Church Offering Plate

7 Modern Alternatives to the Church Offering Plate

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The collection of “tithes and offerings” seems like it has always been a part of worship.

Yet the offering plate only became commonplace in the 19th century, after the American government ended state support for churches in the 1830s. After that, the collection of offerings gradually became a fixture of each service, and many have come to expect it just as much as they expect prayer, singing, and preaching.

Passing the church offering plate, as it's called, has become the primary way for members to support the mission of their church. However, this method of giving hasn't been perfect.

Not only can the plate only accept physical assets (like cash), but also many followers desire greater transparency, simplicity, convenience, and privacy when giving their money. Additionally, there are plenty of stories that reinforce negative perceptions about the church offering plate.

Given the rise of mobile technology and online donations, it makes sense for churches to digitize their giving. It will make people more comfortable to give money and it will expand the reach of your offering plate.

Every year, churches miss out on lots of money because they don't meet their donors where they are. After all, 54% of donors prefer to give online with a credit or debit card, and 25% complete their donations on mobile devices.

So, if you want to implement other ways to collect donations, consider these seven alternatives to the church offering plate.

1. PayPal

As one of the largest online and mobile payments platforms, PayPal makes transferring money from one party to another fast and easy. Folks will be able to donate from their phone, computer, and even in-person to your PayPal account. Also, your members can easily track what they gave and you can maintain an accurate picture of how much you've collected. PayPal also supports churches through their Giving Fund and provides tax receipts, making it one of the best alternative s to the church offering plate.

Churches must set up a nonprofit PayPal account for accepting donations. PayPal offers discounted rates on fees for registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Rates are currently 2.2% + $0.30 per transaction, and you won't have to pay a monthly fee.

2. Website Donations

Go to the Red Cross website. Within seconds, you can donate money to the organization. They make it straightforward, transparent, and quick.

You must do the same for your church. By setting up an online giving platform on your church's site, you could increase your recurring giving by 39%, according to data from NewFire Giving. That's more money for church services and activities, mission work, community service initiatives, infrastructure upgrades, and more.

3. Venmo

A sleek payments app for P2P transfers and purchases with merchants, Venmo literally makes giving money fun. Owned by PayPal, the app is incredibly popular with millennials, and therefore could encourage members from that generation to start supporting the church's mission.

Setting up a Venmo account is free and easy. Keep in mind bank transfer limits Venmo has, and remember to track contributions for tax reporting.

4. Text to Give

You certainly know that texting to give has become common, especially for helping out during a natural disaster. There are many tools out there that you can integrate with your church's bank account or giving platform.

For example, NewFire Giving has created the SecureGive platform, a free app readily available in app stores. Through the SecureGive App, members can search for your church and then donate money with the click of a button. This streamlines giving at your church, and gives you a private, seamless avenue for collecting the money you need to support your ministry.

5. Giving Kiosks

Looking for a physical (yet digital) alternative to the church offering plate? Then set up giving kiosks at your church. Compared to a church offering plate, a kiosk is less awkward, more secure, feels less forceful, and enables your volunteers to focus on more meaningful activities.

Having a giving kiosk on site will also bring in more contributions. According to research from NewFire Giving, the average gift when using a church donation kiosk is 24% higher than when using mobile. Clearly, major donors like the tangible nature of a kiosk, as well as the control it offers compared to a giving plate.

6. Online Fundraising Platforms

You've definitely heard of how people have used GoFundMe to raise money for a personal issue or cause. Such platforms give you access to a broader audience and enable micro-giving on a large scale. No wonder folks can have so much success on them (if they do their campaign right).

When thinking about alternatives to church offering plates, consider online fundraising platforms designed specifically for donation campaigns and nonprofit organizations. For example, Donate.ly, a fundraising tool for nonprofits, offers reduced fees for churches and a great user experience for donors, who can easily set up recurring donations.

7. Church Donation Management Software

With so many alternatives to church offering plates, you may worry that the giving process will become disconnected and tough to manage. Thankfully, church donation management platforms can help you unify the entire operation so that you can improve efficiency and maximize donations.

