"The one-on-one conversation and broadcast text features generate more responses and conversations than any other texting platform we’ve tried. With Beetexting we have deeper and more thoughtful conversations"
Crystal Kirkman, First Christian Church of Decatur
Your mission as a church is to love God and love people.
Sometimes, it’s hard to know exactly how to effectively lead and nurture a large number of people.
Texting provides an easy way to communicate with your congregation more productively.
In turn, helping more people engage with each other and develop a deeper purpose and relationship with God.
Keep your congregation updated on church news and information with mass messaging. You can remind people of services times, announce new sermon series, send important information that is time-sensitive such as cancellations and urgent prayer requests.
A more personalized experience for your members means they are more likely to read and engage with your messages. Add first and last names to your messages and use tags to send relevant information. With tags, you segment your congregation into various lists that are relevant to them.
Use Keywords to Trigger Automatic Messages
Here's an example of an automated welcome message: “Hello! Welcome to First Church of God. We are excited that you are here today. Just reply with any of the following words for additional information – KIDS, GROUPS, BELIEFS, EVENTS”
Each keyword (KIDS, COMMUNITY, BELIEFS, EVENTS) triggers an automated text message with information specifically related to the category chosen.
Use Direct Lines for Individual Ministries
Create a direct line for each ministry to communicate quickly with interested visitors. There are many ways ministries use direct lines including ministry-specific updates, event invitations, personal communication between visitors and ministry staff, etc.
Promote any event with Beetexting. Use broadcast messaging, personalization, links, and/or automatic responses with keyword triggers to create messages that people will read and respond to.
Welcome New Visitors
Text messaging provides a new avenue for connecting with your visitors in a more meaningful and direct way.
Engage Your Congregation
Communicate with your congregation effectively and engage them to connect and grow closer to God.
Gather Donations & Promote Events
Provide a way for people to tithe and give. And promote your events using broadcast messaging, personalization, and/or automatic responses.
WHO IS FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF DECATUR?
First Christian Church is a contemporary, multi-generational community of individuals located in Decatur, IL who love God and love people. To stay connected and involved with their people, they implemented texting.
“Communicating effectively is our main priority as well as our biggest challenge. We struggled to find a texting partner that provides the features we need at a price we can afford. After a few misfits, we found Beetexting – their service has everything we need to reach people in our church both individually and collectively. The one-on-one conversation and broadcast text features generate more responses and conversations than any other texting platform we’ve tried. With Beetexting we have deeper and more thoughtful conversations which we’re so thankful for."
Q&A WITH FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF DECATUR
What hurdles were you experiencing that led you to give Beetexting a try?
Before Beetexting, we had some failed experiences with other texting providers. We encountered many issues including hidden charges, confusing payment structures with text credits, cumbersome platforms, limited characters per message, limited user profiles, poor customer support, and more.
It’s without saying that we were frustrated and began feeling like there wasn’t a good solution out there for us that didn’t cost a fortune until Beetexting came along.
What are the top ways you are using Beetexting regularly?
We use Beetexting for broadcast texts and one-on-one conversations. We also transfer conversations to other users when necessary. This is a really nice feature internally!
How has Beetexting positively impacted your church, team, and/or congregation?
People have been VERY receptive to using Beetexting. We rarely had people contact us via our old providers. However, we have people contact us weekly now via Beetexting, and I believe that will only increase. Being able to respond immediately to those who contact us is a very nice feature.
Would you recommend Beetexting to a fellow church?
Absolutely! It's a very user-friendly platform both internally and for those within our congregation. We've had great conversations via Beetexting with first-time guests as well. And Beetexting support is excellent. While we had some bugs at first, they worked diligently to get those fixed and kept us updated along the way.
What features do you use most often?
We schedule broadcasts the most, but I really like the "edifying" message as well. It helps us to think through our messages before sending them. I also really like the "transferring conversations" to other users. It guarantees they know they are the ones that should respond to that particular message.
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