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How to Grow Your Church this Summer with Tithe.ly

Don't surrender your summer to a slump. Make it a time of growth and revival with the Tithe.ly all-in-one church software.

How to Grow Your Church this Summer with Tithe.ly
by

Paul Maxwell

It’s easy to think of spring as the time to wind down.

Spring is the pastor’s version of senioritis.

Energy is low.

People are planning their vacations.

As a church leader, you can find many reasons to phone in the late spring season and walk your last lap before the summer lull.

But this should be your last instinct.

What church leaders do in April and May could constitute the very habits that are keeping them stuck and stagnated in cycles of a plateau, decreased giving, and stunted growth.

Worse than this, most pastors would never want to start thinking about getting a new church software, app, or giving platform during this time.

But here, I’m going to give you five reasons why ramping up and making a significant shift to a giving platform like Tithe.ly could be the very catalyst for church growth that you’ve always wished you had.

Let’s get this show on the road and dig into the five reasons that you should get set up with Tithe.ly before the summer stall kneecaps the growth you’ve worked all year to build.

But first—the software that will change everything for your church:

Tithe.ly is an all-in-one suite of church giving and management tools.

It offers:

  • A digital giving platform that enables your members to “set it and forget it” by automating recurring giving for your church with any credit card, debit card, or bank account.
  • An event management software that enables your church to register for in-house events—everything from a picnic to a potluck (and what they’re bringing) to worship practice.
  • A custom church app that enables the digital giving and event platforms to sync with a single iPhone or Android phone for your users that receive push notifications, sermon notes, and updates about events they’re interested in.
  • A full church management software that enables pastors to see all the data of their members’ giving, events, and attendance on the backend so that church leadership can visually see their church’s growth in real time.

You can get all of these together in one package in Tithe.ly’s All-Access membership.

If you want to transform your summer giving slump from a season of stagnation to the church’s most fruitful time of year to have a software like Tithe.ly, don’t miss the following five reasons.

5 reasons to get Tithe.ly before summer starts

If you take these five reasons to get Tithe.ly before summer starts, you could be saving your church thousands of dollars.

There is a cost to keeping your church’s tithing system old school—and your members certainly feel it.

Take these reasons to heart as you consider using a digital giving platform and church management solution before summer kicks into full gear.

1. Spring is the ideal time to launch something for another 6 months

If you want to launch a new giving platform, church management system, or church app, April and May are not the worst months to do it.

April is the best month to adopt a new church app.

By adopting a new piece of technology during Easter season, you’re effectively communicating to your church that it’s extremely important.

Launching during summer communicates the exact opposite.

It communicates that the giving platform is unimportant.

People are gone.

Only die-hard members come every week during the summer.

When you launch a new platform, you want to do it when you have the most number of people as possible at your church.

If you’re doing things right, that should be right after Easter, which happens to be .... you guessed it: April/May, right before summer.

As summer approaches, you don’t want to wait another six months to give your church the resources it needs to thrive.

Do it before the vacation evacuation happens in your church.

You want to get Tithe.ly when you have the maximum number of eyeballs on the front stage Sunday morning, which just so happens to be late Spring.

2. You could miss an entire quarter of donations if you don’t switch

People don’t give over the summer most often because they forget.

It’s a matter of physics — when people aren’t physically in church, they can’t put an envelope in the plate.

But with Tithe.ly, that summer slump in giving is entirely removed.

When your church uses Tithe.ly’s recurring giving feature, then people will still tithe, because they are able to “set it and forget it” while on vacation.

That way, your church doesn’t have to take a financial hit just because 25% of your church vacates the area in the summer months.

Don’t lose a cent to vacation.

When people vacation, they don’t forget to pay their gas and electric bills.

They shouldn't forget to tithe either.

One of the easiest ways to ensure this is to give them a giving platform that makes automated recurring giving as easy as possible.

3. VBS is coming...

How are you managing the 100+ kids attending your VBS this summer?

Are you relying on google sheets and Gmail threads?

If so, you’re making things 10x harder than they need to be.

Tithe.ly Events is an enormous help here in administrating attendees, volunteers, snacks, pickups, dropoffs, content, practice, rehearsal, and training.

You can use this one-stop-shop to manage everything that happens at your church for this busy event.

More importantly, with Tithe.ly ChMS, you can use kiosks that check-in children to capture the contact data of parents who like to benefit from the free daycare of VBS.

When you’re able to collect all your VBS visitor contact information, summer can be just as big a season of growth as Easter if you have a good enough follow-up plan specifically for getting VBS parents to come to church on Sunday.

4. Stay in touch with a vacationing church

Just because your church members are in Vancouver visiting Grandma Darlene, that doesn’t mean you’re not their pastor for the summer.

You need a technology that allows you to keep a summer-vacationing church from splintering and losing touch.

A lot can happen in three months—and as a pastor or church leader, it’s your responsibility to shepherd Christians who are members of your church even while they are temporarily away.

