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Online tithing is nothing new. It’s been reported that 61% of people under the age of 24 never write checks and nearly 60% of those who are 66 and older give to charitable causes online. What is a growing trend is the number of churches switching to mobile giving and tithing through texting. All of these wonderful tithing solutions provide churches with an incredible platform to increase giving by making it easy for anyone to give at any time. Concerning though, is the lack of knowledge churches have of how to best implement online tithing solutions and how to steward their congregation with a shift in perspective away from traditional giving. Passing the offering plate is a physical, tangible sign that the ministry of the church is supported by the people of the church. If you take away the practice of the offering plate, you might risk a downturn in giving. The risk is certainly there, but we want to suggest some reasons and ways to help shift the mindset. Here are 8 ways to get your congregation to use online or mobile tithing.
8 Ways To Get Your Congregation To Switch To Online Giving
Have an open discussion
Whether it be with the deacons or elders or through a panel discussion at a congregational dinner, being open about any change, especially a weekly traditional one, is beneficial. It allows for feedback and the chance to present a rationale.
Demonstrate and assist
Lead your congregation to the online/mobile experience. Set up a time to help people and seed your audience with people who are equipped and knowledgeable to help. It makes a difference when you personalize it and make the online/mobile giving experience local to the questions your congregation is asking.
Maintain an offertory during the service
At some point, you may want to simply point people to give through a variety of means (pre-service messages, campus TVs, online) and choose to use the offertory time in the service differently, but I would keep this time and monitor activity and response. [Read more…] about Online Tithing – 8 Ways To Shift Your Congregation’s Perspective