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Increase multichanneled digital giving. Many people have given up on paying with cash or a check. They’ve moved their bill-paying online and use debit or credit cards for everyday expenses. Many of your church members may show up to church with no money at all. And they may arrive at church with busy minds, distracted with life. They may want to give but aren’t ready to give. However, adults and teens have their phones. In today’s world, that’s equivalent to an offering plate in their pocket. So make it easy for them to be generous. Increase digital connectedness. People are away from home more often, leading busier, more transient lives. However, they can stay connected to your church with great tools like social media. Engage your congregation via social media all week long. Then, even if people are traveling for work or on a family vacation, they can be reminded through their smartphones and other digital devices that their participation— in all forms—is needed and wanted. And it doesn’t hurt to remind them

that—through their giving—they can participate in the ministry of the church even if they aren’t there. Train your leaders and disciple your people. If you want to reduce financial stress and increase vision capacity, both will be needed. When leaders invest church resources wisely, they return an investment that grows potential. When leaders take the time to invest in discipling generosity, it will greatly decrease the need to chase resources. Plan ahead. Church giving goes in waves. Many people give a great deal toward the end of the year, then not as much during the summer. Plan ahead to manage your church’s cash flow, so you have money on hand to keep the ministry going all year long. And remember to pray. Every church has every resource it needs to carry out God’s vision. If you’re experiencing financial stress or fearing the summer slump, be encouraged. TODD MCMICHEN (@ToddMcMichen) is LifeWay’s director of Generosity and Digital Giving and author of Leading a Generous Church.

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Generosity by LifeWay, which launches in April, presents a coaching system to help churches grow disciples in a biblical understanding of what the Bible says about giving. It also provides a new donation platform for churches and nonprofits to take advantage of cutting-edge technologies and new giving preferences. “Learning to be generous is about more than learning how to get out of debt or how to manage one’s money,” says Todd McMichen, LifeWay’s director of Generosity and Digital Giving. “It’s about learning how to live for the benefit of others. That’s a much bigger conversation.” SPRING 2018

Facts & Trends -Spring 2018 - SOAR  

Facts & Trends is designed to help pastors and other Christian leaders navigate the issues and trends impacting the church by providing info...

Facts & Trends -Spring 2018 - SOAR  

Facts & Trends is designed to help pastors and other Christian leaders navigate the issues and trends impacting the church by providing info...