vineyard labs: texting in church

Welcome to the lab!

I need feedback, and a little bit of help testing a new idea we’re working on.  One of the things we’re always kicking around is how to keep vineyard peeps well-informed, without being annoying.

We killed the bulletin a while back in an effort save time, save $, and save a few trees.  In it’s place we started doing video announcements (with some mid-week support via the email newsletter).  It’s worked really well, but there’s only so much info you can take in audibly so we’ve had to leave out a lot of details.

So, here’s the new idea (courtesy of Matt, naturally): If, for example, we’re doing a fundraiser at Pizza Hut to support the MOVE, we’ll post something like this in the announcement video:

for details text: “Pizza” to (865) 268-WOOT

(FYI:That’s the church’s #)
Then you’d get a text message back with all of the details.  Cool, right?

Well, we actually are doing a fundraiser at Pizza Hut to support the MOVE, so why don’t you give it a shot: text the word “Pizza” to 865-268-9668 (or, as we prefer it, 268-WOOT!), you should get a text with all the greasy details.

Now, just one more request: please leave a comment below and answer these five questions:

  1. Did it work?
  2. What kind of cell phone do you have?
  3. Who’s your cell phone provider (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc.)?
  4. Do you think this would be helpful?
  5. What should be Matt’s new nickname?

15 Responses to “vineyard labs: texting in church”

  1. Casey January 18, 2010 at 8:27 pm #

    1. It worked
    2. Iphone
    3. AT&T
    4. Yes

  2. phillip January 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    so speaking of texting in church….. I got a twitter update on my phone. since all I follow is Aaron and the church on the phone I had to see who was tweeting during church…..
    it was twineyard…

    it worked.
    motorolla Quantico
    us cellular
    yes (but which pizza hut?)

  3. dave and britt pritchett January 18, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    1. yes it worked
    2. samsung m500
    3. sprint
    4. yes
    5. not sure

  4. Samuel Turnmire January 18, 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    1. Did it work? – like a charm
    2. What kind of cell phone do you have? – EnV2
    3. Who’s your cell phone provider (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc.)? – Verizon baby!
    4. Do you think this would be helpful? – absolutly
    5. What should be Matt’s new nickname? – The Geekmeister

  5. PJ Violett January 18, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    1. Did it work? – yea baby!
    2. What kind of cell phone do you have? The one an only iPhone
    3. Who’s your cell phone provider (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc.)? – AT&T for the true 3G Experience!!
    4. Do you think this would be helpful? – yea I think it sweet..We should do weekly text alerts!
    5. What should be Matt’s new nickname? –The I have to much time in my day Matt

  6. Katie Kwiecien January 19, 2010 at 12:00 am #

    1. Did it work? Yes
    2. What kind of cell phone do you have? I used Google Voice to send the text
    3. Who’s your cell phone provider (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc.)? See above
    4. Do you think this would be helpful? Absolutely

  7. Matt January 19, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    If you comment, please consider question #5 and weigh in w/ some more options… please save me from the two atrocious suggestions above. please.

  8. Jayson January 19, 2010 at 11:10 am #

    1. Yes
    2. iPhone
    3. AT&T
    4. Very
    5. Mister googlecoolhead.

  9. Kevin Ernsberger January 19, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    1.It worked
    2.Samsung Rogue
    3.Verizon
    4.I think it is good for event stuff since we’ll have the info with us
    5.Baron Munchausen

  10. Alyssa Ikner January 19, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    1. Yes
    2. Samsung SGH-A737
    3. AT&T
    4. If I don’t send the text right away I will most likely forget (unless I write it down). So do you want us to text in church? haha
    5. Sorry Matt, I got nothin!

  11. JackBostrom January 19, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    1. Yes 2. Old Motorola 3. Verizon 4. Yes 5. Woot

  12. aaron January 19, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    Baron Munchausen…i like that!

  13. Erik Janssen January 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm #

    1. Yep
    2. LG
    3. Verizon
    4. Sure
    5. That’s easy….Mattholomew

  14. Karen Campbell January 21, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    1. Yes
    2.Motorola
    3. US Cellular
    4. Yes
    5. Spaz

  15. Rachel February 18, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    1. Do vineyard ppl have the cutest kids? (That’s a yes)
    2. Motorola droid, baby!
    3. Verizon
    4. Absolutely
    5. Hmm… Matt Attack or Mixmaster Matt

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