Text messaging is an effective and affordable tool to encourage visitors this Easter. You can easily invite new people to discover your church and share important information with everyone quickly. It’s also a great opportunity to re-engage members and create excitement for your Easter worship service. Here’s how you can use text messaging to make real connections and ensure you have a great Easter service turnout.
Create a Text Message Invitation for Easter Visitors
Text messaging is an easy way for guests to learn about your church and Easter services. Create a keyword (for example, “EASTER”) that people can text from anywhere using their mobile phone. They’ll get an instant reply and you can send group updates leading up to the Easter service to keep guests informed. If hosting any Easter events, send a group announcement to the same list to invite them to participate with their friends and family.
Share Your Easter Invitation
Once your keyword is created, you can share the invitation everywhere. Add it to your website, social media pages, bulletins, and postcards. Create a QR code to post on signage that anyone can scan to send a text to join. If you’re hosting events leading up to Easter, consider creating t-shirts with the number that volunteers can wear to promote Easter services. Encourage and remind members to share the invitation on their social media pages and with their friends and family.
Sent Plenty of Text Message Updates
Once people have joined your text message group, you can continue to send updates leading up to Easter. New guests can get to know your church and feel welcome before their first visit. As you build a relationship, people will feel seen, loved, and excited to attend the Easter service.
Here are some ways to stay and touch and keep people engaged prior to Easter. Customize this list to best fit the needs of your church community.
- Share a link to your website with details about your church
- Send a reminder of upcoming Easter events
- Announce volunteer needs
- Remind the group of Easter worship service times
If any details change or you have new information to share, send a group announcement to quickly update your entire church family and new visitors.
Follow Up After Easter
Whether or not those who responded to the invitation visited your church for Easter, it’s crucial to have a solid follow-up plan. With text messaging, follow-up doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming. Here are some ways you can reach out to create a connection:
- Introduce yourself and set up a time to chat and tell them more about your church
- Invite people to attend the next service
- Ask for prayer requests
- Announce an upcoming church event
- Share a recording of the Easter live stream for anyone who wasn’t able to join
- Deliver a pastor’s video message with an inspirational message
- Request volunteers for a specific need
- Invite people to join a small group
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