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Texting in Church: How & When to Text Your Church Members

The first text message was sent on December 3, 1992. It simply said, “Merry Christmas,” and was sent by a software programmer. 30 years later, and we send 6 billion text messages every day. Some of those texts are even sent by churches.

H1 What’s a Rich Text element?

H2 What’s a Rich Text element?

H3 What’s a Rich Text element?

H4 What’s a Rich Text element?

H5 What’s a Rich Text element?
H6 What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

H4 Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

H4 How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

  • List Item 1
  • List Item 2
  • List Item 3

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

The first text message was sent on December 3, 1992. It simply said, “Merry Christmas,” and was sent by software programmer Neil Papworth. 

30 years later, and we’ve seen text messaging expand to every part of the globe. Over 6 billion texts are sent every single day. Americans are particularly responsible for this staggering statistic: nearly half of all text messages are sent within the United States. 

We send text messages to say “hello,” to ask quick questions, hold conversations, and even introduce ourselves to new people. Texting has become the norm for communication, especially for younger generations. In fact, when it comes to engaging with brands or organizations, Gen Z and Millennials prefer texting to sending emails. 

Texting is no longer limited to person-to-person interaction. More and more companies and organizations are sending mass texts to customers and members to share information, post updates, and send links.

In the following article, we’ll take a look at why texting in church is not only appropriate–but a great idea. We’ll also look at 10 examples of text messages you might send to your church community. 

The Best Texting Tool for Churches & Non-profits

Texting isn’t just for businesses that sell a product or service. Texting is also for churches that want to increase engagement with their church members throughout the week. 

Done well, texting can help church members connect with community, attend more events, give more, and even grow in their walk with Jesus. Texting is also a great follow-up tool for new visitors. Most importantly, texting has a 98% open rate. If you send a text, you can be almost sure that it will be read (the same can’t always be said for email). 

There are a number of tools out there that promise to help you text your church community or nonprofit member base. 

Here’s why Tithe.ly Messaging is the best texting option for churches, ministries, and faith-based nonprofit organizations. 

Tithe.ly Messaging is created for the Church. Tithe.ly Messaging isn’t a generic tool that you’ll need to shoehorn to fit your needs as a church or non-profit. It’s created for Christians, by Christians. We get what your needs are–and know that you don’t want to be charged an arm and a leg to connect with your church members. 

Tithe.ly Messaging includes text and email. Even with awesome open rates for text messaging, you’ll still want to email your church with longer, more information-rich newsletters. Messaging covers text and email so that you can stay organized and engaged from the same place. 

Tithe.ly Messaging is affordable. For just $19/month, you can send 500 text messages and unlimited emails. Each additional 500 text messages costs just $10. 

Tithe.ly Messaging offers two-way messaging and automated campaigns. This tool is anything but basic: offer two-way messaging, send automated campaigns to new visitors, and integrate smoothly with other tools like Tithe.ly Giving and Tithe.ly Media. 

To learn more about how Tithe.ly Messaging can help you stay connected and engaged with your church community, click here

Tips for Writing Text Messages to Your Church 

The beauty of texting is that it’s brief and efficient. But that also makes texting a challenge. How do you communicate everything you need to when you’re limited to 160 characters?

Here are some tips for writing effective mass text messages that won’t confuse (or bug) your church members. 

Be friendly. 

You may be limited on length, but don’t skimp on a warm greeting (“Hi!” works). You may be crafting the text message with a smile on your face, but unless you find some way to be friendly, your message will come off as terse and formal. 

Get to the point. 

After a friendly salutation, get to the point quickly. Your recipients should be able to open the text message, scan it quickly, and understand your point. 

Stick to one piece of information. 

If you need to communicate more than one piece of information (change of church service time and an event registration reminder, for example) stick to email. A text message should have a singular focus and point of action. 

When to Text Your Church Members [with examples]

Texting your congregants can be simple and affordable. And it helps you stay engaged with your church family throughout the week. But when do you actually do it?

Here are 5 situations or seasons when you might text your church members. 

Before a Special Event

Hosting a special event such as a worship night, conference, or social gathering requires lots of planning, work, and resources. You want church members–and new visitors–to come!

That being said, sending a text message before the event can help create anticipation and remind your church members to sign up and attend. For example:

Hey there! Don’t forget about [event name] tonight at 7 PM! There’s still time to register [link].