The Tithe.ly Church App, which is a custom app made specifically for your church, is a great way to do this.

If vacationing church members are away, they can use the church app to:

  • Listen to every Sunday’s sermon
  • Look at the interactive sermon notes
  • Continue to tithe and give special gifts for summer campaigns
  • Stay updated on prayer requests for the church
  • Get push notifications that update members on the latest news in the church

5. You should have Tithe.ly no matter what season it is

Even if the year has already turned to June, you should still get Tithe.ly’s All-Access suite of products.

Let’s be real:

What’s the alternative?

Do you ever feel like you are haggling together 15 different pieces of software just to make your church work?

Do you have to use a password manager with eight different logins just to understand your church?

Save yourself the headache and make your summer a time to learn software that will make the rest of the year feel like a vacation for your church leadership.

Tithe.ly church giving, church management, church app, and events combine to make the perfect all-in-one, uniform suite of tools to handle every administrative and communications need in your church.

Over to you

Are you going to let this summer be just another summer that erases all your hard work during Christmas and Easter?

Or are you going to leverage cutting-edge technology to transform the summer season into your secret strategy for church growth?

While other pastors are budgeting down for the summer, you can be planning to break through plateaus in the fall.

It all depends on whether or not you’re willing to start taking full advantage of everything Tithe.ly has to offer today.

Can your church afford another summer slump?

With Tithe.ly, you don’t have to answer that question.

Why Write Church Donation Letters?

In a previous blog post, I shared the different ways your church can thank donors—from automated emails to year-end giving reports. Printed donation letters also play an essential role in your church’s stewardship efforts.

Donation letters are the Swiss Army knife of your church’s gratitude arsenal. It may not be the most powerful—but it’s versatile, handy, and gets used often.

Your basic church donation letter can serve many different purposes, including:

  • Acknowledging that you received a donation
  • Thanking the giver for being generous with their finances
  • Sharing other ways the person can support your church
  • Allowing the donor to write the gift off on their taxes
  • Encouraging supporters to make recurring donations
  • Requesting future donations from church members

A single, well-crafted donation letter can pull together several of these things simultaneously. Better donation letters lead to more giving, which leads to more donation letters—thus creating a cycle of on-going church generosity.

Church Donation Letter Samples

Here’s the good news—you don’t have to write an individualized letter for every person who gives to your church. That would be tough to do for even smaller churches. And most donors don’t expect you to. They’d rather you be putting their gift to better use in the community, instead of ceaselessly writing thank you notes.

With the possible exception of some unique circumstances, your church can use template language for the majority of your church donation letters. You’ll have to add in custom details like the donor’s name and gift amount, but you can write everything else in advance.  

To make this even easier on you, here are a few basic church donation letter templates you can copy and paste. Keep in mind that not all of these have to be in print—you could just as easily turn some of these samples into email appeals.

1. Donation Acknowledgment Letter

The Donation Acknowledgement Letter is a basic way you can confirm and affirm a monetary gift to your church. Sending these is standard practice in church and nonprofit culture.

Dear [first name],
I want to personally thank you for your donation of [gift amount] to [church name]. We’re honored you would bless us with your generosity. Donations like yours make a big difference in the work our church is doing in the community.
Without givers like you, our church can’t have an impact or influence in our community. With your support, we’re partnering with local nonprofits, sending out global mission trips, and hosting small groups on topics that help real people like you. Together, we can make a difference.
Because we’re a tax-exempt nonprofit, you also get to write this donation off on your taxes. This letter serves as official proof of your donation, so keep it in your records come tax season. At the end of the year, we’ll also send you an annual recap with how much you’ve given to the church.
Thank you for supporting [church name]!
Sincerely,
[your name]

2. Donation Request Letter

Not every church member realizes the importance of giving, or understand Bible verses about tithing and giving.  So a Donation Request Letter helps to spread that awareness and encourage a spirit of generosity.

Dear [first name],
How are the finances in your household? That was a rhetorical question, so you don’t have to answer—besides, this is a letter so we wouldn’t hear you anyway. But we still want you to think about that question.
Money is a uniquely human issue, one we all struggle with to one degree or another. Even if you’re financially blessed, you still have the burden of stewarding your money wisely. And we believe that one of the best ways to invest your money is into the local church.
Tithing (giving 10% of your income) on a regular basis not only supports the work we do at [church name]. It doesn’t just support local missions and community growth. It also shows an obedience to God by making his work a financial priority in your life.
So if you find yourself ready to put God first in both your heart and your wallet, we encourage you to make a one-time gift or sign up to make recurring donations. That way, you won’t have to ever wonder again about the financial status of your household.
Sincerely,
[your name]

3. Monthly Giving Letter

Many church donations aren’t just one-time gifts. Plenty of givers contribute monthly—and that should be acknowledged.

Use this template to correspond with recurring givers.  

