20 Mar Keep Your Church Community Connected And Safe During The COVID-19 Pandemic With mobileAxept Text-To-Give & Text Notifications
COVID-19 has changed the way we interact with each other on a daily, weekly, and soon to be monthly-basis. We’re truly saddened for the ways that this has altered church interactions and forced communities to isolate themselves from each other.
For this reason, among others, we wanted to keep churches informed about how mobileAxepts solutions can keep church communities connected during this pandemic.
Solutions for Online Service and Online Church
At mobileAxept, we offer multiple tools for online community engagement. GiveNow is our text-to-give solution that allows members to give directly from their cell phones. ReachNow is our text notification and text messaging application that church administrators can use to reach their congregations. Here is a list of great ways to use text messaging to help encourage and engage your community all the time:
- Send an update to your community about what’s going on with service times and schedules.
Not many churches have chosen to continue meeting regularly. By keeping your community in the loop with what your church leadership decides, you’ll help to keep your congregation informed.
- Send out daily Bible verses and devotions.
Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to say, especially in times like these. Instead of trying to come up with something, lean on the Bible or devotional plans from the Youversion Bible App.
- Create a video update or short testimony.
We know we’re not supposed to be meeting in larger groups, and that can make it difficult for people to feel like they’re a part of something greater. Find a congregation member or pastor with a testimony of healing or financial provision from God and create a short video testimony that you can send out via text message.
- Send out prayer requests.
The current pandemic has caused people throughout the world to be in extra need of prayer, but all too often, the news and negativity are swallowing up those requests. Reach people directly and immediately by sending out prayer requests via text messaging.
- Provide resources for those that need help during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Some churches and nonprofits have chosen to offer bagged lunches and meals for those in need who are experiencing loss. As a church, you may not have the resources to offer such services, but you can help by making your community aware of the places that do offer such services.
Find Ways for Members to Continue Giving
While churches aren’t meeting in person, there are still ways by which they can give. Online and text-based giving platforms, like GiveNow, are some of the best ways to offer digital giving. If you choose to use mobileAxept for these services, you’ll be able to set up individual funds that members can give to.
You might consider creating a COVID-19 relief fund. Your community may not have been hit by sickness, but it’s likely that it has been hit by the economic impacts of businesses and schools closing. Your church can help be part of the solution by giving back to the community and local food shelves.
Some areas of the country are also calling for volunteers. Don’t be afraid to reach out if you live in any of these places. We’re called to be the hands and feet of Christ. Even when, in times like these, we can feel scared or nervous. God has called us to be people of faith and to give faithfully.
The Responsibility or Church Leadership
Churches tend to feel particularly responsible for the well being of their communities within these times. Rightly so. Pastors need to be able to support their communities and stay in communication with them throughout this crisis.
If the church will band together in prayer and support of each other, we’re sure to come out of this crisis stronger.
We’re Here for You
For those who have been using our solutions and would like to talk about some of the capabilities that you might be able to utilize, we’re here to help. We understand these times are stressful for many, and that’s why we’re encouraged to be able to offer you incredible customer service.
If you’d like to learn more about any of the solutions we offer, please contact us today.