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7 Examples of Text Messages Pastors Can Send To Church Members In December

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The Christmas season is a busy time for everyone, and pastors are no exception. From planning extra services on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day to coordinating Christmas-related events, December can be a hectic month. Attendees and recent visitors are swept up in their own busy end-of-year schedules. When things get busy, texting can help remind people that someone is thinking of them, while everyone else tends to get caught up in their own holiday whirlwind.

However, it's also a great time to connect with your congregation and nurture personal relationships. One way to do that is by sending thoughtful text messages.

Texting, when coming from a pastor or church leader who is known to attendees, is something that isn't quite expected and can be used to the advantage of showing you care about them during this season in particular.

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Here are 7 examples of text messages you can send church members in December:

1. “Merry Christmas! I'm so grateful to be your pastor and to serve this wonderful community. Would you let me know what you believe is the most meaningful thing our church can do in the next year? I'd love to hear your thoughts.”

2. “I know the holidays can be a tough time for some people. If you find yourself struggling, please reach out to me. I want you to know that you aren't alone in this season.”

3. “January is a new month, and a new year coming up. What better time to start working on your relationship with God? Would you be open to joining a new Bible study group in January? Let me know if you want to talk about it.”

4. “One of my favorite things about Christmas is getting together with family and friends. If you don't have any close friends in this season, connecting with one of our small groups is a great way to find new friendships. Unexpected things happen when people are open to visiting groups. Let me know if you're interested, and I'll personally help.”

5. “I've been thinking of holiday traditions this week. You can learn a lot about someone through their traditions. Do you have any traditions, longstanding or new?”

6. “The holiday season is a great time to think about others. Who can you reach out to this month and show God's love? If you are willing to share a name or two with me, I'd love to pray for them.”

7. “Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to all that God has in store for you in 2023. Is there any specific area in your life for which you want to see more flourishing over the next couple of months as we go into a new year?”

Sending text messages is an easy and personal way to stay connected with your congregation, especially during the busy holiday season. These seven examples should give you a good starting point, but don't be afraid to get creative! Whatever you do, make sure your texts are loving and full of encouragement.

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The Etiquette of Texting

The reason why you should consider texting people in your community is that, In our modern age, texting has become the preferred method of communication for many people. While texting is preferred, there are still some rules of etiquette that should be followed in order to maintain healthy relationships.

Here are 5 rules of etiquette for texting:

1. Respond in a timely manner.

Just as you would with a phone call or email, it is vital to respond to a text in a timely manner. If you can't reply right away, let the person know when you will be available to respond. This shows respect for the other person's time.

2. Avoid using all caps.

ALL CAPS means you are yelling at someone. Practically,, when ALL CAP LETTERS ARE TEXTED IT CAN BE HARD TO READ AND UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE which is why all caps should be avoided at all costs. You don’t want to come across as shouty and rude, so stick to lowercase letters instead. 

3. Avoid using abbreviations or slang.

Though it may be tempting to use shorthand when texting, it is important to avoid abbreviations and slang in order to maintain clarity and professionalism.

4. Proofread your messages before sending.

Because texts are often typed quickly, it is easy to make mistakes such as typos or grammatical errors. Be sure to proofread your text before you hit send in order to avoid any misunderstandings.

5. Respect the other person's privacy.

Just as you would with a phone call or email, do not share the contents of someone's text message without their permission. Respect the other person's privacy and maintain confidentiality if necessary.

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Texting has become a popular way to communicate, but there are still some rules of etiquette that should be followed in order not to offend or annoy the person on the receiving end. following these simple tips will help you maintain healthy relationships through effective and polite texting habits!

Sending text messages is an easy and personal way to stay connected with your congregation, especially during the busy holiday season. It's a great way to do simple non-invasive guest follow-up. These seven examples should give you a good starting point, but don't be afraid to get creative! Whatever you do, make sure your texts are loving and full of encouragement.

Kenny Jahng
Kenny Jahnghttps://www.kennyjahng.com
Kenny Jahng is Editor-In-Chief at ChurchTechToday.com. He also serves as Chief Innovation Officer at ChurchCommunications.com which has a community of 29,000+ church leaders. Kenny is a Certified StoryBrand Copywriter Guide and founder of Big Click Syndicate, a strategic marketing advisory firm helping Christian leaders build marketing engines that work. You can connect with Kenny on LinkedIn.

2 COMMENTS

    • Thank you, Paul. Texting doesn’t come top of mind to a lot of church leaders because we’re not used to communicating through texts vs email.seven though it us the preferred method of asynchronous communications by most individuals. And for one to one communications especially, this can be a powerful way to connect and support church members.

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