For the last several years my office used another service for our web site. To me it was always clunky and less than fun to work with. For several months I had looked at several options for changing service but always was disappointed with the pricing or user interface. I recently received an email from Mark at Online Church Solutions. On a whim I clicked on the link. Boy, I'm glad I did!
Need to cancel a worship service due to bad weather? Want to send a reminder to the musicians about tomorrow's practice session? This tool allows our clients to create multiple groups (i.e. Small Group Leaders, Members, etc.) and send text messages* from within your Online Church Solutions account to their cell phones, up to 300 characters each.
Easy signup form included for text message groups so members can sign up right from your website, meaning you don't have to manually add people to text message groups.
For those texting within the United States, this robust tool is already included in your Annual Online Church Solutions Price; fees apply for those texting outside the US and for any location using Automated Calling (see rate details below).
Enhance your Church Communication with some possible uses:
- General Church Announcements
- Breaking News
- Weather Cancellation
- Sermon Verses before Sunday
- Questions for Sermon
- Funeral Announcements
- Prayer Requests
- Small Group/Bible Study
- Worship Team/Choir Practice Info
- Parents of Children in Specific Classes
- Visitor Follow-Up
(Click on the Plus next to each feature to reveal more information)
To send from a phone number instead of an email address, a Plivo.com account is required at a cost of $0.80 per month for the number, and $0.005 per text (their prices are subject to change). Example: 200 texts would cost the monthly 80 cents and $1.00 in texting charges to send.
*Your text recipients may still be charged by their cell phone carrier to receive your texts, depending on their cell plan. For this reason, it's important that you get your recipients' permission before sending texts.