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Text Your Vote, Impact Your Worship

We partner with a company called Jarbyco in order to do creative and interactive things in our services via texting from mobile devices.

One time, we used the service to allow attendees to vote on the actual content the speaking pastor would present. And this past weekend, we allowed people to pick the final arts element in the service.

They had three choices that were presented on the big screen, and throughout the service, they were able to text A, B, or C to a specified number. At a certain point, these percentages were considered final, and the team knew which arts element they had to perform. At that point, they had just enough time do one run through downstairs before heading up to the main stage.

It went over well. People seemed to like having options and participated in the process. Here’s how things stacked up:

  • Approximately 1,300 people voted over the course of our 4 weekend services
  • The average number of texts per person was 4.25
  • Total number of texts submitted was around 5,600

To present the data, we used an online flash element that pulled data from the responses in real time and presented them as percentages. See example below:

If you’re looking to add some interactivity into your next message series, I’d recommend you check out Jarbyco to do the heavy lifting. It’s amazing how simple it is to get something like this off the ground and allow people in your audience to give real time feedback. 

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Daryl is the Web Director at Granger Community Church and micro-blogs at darylmcmullen.com. He's a web strategist by day and a freelance web designer by night. His heart is to help spread Truth in the online space. He has a wife and three kids and loves sports, scuba diving and sports photography.