Our original industry is still our biggest industry. We started in February 2011 as a way to provide our local church here in Lincoln, NE a church text alert system that was easy to use, and didn’t cost hundreds of dollars per month. 3 years later, church text alert systems are still our main focus.
Churches use Mobile Text Alerts for a variety of reasons. Of course weather cancellations are always a big one. We just came out of a severe winter here in the midwest, and over 1.5 million weather related text alerts were sent out this winter.
We had many churches be especially successful using text alerts for choir engagement. One church in particular, saw choir attendance go up from about 60%/week to 90%/week just by sending a weekly text reminding people the time and place of these practices.
Many churches use text alerts to send out prayer requests — whether it be normal weekly prayer requests, or an emergency situation that needs prayer right away.
One big problem many churches try to solve is that most people hear a sermon on Sunday, and then don’t give it a second thought throughout the week. Many churches would send a quick text alert out on the Wednesday or Thursday following a sermon with a reminder to “Love your neighbor as yourself,” or “Don’t forget to do your work heartily as to the Lord and not as to men!”
Also, there is always the good old ‘Verse of the day.’ Many churches take advantage of the Mobile Text Alerts schedule feature to schedule a daily Bible verse to go out every day. This is a great way to keep people focused on God’s Word throughout the week. (If you would like, you can sign up to receive the Mobile Text Alerts verse of the day).
Sometimes text alerts are convenient to use just to remind people of upcoming events. “We are having communion this Sunday,” or “There is baptism this Wednesday” are quick messages that remind people to show up to these important events.
I’m sure there are thousands of other ways that churches could utilize sending out text messages for their churches. What ways have you used text alerts to help your ministry?