The COVID-19 pandemic is spreading throughout the world and is causing churches to rethink how to do church. One important area is giving. When most people still give physical donations and the church doors are closed, it is a threat to your survival. So now is the time to get serious about implementing eGiving and motivating your congregants to sign up.
eGiving is a simple solution for the millennials and Gen Z in your congregation, but for some baby boomers and earlier generations who may not have grown up using a computer, the process may seem a little more complicated.
Here are some tips and tricks to help your church continue to bring in money through eGiving.
1) Make sure you have multiple ways for your contributors to give online. Everyone has their favorite methods of using the internet so make sure contributors have a way to give that is easy for them. There are a variety of options you can use such as a giving link on your church’s website, text giving, and giving through an app. They can even set up recurring giving so they won’t have to worry about it again.
2) Once you have the different options available to your congregation, make sure they know about it. Usually, this would be an announcement during your virtual church service, but you could also personally call the contributors who give via cash or check regularly. Let them know it’s available and how it works. Most software will even let the administrator of the account enter the gift on the contributor’s behalf, so when you are talking to the contributor, you can also offer that as an option for them.
3) Contributors love to know their online church contributions are making a difference. During this pandemic, let your contributors know if there is a specific fund you would like for them to give money toward. The fund could specifically be for local charities that are helping your community in this crisis. People will be more willing to give when they know their money is being put to good use. And what better way is there than to help your community and fellow congregants?
Since we don’t know how long this pandemic will last, having eGiving options for your congregation is a must. Give them different ways that they can give, make sure they know how to use them, and let them know their money is being put to good use. Your church can continue to thrive during this time of uncertainty with these simple tips to help implement give.