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Overview

Text In Church is a church texting and email communication software to help busy church leaders spend less time managing...

PastorsLine is a text and voice messaging platform for churches & ministries to collect information and engage with members...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

37

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

10

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.6

240

5

4

3

2

1

171

55

11

2

1

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
95%
would recommend this app

4.3

186

5

4

3

2

1

76

84

25

1

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
98%
would recommend this app

Pros

This software is outstanding. Not only is it easy to set up and implement, but the positive feedback you get from being able to easily communicate with guest, congregations, groups, etc, is non-stop.

DK

Danielle K.

It's the best investment we've made for our church and it continues to grow and improve providing the best features you could ask for.

DK

Danielle K.

We are doing a much better at data aquisition and therefore better at leading people through a funnel/process of assimilation as well as spiritual development.

JR

John R.

Pros

They are so helpful and friendly. They've been a great fit for us and have provided an affordable option for keywords.

AC

Annette C.

They are the best at what they do and they have so many more options than other companies. We also love how quickly they respond and help us with our tedious questions, they are so great with us.

JT

Jenn T.

It has been amazing how helpful it has been to stay connected and in communication through this platform.

SL

Sean L.

Cons

Sometimes the integration with Planning Center Online is spotty. That can be frustrating.

AJ

Adam J.

The only issue I have with the software is the lack of email open reports. You have to manually check each person to see if they opened the email.

DK

Danielle K.

There was too much communication and it took forever to cancel. Then the emails were non stop.

CR

Catherine R.

Cons

As far as I know, if a contact is added to the campaign accidentally, there is no way to go back and remove the contact. I wish there was an easy way to do this to avoid mistakes.

KL

Kristen L.

Just getting everything set up is difficult. I know I’m missing out in so many of the features because it’s more complicated than I’m used to.

KS

Kathy S.

The platform can be a little confusing at times.

SH

Sara H.

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Key features

  • Total features21
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Communication Management
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Customizable Fields
  • Data Import/Export
  • Electronic Payments
  • Event Management
  • For Religious Organizations
  • Forms Management
  • Member Communication
  • Member Directory
  • Member Portal
  • Membership Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Location
  • Online Giving
  • Pledge Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SMS Messaging
  • Small Group Management
  • Volunteer Management
  • Total features16
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Communication Management
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Customizable Fields
  • Data Import/Export
  • Electronic Payments
  • Event Management
  • For Religious Organizations
  • Forms Management
  • Member Communication
  • Member Directory
  • Member Portal
  • Membership Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Location
  • Online Giving
  • Pledge Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SMS Messaging
  • Small Group Management
  • Volunteer Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations17
  • Authorize.Net
  • Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT
  • ChMS
  • Constant Contact
  • Eventbrite
  • Gmail
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • PayPal
  • Planning Center
  • Pushpay
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Salesforce.org Nonprofit Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations4
  • Authorize.Net
  • Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT
  • ChMS
  • Constant Contact
  • Eventbrite
  • Gmail
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • PayPal
  • Planning Center
  • Pushpay
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Salesforce.org Nonprofit Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Zapier

User reviews that mention these apps

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Text In Church

Better than the rest

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

I tried other church texting platforms but Text In Church is more polished and simply works. I have only been using it for a week and already new guests are getting engaged. I have collected more contact info from guests in a week than I did last year!

Cons

I wish that we could use our church land line number as the texting source (Like Pastorsline)

Vendor response

Thanks for the great review! Nicholas, you can use your church landline. Just reach out to our support team and we'll be happy to set that up for you.

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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PastorsLine

Website Review

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

It's easy to contact the entire church or specific ministries, making life easier. Not many people read their emails anymore but almost everyone opens a text. It has strengthened communication in our church.

Cons

The website is so slow. It's easier to use the app than the website but I have to use the website for some things. It's response time is slow and moves too slow in general. If it weren't for the slowness of the website, I would love this app.

Vendor response

Hi Stephanie! Thank you for your feedback! We are so happy to hear you have had success reaching your church through text and made your life easier! That is our #1 goal - to help churches communicate better and easier! I would love to find out more details about the slowness of the website you are experiencing. That isn't something we hear is an issue very often so I would like to look into it a little more if possible. I will send you an email to follow up about this shortly :)

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PastorsLine

Easier and more groundbreaking than Text In Church

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Ability to use bots to respond to text messages and using our church land line for the number.

Cons

They don't allow use of short codes and all of the integrations are not completed yet. The mobile app could be better.