NewFire Giving has created an innovating church giving software solution. Through NewFire Giving's platform, you can:

  • Receive donations online, via mobile app or text, or from a giving kiosk (aka an “ATM for Jesus”)
  • Create donation categories, organize giving campaigns across multiple campuses, and generate giving reports each quarter
  • Develop custom church branding (studies show donors are 42% more likely to give when the donation page matches the look/brand of the church)
  • Ultimately surpass your church's funding needs

Optimizing Giving at Your Church

Digital tools, like donation apps and giving kiosks, will encourage giving and streamline the donation process at your church. When combined with the church offering plate, you'll ensure your church offers everyone a way to contribute in a manner that's appropriate for them. And this will make maximizing funding at your church much more likely.

The only thing left to ask is: Are you doing everything possible to meet your church's funding needs?

Start igniting generosity among your members today!

Church Marketing

Church Marketing: 10 Tips to Create an Effective Church Marketing Plan | NewFire Giving

By | Make HOW they give easy

Is attendance at your church down? You’re not alone. The most recent statistics show a 4-point drop in near-weekly attendance — from 42% to 38% between 2008 and 2017. But that doesn’t mean a smaller congregation is inevitable. Instead, look at why people choose to attend church and the reasons they skip services. Ask what your church can do to meet their needs and overcome their objections. Base your church marketing plan on this information. And apply the following proven strategies to reach the people who are receptive to finding a place of worship to call their own.

1.     Develop Your Brand

Branding has evolved. It’s no longer just logos, graphics, jingles, and catch-phrases. Though it may incorporate all or some of those features. Your brand tells people who you are and creates a unique identity. This sets you apart from other churches. It also conveys your ideas, what you stand for, and how you interact with the world around you.

Turn to your church leaders to help determine your brand identity. Discuss the values your church represents and the audience you hope to reach and engage. Seek survey feedback from congregants to learn what they perceive to be your brand.

Once you’ve created a brand for your church, express it. Design a logo, use pictures, tell a story, and live it out every day. Add a slogan if it fits naturally with your brand.

Sample Brand: Your branding involves community outreach. So, your slogan is “Raising up our community through good deeds and God’s word.” A graphic of several people arm-in-arm in front of a townscape is your new logo. You display many photos of your community outreach projects on your website and in your marketing materials to reinforce brand meaning.

Authenticity is essential in your branding. Be sure it truly reflects what’s important to your church, your congregation, and your community.

2.     Establish a Branding Presence

Spread your branding online and offline. Make it a part of your website. Place your logo prominently at the head of all your webpages. Add your slogan, too, if you have one. Explain your values and tell your branding story on your “About Us” page. Over time, you can add photos and videos that show how your church is fulfilling your branding efforts and goals.

Display your branding at your church through signage and banners. Branded outdoor canopies or awnings are smart marketing tools. They’re elegant and understated but are present year-round. When designed well, they give your church added curb appeal and draw the eye. Have them embossed with your logo and/or slogan to help establish brand memorability.

Carry the logo, slogan, and any other branding graphics and colors over to your printed materials, too. This includes:

  • Church signs
  • Service programs
  • Newsletters
  • Business cards
  • Church letterhead
  • Envelopes
  • Pledge cards
  • Door hangers
  • Postcards
  • Bible Study guides/questionnaires

Wherever your church is present, so too should be your branding.

3.     Embrace Social Media

  • Social media marketing is a cost-effective approach that can meet multiple objectives:
  • Reinforce your branding efforts
  • Strengthen your church relationship with current congregants
  • Help you reach new parishioners
  • Support SEO strategies

These platforms offer numerous ways to teach, reach out, and interact with a wider audience. Post uplifting messages, Bible verses, and links to your blog, vlog and community events. Even spark discussions on relevant topics. But don’t limit yourself to text. Consider images, video, audio, and live streaming. Many churches live stream their services. This is very helpful for congregants whose poor health prevents them from attending in person. Invite your followers and fans to get to know your church and the people behind it better. Spotlight different individuals each week. Link to bios, photos, and media for a more engaging experience.

Facebook is an excellent platform for these various strategies. Instagram gives people those all-important visuals. And Twitter is a great option for sparking conversation and sharing graphics, quotes, and church updates. You should also buy paid social media ads that target specific demographics. This helps you focus on potential congregants who may be most receptive to your church’s values and messaging.

4.     Don’t Ignore Traditional Marketing Methods

Offline marketing may be old-school, but it still works. Some suggestions follow:

  • Buy ad time from local radio and TV stations.
  • Post ads in local newspapers and community magazines.
  • Invest in promotional items printed with your church name and logo:
  • Screen printed shirts and caps
  • Notebooks
  • Pencils and pens
  • Lanyards
  • Mugs and water bottles
  • Distribute windshield flyers and door hangers.
  • Mail out postcards.
  • Hire billboard space.

