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Church Giving App Myths vs. Facts

Has your church resisted using a church giving app to receive tithes and offerings?

Since the technology began to gain popularity, many myths have circulated about mobile apps. You have probably heard some negative talk about them firsthand. But myths are just that — myths. They can’t be trusted to give you an accurate picture.

Let’s look at some of the most common myths surrounding church giving apps and why your church should give them a closer look.

Churchgoers Can’t Handle Change

Church services are built around tradition. The passing of the offering plate is an integral part of the traditional church experience. People don’t like change. They want to put their money in the plate, just like they always have.

That may be true for many churchgoers, but your members are not all as change-averse as you think. Many would embrace the addition of a church giving app. They need to have the opportunity to give it a try.

Consider this: donations have been declining in many churches in recent years. This is often caused by members not carrying cash or writing checks. Those members would surely be glad to have an alternative so they could start giving again!

Your Parishioners Aren’t Tech-Savvy

Does the idea of using an app to accept tithes and offerings seem too modern for your church members? You may be underestimating their ability to use current technology.

Among seniors, smartphone usage has grown from 11 percent to 18 percent since 2011. Smartphone adoption will continue to increase going forward. More and more young people will graduate, get jobs, and begin tithing regularly. Having a church giving app option will soon become a necessity.

It’s Easier to Pass the Plate

One common misconception about church giving apps is that they are complicated. Some might even say passing the offering plate is simpler than fussing with a mobile app. This could not be further from the truth.

To pass the plate, members need to stand up and move around the room. Row by row, person by person, the offering plate is passed. This takes a significant amount of time out of the church service.

Plus, more time must be spent after the service to sort the gifts, count cash and tally checks, and take them to the bank.

With a church giving app, every member can give immediately. They don’t need to hunt for their checkbook. They don’t have to wait for the plate to pass by. The entire giving experience can be done without disrupting the service at all. The tithes and offerings can go directly into the church’s bank account.

Church Giving Apps Are Costly

You may be under the impression that using a church giving app will cost a lot of money. After all, your church is on a tight budget. You can’t afford to invest in a costly new service right now.

Good news! Adding a mobile giving option for your members doesn’t have to break your budget. Many of these apps are 100% free to download and use.

Don’t let the myths deceive you. Church giving apps can simplify the process, making it much easier for your members to give. Now that you know the truth, it’s time to discover the benefits for yourself.

About the Author

Allison has a passion for charitable giving and believes that small acts of kindness can make the world a better place. She uses her web content and social media expertise to guide churches and nonprofits through the mobile fundraising process.

Allison Weaver