Fact… Your church needs the financial support of your people to keep going and growing. We all know that’s true, right? Great! Another fact… Digital giving is the best way to reach your people. We’ve said it before: the trend in giving is going digital. More and more people are giving their money online. As a result, churches are looking for a way to help their people do just that in an easy, simple way.
These days, the world has gone digital, and so in turn should the way you communicate to your congregation. Gone are the days when a postcard or even a phone call was the best way to connect with your people. Today, email is the way to go. While so many churches have and use an updated email list to inform and connect with their people, many don’t realize that it also provides an opportunity to make an ask. Your email list actually represents one of the best opportunities your church has to take up an offering.
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Guys, its me, Luke… and I’ve got a question for you:
Money. It’s the one part of ministry that most of us don’t want to deal with, think about, or mention. It’s tricky, it’s awkward, it’s painful… but it’s also necessary. No matter how much we may want to ignore it, the truth is this: Funds are vital to the operation of your ministry.
Question: What’s the preferred method of donation today? If your answer is anything other than “digital” at your church, then we’ve got bad news for you: You’re missing out on money at your church.
If the thought of switching your church to an online giving platform has you feeling a little less than enthusiastic, we understand. Making a change like that is a pretty big deal! And on paper, it sounds like something that will require some serious tech support from start to finish. The idea of working with one of those typical IT guy is enough to send even the most excited online giver running for the hills! If that’s how you feel, then we have good news for you: Clover Give is exactly what you’re looking for when it comes to online giving.
Pop quiz: Do you know how much time the average church allows for their people to give to their church? If you’re anything like us, you probably think it has to be at least a multiple times a week, right? After all, if a church depends on the gifts of your congregation, then surely that church would give it’s people a lot of chances to give. Well… think again. The answer to our question: The average church only allows somewhere between two and five minutes once a week for their people to give.
Have you ever read one of those how-to books? You know the ones we’re talking about—the kind designed to teach even the biggest dummy how to be an expert in the subject they choose. Now I don’t know about you, but the times we’ve thumbed through books like these—books created to take something complicated and make it easy—we end up more confused than when we started! And the worst ones of all? Books on finance and fundraising! Now I may just be simpleton, but I always seem to have major issues trying to understand the ideas, terminology, and concepts. To be completely honest, they might as well be written in a different language. Professionals write books on money full of plans and concepts that an outsider just can’t understand. It’s complicated. And that’s a problem because complicated strategies kill giving.
When it comes to being a pastor, one of the worst parts of the job has little to do with actually pastoring. In fact, for many church leaders, the most challenging, painful, and tedious part of the job is creating an annual budget (did anyone else just get a little sick thinking about it?). While you may hate the process of developing your annual budget, it’s not only a necessary part of the job, but also an extremely important part of planning the year for your congregation. Rather than dread planning your budget, why not equip yourself to be ready and do it well?
Question: Who do you call when you need help? Well, it usually depends on what kind of help you need. If it’s an emergency, you call 911. If you need advice, you probably call a friend. And if you need a little help with a product or service, you probably call that company directly, right? But then what happens?