Every church service I’ve been to has included some kind of offering time. It’s one of the most important moments in your service, because it funds so many other moments in your church. But if you are only receiving one offering by passing a plate, you’re missing out on a HUGE opportunity to connect people to generosity. You need to offer people MULTIPLE WAYS to give. Make it convenient for THEM, not for you. Here are some ideas.
1. Keep passing the plate. Don’t abandon this strategy…if anything, get intentional with how you talk about the offering in the service. This resource will give you a step by step guide for implementing a giving talk in your service. If you’re a member (and a two-month membership is only $1.00), we’ll give you a giving talk script EVERY WEEK.
2. Receive donations online. Every church needs to receive donations on their website. It’s a no brainer. You don’t just need to offer online giving, you need to emphasize it. This resource will show you exactly how to do it, and you’ll get a complete set of graphics, documents and communication pieces to go with it.
3. Use offering envelopes. This may sound old school, but part of creating a healthy financial culture in your church is following up with people who give. Offering envelopes are a call to action, a level of privacy, and an important way to obtain information from people who want to give cash. Next month, we’re releasing a resource to our members on offering envelopes. We’ll show you where to get them and how to use them.
4. A Giving Kiosk. The reasons you should have a giving kiosk in your facility are the same reasons you should receive donations on your website. It’s a digital age. As many as 50% of your adults may attend your services without any cash in their wallets or checkbooks in their pockets. You can pass the plate, but they literally can’t participate. We just released a brand new resource called The Kiosk Launch Kit. It will show you exactly how to introduce a giving kiosk to your congregation.
Give your people multiple opportunities to contribute. Make it easier for them to donate.