Dear [first name],
Thank you for being an active and faithful member of our church community. By giving to our church on a monthly basis, you’re showing that our church has a meaningful place in your heart. We just wanted to write this to let you know that you’re in our heart, too.
Donating to the church monthly allows us to preach the gospel, make disciples, and support others in our community who need help. Others like the local food bank and the nearby homeless shelter. We’re answering the cry of the needy, and it’s all thanks to contributors like you.
We earnestly appreciate your ongoing support and want to let you know we’re here for you. If there’s ever anything we can do for you and your family, don’t hesitate to reach out. You are a valued member of our church family. And you’re financial support is making a difference.
Sincerely,
[your name]

4. Year-End Giving Letter

At the end of each year, it’s customary to give your church supporters a summary of their gifts. The primary reason is for tax purposes, but it’s also a way to recap everything your church has done over the past year with their support.

Dear [first name],
You’re getting this letter because you gave to [church name] at some point during the past year. That might have been a one-time gift, or recurring donations. Either way, we want to thank you for your generous support. Every contribution helps.
One of the official reasons for this letter is for tax purposes. That’s right—you get to write these donations off on your taxes. Which is why we’ve included a summary of all the contributions you’ve made to our church this year.
But the other reason for this letter is to let you know what we’ve done with the money you gave. We take stewardship very seriously, which means we value spending our time and resources wisely.
During the year, our church supported local nonprofits, sent global missions teams, and baptised quite a few people. It was a great year for us—thanks in large part to donors like you.
So thank you for your support of our church, and we hope you’ll consider continuing to contribute to our mission in the coming year.
Sincerely,
[your name]  

5. Church Fundraising Letter

Sometimes you need to make a more significant financial push using tried and true church fundraising ideas. Some churches call this a Stewardship Campaign or a Church Capital Campaign. Either way, the goal is to raise a certain amount of money for a big project. And typically, a solid letter of appeal is an integral part of that.

Dear [first name],
God has a plan for everyone and everything. That includes you, and it includes [church name]. None of us can fully know God’s plan—the best we can do is pray and listen for clarity. Our church leadership has been doing just that and are excited to announce our latest church project.
[Detail the outline of the major church project—this could include a building campaign, or raising support for a global mission trip. Anything specific to your church that requires a fundraising letter. Be sure to include a fundraising goal so everyone knows what you’re shooting for.]
But we can’t pull this off without your support. Whether you give to the church on a regular basis, or just attend on occasion, we’re asking you to consider contributing to this massive undertaking prayerfully. It’s something we need our entire church community’s help with.
Even if you can’t make a large gift, know that every little bit helps. It’s more about coming together as a community united behind a common cause. We hope that you’ll consider making a donation towards this great step forward that we’re making together.
Sincerely,
[your name]

Tips when writing church donation letters

It’s not enough to just copy and paste this content and send away. The key to an effective church donation letter is a touch of personalization. Follow these tips to take your donation letters to the next level:

  • Examples: Add specific examples of how your church will use the donation. Tell a story about the work your church is doing in the community and connect that with giving.
  • Personalization: For regular donors, don’t be afraid to add a short, handwritten personal note. This shows that you’ve singled them out with praise.
  • Timeliness: Sending donation letters quickly reminds people you’re thankful for them. But this also takes organization and efficiency. All the more reason to use pre-written templates.
  • Storytelling: Everything is better with stories—including donation letters. Weave in a specific narrative of how your church is making a difference and how the money will be used.

There’s no one right or wrong way to write a donation letter or request contributions. You’ve got to do what is right for your church and congregation. But if you stick to these general tips, you’ll probably start to see some traction when it comes to giving.

What’s next?

Most people don’t love talking about money in church. But it’s a necessary and vital part of your church. And maximizing your efforts when it comes to donation letters will help make those conversations more comfortable. So what do you do next to put this into effect?

  • Customize these letters: Take the samples above and make them work for your church. Personalize the content. Remove the stuff that doesn’t sound genuine and add in stuff that does. Remember that these are just a starting point.
  • Create some systems: Develop processes that make it easy for you to replicate sending donation letters. Use a letter template that allows you to drop in names and details. Then develop guidelines for when these letters will be sent out.
  • Empower a champion: Find out who is going to be responsible for making these letters happen. Rather than thinking of this as adding more work to their plate, think about how you can elevate their work. This could be a staff member, or a volunteer.
  • Start sending: All of this will be for nothing if you don’t actually send out the letters. Take the time to get it right and get them into the hands of your church donors.

And if you’re looking for ways to grow your church’s giving capacity, Tithely can help.

We provide several different ways your church members can support your church financially—from online giving, text to give solutions, and giving kiosks.

Tithely’s systems make it as easy as possible for people to give to your church. Now all you need to start doing is generating a culture of gratitude. There’s nothing standing in your way. Go unleash generosity in your church.

How does your church use donation letters to spread generosity? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Robert Carnes. Robert is a writer and storyteller. He's the author of The Original Storyteller: Become a Better Storyteller in 30 Days. A former church communicator and nonprofit marketer, Robert works as a managing editor for Orange in Atlanta.

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