Make an effort to identify your target audience before investing in print ads and media ad space. You shouldn’t market to everyone. Religion and spirituality are very personal experiences. People choose churches to attend based on very specific needs and desires. Do your research and tailor your traditional advertising efforts to the people who are most likely to respond to your church’s values, messages, and style.

5.     Reach Out with Email Newsletters

2018 Pew Research survey questioned Americans on what motivated them to either attend church or skip it. The top reason for attendance, at 81%, was to become closer to God. This was following by teaching their children about faith, becoming better people, and finding comfort during difficult times. There are probably many people in your flock who attend your church sporadically. Give them reasons to return to your church more often.

A newsletter can reinforce the lessons, scripture, and sense of communal support church services offer. Include transcripts of your sermons. Add notes to better illustrate your meaning. Highlight Sunday School classes and other kids’ activities that may encourage parents to bring in their children. Include uplifting quotes and messages that remind them of God’s grace in times of strife. In this way, you help them strengthen the purpose they find in church. In turn, it will boost attendance rates and encourage word-of-mouth referrals.

6.     Launch Community Outreach Efforts

Churches often play vital roles in their communities. Having a positive impact in your town represents God’s words and deeds. These actions reinforce the good word and deliver a powerful message to all. They also touch community members you may otherwise not reach. If your church isn’t very involved in your city, consider some of the following suggestions to fix that.

Advocacy for the Less Fortunate

  • Help the homeless.
  • Give clothing and supplies to women’s shelters.
  • Visit with Assisted Living residents.
  • Establish a food bank.

Volunteer Work

  • Organize a neighborhood clean-up event.
  • Donate time in a food kitchen.
  • Help build homes with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Host educational seminars.
  • Support veterans’ issues.
  • Ask members of your congregation to volunteer their professional services to the underprivileged. Examples include tax help, carpentry, plumbing, financial counseling, salon services, and auto work.

Sponsorships/Partnerships

  • Youth sports teams
  • Local Humane Society or Pet Rescue organization
  • Recreation centers
  • Local Book Shops

Fun Stuff

  • Kids’ events
  • Cookouts
  • Free car washes
  • Easter Egg Hunt

Bridge Events

Show secular individuals and non-church members that God’s love is all-inclusive through action rather than scripture. Organize a bridge event demonstrating that your church welcomes and uplifts everyone.

  • School supplies giveaway
  • Block party
  • Parenting classes
  • Holiday events
  • Recycling drive
  • Concert
  • Carnival
  • Wellness program
  • Free community swim day

Hold these events at venues off church grounds and avoid religious themes.

7.     Spotlight Your Events

Hosting church activities and holding community outreach events are great works. They’ll also help with your church marketing efforts. But only if you get the word out. Get your congregation involved. Hold contests or raffles as incentives for bringing friends, relatives, co-workers, and neighbors to an event. Use those traditional marketing methods to get the word out. Advertise your event in the community paper and on radio stations. Post banners and other signage. Don’t forget to highlight upcoming events in your newsletter and on your website. And be sure to post information and updates on your social media accounts with links to your site.

8.     Apply the Personal Touch

Just getting people in the door is not enough to build a bigger congregation. You must give them a welcoming experience that encourages them to return. You need to engage your visitors and learn what they respond to. Start with a warm, personal greeting. Don’t forget to provide sign-in cards to gather contact information. This will give you the data you need to follow-up with some of your other marketing efforts.

Provide small gifts to new visitors, like the promotional items identified in the Traditional Marketing section. Books and gift cards for area businesses also make nice gifts. Include informational brochures about your church, events, and community outreach efforts. Offer snacks and beverages to encourage fellowship before and after your service.

Follow-up with your new visitors right away with a personalized thank you card. Then email them a few days later. Request feedback on the service and ask them if they have any suggestions to make them feel welcome. A week later, send an Evite to attend another service or upcoming event.

Pro Tips:

  • Use welcome and directional signage to help visitors find your church and locate adequate parking.
  • Don’t overwhelm your visitors by asking for too much information on the sign-in cards – just name, mailing address, phone number, and email.
  • Be sure your follow-up correspondence includes your website address so they can look up more information about your church.

