For Church Geeks like us, January means it's time to send out giving statements. You could send out the familiar "thank you and here's what happened last year" cover letter that you print, stuff in an envelope, seal, stamp and mail. But, it's 2020 and there are some creative things you can do to spice it up this year. Here are some thoughts on how to salt your giving statement content and pepper your process.
Most non-staff attenders and leaders use Churchteams by completing a form, responding to a push notification (email or text) or by using Text-to-ChurchTM. However, we've had a lot of requests for non-staff level access through a more traditional (email address with a password) login. We released an upgrade yesterday to address this need.
We released text to give in early 2017. To get an idea about what difference text to give is making in churches 2 years later, I researched giving over the past six months in five churches that have been intentional in using online and text giving as part of their stewardship development strategy.
I'm in the process of writing another blog post on giving by text with some new statistics I'm eager to share about how texting and online giving work together. But we've needed a blog post for quite awhile to follow-up this blog post in April, 2018 about Check Data Entry.
Proverbs 4:23 tells us, "Guard your heart because all you do flows from it." That means that the choices people make, the things that drive and motivate them to action are an outflow of their heart.
So, when they give to your church or organization for the first time, they are saying something significant. They are saying they believe in what you are doing and they want to be a part.
Last year we released an upgrade for scanning checks for batch entry and remote deposit capture. This blog post summarized the research and re-thinking that went into that feature development.
Many churches that receive hundreds of checks every week use check readers and scanners to help with data entry. We recently did some research on these systems and built then released what we believe is a much more streamlined approach. Here is what we learned and our application.
When Mark and I started, the motivation was to build software to help churches make disciples and build teams. For us, people are intrinsically the focus of this. Resources like space and money, though important, have not been the problems that we've built software to solve. There are other software products focused on just these issues. I was explaining to our marketing partner a couple of months ago that our focus is on everything related to "People Data." In my webinars I often talk about the 5 Software sets that from my perspective every church needs, and Churchteams is just one of them. The one place where all your people data can live. Here they are: