One of the most difficult parts of being a youth pastor is engaging the youth in your church. Keeping them involved in the ministry, even when their every day life of school, work, friends, sports, tv, family, etc, are all trying to vie for their attention.
One tool you can add to your arsenal of engagement methods is text alerts. Kids love to text message. I can tell, because every time I get up to teach our high school group, I see 50% of the kids on their phones rather than listening.
Text Alerts can be a great way to connect with kids on their level. Let your students know they can join your distribution list by texting in to the system, and start sending them messages right away. Text them prayer requests, text them Bible verses, text them questions about your lesson.