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Churches! Are You Leaving Offerings On the Table?

How many members of your place of worship make regular offerings? If you aren’t providing convenient giving methods, like mobile apps for churches, you may be holding your parishioners back — and missing out on much-needed financial gifts in the process.

Cash and Checks Are Old News

In these modern times, a large percentage of your parishioners are not accustomed to carrying cash or checks. According to The Fundraising Coach, 80% of Americans carry $50 cash or less and 9% don’t carry any cash at all. That means that those who don’t have anything but a debit or credit card in their wallet will not be able to give during service.

Think that doesn’t apply to your members? Even if they don’t carry cash, they have a checkbook — right? As it turns out, they more than likely do not. The majority of Americans — 74% — write no more than one check per month, and 38% never write checks. Many young people do not even know how to write a check. But despite this decrease in check usage, churches tend to rely on this old fashioned form of giving: 86% of church giving is done via checks.

Think of the increase your place of worship could experience if you opened your members up to new methods of giving. You would receive offerings that you otherwise never could, from churchgoers who had never had a convenient option.

Mobile Apps For Churches Can Help

You don’t have to simply pass the offering plate and hope for the best. You can take steps to ensure that every member in your congregation can give quickly and easily, even if they do not have cash or checks. The most simple and beautiful way to help your churchgoers give is to accept donations through mobile apps for churches.

This handy modern technology puts the ability to give to your church right in the palm of your members’ hands. As long as they have a smartphone, they can download a free app and make offerings in just a few taps. If they don’t carry cash, or simply forgot to bring some this week, they can give on-the-spot anyway. They can even give from outside of the church if they have to miss service due to illness or travel.

Mobile apps for churches generally have a very small transaction fee. This fee, however slight, may be off-putting for you, but consider this. Would you rather have $96.80 right now, or a promise of $10 that may never reach you? Transaction fees are a small price to pay for the satisfaction that you are no longer missing out on your members’ gifts. As you watch your church giving increase, you will be glad you made the upgrade.

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