If your church insists on resisting the online giving revolution, then you are making it difficult for an increasing number of people to give to your church. Let me break that down for you...
...People are not going to change their habits to give to your church. They will simply choose to give elsewhere...
Don’t believe me?
Consider these four statistics reported in a recent payment transaction study by the Federal Reserve Bank.
Passing the Plate suggests that American Christians -- on a whole -- understand tithing and church giving as a “discretionary obligation.” They explain and cite research that supports the intellectual knowledge of giving as part of God’s expectations of Christ-followers, but American Christians also have a strong sense of ownership.
The role of the church should be to facilitate the spiritual formation process that fosters a discipline of faithful giving. Churches should not dictate how members give. More and more churches are adding multiple ways members can give based on their habits, not the person in the pulpit.
Some of the most popular options are:
When was the last time you had a planning meeting about contribution statements? I bet you’ve never even thought much about them.
Most churches only send them out at the beginning of the year for tax purposes. Contrary to what you might think, contribution statements are an incredibly effective way to maximize the generosity and stewardship habits of your congregation.
Maximize contribution statements with these eight tips:
Tim Whitehorn, our President and CEO, is featured in this story that highlights churches using online giving. Be sure to check it out!
Offerings can be made by vestibule ATMs or even by smart phones
By Marcia Frellick
Online Event Registrations and Donations Can be a Key to Success
Small churches and church plants are the majority of churches in America. With nearly 90% of Americans online, in order to reach people it’s very critical to have an online strategy in place.Perhaps even before your church launches.
Your church doesn’t have to be a “mega” church to reap the benefits of online event registrations, payments and donations. In fact, there are many ways in which a small church or church plant can quickly reap the benefits of TransactU.
“9 Questions You’re Already Asking About Online Giving” provides churches with answers to successfully implement e-giving
Many churches struggle keeping up with current trends – this is especially true for the majority of smaller churches faced with limited resources. Online giving isan advancement that cannotbe overlooked.
ServiceU is featured on FoxBusiness.com in CreditCards.com's story, "Churches embraces online credit, debit cared donations," by Marcia Frellick. Be sure to check it out!
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