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.
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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?
We know that a lot goes into planning for Sunday morning. The welcome, the worship, the sermon, and other aspects of your service are all thought out, but somehow, the offering time seems to typically be an afterthought. But, just like preachers should pray, read, and study, and just like musicians should rehearse, someone needs to prep for the offering. We've created an On-Demand Webinar (watch it whenever you want!) to help coach you on what the giving time should look like in your service, and why it's important.
Question: How much time do most churches allot for people to give? Answer: Somewhere between two and five minutes just once a week. If that doesn’t sound like a lot of time to you, that’s because it’s not! What that means in reality is that most churches only provide the opportunity for their congregation to give during a quick offering time on Sunday mornings. With that in mind, let’s ask some hard questions.
We’ve been talking a lot about giving here at Clover in the last few months because we know that giving is essential to the life and health of your church. But when all the funds have been pledged and the money starts coming in, the question remains: what do you do with the money that’s been given? The answer to that question lies in your church budget.