I have been in over 20 different church services over the last 18 months. Every church I have been in takes up an offering in one form or another. The offering time seems to be the same in most places and lacks creativity. The next four days I am committing to teaching pastors how to creatively take up an offering!Â We have 52 opportunities each year to help people with their giving! Let’s teach people how to follow Christ during these moments.
Provide multiple on-ramps for giving
In our recent work with Granger Community Church, we developed a plan to help their congregation understand that there are multiple on-ramps for giving. Â Kem Meyer and her team develop a brand called 3 Ways to Give. Â In our culture people are carrying less and less cash so we have to get creative with providing digital solutions for our church. Â I believe the Granger 3 Ways to Give concept is reproducible for any church.
3 Ways To Give
1. Â Service – Giving in the service is still the main place most people give
2. Online – Online giving is a necessity now and moving forward with our digital culture. Â It allows us to take up an offering 24/7/365 verses 2 minutes on Sunday. Â Make sure you have an online system that will create REOCCURRING gifts. Â Letting people set it up once and not think about it is huge for consistency.
3. Â Kiosks – Kiosks are becoming more and more popular. Â I don’t eat at restaurants that do not take cards! Â I LOVE waffle house but didn’t eat there for years because they wouldn’t take my card! Â Our churches have got to realize it is 2009 and provide practical on-ramps for people to give that do not have cash.
During your offering time, you can stand up and let people know that there are multiple on-ramps for giving!
Does your church have online giving or kiosks? Â How well are they working?