The Best Texting Service for Your Youth Ministry

Wondering what the best youth ministry texting service is? I’ve searched for years to try and find a bullet proof solution to communicate via text message to my students.  There is a lot of options out there and virtually all of them will get the job done, but if you’re anything like me, you want the very best one.

When looking for a mass texting service, it had to meet the following criteria:

  1. Cost effective.
  2. Use of a short code. A short code is a 6 digit # that is easy to remember as opposed to a 10 digit, randomized phone number. The example below shows our shortcode being “393939”.
  3. Use of a keyword. A keyword is one word that students use to opt in or subscribe to your text alerts.
  4. List Auto-Management. I didn’t want to manually add or take away students from my contacts list.
  5. Scheduling.

The solution to my needs? EZ texting.

Here's a slide we use to get our students to sign up for text alerts.

SO WHAT DOES IT COST?

Well, that depends on two things: How many text messages are you going to send out and how many keywords do you need? I would suggest giving them a call as they provide custom plans and non-profit pricing (that you don’t see on their website).

OTHER OPTIONS

Don’t just take my word for it. Here’s some other services that might suit you better:

ARE YOU USING A MASS TEXTING SERVICE? WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE AND WHY?