9.     Take Advantage of Local SEO Strategies

In the 2018 Pew Research study, researchers asked what kept some respondents from attending church. Almost a quarter of those respondents said they haven’t found one they like. If people in your community are searching for a church home, will they find yours? Local SEO can increase the possibility that they will.

List your church on all the relevant online directories to help searchers find you. Some essential business listing services include Google, Facebook, Bing, and the Yellow Pages. Claim your Google My Business Listing online. Add pertinent details so searchers know where to find you, how to contact you, and when to visit. Include your branding with your logo and pictures. Once you’re up and running, invite congregants to leave reviews to make the most of this essential marketing tool.

10.     Maximize the Use of Digital Tools

Digital bulletin boards, mobile apps, podcasts, and mobile-optimized websites are examples of some of the digital tools that can support your church marketing efforts. Smartphone use has been growing rapidly. In the U.S., it’s currently at 248.68 million users. And it’s expected to grow to 270.66 million smartphone users by 2022. With those numbers, you need to ensure that your website is optimized for mobile devices. And if you create a church app, you make it easier for more people to interact with your organization and participate in events.

Tithing in the Digital World

Declining church attendance isn’t the only downward trend in the church sphere. Among the people who do attend services regularly, tithing has been decreasing. About 17% of Americans claim they tithe. And only 3% to 5% of congregants who donate to their churches do so through tithing. That’s the same percentage of Americans who admit their tithing amounts have lessened. Your organization relies on these donations to perform all the essential function of a church. With increased charitable receipts, you can reach more people and do more good. This is another area where digital tools can be helpful. Software simplifies the process, enhances convenience, and gives congregants more donation options.

These church marketing tips will help you extend your reach and connect with new church members. With strategies that embrace both online and face-to-face methods, you have a better chance of interacting with different generations. And by establishing your brand, you effectively express the values and mission of your church to your community. Digital tools can support you in these efforts and allow you to focus more on spreading the gospel, helping your community, and maintaining a successful ministry. Our digital donation software is an excellent resource to help you meet these goals. Learn all about NewFire Giving – the giving software that pays for itself.

Online Donations

Online Donations: Technology Doesn’t Inspire People to Give

By | Make HOW they give easy, Resources

So many companies these days have lost touch with the communities and causes they're trying to reach. Many of them are selling the idea that technology is the answer to increasing donations to your church. However, we've found that the bells and whistles that come with church apps and websites don't inspire people to invest in your ministry.

While these are essential channels to have, opening them up in itself doesn't encourage giving. Rather, they provide the people you have inspired to give a means by which to do so. Of course, if adding a button on your website or starting a text-to-give campaign won't increase giving, what will?

Do You Need Online Donation Channels?

Gone are the days of passing around an offertory basket and collecting enough to cover your church's everyday operations. While your congregation may still make offerings on Sunday, there's no doubt that this method is growing increasingly less common. But it's not because of people's unwillingness to give.

In 2018, church giving experienced an increase of an incredible 18.1 percent. That means, amongst all forms of charitable giving, churches have seen the largest increase. This speaks to people's continued and growing desire to support their local community churches. So, why aren't your offertory baskets paying the bills any longer?

The reason is simple. Times are changing, and so are the ways people handle money. For 80 percent of Americans, debit and credit cards are the go-to way to pay for everything they want and need. Year over year, cash and checks have seen less and less usage.

One study found that 50 percent of people carry cash with them less than half the time when they go out. When people do carry cash, over three in four say they keep less than $50 on them. Almost half said they keep less than $20. An incredible 46 percent of people say they use cash fewer than eight times a month, while 5 percent never use it at all.

There's no getting around it. While Americans are continuing to spend and give, they're doing it in different ways than before. This is why you need to begin opening up new channels to receive donations in a way that is more convenient for your congregation.

That will open doors for potentially higher donations from those who currently donate in cash. And it will also give way for other members to donate who may not do so regularly due to the inaccessibility of cash and check donations. With that in mind, you shouldn't look to replace the traditional ways of giving.

Online Donations Are Only Supplementary

You shouldn't see online donations as a way to replace the traditional ways of giving. While not everyone may put money in the basket as it's passed from one pew to the next, there are members of your congregation who will happily do so.

It's important to realize that each member of your congregation has a preferred form of giving. Some will prefer the offertory basket, but limiting your entire congregation to this method requires the great majority of them to go well out of their way in order to donate. They'd have to find an ATM or visit the bank, get out cash, and carry it with them each week if they were to regularly participate in giving.

