Three great reasons for churches to use online giving

Three benefits of online giving for churches:

  1. New givers.

  2. Summer/vacation giving

  3. Bigger gifts - "not constrained by how much cash they may need for lunch"

New givers! That would be reason enough to embrace online giving. But wait, there’s more…

Summer/vacation giving. People can continue to give, even when they don’t attend weekly services. Giving is a spiritual discipline like prayer and ongoing giving strengthens our generosity muscles. Regular giving benefits churches too.

Bigger gifts. This last point is really important - if someone has $40 in their wallet, they may give $20 - saving that second $20 for lunch the next day. Online gifts were $160. Lots of great examples and statistics here from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

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Digital Giving - some numbers and tips for churches


In US, "the number of checks written between 2000 and 2015 declined by 50 percent." Also, 50% of Americans have less than $50 in their wallet. This stat surprises me - I'm surprised it's that low. Who has more than $50 in their purse? Tim Horton's takes debit - I often have $0. So what? Stats like this matter to churches, who have been slower to embrace digital giving.  Hence, my reminder that the Holy Spirit also speaks to people who don't have a cheque book.  Make giving easier with this helpful primer on digital giving by Alex Benson via the Lewis Center on Church Leadership.

Online giving increases every year. Canadian friends: if your church or charity website doesn't have a donate button, Canada Helps should be your first stop here.  They make it easy!

I first published this post on LinkedIn.  So much to say on this topic, one day I'll post on digital giving and 1 Corinthians 16...