It’s no secret that church tithing is what enables ministries to continue their callings “to proclaim the gospel to the whole creation (Mark 6:15). Which is why the question, “how do we increase church tithing” is asked so often by church leaders.
Think about your church and ask yourself these questions:
- Are you offering convenient ways for your contributors to give?
- Do you encourage recurring gifts to those who tithe to your church?
- Who are your most faithful contributors, and how involved are they in your ministry?
As a church leader, you’ve probably spoken to your members about the spiritual call to tithe to the church. However, suppose you are simply teaching your congregation to tithe faithfully without giving them the means to do so. In that case, you are becoming a roadblock to the faithfulness of your congregation and the financial stability of your ministry. Let’s take a closer look at a few things you can do to increase church tithing.
Offer online giving options.
We can all recognize the decline of having cash and checks on-hand. We pay bills, shop, and even bank online or through mobile apps. While this is convenient and quick, it means we now expect to be able to tithe to our church the same way.
With Realm Giving, you can provide giving online, through the Realm Connect mobile app, and even through texting. Your members can choose the most convenient way to give, whether that’s online while they are paying their bills each week, using the mobile app when they are on vacation but still want to tithe, or even texting a gift while they are sitting in your church pews without cash or check on hand. Giving them all the possible ways to give removes barriers and increases the opportunity for more tithes to your ministry.
Encourage recurring giving.
It’s easy to never miss a bill when you have it set to auto-draft from your bank account. That auto-draft ensures you’re never late, you never miss a payment, and the institution expecting your payment can count on receiving it. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had financial gifts you could count on receiving each week or month?
Realm Giving allows your members and guests to set up recurring gifts at the time increment that best fits them. Not only does this increase faithful tithing of your members, but it also increases the financial support you can count on for your ministry.
Increase involvement to increase financial support.
Your most faithful contributors are more than likely those who have been deeply involved in your ministry. They serve in volunteer roles and understand the impact their gifts have on the ministries of your church because they see that impact first-hand. With involvement comes investment.
Continue that trend by recruiting more volunteers using Realm Church Volunteer Management. Collect skills and interests of your members, match those skills and interests to specific roles, and recruit those who match exactly what you’re looking for. Not only do you find the right match for your ministry, but you also increase the likelihood of those volunteers serving for longer as their role matches their preferences. Check out Recruiting Church Volunteers That Last for ways to better recruit volunteers.
Don’t be a roadblock to increasing your church tithing. Offer convenient ways to give, encourage recurring giving for churches, and increase involvement to increase investment. Be sure to listen to the video above to see how the Lutheran Church of the Ascension increased their giving with Realm.
Leigh Ann Shelley joined the ACST team in 2019 as a Product Marketing Manager, overseeing the launch and overall communication of key solutions to support the church’s needs. Prior to joining ACST, she spent several years in communications and graphic design roles, most notably as a Communications Director for a large church in Florence, SC, where she leveraged Realm to help solve key ministry challenges.