This summer, Diaconal Ministries Canada will be talking about some Hot Topics! This week's topic is Electronic Giving.
A question we get often at Diaconal Ministries is about stewardship and offerings and electronic giving. While it's easy to quickly assume we are talking about trying to reach the younger/next generation, I think we can agree that fewer people are walking around with cash in their wallets these days. Which means fewer people are likely coming to church with cash in their wallets. Since we've become so accustomed to automatic bill payments, "paying with plastic", or sending e-transfers, how can churches ensure that their members are given the opportunity to support the church's ministries in ways that are more accessible and readily available?
At this point some of you are asking, "Why is this a necessary conversation? Why can't 'these people' just give the way we always have; put your money in the offering plate each week like the rest of 'us'."
Perhaps the deeper (and better?) question here is about stewardship: how are your church members prayerfully and carefully planning their giving in a way that reflects that everything they have belongs to the Lord. Before we "poo-poo" this new way of giving, it's important to remember that whether a member desires to pay "with plastic", by automated bank withdrawls, or by cash or cheque each week via the budget envelopes, all are seeking ways to give cheerfully and consistently to the Lord and His Church. Isn't that awesome?!
SO! What is your diaconate/church doing to include other ways of giving?
- **Do your members use PAR, the denominational automated giving system?
- **Are your members encouraged to give through The Bridge App or your own church's app?
- **Does your church accept e-transfers?
- **Do you subscribe to a Text-To-Give service?
- **Do you have a Giving Kiosk in the back of the church that takes debit or credit cards?
We'd love to hear what your church is doing—what's worked, what hasn't, what you did and why you did it, how your church members are responding, etc.
SHARE YOUR COMMENTS, IDEAS and/or QUESTIONS BELOW! WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!