This makes for inconsistent and inconvenient donations that don't tend to please donors. That's why you need to add new channels that expand the ways by which people can donate to your church. In doing so, you give members young and old a refreshing way to give that's simpler for them.

Do Not Limit Your Church to One Channel

Having several channels is, by far, the most effective way to see church giving stats increase. Text-to-give is certainly one of the most popular forms of online donations today thanks to its high availability amongst nearly all generations. But having a simple online form is also essential for web-based donations on both desktop and mobile.

In fact, adding a donation button to your website can increase giving. Also, optimizing that page for mobile can increase pledges by 126 percent on average. These are major results that will make a major impact on your church. However, as suggested earlier, simply adding a new donation button or making a form mobile-friendly isn't enough to make people donate in and of itself.

How to Increase Giving Through New Channels

Opening up a new donation channel is a fantastic first step to increasing giving amongst your congregation. But it's not the only thing that needs to happen. In order for people to actually start taking advantage of the new channels you open, you need to do some basic outreach and accomplish a few things.

1. Make Your Congregation Aware of the Channels

Your congregation should know all of the ways they can give to your church so that they can easily decide which one is best for them. There are many ways to inform your congregation about all of the methods you have available. Featuring them on your website in an obvious spot is a good method, but you should also try more direct methods.

In order to reach as many members of your congregation as possible, consider the ways in which you contact donors (and potential donors) who may not visit your website. Think about your social media channels and, perhaps even more so, within the church itself.

Announcing the exciting launch of a new donation channel before or after a service is a good way to promote adoption of your channel. You should also hang posters and/or flyers within your church's entryway, informing all members of your congregation about the various ways they can give.

2. Educate Your Congregation on How the Channels Work

The great thing about text-to-give software and similar donation channels is how simple it truly is for everyone to get involved. It's as easy as texting a short number, clicking a link, and filling out an extremely short, simple form with payment details. But illustrating the real ease of this process is key to getting donors to try it for themselves. Once they do, they'll get hooked on its speed and straightforward nature.

Of course, before they ever try the donation channels for themselves, you will usually have to demonstrate all of these things for them. You will need to make certain that all of your potential donors know why they should choose to use this new channel. They should know what exactly they need to do in order to start taking advantage of it.

A great way to do this is through simple social media posts showing a short video walk-through or even photos that illustrate how the channel works and what it looks like. Short descriptions accompanied by clear, branded imagery will do wonders for educating your congregation.

3. Keep in Touch With Your Donors and Potential Donors

As a church, you already seek to build a rapport with each and every person who comes through your doors. This is where your marketing practices should really begin to shine. If you are doing things correctly, you will be able to collect key information about your donors through the various channels they interact with you on.

This is important because it allows you to get to know your donors better, thus allowing you to provide them with better service. It also helps you direct the right messaging their way when it comes to fundraising and other campaigns at your church.

Collecting information about every donor, ranging from their name to their birthday, will help you better personalize your messaging to them. In turn, they will be able to build a stronger connection with you and you with them.

These notes will help you maintain the personal connection that many think gets lost when they switch from in-person giving to online giving. Going the extra mile to help make sure that your church members feel individually appreciated, valued, and recognized will do wonders for encouraging regular giving and support in general.

4. Design Cause-driven Campaigns

One of the best ways to get a person to donate is by setting a goal and specifying a cause. To get more church members actively supporting your church and its programs, you can set up various campaigns throughout the year that have a finite goal in mind. This helps to get these church members participating, even if they are unable to set up a regular recurring monthly donation for general church support.

Cause-driven campaigns create a sense of urgency amongst donors and are also very inspiring. Because you'll have a set amount of money you need to raise and a deadline for doing so, it helps get everyone moving more quickly. By telling them how much you need, donors often get a much deeper sense of impact when they are able to cover a portion of the goal themselves.

These campaigns could have funding goals big and small and deadlines ranging from a week to a few months. Ideally, they'll be short-term and very actionable with a clear description of what you are trying to accomplish.

For instance, you might fundraise to send the youth group off on a mission trip next summer. In this case, you not only should specify how much you need and when you need it by, but you should also share the stories of the youth group members to help churchgoers connect with them.