Vendor response

Thank you for the feedback, Nicholas We are always working on improving in all those areas and also adding more integrations. Thank you for sticking with us!

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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PastorsLine

Would Buy - But Need Training to use

Reviewed 3 years ago

Love how responsive the team is.

Pros

I like that it allows us to send mass messages to our church, whether it's for a church function - or if there's inclimate weather. I also like that it allows us to reach first time guests through text.

Cons

I do not like how un-user friendly it is. It took some of our staff quite a while to figure out how to operate certain functions.

Vendor response

Thanks, Paul! We are working to improve the interface and all the other areas. I appreciate your feedback!

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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PastorsLine

PastorsLine is a great tool for me...

Reviewed 9 months ago

PastorsLine is my number one resource to witness and minister salvation to non-believers. It is a tool to help me grow the church on social media and in person.

Pros

I like the fact that I can text and use my PastorsLine number for the public to contact the church, for prayer or dialogue.

Cons

I did not dislike anything about PastorsLine.

Vendor response

Thank you so much for the feedback Pamela! There is nothing that makes us happier than seeing churches use PastorsLine to connect with their members and guests more effectively!

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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PastorsLine

A Worthwhile Investment of Time and Money for Our Church

Reviewed 3 years ago

I have had nothing but success in using PastorsLine. Even as I'm writing this review, two more of our retired-age adults signed up to receive prayer request alerts from our church through our PastorsLine software!

Pros

We love the ability of sending out burst communications in seconds to a variety of groups and people. Communicating immediately via text message is just the solution we were looking for as a church staff.

Cons

The back-end of PastorsLine is continuing to evolve even as we're using it. The app and web-versions of the software are growing my leaps and bounds even in our time using it. There are times when I wish the process was complete and finalized.

Vendor response

We're love hearing such success stories and we're glad that it is helping you to communicate better with your church! Thanks for your kind words, Stevan!

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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PastorsLine

Pastor's Line Rocks

Reviewed 3 years ago

It's been great! Excellent responsiveness and support from customer service. It's made a positive different in our ability to engage with our congregation. They are problem solvers, whether is improving communication with our people, or dealing with issues that come up with carriers creating barriers or issues that may come up with their own software (which is rare).

Pros

Love Pastor's Line and integration with our church database - creates so many new ways to connect with our people, visitors. Helps us tremendously in a "text" era to engage our people over email. They are constantly innovating and improving.

Cons

The management interface can be a little complicated, and with the upside of all the innovation, it would be helpful to have a dedicated person to manage and use this tool effectively if you have multiple users in your organization.

Vendor response

Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience. It is wonderful to hear that it is useful for your church. We do know the interface needs updating and we are in the process of making those changes in other areas. Thanks for sticking with us!

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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PastorsLine

PastorsLine - Best way to get a response from our congregation

Reviewed 3 years ago

This is the first application that has really worked for us. From RSVP's to prayer requests to an encouraging word from our Pastor to an emergency message, PastorsLine has engaged our congregation in a easy to respond way, right at their individual finger tips, through their mobile phone!

Pros

The easy of sending out a text or voice messages.

Cons

Some areas in the integration with church management software. Not so intuitive; but once learned, no issues.

Vendor response

Thank you Becky! We are so glad it's helping you communicate better to your church! We love hearing stories like that!

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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PastorsLine

The future is here

Reviewed 5 years ago

Long time CCB user, and advocate of church management systems. Pastorsline is the next step in fluid and dynamic church communications. Technology that allows a leader to do more with less, is always welcomed in my book. Pastorsline breaks down barriers to communication and allows the Leader to communicate effectively. It's simple, it's easy, and most importantly - transparent. A church member or guest doesn't need to download an app in order to be connected. LOVE it.

Pros

Simple and simplest experience for the church/member or guest. The back end interfaced can be managed by a team of volunteers to ensure that no response goes un-answered. OH and one more thing - the ability to send personalized text messages, and that the text responses go to the software, and not the recipients.

Cons

Nothing ! It solves the problem of text communication -

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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PastorsLine

We love it!

Reviewed 2 months ago

We love it. If I ever have a question they are so easy to get ahold of and quick to respond. (Unlike others I have used.) I have not had any problems.

Pros

The pricing and the fact that it is made for church by the church.

Cons

We are pretty simple here and it works perfectly for us and our needs.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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PastorsLine

PastorsLine Direct communication with the Christian world

Reviewed 4 years ago

PastorsLine has allowed us to easily reach many more people involved in the Christian world and those who are interested in being part of Christ.

