We use all sorts of communication avenues in my high school ministry.
Text Messaging is our primary means of communicating with students. We text students at least once a week with reminders about events we’ve announced. We use a company called “Boom Text“.
Facebook is our second most used avenue. We have a “fan page”, which isn’t ideal. It doesn’t allow us to send messages to our students and parents that are fans, just “updates”, which they don’t see unless they click their Inbox and look at the updates. I am friends with all of our students on my personal account, and I have them in groups of 20 so that I can send them messages. So I set them up like “Mission Students 1”, “Mission Students 2”, etc… Then I just copy/paste the same message into group messages. I’d like to just set up a page for the ministry that behaves like a normal profile, but Facebook doesn’t allow it. We utilize a few tabs on the page too (Events, Videos, etc…). We also tag every student in our photos, which draws them to the page.
We use fliers for everything. How many of them actually make it home? Who knows… but I can’t give up on this one yet. We could probably go paperless, but I’m old fashioned I guess.
We create a quarterly calendar, on paper, which is also saved as a picture and pdf and posted everywhere.
Email is last and least. I use it as my primary means of communication with my volunteers, but I usually copy every email with a Facebook message to them too.
We also have an “Announcements” time during each gathering on Sundays- they sure do seem like they’re listening, but who knows!
WHICH ONE(S) OF THESE DO YOU USE IN YOUR MINISTRY?