As more churches rely on digital formats and social media platforms to spread the gospel of Christ and increase spiritual outreach, many find themselves needing to hire more than ministers and clerical staff.
Many churches need good communication and IT specialists to help with the logistics and ensure that parishioners seamlessly receive the information on digital platforms. That includes the actual church services, Bible studies, funerals, and every other program that the church serves.
Digital platforms for churches include virtual church services and sending information via text messages, which more churches utilize as modes to get information to parishioners. Although technology can make getting to know church members personally seem like a thing of the past, the pandemic we’ve just experienced was a lesson in needing technology to survive.
There are many things that churches can include in their text messages to parishioners, but the six most important things to consider sending before the next service are listed below.
Welcome to new members
Whether members join in person at service or on a virtual service, all new members should receive a welcome text from welcome staff between the Sunday they enter and the following Sunday.
There should be a committee at your church responsible for this welcome text so that newcomers receive a warm welcomed and are well informed. The welcome should tell them about different committees and programs in the church they may be interested in. It should also give information on how the new member can confirm that the church has their correct information.
Membership check-in/roll call
The saddest thing to happen to any family is to lose a loved one, and no one knows for several days or weeks. Stories of this happening are becoming more and more frequent. However, when seeing parishioners’ faces isn’t always possible, having a member check-in or roll call makes sense. Your church phone system should accommodate sending mass text messages and accept responses such as “hello” or “present.” That way, if a member does not respond, church leadership can send someone to do a wellness check on that parishioner personally.
Transparency is essential and church members giving their hard-earned resources to the church want to know the status of those resources. They want to see the collection amounts from different programs, the building fund status, and the progress on any work or funded programs.
They also want to know what the church is doing for the community. That includes missionary work, homeless shelters, food banks, and whatever other programs sponsored by the church to provide for the community. Providing members this information in short texts eases tension and builds a stronger and more unified church
Schedule of service
Suppose there are changes to the order of service, an additional church program, or a special event happening at the church. In that case, this information should be texted to members to plan their schedules accordingly. The schedule of service text must also include meetings, choir or play rehearsals, missionary work, and all other work scheduled for specific times during the week.
Important church information
Church memberships can change fast, with people joining weekly and other members moving on to other churches or states. Instead of assuming that everyone knows about different ministries, information about them should be sent in weekly texts. Include a link to the church website that leads parishioners to various programs.
Births, birthdays, death, and accomplishments
Keep church members informed on births, birthdays, deaths, and accomplishments by sending a text. Texting members’ events should be scheduled for a particular day each week to allow other members to congratulate or offer condolences.
Digital platforms for churches include virtual church services and sending information via text messages, which more churches are doing to get information to parishioners. There are a lot of things that churches can include in their text messages to parishioners.
Still, the six most important things to consider sending before service are welcome new members, membership check-in/roll call, church resources/status, schedule of service, important church information, and births, birthdays, deaths of church members.