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.
- 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.
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.
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.