David Messner and I have been working on a new resource of AG Financial to help pastors spark a movement of generosity in their church. We know that every church has a “gap” between their current reality and their vision. And every church needs a GAP – a Generosity Action Plan. Every pastor needs a strategy on how they are going to resource their God-given vision. That’s why we’ve created the Generosity Action Plan Membership website. It gives you monthly coaching, done-for-you materials, and insights from pastors across the country on how to develop a culture of generosity within your church.
Archives For Offering
Why should a church offer a variety of giving methods including e-giving, online giving, and giving kiosks?
- We are passionate about seeing people come to know Jesus and experience His best for their life. The more people who can financially partner with us, the more lives we have the potential to impact.
- What we do as a church we want to do with excellence. That includes our services, kids’ ministry, outreach; and that also includes giving. The bottom line is that businesses like banks have understood the value of offering a variety of tools. Of course we are not a bank, but it could be argued that churches have a more important mission than banks.
- The methods of currency exchange evolve of time. We observe throughout history how people have moved away from offerings of animals, grain, goods, or minerals. Now we’ve moved away from cash and checks. For instance, 80% of US households are now utilizing electronic direct deposits, online banking, and or other online transactions. Continue Reading…
Here’s a simple test you could use to evaluate your church’s giving system:
If your local bank offered the same financial features as your church, would it still be in business?
With that in mind let’s consider some of the features most banks offer:
- View your contribution history online
- Change contribution amounts online
- Give to specific accounts
- Receive regular mail or electronic statements or statements on demand
- Access your information via your mobile phone
- Deposit money with an ATM or kiosk
- Credit and or debit transactions
- Set up automatic and recurring payments
- Have an online profile makes interaction simple and updating information easy
- Observe how your accounts or investments are performing
- Deposit cash or checks in person
AG Financial Stewardship Consulting helps ministries bridge the gap to their vision by creating a movement of generosity within your organization. Part of this process involves making sure that it is simple for people to financially partner with you. Electronic giving is one effective way to develop a broad base of financial ministry supporters. Here are the first five of ten suggestions to help boost your organization’s electronic giving.
1. Have a Simple Solution
a. Make sure you have a simple, effective, secure, and easy-to-use system in place. A good system should allow people to easily track and change their giving. If they want to increase their monthly donations or start to give money to missions it should be simple.
b. Make sure your system supports and focuses on reoccurring giving.
c. If you have a service in place, ask your people what they like and dislike about it. Use that feedback to improve it.
d. If you do not offer online and on-site electronic options, then do some research on best practices in that field or let us recommend some options to you to get this established.