It's highly likely, especially in today's larger congregations, that many people won't know the youth group members and their families personally. As such, sharing some information about each of them can help your congregation really feel like a close-knit community — just as it should.

In this case, you could even incorporate some quotes and comments from the members and counselors themselves. This will help get across why this mission trip is so important while emphasizing everyone it will impact.

5. Update Donors on Progress and Impact

Yet another way to help encourage giving and maintain that personal connection even with online channels is to keep donors updated at all times. Have a subscription list that they can easily opt into when making a donation and from your website. This allows members of your congregation to stay updated on what you are fundraising for and where their donations are going.

Aside from the daily operations of your church, highlighting where donations go within the community and beyond will really help donors feel as though they are making an impact. And that's exactly what they are after. They want reassurance that your organization, as a local community church, is doing things for the greater good.

You can share progress reports through weekly or monthly emails. You can also include highlights in pamphlets that you pass out at service. These methods will help spread awareness across your entire congregation and so, too, will posts on social media.

When you use donations for a large event or contribution, showcase it through a blog post and share it everywhere so that donors know their funds are going to wonderful causes that aren't far from home. Include images and videos where possible to really foster the human connection.

Additionally, you can send text updates to donors when they participate in short-term campaigns. These text updates can both help to create a sense of urgency, encouraging them to share the campaign with friends and family, and also help them feel appreciated.

Personalizing text updates to reflect whether or not the recipient has donated, how much they have donated, and the impact they have had will go very far in helping your church meet future campaign goals. People want to feel involved and they want to know that they are making a real difference.

6. Set Giving Expectations and Speak About Them

This is tough advice to follow for some pastors who feel that it comes across as greedy or perhaps legalistic, but setting expectations for giving and speaking about them often will prove highly effective. Your new church member meeting is one good place to go over giving expectations. And you can do so in a very friendly way that doesn't come across as forceful or exclusive.

One good way to bring up giving expectations is to simply talk about the past causes that your church has supported. You can also talk about financial requirements for youth groups and other programs you run.

By doing so, it naturally opens the doors for speaking about how much you need from donors in order to keep these things going. And by introducing the giving expectations in this way, it makes it clear to even brand new members that donations are going somewhere worthwhile.

Pastors can take the same approach during service to bring up giving expectations and speak about the church's financial needs. Sermons surrounding the topics of giving and generosity provide a great platform for talking about this topic in a way that's very approachable and not at all reminiscent of soliciting.

Of course, one major part of garnering recurring donations and new donors is leading by example. When setting giving expectations for churchgoers, also set expectations for church leaders that at least match what you're requesting donors to put down.

This will help your church avoid the all-too-common misconception that the majority of donations go straight into the leaders' pockets. In turn, this will help further build up that feeling of a strong sense of trust, shared goals, and community.

7. Always Find Ways to Say Thank You

Appreciating those who donate to your church will go a long way in encouraging new and old members alike to give. Your method of appreciation will often reflect the method of donating.

For instance, if a person donates via a text-to-give campaign, you'll likely send a text message in response. Meanwhile, if they give online, they may receive an emailed thank you message. Furthermore, if they give in person, you should do your best to provide a handwritten note or direct thank you.

Additionally, you should show appreciation for church donors through public forms. Many churches publicly thank their most loyal and largest donors at service. Of course, always ask the donor before doing so in order to respect their privacy and humility.

You should, however, include a thank you message to all donors on your public financial statements. Also, make sure your church sends out thank you cards to accompany end-of-year giving forms that every donor receives.

Set up a process that enables you to easily thank your donors and you'll find that it goes far in helping them to feel appreciated and recognized. This will encourage them to give even more as you continue to build a strong relationship with them and other church members.

8. Ask for Feedback From Your Congregation

Every congregation is different, but most today feature a long list of churchgoers that range from young to old with all different types of life circumstances. The fact is, the majority of your church members would be willing to donate. But are you making it clear enough to them how they can do so? More importantly, are you making it easy?

These are the questions you need to be asking. In order to really know the answer, it may be best to talk to your church members directly about how they want to see your church open its doors up to new kinds of interactions. There are likely plenty of churchgoers who would happily share their opinions with you.

Your questions shouldn't be limited to only donations, either. Ask how your congregation wants to be able to engage with the church and its projects, be it on social media, your website, or somewhere else entirely. Such valuable feedback will take only moments to collect. But it will truly pay off as your church continues to grow and change to accommodate your growing and changing congregation.

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