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Tithe.ly Church Giving + Wordpress = Like

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Tithe.ly Church Giving + Wordpress = Like

We have some cool news (see about half way down if you want to cheat), but before we get to that …

You know what’s awesome?

Connecting with great people.

Connecting with great people is truly a gift from God — part of His design for the human race. It’s all about relationships, right!

Taking it one step further … it’s great to connect with people who share a vision, passion and/or interest. Not just the “we both like pizza” stuff, but something bigger and deeper.

Insert Jordan Gillman. The man behind Jordesign and ChurchSites.co. An individual with a passion for great church communications and websites. A passion that, although we don't do church websites, we very much share with Jordan.

Based out of Australia, Jordan reached out to us using Twitter back on July 15th.

Of course, when asked if Tithe.ly works in Australia, we responded with a resounding YES!

Fast forward to today (July 30th) — two weeks later — and we get an email from Jordan saying that “I just built a Tithe.ly WordPress plugin that has now been approved and put in the WordPress plugin gallery”.

WHAT?!

Yep, Jordan built a WordPress plugin for the Tithe.ly church donation button 15 days after we first met … mainly because we share a passion to see the Church advance through great technology.

That’s crazy. And we're grateful.

Jordan, you're a good dude!

Tithe.ly Church Giving + Wordpress = Like

Most churches have a website and many of them are built on WordPress being that WordPress is the most popular website solution in the world.

And any church website worth it’s salt will give visitors the ability give via a simple giving button. Like these 5 churches using the Tithe.ly church donation form.

So it only makes sense that Tithe.ly would easily integrate with WordPress, right!

Introducing, WP Tithely.

WP Tithely is a WordPress plugin (get the Tithe.ly plugin) to help Churches and other organisations easily integrate online giving to their website through Tithe.ly.

This WordPress plugin allows for the easy installation (through WordPress shortcode or Sidebar Widget) of the Tithe.ly church donation button for WordPress users who already have a Tithe.ly account set up.

Tithe.ly WordPress Plugin Installation

  1. Download the plugin from the WordPress plugin repository.
  2. Upload wp-tithely.php to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  4. Sign up for your church’s Tithely account at https://tithe.ly/ and note your ‘Church ID’
  5. Enter your ‘Church ID’ and some default text for your give button in the settings (Settings > Tithely Options).

How Do I Insert My Tithe.ly Church Donation Button on my Website?

There are two ways you can insert your button.

  1. Insert the WP Tithely Widget into one of your sidebars. You can insert your Church ID and the text you would like the button to display.
  2. You can insert the button into your page or post content using the shortcode [tithely]. It will use the Church ID and Button Text defined in the options unless you include a new phrase for the button text like: [tithely button_text=“Donate Now”].

There you have it. v1 of WP Tithely is out in the wild. We’d love to hear from you if you’re a WordPress user and have a chance to check out the plugin.

Just drop us an email: hello@yourgiving.co.

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

01
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.
02
Brady Shearer
www.storytape.com
Talk about it every single week. Consistently promote it on every platform. 
Be patient. We all resist change.
03
Michael Lukaszewski
www.churchfuel.com
Launch it to your staff, your leaders, and your volunteers (in that order) and help those groups use it before you launch it publicly.
04
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).
05
Justin Dean
www.thatcc.com
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.
06
Daniel Irmler
www.churchhero.com
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.
07
Invite your congregation to take out their phones and download the mobile giving app right in the service.
08
Nik Goodner
www.crtvchurch.com
Explain the why behind the change and highlight the benefits of the new system. 
People like to be "on the team".
09
Kevin Ekmark
www.church.org
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.
10
Logan Fields
www.theappguys.org
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.
11
Kenny Jahng
www.kennyjahng.com
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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Tithe.ly Church Giving + Wordpress = Like

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