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A collection of articles and videos highlighting new feature releases, how-to’s for church texting, and thought pieces.

  • Introducing Smart Keywords

    Hasn’t Clearstream always had Keywords? Yes, we have – but never like this. Last month, we released Branches, Transfer to Workflow, and Transfer to Subaccount. This month, the rest of the party has arrived – Send Menu and Branch based on Planning Center Campus. Collectively, we’re calling this suite of features Smart Keywords. Smart Keywords let all guests and…

  • Texting Laws & Best Practices for Churches

    In this whiteboard video series, we walk through the laws, carrier guidelines, and best practices for texting in your church. We also dive into the different types of numbers you can use when texting, such as shortcodes and longcodes.

  • February Product Update

    Can you believe it’s already February? We kicked off the year by releasing Smart Keywords, which allow you to use one Keyword for everyone in your church. We’re typically not ones to be dramatic, but Smart Keywords can entirely change the way your church communicates. If you haven’t already, grab a coffee (or tea –…

  • December Product Update

    Let us be the first to wish you a very Merry Christmas! Over the last few months, we’ve been hinting at some large changes coming to Clearstream, and we just released a few of these updates last week. Along with those new features, we’ve pushed a few smaller updates. Check out Workflow Branches, updates to…

  • New Feature: Workflow Branches

    When creating a Keyword Workflow, have you ever wished you could send a digital form only to people whose name you’re missing or send a different set of texts to those using your Keyword a second time? If so, Branches are for you. Using Branches, people can text in the same Keyword but receive different…

  • November Product Update

    In this season, we’re all reflecting a little more on what we’re thankful for. At Clearstream, our gratitude is centered around the gift of working with life-changing churches like your’s each day. Although we’re celebrating Thanksgiving this month, we feel a bit like elves getting ready for Christmas, as we’re preparing to release a string…

  • October Product Update

    Something about autumn brings a refreshing draw back to the basics. One of our core values at Clearstream is to be precise in all we do. This precision looks like consistently fixing bugs and pushing updates to keep our platform as reliable as possible. Precision also includes ensuring clarity in our communication so that Clearstream…

  • September Product Update

    Hello, and happy September from the Sunshine State! Our team has been busy working on long-term, bigger features to come over the next few months. In the meantime, we have pushed a few smaller developments that we’re thrilled to share with you. * COVID-19 update – We are continuing to help churches, as we’re able…

  • August Product Update

    Greetings from a hot, hot, hot Florida in August. This past month, we’ve launched a couple new features, made a bunch of small updates, and changed our pricing. * COVID-19 update – We are continuing to help churches, as we’re able to, with limited free message credits needed for COVID-related communication. If your church needs…

  • July Product Update

    Starting this month, we’ll be writing monthly updates. Why? Because we release new features and make small improvements to Clearstream every week, but have been admittedly terrible at communicating lately. 😬 This year we’ve been consumed with launching the new version of Clearstream (a nearly two-year undertaking), as well as helping our customers navigate their…

  • How to Use Texting During Online Services

    As more people move towards a digital-first lifestyle, more churches have started to offer online services. Churches often use livestream, YouTube, or Facebook Live as a way to do church online. Recently, due to COVID-19, most churches are following suit. A clear challenge to doing church online is making personal connections with people – be…

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