When it comes to money, it’s no secret that the world has gone digital. Think about it. When was the last time you wrote a check to pay for your groceries? Do you even carry any cash in your wallet to have on hand anymore? Are most of your bills set up on automatic or online payments? These days, managing and spending money is done almost exclusively in a digital space. And if that’s true for most areas of life, shouldn’t it be true for your church giving as well? You want to give your community the option to give quickly and simply in the same way they do everything else: online (find out more about how to build a great church website here). Clover Give is an online giving platform that provides your church a professional, easy to use digital giving forum that allows your people to support your ministry in a way that works for them.
Fact: sermons about money are powerful. If you don’t believe that, stick with us Your congregation is made up of a variety of people, right? Every week, you look out at a room full of people from all different backgrounds, races, stories, and beliefs. But what’s one thing they all have in common? Money. No matter who they are or where they come from, all the people in your congregation are dealing with money. Maybe they’re in a position in life where they have more than they need and aren’t struggling with their finances. Maybe they’re just making ends meet. Maybe they’re on the verge of bankruptcy. Or maybe they’re somewhere in between. The point is this: regardless of their current financial situation, every person in your congregation is dealing with money on a regular basis. And because of that, it’s important that you as a church leader incorporate the subject in your teachings. Everyone can relate!
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One of the hardest parts about church office leadership is figuring out how to build, manage, and maintain your team. In other words: how do you lead your church team well?Whether your team consists of just ten people or is made up of hundreds, the need to lead and manage them well is great. They’re the people who help make your ministry happen.
"Next Sunday, we’ll kick off a series on money here at our church." Do you hate making announcements like that at your church? Did any of you just cringe at the thought? If you so, don’t worry, you’re in good company! Most people (church leaders included) struggle with how to approach the subject of finances at church. It can be awkward. It can be confusing. It can be convicting. And because of those and many other reasons just like them, people aren’t sure how (or even if) they should address money in church. When it comes to talking money in the church, most seem to fall in to one of two categories: Avoid the subject completely out of fear of making anyone uncomfortable. Harp on the matter by making every one feel guilty about it almost every week.
Question: have you ever put together a fundraising campaign at your church? You know what we mean, right? Not just your typical Sunday morning offering or your routine time for tithe. We’re talking about a scheduled and calendared campaign designed to raise support for a specific aspect of your ministry. Whether you’re looking to raise money to send your students on a mission trip, hoping to fund the building of a new campus, or simply looking to generate support to give back to a project in the community, you want to make sure you run your fundraising campaign well. The difference between a good fundraising campaign and a bad fundraising campaign means the difference of dollars and trust for your ministry.
Some of the most potentially awkward moments of your Sunday morning service probably center around the offering. With so many misconceptions out there about the church and money, the task of talking to your congregation about GIVING can be a challenge for church leaders. Believe it or not, the subject of giving doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, it can actually be one of the best parts of your service if you approach it with the right heart. Most people in your congregation not only want to give to your church, but feel as though God has called them to do so.
We want to take a moment in this busy Christmas season to help you get some paperwork out of the way. This isn't a regular blog post where we tell you how to do the SEO things, improve your online giving platform, or make quick website improvements. Those are all good things, but today we want to share a great new resource with you. It seems like a "boring legal document" to send Annual Statements (don't worry, you have til late January!), but it doesn't have to feel like a "boring legal document" when your donors read them.
Do you wish there was a better way to help your church handle online giving? Are you a Clover Donation customer and you're tired of dealing with additional fees, accounts, and authorization hoopla? Are you looking for a better payment processing solution? Does your church offer online giving at all? Now there is a better, easier, way: Introducing Clover Give! To quote one customer: