E-Givers Give More Money Than They Pledge!
What is e-giving? E-giving is electronic giving occurs in many forms include online giving, electronic fund transfers (EFT) from a checking account, or various cell phone applications to send funds electronically to the church. About 7 years ago Memorial Presbyterian Church of Wenonah began offering electronic giving for their pledges. We now have 36% of giving units use electronic funds. Those who give electronically average 104% of what they pledge. That is right e-givers give more money than they pledge. This is a significantly better than what we get from regular plate givers. E-giving has the benefit of the church receiving a steady reliable stream of giving even when the members or on vacation or not able to attend in a given Sunday. I strongly recommend ALL churches offer electronic giving as an option to their members.
Rev. Keith Reed
Memorial Presbyterian Church of Wenonah Church
Church eGiving: Top 7 Reasons Your Church Must Offer (More) Electronic Giving Options
For many years, churches pondered (and even debated) the question should they collect offerings by having a box in the back or by passing the plate? Today there is a much more important issue that is transforming how people give and how churches collect offerings - - various forms of electronic giving (online, EFT, PDA/SmartPhone/Cell/iPhone applications, and more).
To dramatically illustrate my point, if you went up to the average 28 year old and asked them to write you a check for something, what would happen? Well, in most cases, they would look at your strangely and say something like, “Checks? Ahhh, I don’t use checks.” But the truth is - - whether someone is 28, 38, 58, or 78 – fewer and fewer people are using checks and instead are using various forms of electronic options for all of their financial and giving transactions.
So, let’s take a look at the top 7 reasons your church must offer (more) electronic giving options.
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