With technology rapidly changing and evolving and becoming more accessible, online giving is becoming easier and easier for churches and churchgoers. This is a much needed change in the church as checkbooks and cash offerings are becoming a thing of the past. Who even carries cash or checks with them anymore? In this day in age, people usually just carry around their debit card, credit card or use things such as Apple Pay. With online giving, church members can give their tithes and offerings through their smartphone, wherever they are!
Online Giving For Churches: How To Increase Your Tithes
Talking about tithing in church is never a fun topic. You probably picture your congregation cringing whenever the pastor goes up to preach about tithes and offerings. Why? Well, money is a tough thing to talk about in church. We’ve all attended churches that have put too much pressure on tithes or have heard terrible stories of pastors telling people in their church that things are going wrong in their lives due to not tithing enough. While those are some extremes, you’ll find that you can increase your monthly tithes at your church by simply implementing online giving.
Why Online Giving?
It’s not hard to see how so much of the world revolves around the internet. We’re consistently streaming movies and music, binge watching TV shows and spending hours a day checking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter while watching hours of cat videos on YouTube each week. So it makes sense that more and more churches are putting their focus and effort into their online ministry. Your church website and church mobile app are invaluable ministry tools and live streaming your services is great, too! But what about online giving? Depending on your church and the time of year, it can be discouraging to see your tithes each week. Some church members might be sporadic in their attendance or absent for long periods due to work or vacation and then forget to bring their cash or checkbook when they do make it. What about those who always serve in the kids church and miss the offering basket? Online giving helps your church overcome all of these issues. Even if your congregants can’t make it to church this week, are serving elsewhere, on vacation, or out sick, online giving empowers them to give anytime, anywhere. As soon as your congregation gets their paycheck, they can tithe their 10% right from home by visiting your church website, using your church app or visiting your church Facebook page, helping them to tithe whenever they think about it, no matter where they are. Just think how your congregation will love how easy you’re making it for them to give their tithes and donations.
How To Encourage Online Giving
So you’ve got an online giving account all set up. But what’s next? How do you promote and encourage online giving? One of the easiest and most obvious ways to promote online giving is to start talking about it! Every time you take up offering at church, take a few minutes and inform your congregation that they can give online through your church website, church app, or even text tithing. Have it be a part of your weekly announcements, mention online giving in your church bulletins, newsletters, and post reminders on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The key is to keep talking about it for a while until you start seeing people using online giving. Another great way to encourage online giving is by sending your congregation reminders each month when you send them their monthly donations review. Looking for ideas on how to Encourage Online Giving? Check out Sharefaith Magazine’s article on How To Encourage Giving In Church In 10 Steps
Sharefaith Giving is by far one of the most popular online giving and donations platforms. With no setup fees, no monthly fees, a low 3% transaction fee and 100% free for all Sharefaith Members, Sharefaith Giving is unmatched in value from any other giving platforms. Simply sign up for Sharefaith Giving, receive your approval notice and, within minutes, you can easily build your donation forms and add them to your Sharefaith church website, church mobile app, Facebook, Twitter and more! Want text tithing? Sign up for an extra $10/month (This covers the monthly cost of having your own dedicated phone number your church can give to). Plus you can create your own QR codes allowing you to put them on your church bulletins, tithing envelopes, business cards, flyers, etc.
With Sharefaith Giving, your church congregation can give to multiple funds at once, set up reoccurring donations, and give directly through their bank account to have their tithes be taken out automatically. How cool is that? To learn more about how your church can benefit from Sharefaith Giving, click here or give Sharefaith a call at 888-317-4018.