Eli Elisabeth Jacobson
I love Text in Church. We use it not only for guest follow up, but also frequent communication and relationship building for our attendees. We are a church of 125, on a good day. Most people are on our weekly list and we have quite a few guests come through each month and sign up. Ways we use this include: checking in on people (Hey Joe, how are you?), sending out the service information (Zoom links, parking lot dial in number), targeted announcements (women events, men’s bible study), guest follow up (join our FB page, how can I connect you to others), community events (VBS), and for community outreach (currently, we are housing the produce boxes for a farm and help them ensure delivery to their clients).
The templates were hugely helpful and over time we have tweaked them to better fit our guest needs.
The main thing is that people reach out to us and get answers. We have fewer people slipping through the cracks. We have groups set up and can target specific people. We have people asking to be on the list and letting us know if they didn’t get a text they expected. We use this to show the love and grace of Jesus and help everyone feel more connected to the church and each other.
Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church