E-Givers Give More Money Than They Pledge!  

What is e-giving? E-giving is electronic giving occurs in many forms include online giving, electronic fund transfers (EFT) from a checking account, or various cell phone applications to send funds electronically to the church.  About 7 years ago Memorial Presbyterian Church of Wenonah began offering electronic giving for their pledges.  We now have 36% of giving units use electronic funds.  Those who give electronically average 104% of what they pledge.  That is right e-givers give more money than they pledge.  This is a significantly better than what we get from regular plate givers.  E-giving has the benefit of the church receiving a steady reliable stream of giving even when the members or on vacation or not able to attend in a given Sunday.  I strongly recommend ALL churches offer electronic giving as an option to their members.   

Rev. Keith Reed
Memorial Presbyterian Church of Wenonah Church
 



Church eGiving: Top 7 Reasons Your Church Must Offer (More) Electronic Giving Options

            By  Rev. Brian Kluth

For many years, churches pondered (and even debated) the question should they collect offerings by having a box in the back or by passing the plate?  Today there is a much more important issue that is transforming how people give and how churches collect offerings - - various forms of electronic giving (online, EFT, PDA/SmartPhone/Cell/iPhone applications, and more).

To dramatically illustrate my point, if you went up to the average 28 year old and asked them to write you a check for something, what would happen?  Well, in most cases, they would look at your strangely and say something like, “Checks?  Ahhh, I don’t use checks.”  But the truth is - - whether someone is 28, 38, 58, or 78 – fewer and fewer people are using checks and instead are using various forms of electronic options for all of their financial and giving transactions.

So, let’s take a look at the top 7 reasons your church must offer (more) electronic giving options.

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Stewardship Prayers
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Stewardship Prayer

Almighty God, we thank you for all the gifts You have given us:  our lives, our loved ones, all that we have and all that we are.  Most of all, we thank You for Jesus, your Son and our Redeemer, who came among us to show us the way to eternal life.  Jesus was the perfect steward of your gifts, showing that complete trust in you is necessary, and that giving of self is a most important part of following Him.  May the offerings of our time, our talents, and our material resources be made in the same spirit of sacrifice that Jesus taught us by His life and death for us. Amen

Stewardship Prayer

Oh Lord, giver of life and source of our freedom, we are reminded that yours is “the earth in its fullness; the world and those who dwell in it” We know that it is from your hand that we received all we have and are and will be.  Gracious and loving God, we understand that you call us to be the stewards of Your abundance, the caretakers of all you have entrusted to us.  Help us always to use your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generously.  May out faithful stewardship bear witness to the love of Christ in our lives.  We pray this with grateful hearts in Jesus’ name. Amen

Stewardship Prayer

Loving God, I come to you in thanksgiving, knowing that all I am and all that I have is a gift from you.  In faith and love, help me to do your will.  I am listening, Lord God.  Speak your words into the depth of my soul, that I may hear you clearly.  I offer to you this day all the facets of my life, whether it be at home, at work, or at school---to be patient, to be merciful, to be generous, to be holy.  Give me the wisdom and insight to understand your will for me and the fervor to fulfill my good intentions.  I offer my gifts of time, talent and possessions to you as a true act of faith, to reflect my love for you and my neighbor.  Help me to reach out to others as you my God have reached out to me.