Pros

PastorsLine is software that we acquire in the church that I attend in order to have easy access to our database and have a more active participation with members and visitors. We administer it through the computer or mobile. It allows our Pastor to be in direct contact with us through text messages, on the other hand it facilitates the administration of the church to the Pastor for a lower cost than other software that is in the market. Through this platform we have been able to reach more people interested in Christ and be part of our congregation.

Cons

We have little time using it so we have no negative opinions so far

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PastorsLine

Allowing me to communicate with visitors at a personal level. Priceless!

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Visitors reply to text messages with ease. They don't feel like one more out of the bunch. One of my visitor said to me " I am committed to becoming an active member of the Irmo church family". What more can you ask for?

Cons

No cons were added to this review

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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PastorsLine

We're better. And we like it.

Reviewed 3 years ago

Our church has used Pastorsline to enhance our communication channels with our members in so many ways. From interactive polls to last-minute event changes, Pastorsline has helped us establish more sure communication, building confidence in our church members and leaders.

Pros

Pastorsline is packed with features and customization options, it integrates perfectly with the software solutions we already use, and their customer support is AMAZING.

Cons

There is a bit of a learning curve (what features are called, and how to properly set them up).

Vendor response

That is awesome to hear the success you have been having using PastorsLine! That is the reason we do what we do so thank you for sharing that!

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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PastorsLine

Nice tool for smaller churches

Reviewed 2 years ago

I tried the free trial, but found it wasn't a good fit for our larger service.

Pros

Could connect church landline to a texting line.

Cons

Complicated features. Making it do all you wanted to do was not user friendly.

Vendor response

Thank you for the feedback! We have very flexible and customizable features and setting them up can be complicated at first. We always recommend reaching out to us for help! We would be happy to walk you through how to make our features work for what you need.

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PastorsLine Review

Reviewed 3 years ago

PastorsLine has helped us make meaningful connections as well as communicate easily to people in our congregation.

Pros

I love how easy PastorsLine is to use for first-time guest follow-up in our church. We collect data both digitally through PastorsLine as well as through a paper card. I've got a series of follow-up texts scheduled that has been super helpful for us in connecting with new people. I also love that they can reply directly to the text and I can have an exchange with them.

Cons

The features are fantastic but the interface is still a little wanting. They've been doing upgrades for the past year but the process to get to the end result seems a little slow.

Vendor response

Thanks Mike! We are so happy you have been able to have success with your new guests and being able to engage with them so easily. We do know the interface needs updating and we are in the process of making those changes (as you know). We do thank you for your patience and for sticking with us through it and can't wait for the finished product either!

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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PastorsLine

Good, but has bugs

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall it's been a good solution to being able to text our congregants. It's given us the option for opt-in texting and easy communication for scheduled text.

Pros

The ability to easily communicate with groups is wonderful. Pastorsline also integrates with our church database software which was a must, so we didn't have data silos.

Cons

Some things don't work as expected. I was getting notification from other numbers which I don't manages, so I had to turn off notifications. I am a Mac user so sometimes Safari has issues with the website so I have to switch to chrome for this one website.

Vendor response

Thanks, Shannon! It's great to hear that it 's a good solution to communicate with your congregants. We are making improvements and are always here to help any way we can!

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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PastorsLine

Limited use thus far for us. Issue experienced during our first large use.

Reviewed 5 years ago

Text congregants and receive responses.

Pros

Ability to communicate via text with our congregation. Polls for responses in services. Text links to digital forms.

Cons

User interface is difficult to understand. Not very intuitive to use.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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PastorsLine

Communication Toolbox

Reviewed 3 years ago

Pastors Line has helped me close the gap in communication to our church. Fast. Reliable. Great Support:

Pros

It can do basically anything. So many possibilities.

Cons

Takes time to learn how to do it all. (But it’s worth it)

Vendor response

We appreciate your kind words, Aaron! Thanks for sharing your experience! :)

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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PastorsLine

A great idea that is well on its way to great execution.

Reviewed 4 years ago

The combination of easily managed conversations and mass texting that is linked to our database enables SO much personal outreach during out new guest welcome process! This tool is the whole reason we can make it happen!

