Want to not only increase giving at your place of worship, but also develop a culture of stewardship among your members? The impact mobile apps for churches can have on the strength of your congregation’s giving is incredible.
Staying Strong in the Summer
Churches tend to experience a dip in offerings during the summer months. This is known as the “summer slump,” and it affects just about every place of worship. Fortunately, it is possible to fight back against this drop in giving by using mobile apps for churches.
According to Pastor David Wade of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Mesa, AZ:
What we would consider vacation time in the months of June, July, and August in Mesa […] because of the Givelify [church giving app] opportunity, we now have members that are making sure that they are sharing their gifts with the church, even while they’re on familiy vacation.
When your members are out of town for vacation or business travel during the summer months, they can still make regular offerings to your place of worship. With just a few taps on their smartphones, they can give quickly and easily from anywhere, at any time. Your church will no longer have to miss out on those gifts.
Mobile Apps for Churches vs Winter Storms
Summer is not the only season that sometimes causes members to miss church. During the cold winter months, places of worship often are forced to cancel services due to snowstorms and other inclement weather. But with mobile apps for churches, a cancelled service does not have to result in a week without offerings.
In the above video from Changes Can Happen 2016, Pastor Henry P. Davis, III of First Baptist Church of Highland Park in Landover, MD had this to say about Givelify’s impact on winter giving:
A couple weeks ago we had absolutely no way to get to church, and that was a weekend that many of our members utilized Givelify. So it was not for us a zero weekend.
Dr. Michael J. Bruitt, Vice President of HCO Church Building & Architects, also praised the benefits of using Givelify when services are cancelled:
During the winter months when churches have to close, they can still garner their tithes and offerings through Givelify.
Churchgoers Get Excited About Giving
Adding mobile apps for churches to your repertoire not only benefits your place of worship, but it also energizes your members and will cause them to give more consistently. Pastor Denny Davis from St. John Church Unleashed in Dallas, TX has seen this firsthand:
A third of our budget is now coming through Givelify. The members love it. They respond to it and they share it with others, and many of them have said it’s the easiest way to give.
Pastor Tyrone Thomas of Charity Church in Baltimore, MD witnessed similar reactions from his church members:
When the people saw how much they gave electronically, because it’s so easy to do, they were excited. They were overwhelmed.
To really get your churchgoers excited about giving, display a Givelithon during service. As your members see donations increase in real time, they will be inspired to participate themselves.