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Texas Business reports: A Texas Baptist women’s group and the Assemblies of God churches of the Unites States have contracted with a Sugar Land company to provide mass communication.
MinistryTouch Communications, a patented mass notification and information sharing technology system designed specifically for faith-based organizations, has added two of the nation’s largest religious associations to their ever-growing
“We are honored that two of the finest organizations in the religious community – the Assemblies of God and the Texas Baptist Women’s Missionary Union – have selected MinistryTouch to enhance their organization’s communication needs,” said the company’s director of communications, Glenn White, in a prepared statement. “As an organization, our focus is on helping organizations manage the explosive growth of their increasingly complex communication needs, and clients recognize that we offer them a comprehensive, sophisticated communications solution that serves both the organization side as well as the member side.”
The communication system provided by MinistryTouch, which offers the ability to reach thousands of religious organization members in minutes through multiple devices, enables churches and ministries to communicate within their organization quickly, smoothly and effortlessly.
The system provides organizations with audio and text messaging, conference-calling, multi-lingual translation, e-mail, survey features and MP3 audio media broadcasts. The company plans to add HTML rich e-mail and video message broadcasting.
The web-based system will be utilized by Assemblies of God to communicate to over 12,300 churches in the US, encompassing nearly 3 million members and adherents. On a larger scale, there are more than 63 million Assemblies of God members worldwide, making the Assemblies of God the world’s largest Pentecostal denomination.
Similarly, the Texas Baptist Women’s Missionary Union has representatives in over 5,600 churches in Texas with over 20 missionary organizations offering support to all age levels. Their selection of MinistryTouch will give these organizations the ability to provide rapid communication to members of the church, church leaders, volunteers and the community simultaneously via multiple devices, including land lines, cell phones, text and email. Additionally, MinistryTouch allows real-time text-to-speech and voice recording message creation as well as multilingual translation.
MinistryTouch is a division of TechRadium, Inc., headquartered in Sugar Land and the owner of 14 United States patents with multiple patents pending.
MinistryTouch, powered by IRIS (Immediate Response Information System), is designed specifically for ministries, churches and faith-based organizations.
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