Thankfully, the roller coaster ride of 2020 is ending. Despite how crazy this year was, something that hasn’t changed is the importance of recurring giving. In fact, this is probably more top-of-mind for church leaders than usual.
Technology is changing the way we do everything. In almost every aspect of life now, we have the opportunity to transact online. And it really should be no different when it comes to church giving.
When it comes to church giving, we can’t make the mistake of thinking that people will continue to do things the way they’ve always done them. We can't assume everyone’s going to give in-person on Sunday morning.
A good online giving platform should increase overall giving to the church. But a major study of the world's non-profit organizations revealed that givers abandon their online gifts at an astonishing rate of 83 percent! That means fewer than 20 percent of those who have an intent to give actually complete their gift.
As businesses, schools, and churches close their doors to slow the spread of COVID-19, will charitable giving take a hit? It's possible, but churches can take steps to ensure their organizations, members, and communities will continue to be served well.
Coronavirus is reshaping how we do church.
Chances are the number of church software options on the market today makes you dizzy. Comparing solutions can feel overwhelming. If you’re unhappy with your current software, the idea of learning to use a new one — and migrating data — can be so daunting that you resolve to just stick it out with what you’ve got.
As the church technology market continues to consolidate, the most recent news comes from publically traded Pushpay Holdings Limited (NZSX:PPH, ASX:PP). Late December 12, 2019, Pushpay announced the combination of their solutions with Church Community Builder--the two businesses to deliver a best-in-class, fully integrated church management system (ChMS), custom community app, and giving solution for customers in the US faith sector.
The Bless Your Pastor movement (#BlessYourPastor) provides free materials to Christians and churches in order to honor pastors and clergy members. The goal is to help people share God’s love with their pastor and church staff, who often face financial struggles. 1 Thessalonians 5:12 calls Christians to show their deep appreciation to those who minister to them. Galatians 6:6 says people are to share all good things with the one who teaches them.
It's no surprise that churches are affected by lulls in giving, spurring a need for churches to find ways to encourage recurring giving. Roughly 86% don’t meet their annual budget goals. When you boil it down, that means 43 out of 50 churches aren’t raising enough funds during the year to support their ministries.
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