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'Match Made in Heaven!': Catalyst + Tithe.ly

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'Match Made in Heaven!': Catalyst + Tithe.ly

Partnerships are not for the business world alone. God has a history of working through partnerships.

In Luke 5:1-11, we read about the partnership between James, John, and Simon. They were partners in fishing, and Jesus called them to become partners in ministry. They were united, and they shared a common cause.

Partnerships are a powerful way like-minded individuals or organizations can work together in fulfilling a similar mission. This is why we recently decided to partner with Catalyst, an organization devoted to equipping and empowering leaders who love the Church.

Here are three reasons why we are excited to partner together with them in pursuing a similar God-sized vision.

#1. For the Church

Partnering with Catalyst made perfect sense for the team at Tithe.ly.

Catalyst has an established track record of empowering leaders who love the church. They are committed to fueling leaders with the resources, encouragement, and community they need to fulfill their call.

“Equipping the local Church is our passion,” said Dean Sweetman, Tithe.ly’s CEO. “We do it by providing industry-leading technology and Catalyst does it by educating, training, and empowering leaders.”

In locking-arms with Catalyst, Dean went on to say, “We couldn't be more excited about the ways we’ll be able to serve and equip the Church together.”

With Catalyst, we share a joint mission to serve the Church, and working together helps us to further advance the Kingdom of God through the churches we serve.

#2. For tomorrow

The world we live in is always changing. Everything has a beginning and an end. What was relevant yesterday might be utterly irrelevant tomorrow.

As a church leader, it’s essential for you to have the resources you need to serve your people well. The tactics that worked yesterday to make disciples are not as effective as they once were, and the technology people in your church use in their daily life is rapidly changing.

As Catalyst equips leaders to serve the church well, at Tithe.ly, we provide affordable mobile giving and online giving tools church leaders need to build a generous church culture by making it easy for people to give.

When you combine these two strengths, Dean believes “It’s a match made in heaven!"

#3. For each other

Partnerships are essential to life and ministry. Being able to partner with an organization like Catalyst helps the both of us serve the church better.

Together, we find encouragement.

Together, we find strength.

Together, we can empower more leaders with the resources and tools they need to serve the Church.

In the words of Tyler Reagin, president of Catalyst, "We’re eager to see how this new tool empowers our community of leaders to create lasting change in this world through generosity.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Expert Tips on How to Effectively Launch a New Online Giving Tool

Make it accessible so people can give in the way that is most comfortable to them. Don't make it hard for people to give money.
Some people like to give online, some like mobile, some like text. Whatever they like, let them give in that way if you can.
Brady Shearer
Talk about it every single week. Consistently promote it on every platform. 
Be patient. We all resist change.
Michael Lukaszewski
Launch it to your staff, your leaders, and your volunteers (in that order) and help those groups use it before you launch it publicly.
Teach it in your new member class.
Allow for people to sign-up right on the spot via their mobile phone (or through a laptop or iPad for those that don't have a mobile device handy).
Justin Dean
On launch weekend, have volunteers and staff accessible with iPads to walk people through how to set up an account and get recurring giving configured.
Daniel Irmler
On a regular basis, tell stories from members who are using and loving it. 
You don't don’t need a big production value shoot. Keep it simple by using an iPhone (horizontal) and a decent mic.
Invite your congregation to take out their phones and download the mobile giving app right in the service.
Nik Goodner
Explain the why behind the change and highlight the benefits of the new system. 
People like to be "on the team".
Kevin Ekmark
I always tell people, "you need to clean your house before you invite friends over". It's crucial that your giving platform is easily found, whether it's on the web or in the church. 
On the web, making sure that your website is mobile friendly (Google and Bing both recommend mobile responsive design) can be a huge help. You can also incorporate bots from Facebook or a service like Intercom to help walk people through online giving on your website. When necessary, a human can jump in and help too. This helps complete the process from being found online to completing the online giving.
Logan Fields
Tell them the real reasons. Giving members are concerned with what's best for the church and not just what they individually prefer. Transparency.
"This platform will allow us to better manage finances and spend less staff time on the books and more on people." etc. The temptation is to treat members like consumers who we need to impress instead of team members. Treat them like equals who you assume are interested in what's best for the church/ mission and people will likely rise to it.
Kenny Jahng
Launch a $3.16 campaign. Ask people to all give just $3.16 to a weekly or bi-weekly blessing fund. Then, pick one person or cause to bless IN TOWN and go give that person all the money collected.
  • It could be the all volunteer firefighter squad in town. "We'll take all the $3.16's collected and go buy a meal or treat and drop off for the firefighters who volunteer."
  • It could be a widow the church knows about - bless her with something new for her home or hobby or pets.
  • Single mothers - supply them with a night out. Or pay for a house cleaner or a handyman for a couple of hours.
  • Special needs families - pay for evening out for the parents and child care for the special needs kids so the parents get a break.
  • You can ask for "sponsors" in the future, getting people to nominate good causes (let the youth do this!) and let them deliver the blessing and report back each sunday.
  • You can ask for "sponsors" in the future, getting people to nominate good causes (let the youth do this!) and let them deliver the blessing and report back each sunday.
This works incredibly well because you are teaching generosity / outward posture to your people on a consistent basis and getting people to give on mobile- while making it about PARTICIPATION vs AMOUNT. You'll have people regularly trying out the mobile option as well as pre-register them in the system.

There you have it! Some amazing tips, right?

Which tip stood out the most to you … or looked to be the craziest?! Share with us in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!


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'Match Made in Heaven!': Catalyst + Tithe.ly


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