How to encourage your church giving during the COVID-19 crisis
Over the past week, the most commonly used phrase seems to be “these are definitely interesting times.” Interesting? Yes! Unprecedented? Yes! However, this is not uncharted territory. Post 9/11 and the financial crisis of 2008 have taught us much about how to respond as a church to such “shocks to the system”.
Philippians 4:6-7 tells us “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Not only are we called to this on a personal level, but we are called to this on the church level. This is the time for the church to shine corporately and individually.
Two things every church needs to be doing to encourage and increase giving during this time:
- The church is called to serve and there are even more opportunities than ever over the coming days to be the church to those in need. What does this mean? Church leadership needs to use this time to promote these opportunities during weekly online services and through social media. Utilize all communication means at your disposal. If you don’t have a strong social media presence implement one now. There are so many creative ways to reach your congregation using multiple platforms like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and e-mail. Use your communication platforms to challenge your people to continue to give so the church can continue to give to those in need.
- Take this time to utilize and promote on-line giving options. Highlight these during the weeks ahead through communication and at every online service. Consider using this announcement during online services when your normal offering times would occur in weekly services. In fact, take time to direct your people to online giving options. Church’s that have a strong online giving presence are able to weather short term closures related to issues such as hurricanes, illness and other potential prolonged closures.
Keep your church’s financial health strong so you can continue to be a resource and support. We are called to walk by faith and not by site. At times like these, we are all tested and it is our time to shine.
Impact Stewardship stands ready to support the church in ways to increase stewardship opportunities and engagement. Let us know how we can help you and pray for you during this time.