You may have heard of emergency notification services that help family members stay in touch in the aftermath of a disaster. Those same group messaging services can be invaluable to churches as a way to disseminate information among members.
Some churches have tried various methods of getting information out. One option is to have the church secretary call everyone. At best, this is time consuming and, as the church grows larger, it becomes an impossible task for just one or two people to handle.
Another option that is popular in some churches is a "phone tree". This is where information is spread via a network of people who each agree to call a few members. You can visit www.soh.church to know more about church services.
However, if one of the people in the phone tree misses the call, then everyone who that person was supposed to call will also miss getting the information. This makes the phone tree method quite unreliable.
With a group messaging service, you can disseminate the information to every member of your church with ONE phone call. Whether you have 25 church members or 2500, one phone call is all it takes.
This is great for spreading news such as:
Church service cancellations or schedule changes
Reminders about turning the clocks ahead or back
Updates about church events, such as potlucks
Call for assistance for ill or grieving church members
Spreading good news, such as the birth of a baby
While the use of a group messaging service is helpful for all churches, no matter the size, they can be especially useful to large churches. Using such services really takes the load off when it comes to making sure that all church members get important information.
No one will have to be tied up all day making phone calls. Instead, you can just make one phone call, or send one email or text message and the rest will be taken care of for you.