By Beth Fulmer
Do you carry a checkbook or money when you go out? Chances are that instead of writing checks or paying with cash, you more frequently use a credit card. People under the age of twenty-five might not even know what a checkbook is.
Online giving (e-giving) has become prevalent across boundaries, including the generational boundary. (Most seniors are already using the internet.) Over half of the giving in churches today is done in some electronic manner. It is no longer “in the future,” but in the world today. Online giving options are alternatives to putting cash and checks in the offering plate. Some of the electronic ways to give are: a mobile phone, a website specifically set up to meet the needs of a congregation, and online banking.
You might ask WHY you should make the change to online giving. This is a convenient way of giving for “snow birds” or travelers. Frequently, people miss church for a variety of reasons which includes work. Finally, it is a safe alternative to cash and checks. Consequently, you can set up your gift to come out of your account on a specific day and also determine the frequency. Currently, only 33% of giving happens on Sunday; by having this option, you are able to coordinate your giving with paychecks or other regular income.
One company that sets up an e-giving app is get.tithe.lly/elca.
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