Mass Texting

Mass texting is the quickest way to relay information to your church congregation, specific group, or ministry. Nearly every texting service gives you a way to send a mass text. With Clearstream, you can do alot more than just send a basic mass text to a list...

Customize your text

Platform view of a mass text and the number its sending from

Send video texts

  • Make your mass text a little more engaging by including a video. Upload an existing video, and create and record a new one directly within Clearstream.

  • If your recipients have your text number saved in their phone, it will play inline. Otherwise, it's sent as a link.

The 'Insert Video' modal, showing a smiling young woman. The video is titled 'Quick reminder!'

Send now or later

  • Use our web app or iOS / Android app to instantly send a mass text to your people, or schedule out your messages for a later date. Don't worry, scheduled messages can be edited or deleted.

  • Need to set and forget a message that goes our regularly? Schedule a recurring text.

Screenshot of a mass text and the "Send Later" option is selected

Link Shortening

  • Include full-length or shortened URLs in your mass text.

  • With Clearstream, you'll have a custom link subdomain to help with carrier filtering.

  • Shortened links in Clearstream are trackable, meaning you can see how many people clicked on your link post-send.

Custom link shortener

Live Metrics

  • View real-time metrics like how fast your message is being delivered, opt-out rates, replies, and even texts that fail to deliver. 

  • Want to see if someone specific received your text? A searchable table makes it quick and painless.

Metrics Artwork

Clearstream scales

  • Whether you're a church of 50 or 50k people, our infrastructure and carrier connections can handle even the highest loads.

  • For large churches, we highly recommend short codes for high volume mass texting.

  • Learn how and why of the largest churches are using Clearstream for their texting communications -

Dedicated shortcode icon with platform icons surrounding it

Frequently Asked Questions

Any outgoing text you send (mass text, auto-response, or inbox reply) can include up to 765 characters (letters and numbers). Here’s the credit breakdown:

  • Messages less than 161 characters use 1 credit per person.

  • Messages between 161-306 characters use 2 credits per person.

  • Messages between 307-459 characters use 3 credits per person.

  • Messages between 460-612 characters use 4 credits per person.

  • Messages between 613-765 characters use 5 credits per person.

Yes, you can include:

  • Videos (up to 5 minutes long)

  • Pictures (JPEG or PNG file up to 8MB in size)

  • Notes (think a Google Doc sent via text)

Every Clearstream account comes with a registered A2P 10DLC (application to person 10-digit long code) number - a viable option for smaller-scale texting on a budget (a few hundred to a couple of thousand people). A2P 10DLC numbers experience better message delivery, faster sending, and less carrier filtering than non-registered numbers you might get with other platforms.

For high-volume mass texting you have the option of leasing a dedicated short code, but it’s more expensive.  

Yes. Clearstream offers dedicated short codes and is a vetted Premiere Partner with the Short Code Registry, the short code registrar who leases all short codes in the United States. Dedicated short codes are the single best option for high-volume, high-message-throughput, reliable, non-carrier-filtered, emoji/multilingual-supported, two-way mass texting. 

If you’re interested in learning how Clearstream can set up and manage a dedicated short code for your church, go here. Note that Clearstream doesn’t charge setup or short code hosting fees like most providers.

Maybe not every language since there are over 7,000 worldwide. But yes, thanks to Unicode, most languages can be sent in Clearstream.

Yes, with our {insert_data} functionality, you can insert the name for each subscriber when sending a mass text. This can make your mass texts feel a little more personal.

If their name isn't known, a fallback can be set, just like in real life...."Hey there!"

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