You Never Text Me Any More

So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

Now, in these last sentences, I want to emphasize in the bold scrawls of my personal handwriting the immense importance of what I have written to you.

Galatians 6:9-13

Mark got a text from his friend Richard:

“My pastor just texted me to get me to try this Bible study on campus. He said he thought I’d really enjoy it. I don’t want to go alone. Want to come?”

Mark was surprised to hear that his friend’s pastor texted him. It made him curious. So he answered:

“Sure, what time?”

They went together to the Bible study and hit it off with the leader and the other young adults in the group. It became their next step in discipleship. It wouldn’t have happened without a text message from the pastor.

Texting has been around for over 20 years, but very few churches or church leaders have yet developed a strategy for using the technology. Those that have open the church to the preferred media venue of millions of young people for scheduling, for emotional conversation, for expressing support, and for solving problems. It isn’t that young adults don’t use other media for these purposes, they do. But they prefer text or SMS over e-mail, voice mail, Facebook for many communication threads. By avoiding a plan for text (SMS) communication, churches ask young adults to jump through extra hoops to participate fully in the life of the church.

DeathtoStock_Desk8Texting is great for personal invitations, for reminders, for quick questions, for offering support and encouragement, for letting someone know you were thinking of them. There are great tools available to help you manage texting as a form of group communication.

But the most important way to use text is not as another version of mail merge but as a vehicle for increasing the opportunities for paying attention, showing interest, and demonstrating love for individual people in your church circle.

That’s exactly what Richard’s pastor was doing when he texted him an invitation to the bible study. It was personal. Richard took it that way and invited his friend Mark to come along for the ride. That made all the difference.

Who should you be communicating with via text (SMS)? Why not send them a text right now to let them know they are on your mind and in your prayers?

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