Use Cases

A texting service for your youth ministry

It's impossible to track every app your students and parents engage with. But everyone sends texts. And no one does texting better than Clearstream. Bet.

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Schedule youth service reminders

Church happens every week and people still forget. We feel your pain. Schedule a reminder that goes out weekly. Include this emoji 🔥 in your text and everyone will show up. With friends. Or, send a video highlighting the upcoming ministry events and sermon series.

Screenshot of a mass text and the "Recurring" option is selected

Host live polls during youth service

Create a poll and 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 Gateway Church use live polls with thousands of their students.

Poll results for what you consider to be a hotdog
Gateway Church using Live Polls

Create a youth texting account

Texting happens in student ministry all day, every day. Give your team and students their own space with a subaccount. They'll have a separate inbox, a separate number, separate users, and separate integrations.

Platform view of subaccount drop-down menu

Use automated workflows for new student follow up

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.

Someone texts "new" and Clearstream auto-replies and sends to "New Students" list

Customer Review

"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."

Woodland Church

Give your youth options

Teens hate being told what to choose. So give them some options. Depending on which number they reply with, they'll get an entirely different set of messages, links, and action steps.

Give your youth options

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.

Text Interaction Artwork

Send event registrations

Youth leaders are also event planners. Make your job easier by sending registration forms through text. Use a unique URL with our link shortener.

Screenshot of a mass text sent with a link and two people responding with emojis

Customer Review

"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 beaten."

Gospel City Church

Create parent texting lists

Create a keyword or signup form for parents and let them join a specific texting list. Then you can message parents separately and keep them in the loop about their kids.

Screenshot of digital connect card filled out and an auto-response sent

Send texts on the run

Running a youth ministry keeps you busy. For announcements, event changes, student follow-up, or parent conversations — use our native mobile app.

Platform view of inbox in dark mode on phone

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