21 Must-Have Pastor's Tools: Electronic Tithing

Giving tends to grow with electronic tithing

Passing an offering plate or giving envelopes is a process nearly every church uses for receiving donations by cash or check. However, studies show that close to 50 percent of Americans carry $20 or less. Furthermore, 80 percent are forgoing checkbooks altogether. With a large majority of congregants no longer carrying cash or checks, will people still have a method to fund your ministry?

With advances in the ease and security of digital giving, the time has come for the church to embrace this technology. Meeting people in the middle of their busy lifestyles is imperative to creating a culture of generosity and growth in today's church. Digital giving is about offering your donors more ways to give that are easier and more convenient. Giving kiosks set up on site can be used to accept donations with the swipe of a card. Online giving allows for your donors to give from anywhere through your church's website. As of 2014, 90 percent of American adults have a cell phone, thus making the Text-to-Give app the perfect companion to any church giving network. Text the amount you want to give, confirm, and your donation is made in under seven seconds.        

These giving platforms are changing the way churches approach stewardship. SecureGive founder, Pastor Marty Baker of Augusta, Georgia, launched the nation's first donation kiosk in 2004. SecureGive churches are now exponentially increasing their giving potential. The average donation made through SecureGive is $175, and churches have reported 20 percent and higher giving increases since launching digital giving. SecureGive offers all four integrated platforms: Giving Kiosks, Online Giving, Mobile Giving and Text-to-Give. Your donors have one account to manage all their digital giving methods while church administrators can easily pull reports from their secure, custom administrative portal. SecureGive was built by pastors for pastors to further the ministry of God. Today, SecureGive is proud to serve more than 1,500 churches and nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada.

Michael Haywood serves as the director of marketing and technology for SecureGive (securegive.com). SecureGive has revolutionized church giving by inventing the giving kiosk, creating the first church mobile giving app and developing online giving and text-to-give solutions.

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