Texting for your Youth Ministry
It's impossible to keep track of every app your students and parents engage with. But everyone sends texts. And no one does texting better than Clearstream. Bet.
We're a product-focused team that's dedicated to building and perfecting reliable, intuitive communication software for the church.
And we've been doing it for over 12 years.
Schedule weekly youth service reminders
Church happens every week and people still forget. We feel your pain. Schedule a recurring reminder that goes out weekly. Include this emoji 🔥 in your message and everyone will show up. With friends.
Host live text polls during service
Use polls to quiz your youth group on Bible trivia or play a few icebreaker games. It's fun and students love it!
Watch this video to see how Gateway Church did it with thousands of students.
Use a dedicated subaccount for youth ministry
A lot of texting happens in student ministry. Give your team and your students their own space with a subaccount. They'll have a separate inbox, a separate number, separate users, and separate integrations.
"Clearstream allows our church to connect with our students. It's difficult to know who sees our content when we post on social media, but with Clearstream, we can be sure each student and parent gets a notification on a commonly used platform that they will most likely interact with."
Follow-up with new students
You can use text-to-join keywords and automated workflows for students visiting for the first time.
Here's an example of how it could work: A student texts in your keyword (i.e. "new" to xxx-xxx-xxxx) and receives an auto-response with a welcome text. They're added to your communication list and start receiving student ministry updates and announcements.
Answer parent questions
Communication often gets lost between students and parents. For last-minute questions, you can quickly respond from your inbox. Your personal phone thanks you. And so does Billy's mom.
Send event registrations
Youth leaders are also part-time event planners. Make it easier by sending registration forms through text. Use our link shortener to make your texts — wait for it — shorter.
"As a Student Pastor, I send out a lot of texts communicating to our parents and students alike. We've used other services that weren't reliable or didn't work for some of our subscribers. Clearstream is an absolute home run for us. We have consistent, reliable communication every time. It's easy to setup, easy to use keywords, and the price literally can't be beat."
Have parents join separate lists to stay connected
Create a separate keyword or signup form for parents and let them join a specific list. Message parents separately and keep them in-the-loop about their kids.
Send texts on-the-go
Running a youth ministry keeps you busy. For announcements, event changes, student follow-up, or parent conversations — use our native mobile app.
Start texting your students
Texting hits different. 97% of texts are opened within the first three minutes. And Clearstream can fit within a single youth ministry or just as easily integrate into an entire church communications plan.