearstream.
Let’s be clear from the start, we definitely have an opinion here. All the same, we have tried our best to present only the facts and present them accurately.
Here's a preview, and you can click below for more details.
You get this feature and so much more...
(All features are included.)
direct, automated data capture via phone from those interested
mobile keywords to opt in to different church campaigns
automatically create and manage groups
gather information via online forms
polls and surveys
personalized, bulk text messaging
personalized birthday wishes
create and schedule a series of automated messages
Integrates with Planning Center, Church Community Builder, Mailchimp, Elvanto, ...
Integrating is not scary... ...because PastorsLine takes excellent care of your data.
PastorsLine processes all data securely using our SSL certificate. We also follow all industry ‘best practices’ standards regarding handling and treating data. PastorsLine never deletes groups or contacts on your church’s PCP account.
In addition, you can always opt-out. Your church always retains full control of your data. At any time, you can roll back the PastorsLine app in order to easily disable the PCP integration.
The best news is that as your church grows, PastorsLine and PCP can continue to sync your new contacts and groups up to an unlimited number with virtually no restrictions.
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.
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!
Joy Christian, Center,
St. Cloud, MN
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.
Associate Pastor, New Believers
When we finished our evangelistic event in Houston, 70% of those who were baptized, communicated with me through PastorsLine...it had a big influence.
Evangelist, End Time Hope
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.
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
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.
Associate Pastor, Journey Church
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.
Connections Pastor, The Exchange
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.
It’s honestly the best feature that we have utilized. Being able to give one phone number for voice and text simplified our process.
Pastor Gateway Church, Ashland, KY
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.
Pastor @ College Drive Church
““...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."
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 🙂
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.
Pastors, RGF Church
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.
"Baptism Worship Service Reminders - bulk texting—we were blown away by the number of people who showed up."
Dir. of Admin.
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.
“[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... ”