Texting is a super powerful way to reach people. SMS (Text) messages are read and responded to faster than any other communication methods. Text In Church allows you to quickly send a text message to individuals or groups. You can also schedule these messages in advance, saving you time and eliminating the possibility of forgetting to do it in “real time.”

Getting Started:

  • At the top left, click Create New Message
  • Select “Text Message” for the type of Message
  • (Optional) Create a title for your Text Message. NOTE: This title will only be visible in your account and can be helpful for finding sent or pending messages later.
  • Select Begin to move into the message builder

Step 1: Who should receive this message?

Choose who should get the text message (you can opt to send to group(s) or specific people.

  • Click in the search bar to view a drop down menu of groups or people or type in the search bar to quickly find a group or person
  • Click the name of a group or person to add them as recipients of this message
  • Click the “x” next to a name to remove them from this message
  • Click the “x” at the right of the search bar to remove all recipients from this message

Click Save Changes to move into the next step. Don’t worry, if you need to make changes before sending, you can click Edit to return to this step.

Step 2: What Would You Like Your Message To Say?

Click inside the box to begin composing what your message will say.

  • Click any of the Message Variables to insert a special code to pull a person's name and/or other details from their people record to personalize the message.
  • Click Add Media or drag and drop a file to add an attachment to the message.

Click Save Changes to move into the next step. If you need to make changes before sending, you can click Edit to return to this step.

Step 3: Send From What Phone Number?

Choose how you would like to send your message, either by one of your local 10-digit numbers or by 855 Toll Free Number.

You can send links and attachments through your 10 digit local number (if the message is filtered by cell phone carriers, we'll automatically resend using the 855 number).

Learn more about using multiple phone numbers here!

Click Save Changes to move into the next step. If you need to make changes before sending, you can click Edit to return to this step.

Step 4: Schedule or Send Now

Click “Send Now” to send your message immediately to your recipients.

Click “Schedule” to select a specific date and time in the future to send your message.

Once scheduled, your message can be found in the Pending tab of the Messages section. You can make changes or cancel the pending message from here.

Step 5: Confirm Sending Selection

You’ll see a confirmation that your message has been successfully scheduled

Select “Close This Info” to return to the Messages section.

Learn More About Sending Messages

Another approach to sending to an individual is under their person record. This will show all message history with this person and allow you to send an SMS/text message to them.

This article can walk you through scheduling and sending emails through Text In Church.

Learn more about the mobile app for easy messaging on the go!

To learn about automated messaging to follow-up with your people, check out articles on our Automated Workflows.

Learn how many characters to send in each message and how each message is counted towards your monthly allotment.

Over your monthly text message allotment? Click here for more information on your options.



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