Church donations used to part of Sunday morning service, but today there are multiple companies that provide online giving for churches. In the digital age, it is important that churches offer opportunities to give online. If you think that people don’t often carry cash these days but still wish to donate to the church.
Modern members of any congregation still believe that “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35) Online giving possibilities give these members a chance to give without any pressure. They can make individual donations or set up a calendar. It’s a great way to take advantage of technology for your church.
These options can be daunting for pastors on limited budgets. The question is how much is too much to pay. For those worried that the technology is a challenging expense, church fundraising expert Richard Rogers recommends “starting with online bill pay and direct deposit, which are usually free on both sides.”
Simple beginning yield great things
In order that churches benefit from new platforms, they have to ensure that congregants are really using them. “Availability just gets you to the starting gate,” said Rogers, senior vice president at Horizons Stewardship and author of ‘The E-Giving Guide for Every Church’. “Churches that have strong participation have made sure that their congregation is always aware of digital giving options, and they intentionally drive engagement.”
Tithe.ly is the best online giving option for churches.
Tithe.ly is intended to increase online giving through a free mobile giving text-based app. There are no setup or subscription fees to deal with, making it a more affordable giving solution for churches. You only pay 2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction for accepting cards and 1% plus $0.30 per transaction for ACH/bank account giving. There is even an option for donors to “cover the fees” and allow them to add the fee amount to their donation, making it free for churches.
Though most churchgoers still give the old-fashioned way, by cash or check in the offering plate, 15 percent now pay through their church’s website, app, or text, according to research.
Some churches have developed their own apps to help with Church payments. This is especially helpful if your church is an international organization like Christ Embassy. KingsPay is an app where you can send money to any of the pre-approved organizations, from anywhere in the world, in any currency. Moreover, it is free and safe as it is protected by 128-bit encryption.
Mogiv makes online giving easy for both members and churches.
There are no fees except for transaction fees. It’s free to try and supports online, mobile and text-based giving. It’s one of the best options if you’re new to online giving and want to try Mogiv out before committing to buying a service that incurs monthly or setup fees.
As it is said in Corinthians 9:7 “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” Churches can also set up stands to make a payment during or after the service. “It may be a technological leap from the days of bringing literal firstfruits, but the motivation is the same, said Sweetman, who founded Tithe.ly after 30 years working in Church Ministry in Australia and the USA.
” We do a lot of education, not only how to use the technology but to help [pastors] see how this enables the members of their church to follow one of the precepts of Jesus, to be generous,” he went on to say that when “you leverage technology to do those things for you, so you can actually concentrate on the things that are really important in ministry, like caring for people and discipleship.”
So, how will you give?