The act of taking up an offering has long been a traditional part of most worship services. But is your church giving method disrupting the flow of your service?
What Is Considered Disruptive in Church?
When you think of disruptions during church, your first thought is probably of crying babies, ringing phones, chitchatting teens, or technical glitches. Church giving is probably the last thing on your mind. Passing the offering plate is not considered disruptive, because the tradition is such an ingrained part of each service.
However, the offering plate is not for everyone. Because people today don’t often carry checks or cash, many places of worship have made changes to better accommodate their technologically advanced parishioners.
Some of these alternative methods may seem fast and easy. But are they really speeding up offering time in your church, or are they actually as disruptive as someone talking loudly on their phone during the sermon?
Newer Church Giving Is Not Always Better
Modern church giving methods like kiosks and card swipes are touted as quick and easy-to-use ways to accept offerings. But unlike passing the plate, they require churchgoers to leave their seats and wait in line to swipe their card, which can result in long wait times. The last thing you want in the middle of your worship service is a long line winding through the aisles, keeping you from moving on to the next item on the agenda.
Even mobile methods like text to give can cause delays. It isn’t likely that they will remember the text code once you move on with service. In order to make sure your members see the code and number, you need to keep it projected on a screen long enough for them to complete their giving. The usual process of accepting offerings has just become longer and more disruptive, taking precious time away from your service.
How Givelify is Different
The Givelify mobile giving app allows church attendees to remain seated and complete their offering in just a few taps on their phone. This church giving method not only solves the issue of catering to members who don’t carry cash or checks, but it also doesn’t require them to wait in line to use a kiosk or card swipe. They can quickly give and get back to listening to the pastor/participating in service. It’s like having a kiosk in the palm of your hand.
Plus, you won’t have to worry about leaving instructions on the screen for an extended period of time. Givelify makes the giving process much faster and easier than text to give. Instead of remembering a special code, all your members need to know is the name of your place of worship.
Because they don’t need instructions in front of them in order to give, they are also no longer required to be in church to make a donation. With Givelify, organizations allow individuals to give from anywhere, at any time. They don’t have to physically come to your building in order to give.
This is especially helpful when families get extra busy during the summer months. The app allows your church to keep giving on track, even when attendance wanes.
A Less Disruptive Way to Increase Church Giving
After implementing Givelify for church giving, your place of worship will likely notice an increase in overall giving. When you make the process easier for your supporters, they will be inclined to give more. The idea behind Givelify is to do just that: increase donations by making it faster and easier to give.
Without the time it takes for people to get through a line, your offering time can be shorter and you can focus more time on the sermon and the rest of your service. Donations, yes. Distractions, never.
About the Author
Matt is dedicated to making the world a better place. He works passionately to help charitable causes use mobile technology to raise the funds they need. In addition to his role at Givelify, he volunteers with the Southside Animal Shelter and Kentuckiana Pug Rescue.