Three Ways Online Giving Helps Your Parishioners

March 1, 2016  •   LPi

Using an online giving tool like WeShare has obvious benefits for your parish—more consistent giving, less time spent counting donations, and less paperwork for your staff. But how does it help your parishioners?

Here are three ways giving online is good for your parishioners:

  1. Giving is WorshipOnline giving can help build a closer relationship with God.
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    If we truly believe, as the New Testament states that “all good giving and every perfect gift” is given to us by our Creator (James 1:17), then everything we have in life—our job, our life, and our bank account is all from God.
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    So when we are giving to our church or to people in need, we are not giving “our money,” we are giving back to God what is his to begin with.
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    Giving then becomes an act of faith because we believe that God will provide for all of our needs. Recurring giving becomes a continual act of faith and worship. All giving draws us closer to God and helps align our hearts to the idea that he is in control of all things and everything is in his hands.
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  2. Every Church on MissionOnline giving builds a deeper relationship with the mission of your church.
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    As parishioners make the decision to give to the church, they begin to feel more invested in the direction and spiritual health of the parish. And as they give more frequently and consistently, the act of giving actually becomes an act of worship, putting God first in their lives as they fulfill his mission in their local church.
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    The Book of Matthew tells us that “’where your treasure is, there also will your heart be,’ (Mat 6:21)” and there is no better place for parishioners’ hearts to be than focused on God and the mission of His church.
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  3. Make Life EasierOnline giving makes life easier for your parishioners.
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    Online giving can help build a closer relationship with God and invest parishioners in the mission of the church, which are great spiritual reasons to do it. But online giving also makes parishioners’ lives easier, so it really is a win-win situation for everyone.
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    • First, recurring giving saves time because your parishioners don’t have to worry about looking for their envelope and checkbook every week in the mad dash to church. Everything is set up in a few minutes online.
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    • Second, parishioners no longer have to worry about making up for donations on weeks they were home sick, on vacation, or attending to personal matters. Their support to their parish continues even when they can’t be in the pew on Sunday.
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    • Lastly, they can make changes at any time to their account and easily receive communication from the parish when new collections, events, and registrations are added. With many platforms, including WeShare, even buying tickets for events and registering for classes which used to mean filling out a long paper form and making a special trip to the church office, can now be done in minutes from the comfort of home.

If you’re currently looking for an online giving tool and would like more information about how WeShare can make online giving and event registrations easy for your church, sign up for a free webinar here, or fill out a Contact Us request.

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