Text Messaging
Send a Quick Message

Send a Quick Message

Send an email in minutes.

When time is of the essence, send a quick email message from your desktop or mobile device to your entire directory - or selected group(s) within your directory - without having to look up a single email address. Simply enter a subject and message, select members and send.

FREE with your paid membership.

Send as many quick email messages as you'd like for no additional charge. The only requirement is that your church has an active membership with Instant Church Directory Online.

Filter and send by groups.

Add individuals or families to a group and send quick emails messages to just that group. Perfect for when you need to quickly communicate to just a few key members and not your entire directory.

We take care of the sending for you.

All of our Quick Messages are completely advertisement-free and look like they are coming directly from you and your church. Send a quick email message right now or schedule it for a later date - either way, we send the email for you, ensuring your emails are always in CAN-SPAM compliance.

Tell Your Members

Send a Text Message

Send a Text Message to your directory.

Use your online directory to set up your own unique Text Alert name and send a message to all (or some) of your members at any time. Just enter a subject, create a new message, select members and send!

Easily reach your members.

More than 97% of text message are opened and read within moments of receiving them. Text messaging is quickly become the most effective way to broadcast important news.

Set up your own Text Alert Name.

So that your members quickly know who is sending them a text message, we provide a way for each church to set up their own unique Text Alert Name. This is used at the beginning of every text message.

Add a text plan for as little as $3.99 a month.

All plans are billed monthly so you can add the plan at any time or drop it for the months you know you won’t need it — all while keeping your directory membership and data secure.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

ICD - Text and Email

Only those with administrator access have the ability to send group text messages.

Only the administrator over the account can start or stop text messaging plans.

1. Sign into your administrator account.

2. Click on Step 9 - 'Broadcast News'

3. Select 'Add or Change Text Message Plan'.

4. Choose your Church Size*, then pick a plan based on how many text messages you think you will send a month.

*For churches with 1,001+ members, pleasecontact us for more information on the availability and pricing of plans. 1800-992-2144 or service@instantchurchdirectory.com

To stop your plan:

Simply follow steps 1-3 and then just 'Cancel' your plan.


Simply put, Instant Church Directory is charged a fee for each text
message sent, and we don't want to raise the membership price. So we're
offering text messaging as an "add on" feature for people who choose
to use it. We tried to keep the pricing simple so you can add or drop the
feature any time, based on your church (and budget) needs.
 
  

In order to send text messages to individuals in your directory, their number must have
the box checked to "Receive Text Messages."


  

Instant Church Directory Broadcast News Send Text Message Service Terms of Service

Part A – For Members Receiving Text Messages From Instant Church Directory Administrators

Part B – For Admins Using Broadcast News Send Text Message Service


Part A  For Members Receiving Text Messages From Instant Church Directory Administrators 

1. When you opt-in to the service, we will send you an SMS (Short Message Service) message to confirm your signup.
 
2. You can cancel the SMS service at any time. Just text STOP to 61894. After you send the SMS message STOP to us, we will send you an SMS message to confirm that you have been unsubscribed. After this, you will no longer receive SMS messages from us.
 
If you want to join again, simply sign up as you did the first time, and we will start sending SMS messages to you again.
 
3. If at any time you forget what keywords are supported, text HELP to 61894. After you send the SMS message HELP to us, we will respond with instructions about how to use our service, as well as how to unsubscribe.

4. We can deliver messages to the following mobile-phone carriers: 
 
Major carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Alltel, Boost Mobile, Nextel, and Virgin Mobile. 
 
Minor carriers: Alaska Communications Systems (ACS), Appalachian Wireless (EKN),
Bluegrass Cellular, Cellular One of East Central IL (ECIT), Cellular One of Northeast
Pennsylvania, Cincinnati Bell Wireless, Cricket, Coral Wireless (Mobi PCS), COX, Cross, Element Mobile (Flat Wireless), Epic Touch (Elkhart Telephone), GCI, Golden State, Hawkeye (Chat Mobility), Hawkeye (NW Missouri), Illinois Valley Cellular, Inland Cellular, iWireless (Iowa Wireless), Keystone Wireless (Immix Wireless/PC Man), Mosaic (Consolidated or CTC Telecom), Nex-Tech Wireless, NTelos, Panhandle
Communications, Pioneer, Plateau (Texas RSA 3 Ltd), Revol, RINA, Simmetry (TMP Corporation), Thumb Cellular, Union Wireless, United Wireless, Viaero Wireless, and West Central (WCC or 5 Star Wireless).

This list may be updated periodically without written notice.
 
5. As always, message and data rates may apply for any messages sent to you from us and to us from you. Message frequency will vary. If you have questions about your text plan or data plan, please contact your wireless provider.
 
For all questions about the services provided by this short code, send an email to service@instantchurchdirectory.com.  

6. If you have questions regarding privacy, see our privacy policy at https://www.instantchurchdirectory.com/privacypolicy.aspx


Part B  For Admins Using Broadcast News Send Text Message Service

By Sending Text Messages using this service:

• You agree to allow our third party text message sending provider Twilio to send and receive text messages on your behalf. Twilio will not use your members’ information for any purpose other than sending and receiving text messages. All text messages will be sent via an SMS text message short code 61894. 

• You agree to NOT send messages that include any of the following:
      - Depictions or endorsements of violence
      - Adult or other inappropriate content
      - Profanity or hate speech
      - Endorsement of illegal or illicit drugs

• You agree to abide by the sending rates of your monthly plan.

• You agree to obtain member consent to send text messages to that member before selecting the “Allow Text Messages” option on a member’s phone number. 



If you have previously received SMS Text messages and Replied STOP to end receiving text message, simply text the name of the unique organization that displayed in the begging of the text. For example, if you had received alerts from "AnyChurch Alerts" simply text AnyChurch to  61894 to begin receiving alerts again.       

  

There could be a variety of reasons a contact will not receive an email from you.

1.  Check to make sure their email address is spelled correctly.

2. The email could be landing in their spam or junk mail. Please have them check this mailbox.  They can add mail@icnsend.com to their address book to better insure receipt of the emails. 

3.  They could have "unsubscribed" from your list

4.  Their email host does not recognize the email adress you are sending it to.  Your recipient may need to add your "From" email address to their "safe list."

5. Emails such as office@, admin@ or staff@ are actually suppressed because they typically are not directed to a single person, but to a distribution of people (could be many, many people). That is not allowed by our email service provider. You can read some helpful info here: https://www.cakemail.com/knowledge-base/deliverability/what-role-account If that email is going to one person, then we would be able to put it on an exceptions list. If that email goes to multiple people, we would not be able to send emails to it. If your general email address only goes to one person or computer, then you could send thru an email to us with a message like: This email is only going to one person and you request to be added to an exceptions list.