One of the BEST communication methods every church should be using is text messaging. Why? Because over 99% of texts are open and read. Compare that to email with just 20-40% open rates. So, what church texting services are out there?

Church texting services are a great option for churches to use in communicating with their attenders. By following major marketing trends we can see how and where people are getting their information the most and which ways they are most likely to act on. While email remains one of the top ways to reach people (in addition to social media) 2020 may prove that text messaging is a rising solution. 

Here are some additional statistics that may prove that a church texting service should be part of your communication strategy. 

  • 60% of people surveyed said they read a marketing text within 5 minutes of receiving it. 
  • 33% react to CTAs in text message marketing, and 47% end up making a purchase.
  • Text marketing click-through rates are finding to be 10-15% higher than email marketing.

The rise of digital marketing is quickly making it even harder to communicate with your church. I put together a list of the 5 best church test messaging solutions so you can reach them through the noise. 

Text in Church

Text in Church is one of the leading solutions when it comes to church texting services. It's actually the solution we use at my church. Easy integrations with Planning Center, Church Community Builder, MailChimp, and Zapier make getting started a quick process. 

They offer automated workflows and communication templates that make it faster and easier for you to follow up with guests.  You can choose between a short digit code phone number or a traditional 10 digit one. Keywords make opting in simple. 

Text in Church does offer a 14-day trial and they offer a 100% risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee with the option to cancel any time. There are three payment tiers depending on your needs as a church. They are also able to accommodate more for larger organizations, but you would need to contact them for a customized quote. 

Basic Annual Pro Annual Premium Annual
$31/mo

Paid Annually (regularly $444)

$56/mo

Paid Annually (regularly $804)

$81/mo

Paid Annually (regularly $1,164)

Unlimited contact records Unlimited contact records Unlimited contact records
500 Texts per month  1500 Texts per month 2500 Texts per month
Unlimited Emails Unlimited Emails Unlimited Emails
Email & Chat Email & Chat Email, Chat & Phone support

 

ClearStream

Clearstream is a solution built for churches. 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 Long codes, integrations with multiple church management software, 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, Rock RMS, Planning Center, and more.

They have a free trial and four different payment options and offer custom pricing for new church plants or any needs that don’t fit within the plans below. 

Church Plant Small Church Medium Church  Medium Church+
$29 a month $49 a month $99 a month $199 a month
1250 messages 2500 messages 6000 messages  12000 messages
3 Keywords 4 keywords 5 keywords 6 keywords
1 sub-account 2 sub-accounts 4 sub-accounts 8 sub-accounts

 

Tithely Messaging 

Tithely offers a lot of solutions for churches from giving to messaging. Their text messaging solutions include automated campaigns, 2-way messaging, and email features as well. 

Because Tithely provides other solutions they have one all-inclusive option for text messaging only which is $5/monthly for 200 SMS messages, plus 2.9¢ per text over 200.

Flocknote

Flocknote is another great option for churches because it was built with churches in mind. They offer unlimited text and email options, longer text options that can include images, analytics, and easy opt-in for new guests.

Flocknote also has some pretty unique features that include a content library, different admin levels so you can include volunteers and Spanish friendly options.

Their pricing options are pretty simple and offer custom pricing plans for larger organizations.

Under 40 Members Over 40 Members Over 50 Members
FREE $8 Monthly $14 Monthly
Unlimited emails and text messages Unlimited emails and text messages Unlimited emails and text messages
Unlimited groups and admins Unlimited groups and admins Unlimited groups and admins

 

EZ Texting

EZ Texting is a great resource, but it can be a little complicated as it was not built specifically for church organizations. They offer integrations with Mailchimp, Zapier, Squarespace, and Salesforce. 

EZ Texting might be a great solution for you if your main goal is to communicate quick updates and send reminders. 

They offer a variety of pricing options from annual to monthly memberships and a custom option as well. Their payment options are robust and every option has the potential for additional charges for overages and any keywords purchased. Below is a quick guide to their monthly options. 

Value Essentials Premium
Starting at $24  Starting at $36 Starting $61
Includes 200 Credits / Month Includes 200 Credits / Month Includes 200 Credits / Month
1 Number 2 Numbers 3 Numbers
Unlimited Contacts Unlimited Contacts Unlimited Contacts
Limited Access to Tools. Access to Analytics  Full Access

 

Final Thoughts

These are all great church texting service options to get started with in your church. The fact of the matter is, almost everyone that walks into your church will have a phone and almost every single one of them texts daily, even hourly. 

In a time when everyone seems so connected staying connected to our church members has never been more difficult. Text messaging may be the solution you have been looking for.