As a Church Leader, it can be a challenge to encourage giving in your church, let alone getting visitors to give on Sundays, consistently. According to an article published by Barna, when American Christians were asked what actions they associate with the concept of “giving to others,” giving financially was third on the list. For most, it’s easier to “give” in terms of serving others and support causes as opposed to financial assistance. That isn’t to say that those ways of serving are bad at all. But going back to Cain and Abel, the gift reflects the heart that we have. There is something about finances that we hold closer to our hearts than the time we have to give to others. The Bible tells us that we cannot love both God and money because of this hold that it could have on our hearts. Our hope is to help you also excel in this grace of giving with 10 simple ways to increase giving and donations to your church.
10 Simple Ways To Increase Giving And Donations
Share Personal Giving Testimonies
Build up your congregation with successful testimonies of sacrificial giving. The keyword to focus on is, sacrificially. It’s challenging to come to a decision to give, so highlighting the members of your congregation who do give sacrificially will build inspiration in others. But be prepared, the moment we start to give sacrificially, we will quickly find opposition. That is why being able to hear stories of how others have overcome similar situations and are still faithfully giving is one of the best motivators.
Introduce A Giving Challenge
There are many opportunities to give. There are many causes that are in desperate need of love and support. We can often become too busy and wrapped up in what we have going on in our lives that it is difficult to see other people’s needs. Highlight a cause and challenge your congregation to come alongside and support it. The key to making this successful is focusing on the cause and not the amount. The goal is not to be the one who gives the most, but to give sacrificially from the heart. God will bless those who truly bless others.
Start A Christian Financial Counseling Ministry
A Financial Counseling Ministry is great! But the component that really helps is having a group of people helping each other and looking out for the best interest of those in the group, accountability. With finances, some people need the accountability to help them stick to the boundaries and the goals that they have set for themselves. Most of us would find it very difficult to keep to a strict budget, spend less, eat out less, etc. This way, you have other people that can help to keep you strong when the urge comes to spend and to provide the guidance that you need to be financially successful.
Teach Budgeting And Spending
We should all be good stewards of the resources that God blesses us with. God allows each one of us the ability to gain wealth in this world so that we can live and provide for ourselves and our families. Budgeting is a tool that keeps us from overspending. But more importantly, budgeting provides an overall picture of our current financial situation so we can see what we have, where it’s going, and from there it allows us to make better financial decisions. Without a budget, most people will not be able to see the entire picture and basically operating on the assumption that their income is covering their expenses. Having a detailed view of where you are spending will give you the confidence to spend wisely in the areas that you want to and not be caught off-guard by unpredicted expenses.
Change The Ways That People Can Give
The traditional ways of giving will never really go away. The offering plate will continue to be a symbol of tithing within the church for years to come. But we should embrace the fact that the times are changing, not in a bad way, there are more opportunities that are being introduced and we can only benefit from having more options. Today, more and more transactions are being done electronically. So consider these options:
- Online Giving: Beyond just making the platform available for people to give, you will need to talk about it consistently so givers know where they can give and encourage them to use the recurring gift feature as well.
- Payroll/Employer/Bank Drafts: Bank transfers are another option that should be provided to your givers. The fee is usually smaller to transfer from one bank account to another bank account as opposed to the credit card transaction fee.
- Phone App: Just about everyone in your congregation has a smartphone. Use that to your advantage. The more accessible you can make giving to your members, the more likely they are to give. The app is a simple version of an online giving form.
- Text Giving: Text giving allows your church to have a dedicated number that anyone with a cell phone can text with the amount they wish to give. Your donors just enter their details through a secure link and then it will automatically withdraw every time they text an amount to your church’s number, making it the fastest and simplest option available.
Remove All Barriers To Giving
Making the decision to give is a huge step for most people. If the process to give is cumbersome, tough to find, or difficult, these could all be a deterrent for these individuals and eventually, they will be discouraged from giving.
Talk About It Consistently
Giving is a topic that has been around since Old Testament times, but still needs to be something that we talk about consistently today. Church leaders are understandably hesitant to talk about giving. After all, it’s almost like making a personal appeal for more money. But like any other crucial issues in the life of the church, money needs to be discussed in the same light.
Develop Trust With Your Givers
When members or visitors give, they want to know that the money they are giving is used for its intended purpose. Our duty is to demonstrate good stewardship by diligently seeking out the most cost-effective ways of managing church resources. If the church finances are mishandled, trust is lost and it will discourage people from giving.
Teach Giving From The Bible
Giving is a Biblical Principle that we should be following. The New Testament references tithing once when Jesus rebukes the hypocritical religious leaders (Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42). When Jesus sees the Pharisees openly casting huge cash gifts into the treasury, He commends the widow who gave, not from her excess riches, but from “all she had” (Luke 21:4). This clues us to what is important when talking about giving to God in the New Testament: one’s heart attitude. Don’t be afraid to bring up giving in your church. Our finances are tied very closely to our heart and can be used to measure how much trust we have in God, as opposed to our own strengths.
In addition to explaining God’s Word on the subject, people need to hear how the church is doing financially. Facts motivate. As people understand the situation, they will be more inclined to contribute. If your church is experiencing financial difficulty, tell them about it. If the church can cut back in some areas, tell them how. Allow people to see the church’s budget. An atmosphere of openness and honesty will encourage people to give. Church members fund church operations and have an interest in how those dollars are spent. Determine the best way to share monthly budget information updates. Use the weekly bulletin, lobby posters or website to make information available. Designate someone to answer budget questions that might come up.
Bonus Resource: Sharefaith Giving
We believe in a simple platform that our members can tap into to help them get started or increase their online giving efforts. Sharefaith Giving is by far one of the most popular online giving and donations platforms. With no setup fees, no monthly fees, a low 3% transaction fee and 100% free for all Sharefaith Members, Sharefaith Giving is unmatched in value from any other giving platforms. Simply sign up for Sharefaith Giving, receive your approval notice and, within minutes, you can easily build your donation forms and add them to your Sharefaith church website, church mobile app, Facebook, Twitter and more! Want text tithing? Sign up for an extra $10/month (covers the monthly cost of having your own dedicated phone number your church can give to). Plus, you can create your own QR codes, allowing you to put them on your church bulletins, tithing envelopes, business cards, flyers, etc.
With Sharefaith Giving, your church congregation can give to multiple funds at once, set up reoccurring donations, and give directly through their bank account to have their tithes be taken out, automatically. How cool is that? To learn more about how your church can benefit from Sharefaith Giving, click here or give Sharefaith a call at 888-317-4018.