How to Connect Your Church in the Moment

James Martin
Published on | 
July 15, 2019
How to Connect Your Church in the Moment
Rally gets 60% or better conversation rates and doubles previous new member engagements.

As a kid growing up, I watched my dad plant four churches in the Greater Boston area. I loved (and eventually shared) his passion for bringing people together. Seeing him build a community from a handful of people in our living room to eventually packing out the local middle school cafeteria was nothing short of a miracle. Years later, now a church leader myself, I started Rally to help my church's team reduce the barrier to connect with new people and "mobilize" our members for mission.  Technology is a means to an end, but it can most certainly change the world when combined with a compelling vision and clear leadership.

Try it now – Text CHURCH to 24365

With over 99% of messages read and 95% of US adults using mobile phones, mobile messaging is by far the most effective method to connect, communicate, and drive action. Chances are your kids and neighbors prefer texting over calling or emailing.

Meet them where they are with texting. Here are some examples our clients are using to connect with people in the moment.

Example Church Menu on The Rally Platform
Example Church Menu
Engage in the moment with a simple text message menu

Share a blog post or article, conduct quick polls, or capture real-time donations to increase engagement in the moment. Return a link to your website, giving pages, or ask questions to route to a ministry team.

For example, Send CHURCH to 24365 returns:

Text 1 to CONNECT
Text 2 to find a SMALL GROUP
Text 3 to register for the RETREAT
Text 4 to get the post on DEPRESSION
Text 5 to GIVE to our church or a ministry

The options are limitless, and it’s as simple as sending and responding to a text.

Event RSVP via texting improves participation

Getting people to complete an online form can be challenging. Instead, allow them to easily signup as if they were texting a friend. Send reminders as the event approaches and automatically follow up post-event to share resources and keep the conversation going.

If personal, 9 out of 10 people prefer communicating by text. Reach them the way they prefer and drive action in the moment.

Enable a ministry team inbox or set up automatic prompts to capture needs

Allow your congregation to text your various ministry teams. With our advanced prompting feature, incoming messages are sorted and forwarded, meaning you never miss an opportunity to connect.

For example, you can give people the option to text prayer requests confidentially yet respond personally. Or use text messaging to schedule and support your family ministry and childcare teams.


Interested in rallying your church to mobilize your mission?

Start Today and get access to our Playbook of 50+ Text Message Templates and Community Engagement ideas to get you started.