The fall is an important time for launching new ministries or creating momentum for almost every church. Even if your church didn’t experience much of a summer giving slump, the truth is that churches need to cultivate generosity because it takes money to do ministry all year long.
If you want to set your church up to experience financial success this fall, here are five things you need to know:
- Know the difference between managing finances and managing donors. Many churches only emphasize the financial aspect of church giving efforts and forget about the donor angle. If you want to connect with givers, it’s important to learn about them, take care of them, and communicate with them in relevant ways.
- Create a mid-year tell-all giving report for your church. While creating a comprehensive giving report is something we encourage every church to do at the end of each fiscal year, taking the time to create a report and take the appropriate action based on the numbers will help you reconnect with those that determine your capacity for ministry.
- Cultivate generosity within the context of your entire ministry. Stewardship isn’t just about finances. Effectively motivating generous people in your church to give must happen in the entire context of your ministry, not just in the area of stewardship. Here are a few ideas on how to do that.
- Connect your online giving with your church management software. This is a small change that can make a tremendous impact in your church’s finances. Integrating online giving with your church management software can create a measurable increase in overall contributions. Here are three churches that experienced an increase in generosity simply because they learned how to implement online giving.
- Optimize your church’s online giving experience. Taking the time to make sure giving online is easy for your members is something you can add to your to-do list this week. Here are seven ways you can improve your church’s online giving experience to make it easier and more convenient for people to give this fall.
How is your church working to cultivate the giving needed for everything you have planned this fall?