There’s no doubt that texting is the most direct way to make contact with people today. Texting, by nature, is also a more intimate form of communication, more personal than email. This might be the reason texting can be extremely effective for churches.
Quick, simple, and straightforward text messages can be used for special announcements, reminders, and for urgent or emergency matters. Texting can also be a key to keeping in touch with your church members during the summer.
Here are 10 texting service providers that can help churches communicate with the masses:
1 – EZ Texting
EZ Texting provides churches with a versatile texting platform that can be accessed from any Internet-connected device, allow for texts to be sent immediately, in the future, or on a recurring basis, and enable templates to be used for anything. Helping ministries boost engagement among current congregants, additional features include tools like keywords and sign up widgets to attract new members and personalizing texts by adding recipients’ names.
Pricing – Offers a Pay & Go Plan with no monthly fees and monthly plans starting at $49-$149.
2 – Flocknote
Flocknote offers a simple and powerful church communication tool to directly reach and hear back from church members at any time, using the most effective technologies today: text messaging and email. Reach members where they already are, on their phones and in their inboxes. Engage members with Flocknote’s handy text-to-join process, beautiful email newsletters, bulk text messaging, analytics, member management, easy polls, RSVPs, and more.
Pricing – Free for under 40 members, with monthly plans starting at $25-$45 and offers scalability.
3 – MinistryTxt
MinistryTxt launched in 2009 and is based on three core tenets: relationships, simplicity, and powerful features. The second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself and MinistryTxt genuinely hopes it helps build relationships. Striving to make things simple and user-friendly, MinistryTxt offers one low monthly fee for unlimited messages, contacts, and groups. Powerful features include conversation view to easily manage all conversations and dashboard widgets to get a quick overview of data and schedule text messages to be sent to whoever you want.
Pricing – Free 7-day trial and a flat rate of $18/month for unlimited texts, regardless of congregation size.
4 – MojoTxt
With MojoTxt, send and receive messages from a local phone number dedicated to your organization. This is unique to MojoTxt and unlike most text messaging services force which force organizations to share a shortcode with thousands of other companies. MojoTxt is not very fond of limits and thinks churches should be able to create an infinite number of subscription lists, donation funds, auto-responders, live polls, and more –without paying an extra cent.
Pricing – Free trial available, with plans starting at $9-$89.
5 – OneCallNow
One Call Now lets you use the power of your voice to inspire, protect, inform, and engage your congregation using the technology method they prefer. Send voice, text, email, and social media messaging to everyone or to targeted groups (using convenient sub-groups…perfect for individual ministries within your church). Weather emergency? Make sure everyone knows of cancellations or site changes and confirm they’ve gotten the message with convenient message reports.
Pricing – Contact to request pricing
6 – PastorsLine
PastorsLine is interested in more than just texting. They want to talk about relationships and how churches can fall in love with texting again. PastorsLine services help many small ministries to mega-churches communicate
effectively with their members and visitors: through text, voice and social. Churches can quickly build a database of contacts to engage and build deeper relationships with, both now and in the future. And churches can begin sending messages with a 97% open rate.
Pricing – Free trial, with subscription plans starting at $25, $45, and $100 monthly. No contracts. Upgrade, downgrade, or cancel at any time.
7 – ProTexting
ProTexting has established itself as a leading texting service for Churches and Ministries. Aside from the leading SMS platform, the reason why Churches use ProTexting is simple, emails don’t get checked and people are not home to answer their phones or check voicemail. Text messaging is a very inexpensive and effective way to get the word out. Over 98% of text messages are opened and read within 15 minutes of receipt. Compare that with an average email open rate of 14% – 20% and it’s obvious why texting reigns supreme. All Plans Include MMS, Mobile Web, APPS, and more.
Pricing – Tiered monthly plans available starting at $49 -$499, with custom plans and larger packages available.
8 – Slicktext
Slicktext knows that when churches keep everyone in the loop, there’s a better chance of engagement. People want to know what’s going on. They don’t want to feel like outsiders. A religious institution should make everyone feel welcome, not the opposite. Create a sense of community and observe increasing attendance when using Slicktext. It’s not as much about why shouldn’t churches use texting to grow congregations, it’s more a question of why wouldn’t they. Don’t put off church growth. Hop on the texting bandwagon and sign up for a free plan today.
Pricing – Free plan available and monthly plans starting at $29-$139.
9 – Text In Church
Pastors are busy and may be using outdated, inefficient communication systems. Text In Church has helped thousands of churches simplify and improve their church communications by creating one simple platform with all the features to connect church communities. This is church communication made simple, relevant, and effective.
Pricing – Free trial available; monthly plans ranging from $31 – $81.
10 – Textmarks
Textmarks helps churches reach and engage congregations with text messages. Communicate to church congregations or to individual ministries and groups within churches. Texting can be a non-intimidating way for new visitors to connect too. Textmarks offers mass text messaging, texting for info, and SMS lead generation. Text messaging for churches is more effective than sending emails, is available on any mobile phone and no need to download apps or have a smartphone, and is the best way to reach teens and young adults.
Pricing – Free 14-day Trial, with monthly plans starting at $99-$999.
TWO BONUS RESOURCES
Nurture a spiritual and engaged community while boosting attendance with Trumpia’s All-In-One Messaging solution. This multi-channel messaging platform enables churches to effectively reach all members via today’s most popular channels – mobile text, email, social media, and voice. It means that your message will reach every age group of your congregation, from young to old, on their preferred channels, be it texting or automated phone calls.
Pricing – Annual pre-paid plans begin at $225-$1,825 for large enterprises. Custom enterprise plans available as well.
Nothing lets you connect with anyone, anytime, anywhere like text messaging. And nothing lets you manage your church’s mobile communication like YourMobileChurch’s Group Messaging Platform. Instantly send alerts, cancellation info and prayer requests. Create unlimited groups with unlimited numbers of contacts. Create keywords to let your audience instantly join contact groups. Once someone has “opted in”, connect directly with them through their mobile device. Schedule messages like daily devotionals, event reminders, donation requests and more.
Pricing – Free 30-day trial available, with monthly starter plan for $19 and basic plan for $49.
[Editor’s Note: These companies are listed alphabetically.]