After a Special Event

Don’t forget to follow up after a special event, too. You may have asked for a special offering during the event, or you’d like to gather feedback about the event itself. For example:

Thanks for attending [event name]! Here’s an opportunity to give to [fund name]. [link]

Or…

Hi [first name]! What did you think of [event name]? Share your thoughts here. [link]

Before Your Weekend Service

Whether you’re looking to increase your attendance or simply send an important reminder to your church members, sending a text before a weekend service is never a bad idea. 

Here are a couple of examples. 

Good morning! Just a friendly reminder that church service times are moving from 9 AM to 9:30 AM today. See you there!

Or…

🌞Morning [first name]! We can’t wait to see you today! We’ll see you at the 9 AM or 11 AM service. 

During a Special Giving Campaign

Are you raising funds for something special–like a building campaign, church-wide mission trip, or community project? Then a special text message campaign can help you increase generosity across your church body.

Here’s an example of a text message you might send to ask for donations for a special fund. 

We hope you’re having a great week! We’re still raising funds for our new church building. Would you consider financially partnering with us? [link to give]

Or…

Hey there [first name]! We’ve got a special favor to ask. Would you give $10 today to our church wide mission trip? Thank you for partnering with us! [link to give]

During the Holidays

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are fun and festive, but can see a drop-off in church attendance as people visit family and travel for the holidays. 

To help church members continue to feel connected and engaged during the holiday months, consider a text message campaign. 

Here are a few examples. 

Merry Christmas [first name]! Just a reminder that we will be having a Christmas Eve service at 5 PM on December 24th. See you there! 🎄

Or…

Happy New Years from [name of church]! Join us for the first service of 2023 on Jan 1st. Our new series is “Loving the Family of God.” See you there! 

Or…

Happy Holidays [first name]! Have you had a chance to give to our end of year giving campaign yet? If not, you can give here [link]. 

A Final Note on Texting in Church 

Text messaging can be a positive way for your community to feel connected and engaged with you. Even a simple text can help lift someone’s spirits and help them feel encouraged. 

To get started with “texting in church” in a way that’s simple, inexpensive, and efficient, click here to learn more about Tithe.ly Messaging.

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H1 What’s a Rich Text element?

H2 What’s a Rich Text element?

H3 What’s a Rich Text element?

H4 What’s a Rich Text element?

H5 What’s a Rich Text element?
H6 What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

H4 Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

H4 How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

  • List Item 1
  • List Item 2
  • List Item 3

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

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Texting in Church: How & When to Text Your Church Members

Texting in Church: How & When to Text Your Church Members

The first text message was sent on December 3, 1992. It simply said, “Merry Christmas,” and was sent by a software programmer. 30 years later, and we send 6 billion text messages every day. Some of those texts are even sent by churches.

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The first text message was sent on December 3, 1992. It simply said, “Merry Christmas,” and was sent by software programmer Neil Papworth. 

30 years later, and we’ve seen text messaging expand to every part of the globe. Over 6 billion texts are sent every single day. Americans are particularly responsible for this staggering statistic: nearly half of all text messages are sent within the United States. 

We send text messages to say “hello,” to ask quick questions, hold conversations, and even introduce ourselves to new people. Texting has become the norm for communication, especially for younger generations. In fact, when it comes to engaging with brands or organizations, Gen Z and Millennials prefer texting to sending emails. 

Texting is no longer limited to person-to-person interaction. More and more companies and organizations are sending mass texts to customers and members to share information, post updates, and send links.

In the following article, we’ll take a look at why texting in church is not only appropriate–but a great idea. We’ll also look at 10 examples of text messages you might send to your church community. 

The Best Texting Tool for Churches & Non-profits

Texting isn’t just for businesses that sell a product or service. Texting is also for churches that want to increase engagement with their church members throughout the week. 

Done well, texting can help church members connect with community, attend more events, give more, and even grow in their walk with Jesus. Texting is also a great follow-up tool for new visitors. Most importantly, texting has a 98% open rate. If you send a text, you can be almost sure that it will be read (the same can’t always be said for email). 

There are a number of tools out there that promise to help you text your church community or nonprofit member base. 

Here’s why Tithe.ly Messaging is the best texting option for churches, ministries, and faith-based nonprofit organizations. 

