Every church leader recognizes the need to maintain good communication with the congregation. That’s why we invest thousands of dollars and man hours in publishing church bulletins. But the problem with church bulletins is that they aren’t time sensitive. Because of this, many churches have created Facebook pages to get news out even quicker. But again, the problem with Facebook is that the congregation won’t see the news unless they log into their Facebook account.
Well, here’s a way to contact your congregation with news, updates, and prayer requests in “real time.” Here’s how you do it.
Go to www.twitter.com and set up a free account for the church (e.g. ABCchurch). Then inform your congregation that if they wish to receive instant text updates, all they have to do is send a text to “40404” and have the text simply say, “Follow ABCchurch” (without the quotation marks).
That’s it. That’s all there is to it. Your members don’t have to have a Twitter account, all they need is a phone with a texting plan. This service has been around for about seven months, but I’m a bit slow.
Just brainstorming…You can set up Twitter accounts for your young people, the parents of your young people, senior members, the entire congregation, etc. You get the point. Whatever subgroup you have at your congregation, you can invite them to join a group and they can receive timely texts, relevant to them, from the congregation.
By the way, this feature is called, “Fast Follow” if you want to do a little more research on it. Give it a try and let me know how it goes.