Is Online Giving Right for Your Church?

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GOT DOUBTS?
Despite the growing popularity of online giving, some church leaders still wonder if it’s right for their members. Countless other churches offer online giving but haven’t taken the time to educate and encourage their donors, and therefore, aren’t seeing the outstanding benefits of online giving. Hope Fellowship Church in Frisco, Texas discov­ered that even during a season of declining attendance rates, online giving rates–and overall giving rates–increased.
 
IS IT BIBLICAL?
Today, as in the Widow’s Mites story, the place where the offerings are put is an incidental detail in a study of generosity, not—in any way—a commentary on which modes of giving are more biblical. If anything, online giving comes the closest to the Matthew 6:1-4 mandate to give in secret.
 
DOESN’T IT COST MORE TO PROCESS ONLINE GIFTS?
There are small transaction fees included in all online giving tools. Churches that use
online giving have seen an increase in consistency of giving per individual that far outweighs the costs incurred by that individual’s giving. Multiply that by the increase in the number of people who give, and the church will still be left with higher, more consistent offering rates, despite transaction fees.
 
WHAT’S IN IT FOR GIVERS?
• Because FellowshipOne is a cloud-based product, congregants can give anytime, anywhere they have access to the Internet
• They can set up recurring gifts so they don’t have to remember their checkbooks or keep going online
 
WHAT’S IN IT FOR THE CHURCH?
• The church can receive offerings even if members are absent
• Consistent giving and recurring gifts help churches budget more efficiently and minimize seasonal giving lulls or weather-related absences
• Processing the offering is faster and error free, so staff saves time and frustration
• Offering funds are immediately available for church use

Today’s church members and attenders are all about personal choice. If you’re not offering online giving, you’re limiting the amount of offering your church receives. It’s that simple.

If you’re ready to learn more about how easy it is to offer online giving, consider web-based FellowshipOne Giving or the comprehensive, web-based enterprise church management software, FellowshipOne, which includes online giving. Click here to learn more.

An On Demand Tour of FellowshipOne GO is now available!

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Hey everyone, my name is Bobby Lester. I’m a solutions specialist at FellowshipOne and I recently recorded a guided tour of FellowshipOne GO. During the tour, I take a comprehensive look at the complete church management solution and show how this tool can help you ministry grow.

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Beat the Summer Giving Slump

Everything from weather to vacation to sports can have an effect on church attendance patterns. That means they also affect giving. Summer is the perfect storm of these factors.

Just like sunscreen and a good hat protect us from the summer rays, these tips can keep the summer giving slump at bay.

  1. Connect Money to Mission

Communication with your congregation should focus on the joy of contributing to God’s work in and through your ministry. Of course the “light bill” needs to be paid, but that doesn’t engender strong feelings of greater purpose. Look for moments to share about specific summer ministry opportunities and how continued faithful giving will make those events more fruitful. Examples might include more scholarships for camps, outreach opportunities for VBS, and relieved financial burden for missionaries.

  1. Celebrate Wins

Remind your congregation of the good things they helped accomplish through faithful giving in the past. What local charities have you partnered with recently? How many families joined the church because of VBS last year? Who went on a short-term missionary excursion and committed to full-time missions as a result? Specific examples will bring names and faces to mind, and maybe even catalyze increased giving.

  1. Communicate Options Clearly

Churches need a clear communication plan about something as important as giving. Encourage your people to be cheerful givers! Show them where and how to give: during service, mail-in, online, or even via text or mobile app. Put this information on your website, in your church bulletin, weekly emails, and even announce it from time to time.

  1. Make it Recurring

Setting up recurring online giving is the number one practical step to make sure that families are able to give easily while they may be away. If you don’t have an online option that allows recurring contributions yet, your church is missing opportunities for people to give.

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Solutions like FellowshipOne Giving even have an integrated mobile app that lets people set up recurring giving from their phones—anywhere, anytime. They can even see their own giving history from the app. Churches who implement online giving see an average increase in donations over 30%!

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Don’t get burned! Remember: you apply sunscreen multiple times throughout the day. These tips take time and repetition to truly summer-proof your church’s giving.

For more information on how FellowshipOne can help your church avoid a summer giving slump, click here.

3 Reasons People Aren’t Using Your Online Giving Tool [Free download]

We talk often about the advantages of offering online giving, but we rarely address the concern that leaders have–even those who believe online giving could be a good decision for their church: Will people use it?

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In the early days of online giving, we thought churches were doing well if they had 30% of their congregation giving online, but we’ve got one church partner with twice that rate! We’ve seen the statistics of increased giving rates, we’ve heard our church partners rave about the ease, accuracy and time-savings it gives them, and we’ve never heard of a single regret for incorporating online giving. One of our churches actually set up online giving by popular demand of the congregation.

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