Data Capture aka
Digital Connect Texts
Your weekend services are too important to let any new guests fall through the cracks.
Let us help you reach more guests by adding our Digital Connect Texts (Text-to-Join) to your service this weekend.
"I heard about PastorsLine via a search on DuckDuckGo - searched for “church texting” or something like that.
We signed up because the automations were really nice. For example, all of the interaction is done via text - some other services we tried just sent a link to a web form. That works, but not as easy as a brief back and forth conversation."
"I was looking for a bulk text solution that integrated with Planning Center ... then looked at the [PastorsLine] features ... I was sold without the PCO integration after that. The custom workflows, data capture, automation --- it was a no brainer."
Pastor, Today Chucrh
"I decided to do the trial when I found out that [PastorsLine] was much more than just group texting: data capture, follow-up, process queue syncing with CCB, and call forwarding."
We will help you reach
New guests and visitors walk through your doors each weekend. We know you want to connect with them, and let them feel welcomed and at home from the moment they step foot in your church!
We want to help you reach those people more easily, communicate better and even make following up with them a walk in the park!
Traditional cards and online forms (connect cards) are absolutely great ways to capture your new guest's information. However, with potential new members this weekend, the challenge for most is how to capture large amounts of data in the shortest time.
Digital Connect Texts
Now you can meet this challenge with Digital Connect Texts—not to be confused with Digital Connect Cards. Digital Connect Texts are the next big thing in capturing data from your new guests.
What does a
Text look like?
Take a look at this demo of what a Digital Connect Text looks like.
The screen on the left shows the guest’s experience as they are
walked through the Digital Connect Text process.
The screen on the right is what you would see as they go
through this process. Everything is automatic and instant—while
still keeping that personal touch which is so important in
As you can see, the guest’s Name and Email information is automatically collected and a new profile is created for them. (A bonus if you use a Church Management Software we currently integrate with like Church Community Builder or Planning Center).
After they have completed the auto data capture, your guests can also be automatically entered into an Automated Messages (AM) Campaign that you have created, and the guest follow-up process can begin!
Your weekend services are too important to let any new guests fall through the cracks. Let us help you reach even more of these guests by adding our Digital Connect Texts to your service this weekend.
to see an example of how it works
from a new guest’s perspective,
and get a bonus just for trying it
Our Data Capture feature lets you
Capture important relationship-building, contact information such as first name, last name, email and birthdate.
Personalize your texting by inserting fields such as [first name]. This means that even a bulk text will feel more 1-to-1 since each person’s text begins with his or her name: Hi there, Jason.
View where your contacts are in any given signup process and resend some of the stages to encourage them to finish. Let’s say you have asked people interested to text ‘VBS’ to your PastorsLine number. You can monitor things by viewing all the people who have responded and where they are in your autoresponder series: Have they signed up? Great! Have they just texted ‘VBS’ but not gotten further? You can send them a personal text to follow up or perhaps resend one of the data captures texts to jog their memory.
Sync your data capture (Text-to-Join) group with External apps. With our external integrations, you can set it up so that all those who opt into your PastorsLine group will also be added to most of our external apps—no need to enter the information again. Timesaver, right?
How to Set up Digital Connect Texts with Automated Messages Workflows and our Integrations like Church Community Builder and Planning Center Online.
Data Capture Workflows
Data Capture + Automated Msgs.
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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
2-way integrations with CCB and Planning Center (MailChimp is next)
Personalized texting engages your church members and first-time guests, helping to build strong, healthy relationships. Data capture allows you to set up automated data capture flows. At the moment, PastorsLine can capture the texter’s name, email, and birthday.
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.
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.
[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
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
“Our land line [SMS-enabled by PastorsLine] is more familiar to 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
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
...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.
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
Baptism Worship Service Reminders - bulk texting—we were blown away by the number of people who showed up.
Director of Admin
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
Thus far it’s worked perfectly!! When we wanna send out a text message we use the church office #.
When somebody calls this #, it just takes them to our office phone where a front desk agent can answer. This is perfect! Far better than our individual cell phones ringing when somebody calls our PastorsLine number. It’s only been a week but it’s working great!
Young Adults Pastor, Faith Chapel
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
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
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 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.
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 🙂
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
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.