Tithe.ly Messaging is created for the Church. Tithe.ly Messaging isn’t a generic tool that you’ll need to shoehorn to fit your needs as a church or non-profit. It’s created for Christians, by Christians. We get what your needs are–and know that you don’t want to be charged an arm and a leg to connect with your church members. 

Tithe.ly Messaging includes text and email. Even with awesome open rates for text messaging, you’ll still want to email your church with longer, more information-rich newsletters. Messaging covers text and email so that you can stay organized and engaged from the same place. 

Tithe.ly Messaging is affordable. For just $19/month, you can send 500 text messages and unlimited emails. Each additional 500 text messages costs just $10. 

Tithe.ly Messaging offers two-way messaging and automated campaigns. This tool is anything but basic: offer two-way messaging, send automated campaigns to new visitors, and integrate smoothly with other tools like Tithe.ly Giving and Tithe.ly Media. 

To learn more about how Tithe.ly Messaging can help you stay connected and engaged with your church community, click here

Tips for Writing Text Messages to Your Church 

The beauty of texting is that it’s brief and efficient. But that also makes texting a challenge. How do you communicate everything you need to when you’re limited to 160 characters?

Here are some tips for writing effective mass text messages that won’t confuse (or bug) your church members. 

Be friendly. 

You may be limited on length, but don’t skimp on a warm greeting (“Hi!” works). You may be crafting the text message with a smile on your face, but unless you find some way to be friendly, your message will come off as terse and formal. 

Get to the point. 

After a friendly salutation, get to the point quickly. Your recipients should be able to open the text message, scan it quickly, and understand your point. 

Stick to one piece of information. 

If you need to communicate more than one piece of information (change of church service time and an event registration reminder, for example) stick to email. A text message should have a singular focus and point of action. 

When to Text Your Church Members [with examples]

Texting your congregants can be simple and affordable. And it helps you stay engaged with your church family throughout the week. But when do you actually do it?

Here are 5 situations or seasons when you might text your church members. 

Before a Special Event

Hosting a special event such as a worship night, conference, or social gathering requires lots of planning, work, and resources. You want church members–and new visitors–to come!

That being said, sending a text message before the event can help create anticipation and remind your church members to sign up and attend. For example:

Hey there! Don’t forget about [event name] tonight at 7 PM! There’s still time to register [link].

After a Special Event

Don’t forget to follow up after a special event, too. You may have asked for a special offering during the event, or you’d like to gather feedback about the event itself. For example:

Thanks for attending [event name]! Here’s an opportunity to give to [fund name]. [link]

Or…

Hi [first name]! What did you think of [event name]? Share your thoughts here. [link]

Before Your Weekend Service

Whether you’re looking to increase your attendance or simply send an important reminder to your church members, sending a text before a weekend service is never a bad idea. 

Here are a couple of examples. 

Good morning! Just a friendly reminder that church service times are moving from 9 AM to 9:30 AM today. See you there!

Or…

🌞Morning [first name]! We can’t wait to see you today! We’ll see you at the 9 AM or 11 AM service. 

During a Special Giving Campaign

Are you raising funds for something special–like a building campaign, church-wide mission trip, or community project? Then a special text message campaign can help you increase generosity across your church body.

Here’s an example of a text message you might send to ask for donations for a special fund. 

We hope you’re having a great week! We’re still raising funds for our new church building. Would you consider financially partnering with us? [link to give]

Or…

Hey there [first name]! We’ve got a special favor to ask. Would you give $10 today to our church wide mission trip? Thank you for partnering with us! [link to give]

During the Holidays

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are fun and festive, but can see a drop-off in church attendance as people visit family and travel for the holidays. 

To help church members continue to feel connected and engaged during the holiday months, consider a text message campaign. 

Here are a few examples. 

Merry Christmas [first name]! Just a reminder that we will be having a Christmas Eve service at 5 PM on December 24th. See you there! 🎄

Or…

Happy New Years from [name of church]! Join us for the first service of 2023 on Jan 1st. Our new series is “Loving the Family of God.” See you there! 

Or…

Happy Holidays [first name]! Have you had a chance to give to our end of year giving campaign yet? If not, you can give here [link]. 

A Final Note on Texting in Church 

Text messaging can be a positive way for your community to feel connected and engaged with you. Even a simple text can help lift someone’s spirits and help them feel encouraged. 

To get started with “texting in church” in a way that’s simple, inexpensive, and efficient, click here to learn more about Tithe.ly Messaging.

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