ChurchTrac offers church texting, enabling you to send SMS text messages to a single person, a group of people, or your entire church directory with the built-in SMS or through our integration with Twilio, a 3rd party messaging provider.
Learn more about the differences between our Built-In SMS and Twilio SMS by reading our article Should I Enable Twilio Messaging? ›
Churches must follow the same mass texting guidelines as businesses. Per carrier guidelines, all businesses are required to provide proof of how they are collecting their consumer's consent. An online form is the best way to do this for churches. Click HERE to view an example of a form card you can easily create in Church Connect.
The best way to ensure that your people receive your messages is to have them text you first by saying "Yes". With the recent changes made in the SMS industry, this approach is the most failproof way to ensure that you are only sending to individuals who have explicitly opted in.
Have people fill out your opt-in form for receiving text messages. This practice is called a "double opt-in" and is required by most carriers.
The Text Messaging Tab is found by navigating to People > Messaging > Text Messaging.
You are given to option to text individuals from a Smart List or a Tag. ChurchTrac will only send SMS messages to individuals with a phone number in the mobile number field.
Your text message can be up to 160 characters. You also have the option to send your text message immediately or schedule to send it at a later day and time.
Though every ministry is different, the sweet spot for church SMS is between 1-3 texts per week.
Yes. If you send a single message to 80 recipients, you will be billed for 80 text messages.
If you send SMS messages with ChurchTrac's built-in messaging, the cost is $0.03 per SMS recipient. Using our third-party integration, you can also purchase a phone number from Twilio and link it to your account. Learn More ›
ChurchTrac's built-in messaging is only available in the US and Canada. You will need to use our integration with Twilio to send messages in another country. Learn More ›
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Yes! With ChurchTrac Messaging you no longer need to pay for additional apps like Text In Church. We have an entire article dedicated to this. Learn More ›