22 Mar How to Promote Healthy Church Giving
Running a church is hard. Running a church without enough money? All but impossible. There’s no way around the fact that the Bible instructs Christians to give, but all too often in our modern madness, people forget to give unto God what is God’s. So, what can you do to help gently remind your flock about the importance of giving? Quite a lot as it turns out. Read on to discover some of the best ways to encourage giving in your church.
Preach the Word
The Bible has so much to say about intentional and thoughtful giving. It’s an important theme that runs through both the Old and New Testaments that can be skillfully folded into any number of sermon topics. It can feel hard to ask but remind your congregation of the importance of regular tithes both in keeping the church running well and in terms of extra projects your church might be engaged in. Check out this helpful list of verses that encourage and emphasize giving for some excellent sermon ideas.
Let Technology Lead the Way
Modern life is a tangle of complications and headaches. Make giving easy for your congregation by setting up online giving portals and text to give services. You want to make sure that there are as few barriers to entry as possible so on top of passing the offering plate and soliciting donations via paper cards, make sure people feel secure about giving by allowing them to set up digital payments. People these days are glued to their phones and their computers and are comfortable paying bills online. Make giving to your church as easy as clicking a button and be sure to set up a recurring payment option so that your flock can set it and forget it.
Get Your Reminders on Lock
Not only can you help your congregants give by providing them with more options for digital payments; you can be very clear in your church’s needs and progress. Regular giving reminders in bulletins and from the pulpit remind your church that you’re all in this together. With MobileAxept’s ReachNow feature, you can also set up text messages to go out to your congregation at regular intervals. Texts are a great way to boost engagement and to communicate needs quickly. Your church simply doesn’t function without the giving spirit of its members. Let people know your financial targets, be clear about what money is being used where and tell them where you need help.
Finances aren’t typically something we enjoy talking about, but from the number of verses that mention financial matters in scripture, it’s clear that it’s a topic we need have little shame in discussing. Allowing your members to meet the needs of the church and to see how their efforts are making an impact emphasizes the importance of their role and connects them to the church body in a deeper and more meaningful way. However, they’ll never know the extent of the need unless you tell them. So, don’t be afraid to ask. Afterall, you have not because you ask not.
These are just a few ways that you can encourage giving in your church. What are some other methods you’ve tried and what were your results? Feel free to contact us and tell us your experiences.