It’s called Group Text, and it’s a simple little app that integrates with your iPhone’s text messaging. It enables me to send mass texts to TONS of people; I can create lists from my contacts, and then use the app to blast out messages to everyone on the list. Part of what I like about it is that unlike other mass texting services out there that are email/web based and pop up as an email or some random phone number, this uses my actual iPhone messaging system so it blasts out as a text message from me. The app is only $2.99, which makes it a steal for anyone regularly mass texting – especially since it’s a one time expense.
For me, the youth ministry application is huge. I’ve been using a mass texting subscription service for several years now; it’s the best way to communicate with the teens, with my volunteer leaders, and a growing way to communicate with parents.
If you don’t have an iPhone, Simply Youth Ministry Tools (formerly called Simply Txt) is still the way to go for mass messaging.