Forget texting in churches
let’s talk about relationships
Fall in Love with texting in churches again for free.Snag your free account!
People love to be in love – that first hello, the excitement of building the relationship, that can’t wait to meet again feeling. PastorsLine allows you to “love” on your flock without being creepy.
It’s super easy to setup and gives you the tools (polling, mass texting, <span”>guest followup automation) to capture, connect and talk with a segment or your entire audience through text and voice.
Already using a church management system or have an external newsletter you like?Perfect, we probably have or are
planning an integration and we want to grow
(or shrink) with your needs to help you fulfill the great gospel commission. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if
everyone who walks through
your doors were “in love” with
Even those visitors who snuck through the back door, don’t complete physical connect cards, or hate being asked to stand up during the “visitors’ welcome”.Or the younger, digital natives who are glued to phones and not to what’s happening in the pulpit.
Perhaps the more seasoned members who sit at the back, week after week, and never engage.
We know you want to take everyone, no matter which group they are in, and help them grow towards discipleship.
To grow a healthy church you need to think RELATIONSHIPS.
One powerful way to create and sustain strong relationships in today’s ‘digital’ world is the text message.
But how can we use texting to get our audience to ‘fall in love’ with their church?
They can make you feel like being under an unwanted spotlight and being asked for TOO MUCH INFORMATION. Texting is less stressful,
You can read texts or not.
You can respond or not.
You can do either or both
at times that suit YOU.
Think about saying hello to your first crush. Do you ask them for their age, credit score and email or do you just say hi, smile, then develop the relationship over time?
Also, 90% of text messages are read within 3 Minutes. Here’s why…90% of all
have a cell
phone 336 million
As of December 2013 there
were estimated 336 million
wireless devices in use.
6767% of all cell phone owners find
themselves checking their phones
for messages even though they don’t
notice the phone ringing or vibrating.
29% of cell phone owners describe their phone
as “something they cannot live without.” 44% of the
owners have slept
with their phone
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.
Are we suggesting that we can close down the church welcome center and send the greeters and ushers home? No way! In fact, we encourage it. But sometimes, this method is just too intense.So, let’s flip the script.
Pastors and church communicators can now say:
Here’s a mobile number you can use to be in touch with me (or my team) 24/7.
Fall in Love with text again for free.Snag your free account!
Is this for pastors only?
Actually, no. A pastor, as we may know, means a shepherd, from the Latin verb pascere – to lead to pasture, cause to eat.
So, shepherds care for, nourish, and protect their flocks (whether a few animals or hundreds).
If you are caring for others like shepherds care for their flocks, then, guess what, you ARE symbolically a “pastor”, and this tool is for you (even if that’s not your ‘official’ title).
That’s why we created the PastorsLine platform to make it super easy to stay connected with people and to engage with a mobile generation!
What is PastorsLine?
PastorsLine, powered by Fluidm.in, is designed with churches and ministries in mind. It’s a cloud-based text and voice system that allows you to easily build your database and engage with your members and visitors using fun and innovate options. You can manage and engage with your list on your desktop or mobile devices at a fraction of the time.
At PastorsLine, we are passionate about reaching a dying world with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Methods change, but this message of Hope never has and never will. In a world where people can connect anywhere, we want to make sure ministries can reach people everywhere – even on their mobile devices.
PastorsLine is focused on building relationships via text. PastorsLine is based in communications, not marketing. So, its interfaces are very social and friendly, enabling better conversations:
- Autoresponder messages – Better than digital connect cards, these ‘connect texts’ capture personal data naturally, like the way we speak.
- Text and non-text options – There are voice broadcast and voice mail features, including forwarding to your personal phone number. But you can also answer the ringing phone and have a regular conversation. Appeals to texters and non-texters alike for no break in communications.
- Best practices for guest follow up – First-time visitors are guided through an automatic, yet personal, data-capture and tagging campaign. Grouping and tagging your audience means richer data capture for better decision making. Lets you and your visitors engage based on what they truly need, not what you THINK they need, and keeps them from falling through any communication cracks.
- Integration – Allows seamless connecting with other church communication systems you are probably already using so you have a complete digital platform with no holes. Collected information will automatically be sent over to specific groups or lists giving those automated processes, or your team members, access to the information they need without waiting for someone else to email it to them. When you have systems talking to each other, you can maximize your time while simultaneously minimizing errors, reducing volunteer staff frustration, and preventing visitors falling through the cracks along the way.
- Data tracking – Intelligent analytics from captured data increases the effectiveness of your decisions. Overall, collecting user-specific data is a management tool for RELEVANT simple/complex campaigns + group vs. individual communications.
- List management – You, your team, and your audience have the control needed to create healthy texting experiences. Security features include blocking, opting in, and opting out.
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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.
Pastors, RGF Church
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!
Pastor @ College Drive 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] works well for us and has been very successful.
Communications @ Union Baptist Church
[Text messaging] has made it easier to contact members on Fridays wishing them a Happy Sabbath and to let them know of Sabbath activities…
Pastor @ Concord International
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
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!
Yet, most guest follow-up systems fail.
It’s no secret that the best first-time guest follow-up strategy incorporates text messaging. Systems that use canned text templates to send the same message to all first-time guests may save time but are missing the ability to connect and engage your very unique audience – after all, your guests are more than just a number, right? 🙂PastorsLine looks at things differently:
Think natural, social relationships vs. spammy, canned, robotic, automated messages.
You see, your digital strategy involves being intentional in the way you share Jesus with people digitally. Hence, a ‘one-size fits all’ isn’t intentional OR strategic. So, here’s how we are fixing this:Find out more here
Why do I need PastorsLine when there are so many free apps available?
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|Ideal # of users||1 – 3||10 – 50||unlimited*||unlimited*|
|Can work without the Internet?||yes||no||varies||yes|
|People can opt in/out||no||no||varies||yes|
|Create a unique keyword
for easy promotion + opt in
|Compliant with TPCA laws||N/A||N/A||few||yes|
|Size of a campaign/group||micro||small||varies||all|
|Blast a message to text + social media simultaneously||no||no||few||yes|
|Offers voice broadcast to a list?||no||limited to app||few||yes|
|Offers Text-to-Screen, shuffle responder,
voting/polling, reporting, automation, etc…
|Integrates with other apps / API Access||no||Rarely / extremely limited||varies||yes|
|Overall Cost effectiveness||
PastorsLine both a shortcode and long codes.
Short codes are best used for the initial ‘opt-ins’ to the app, the saying “Hello”.
A long code is a 10-digit telephone number.
Long codes are then used for the continuing conversations to develop firm relationships. Since you can get them in any city, long codes make calls more personal. Also, your long codes are unique to your account. That means you can create any keywords you want, letting users opt-in from anywhere at anytime. So, no more having to be clever with spelling variations such as ‘kidz’, etc.
PastorsLine allows you to add multiple long codes. This means that members of your ministry team can have more than one unique number and greater control to scale your personalized communication. In short, the ability to build better relationships.Connect, Reach, & Engage
with a mobile, digital generation
through text for your ministry!
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