Church Giving During COVID: Reasons for Optimism
God’s people are still giving, churches are learning from this pandemic, and God is still faithful.
October 26, 2020
Does everyone in your church know how they can give?
Think about it.
On any given Sunday, do the people who participate in the worship service know how they can support your church’s ministry?
It’s easy to assume everyone knows the options they have available. But this may not be the case.
Over the past several years, technological advancements have made it easy and affordable for local churches to provide multiple options for people to give.
Often times, after introducing new digital giving options for people, many church leaders may not regularly provide their congregation with this information. If your church regularly has visitors and new members, then this group of people may not know how they can support your church.
Here are six of the most popular ways you can lead the people in your church to give. After reading through this list, take the time at the end to think through the best options for your church.
Writing a check or giving cash has been a common practice for many years. Depending on the demographics of your church, this may be the most common or least preferred way people give.
What is the best way for people to give cash or write a check? Is it in the offering plate during the worship service? Can they mail their check to your office? Drop it off during the week at your church’s office? Is there a container people can leave their gifts?
Even though the world is trending towards mobile and online giving, make sure people who prefer to write a check or give cash know the best way to do so.
You can give people an option to provide their debit or credit card information on an envelope.
Do you provide a way for people to give online? If so, then let people know during the offering that they can give online.
You will also want to make this known in your bulletin and/or giving envelopes. This way people who typically don’t carry checks or cash will be aware of additional ways they can give.
Many people, especially millennials, prefer to give through their mobile phone. And this makes sense. Smart phones have turned into the primary way many people stay connected, shop, and even bank. Many of our daily activities are carried out through a variety of mobile apps.
Providing people with a mobile app (like the one offered by Tithe.ly) to give through will help create a seamless experience for them.
Like directly above, if you have a mobile app available, make sure people know they can download it.
Apart from dropping cash in an offering plate, text giving may be one of the easiest, fastest, and most convenient ways people can give.
If you accept offerings via text, then make sure people know your church’s giving number. If you’re providing this option for the first time, then consider demonstrating for your church how to give this way.
With Tithe.ly you can add a text-to-give option and get your own giving number, for as little as $19 a month.
Today, you don’t have to invest thousands of dollars to turn a kiosk into a giving station. You can easily turn a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer into a giving kiosk. This makes it easy for people coming and going and mingling in the foyer to give at their convenience.
There are several ways you can help people give to your church. In the end, focus on a few choices — especially if you are introducing new choices.
For example, if you have a screen in your worship center, then you can display a PowerPoint slide and talk about the different ways people can give. If you do not have a screen, then you can print the options people have in your bulletin. This way they can learn how they can give.
As for you, it’s important to have a system that helps you to easily manage donations. When it comes to mobile giving, text-to-give, online giving, kiosk giving, and processing debit or credit card information from envelopes, Tithe.ly packs all of them into one easy to use platform.
If you’re interested in providing new options for the people in your church to give or you need one convenient way to manage your church’s giving, then visit Tithe.ly to learn more.