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

  • The New Clearstream is Here!

    Today, we launched the completely redesigned Clearstream texting platform. New features, more integrations, and faster than ever. See what’s new, what’s changed, and how to get the most out of Clearstream.

  • 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.

  • Choosing the Right Texting Service for Your Church

    In order to help you choose the best texting service for your church, we created this post to highlight the key features and functionalities crucial to churches interested in communicating with their volunteers, members, staff, and first-time guests via text message. Over the past several months, we’ve been on the hunt for a ‘customer journey’…

  • New Feature: Automated Workflows

    Make Your Visitor Connect Cards Way More Powerful Likely you already have tools in place to make sure your visitors feel welcomed on Sunday morning: a superhero host team, a friendly welcome center, great coffee, etc. For those new guests who do fill out your connect card, or give their info at your Welcome Center,…

  • New Feature: Weekly Reports

    Analytics are a vital piece of any software, which is why we provide important metrics throughout the Clearstream platform. And now, you can get weekly reports of your account performance automatically emailed to you and your team! Weekly Reports give you a quick summary of your account’s performance over the past week, as well as a comparison…

  • New Feature: Slack Integration

    Slack is one of the most popular web apps for team communication. Here at Clearstream our team uses and relies on Slack every day. After hearing that so many of our customers use it, we thought ‘?why not let our customers manage their Clearstream Inbox directly in Slack?’ Hence this powerful (we tend to overuse this word, but a…

  • New Feature: Sync to Planning Center

    It just so happens that a lot of our customers use Planning Center as their church management software. That’s probably because we make it almost laughably easy to send texts to your People Lists in Planning Center. Up until now, it’s been a one-way integration: automatically syncing your Planning Center People Lists into your Clearstream account. Now not…

  • New Feature: Mailchimp Integration

    Mailchimp has slowly become the world’s leading email marketing platform, and also happens to have one of the most inspirational startup stories ever. More importantly, since most of our customers use Mailchimp as their email marketing/communication software, it made sense to directly integrate with them in a way that helps our customer’s communication efforts beyond text…

  • New Feature: Subaccounts

    Today we wanted to introduce a major new feature in Clearstream: Subaccounts. If you have a few ministries in your church that are large enough to need their own account, or if your church has multiple locations, Subaccounts is a great option. Now you can create separate accounts under your main (we’ll call it master) account, but…

  • Clearstream Android App Now Available in the Google Play Store

    For many of you, this announcement has been long-awaited. Admittedly, too long. But for good reason, as we’ve been busy building direct integrations with apps like Planning Center and Zapier, and a handful of killer features we’ll be rolling out over the next few months. You can now download the Clearstream Android App in the Google Play store. As with…

  • Shortcodes vs. Longcodes

    What is the difference between a Shortcode vs a Longcode? A Shortcode is a carrier-approved, 5-digit number that’s used for mass texting. Shortcodes can send messages at 50 – 300 messages per second. Whereas a Longcode is a 10-digit, local phone number, also referred to as a Dedicated Local Number. Longcodes can send 1 message…

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