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 COVID-19 and beyond.
Here are 10 texting service providers that can help churches communicate with the masses (companies are listed in alphabetical order):
#1 – Clearstream
With Clearstream, you can instantly communicate with members and easily follow-up with first-time guests. Clearstream has all of the expected texting features such as text-to-join keywords, guest follow-up workflows, mass texting, two-way communication, and personalized messaging. They also take things a step further for churches by offering sub-accounts for multi-campus churches or multiple ministries, 5-digit Shortcode texting and 10-digit Longcodes, integrations with multiple church management softwares, built-in forms to capture guest information, and that is merely scratching the surface of all that Clearstream offers within their texting software. Thousands of churches, from church plants to some of the largest churches in the U.S., rely on Clearstream to instantly communicate with their people and connect with first-time guests.
Clearstream works with thousands of churches worldwide and integrates with tools your church already uses such as MailChimp, Church Community Builder, Planning Center, and more.
Pricing: 14-day free trial plus church plants under one year get Clearstream free for 12 months. Monthly plans starting at $29 per month.
#2 – 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.
#3 – 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.
#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 – 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.
#8 – 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.
#9 – Trumpia
Trumpia brings the most complete text messaging software for churches, offering more than simple mass messaging and keywords. Especially nowadays, where church administrators are asked to handle more than ever, Trumpia’s targeting and automation technologies can help save hours each day when sending newsletters, engaging new members, and connecting with congregations.
Pricing: Please contact to request pricing, and inquire about our discount for non-profit organizations.
#10 – Tithe.ly Messaging
Tithe.ly Messaging is poised to become the new standard in church communication. From one dashboard, you can send church-wide texts and emails, create lists, and have conversations. From your first interaction to building lasting relationships, Tithe.ly Messaging will help you reach more people and engage your church like never before.
Pricing: One low monthly plan ($5) is 30-days free and includes 200 SMS messages per month, unlimited emails and keywords, 2-way messaging, and unlimited campaigns and follow-ups.
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ChurchCast was developed to help ministry leaders like you connect with your church members, visitors, and ministry partners through voice calls, SMS text messaging, and email messaging — all while integrating with your church information systems, social media accounts, panic buttons, RSS feeds, and more.
Pricing: Contact ChurchCast specialist for pricing options.
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.
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.
TextSanity makes it easy to connect with your entire congregation as well as visitors. Easily engage visitors, message your entire congregation at once, and increase attendance at church events with TextSanity. We have all of the text marketing tools you expect and need from a text marketing platform. Our tools include mass text broadcasting, scheduling text messages, text message keywords, customizable web forms, and a downloadable contact database. In addition, all of our tools can be accessed from any device with an internet connection via our app or full online site. Hundreds of churches each year use TextSanity to communicate with congregants and visitors.
Pricing: Plans start at just $25 per month. No contracts. Cancel at any time.
Provide Reminders to your congregation, send encouragements, and promote special events with txtfyre. Their platform allows churches to easily send updates to their congregations by sending a text from your phone to your master number which disseminates the message to your subscriber list via the Txtfyre web app.
Pricing: $35-105 per month depending on plan. 10% discounts are available for Yearly Payments. There are no hidden fees or long term commitments.
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 information, 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.]