After pastoring for many years I am reminded of some of the thought cycles I have been through while trying to build the Kingdom and keep the bank account full enough to pay the bills. One of the biggest thoughts about online giving is, “I would like to offer the option for my congregation to give online, but I am afraid that the processing fees that are associated with this new option will take valuable money away from the church”. This is a valid worry. After all, if we can barely pay the bills now and there are still staff members needed, then how do I offer this tool and make the numbers work at the end of the month?
I want you to think for a minute about the pattern of your “givers” in your church. Honestly, how many are tithers and how many are tippers? While pastoring I found that less than 10% of people actually tithe. This means they pay their full tithe whether they are in church or not that week. Most folks are “tippers”. Tippers are those that only give when they are in church and it is usually a set amount of money. Some popular amounts we received from tippers while I was a pastor were $5, $20, $50, and $100. If one of the tippers went on vacation and they normally gave $100 per week we might only see $200 that month because they were not in church the other 2 weeks while out of town.
Online giving HELPS TURN TIPPERS INTO TITHERS. Yes you heard that correctly. By offering an online option that allows for recurring gifts, the person who would be tempted to not pay that month will keep their promise automatically through their recurring gift. Many churches have now stopped passing plates during the service altogether. With a combination of text to give, lobby kiosks, and online donations through your website you can now “do away” with the dreaded plate being passed around. This helps you fight that feeling that the world has labeled the church with “They are only after my money”, while increasing your giving all at the same time.
The key to being successful is finding the right company at the right price for the giving product you need. At Build A Church Website we offer a giving solution that meets just about every need. Whether you want to do online donations, text to give, or giving kiosks, we can handle processing for your church at extremely competitive rates.
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