Pros

I LOVE the mission of this product. It prioritizes engagement, rather than mass communication. I use it as a work phone number, essentially. But because it integrates with Church Community Builder, I can mass text a batch of people with personalized names and information. Then I get to spend my time having the conversations, not sending the texts. It even has the feel of a real person, because it's a 10-digit phone instead of a shortcode. It's enabled our church to prioritize personability as we've grown.

Cons

It is a newer product, so it's constantly getting better with functionality. Everything works, so that's not the problem - it just does not yet have the polish that we've all come to expect from lots of software. They make up for it with incredibly responsive support, consistent new features, and continual updates to design and functionality!

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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PastorsLine

Great tool for texting

Reviewed 3 years ago

Pastor's line makes it easy to stay in touch with my students

Pros

Easy to use group texting app that integrates with Church Community Builder.

Cons

It's​ difficult to remove someone from a group sometimes.

Vendor response

Thanks, Brandon! We appreciate your review! :)

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PastorsLine

Great way to connect

Reviewed 3 years ago

The product helps us connect with visitors, as well as people looking to grow and get more involved. I love that it's automated, but that I can also engage personally when needed. This product has definitely made us more effective at follow-up.

Pros

Once it's set up it's really simple and effective. People are familiar and comfortable with sending a text so it's a great way to connect with visitors or people considering your church. The website is fairly easy to navigate and the developer is always working on improving the product. I've spoken with him directly and he's really helpful.

Cons

It has a bit of a learning curve, but there is fantastic customer service to guide you through the initial set up. Honestly, if you're at all considering this service it's worth trying.

Vendor response

Thanks, Blair! It's great to hear that the tool helps you to connect with your visitors and people who are interested in your church. Thanks for sticking through the learning curve and reaching out when you need help! We are always here to help any way we can!

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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PastorsLine

Reviewed 3 years ago

I have not experienced any business problems with PastorsLine. Any issue I ever had was always resolved quickly and professionally, and with the love of CHRIST.

Pros

It enables us to communicate quickly and effectively with our church family.

Cons

Sometimes, especially when changes are made, I find it a little difficult to navigate. It would also be helpful if the program automatically put the names in alphabetical order.

Vendor response

Thank you for such kind words Ruth Ann! We appreciate you and all your feedback and we will continue to make improvements based on feedback like yours to make it easier to navigate for you!

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PastorsLine

Great service!

Reviewed 5 years ago

I use Pastorsline for the children's ministry at my church, to send out updates, reminders, or event specific information. The parents really like how they can get info quickly through text. They also can respond with questions quickly. The new app is awesome as well. It makes texting the group from my phone a breeze!

Pros

Easy of use through the website and app. Very accessible customer service.

Cons

Nothing

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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PastorsLine

Good and growing

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

We love the interactivity and syncing capabilities with our database system, Church Community Builder

Cons

The interface hasn't always been the easiest system to navigate, although over the course of the year we've been using the system, interface improvements online and via the app have been made.

Vendor response

Thank you for the review Chris! The interface has been the #1 requested change and we are glad you've like the improvements made so far! As promised, we will continue to improve the interface more and more! Thanks for sticking with us!

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PastorsLine

We like it!

Reviewed 3 years ago

I really can't live without this service. I trust PastorsLine will only improve and getter better and better. The customer service is great!! I am thankful for this program and the people involved.

Pros

This program has made our ministry lives easier! Before we had to call each person to invite and or remind them of a meeting or event. Now we just send a text message via PastorsLine and boom!! Our non-techie ministry leaders have learned to use it without any issues!! The customer support is terrific and speedy! Best price I found

Cons

The look is not appealing and can be confusing. All users are thrown into one screen and all user's text messages and the replies are intermingled and messy (you can upgrade). Somethings aren't easy to figure out on your own. I have never figured out how to delete the many old text messages. There are tons of tutorials and you will need them! It can get expensive if you aren't careful. We choose to use it wisely and sparingly since we are a small church with a small budget.

Vendor response

We are so happy that PastorsLine has been able to make your ministry lives easier, Jennifer! I'd love to discuss the specifics of your troubles with deleting old messages (we do make it hard to delete because that deletes the whole history of messaging for that person - it's not something most churches want - but maybe we can figure out a solution that will work for you). We also do have multi-user...

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PastorsLine

It is pretty good!

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

I like that it connects to Church Community Builder. This is a huge pro for us.

Cons

Sometimes messaging people back is a bit clunky and I lose my place when there are multiple people who need to be responded to.

Vendor response

Thanks, Zach! We are working to improve the interface and make it less clunky. Thanks for sticking with us!