This is just an FYI to let you know that we're still working on the details of offering you the opportunity to give to the Mt. Laurel Church of God electronically. The church Council hasn't chosen which company to work with....PayPal, Titherly, Generosity (by Lifeway), or some other....but as the details are ironed out, more information will be forthcoming.
Why offer online giving? Let's face it. Most of us are carrying less cash these days. If the offering basket is the primary way people give at our church, some are going to give whatever they happen to have in their pockets--which might be significantly less than what they feel called to give.
How many transactions do you break out your checkbook for? Most of you can probably count them on one hand. Maybe even one finger. And even that frequently happens online now. The bottom line is fewer and fewer checks are written every year. Teaching the next generation to give shouldn't have to mean teaching them how to write a check.
A common hesitation with online giving is that a small percentage of what our congregation gives goes to the company that provides online giving. But should fees stop us from providing the option to give online? Probably not. With online giving, some churches see a 75% increase in recurring giving within the first year. By offering online giving, we might tap into new, previously unreached donor pools and see increased giving from our congregation. So despite the fees, we could have more resources pour into ministry and other church functions.
Generosity shouldn't be limited to Sunday. When you can give online, your monthly giving doesn't depend on how well Pastor Dale shares the "stewardship sentence" in worship. In fact, if everyone gave online regularly, it might even feel strange to have a "stewardship sentence" at all. Online giving lets you give whenever you want. Before church. After church. In the middle of the night when you remember. After reading an inspiring message about generosity. While watching a recorded video of our worship service during the week. And you can even schedule your donations to happen automatically, right after pay day.
We're not saying that we're going to roll out online giving and remove all other giving options. In fact, you won't have to choose one or the other. But without a digital option, we limit the ways you can give. Some of you really are more comfortable writing checks or handing over cash each week. We get that and that's great. You'll still be able to keep doing that when online giving is offered.
Online giving is easy....You will not have to fish around for your checkbook or go withdraw cash. You can simply grab your phone (which you always have with you) and give.
Online giving is fast....You will be able to give in a fifth of the time it would take you to write one check.
Online giving puts your money to use quicker....The funds will be taken out of your account immediately and transferred into your church's. That means we can start using those funds to change lives right away. We won't have to count it, log it, run to the bank to make a deposit....and the bank isn't going to put a hold on it. When you give digitally, you are giving now.
Online giving is secure....Giving digitally is much more secure than cash or checks. There are no middlemen to misplace or lose your gift. It's directly deposited.
Online giving let's your schedule your giving....if you feel the need to give, you can.