Your church might have reduced face-to-face administrations and exercises in light of the COVID-19 epidemic. Nevertheless, there is no halting your church’s finances, contracts, and other monetary commitments.
Astute church pioneers will need to be proactive and do everything they can to help their parishioners stay associated with the church, overcome this monetary crisis, and feel welcome to keep up with monetary assistance for the church.
No activity or practice will guarantee the monetary steadiness of your church. Nevertheless, deliberately setting up sufficient components will give a solid structure to manageable financial giving.
Here are a few thoughts.
1. CARES Act
The Paycheck Protection Program of the U.S. Government’s Coronavirus Relief Package offers credits to private companies (counting churches) to assist with keeping laborers utilized during this crisis. Here is the kicker: The credits do not need to be reimbursed as long as your church follows intently some patently straightforward rules.
2. Internet giving
In the event that your congregation has not yet gotten into on the web and computerized giving, the COVID-19 emergency gives a phenomenal impetus to do as such. In case you are as of now offering computerized giving, consider extending the alternatives. What administrations do your giving-administration organization offer that could furnish your gatherers with considerably more freedoms to give? The guideline is this: The simpler you make it for individuals to give, the more probable they will be to give.
3. Incorporate “offering” through virtual services
Many churches are — shrewdly — going to virtual and live streaming services while limitations on movement and social events are in place. Strikingly, “offering” a piece of assistance is regularly discarded in the advanced form. This is a mistake. During the virtual service, incorporate an “offering second ” where you recount a story, clarify a service, or spotlight the mission of the church, and then welcome people to give a donation. Then, remind individuals how they can give. Utilize their focus by letting them know the church’s location to send checks, a website for internet giving, or a phone number where they can message or telephone in a gift and give them an opportunity to react, maybe by playing uncommon music.
Don’t pressure people to give. Recognize that certain individuals who have lost positions essentially can not bear to give at the moment. Tell them that is alright and stay away from the “alarm card.” The frenzy card might get individuals to give only once, and not continue in the long term. Furthermore, over the long haul, it harms trust in the service and the giving of monetary contributions.
Correspondence is perhaps the primary approach to church giving and not simply via those delicate suggestions to keep the donations streaming. Indeed, asking for monetary help should represent a small portion of the correspondence you send. Why? For some believers, Sunday service is their essential association with a church. Communications through an assortment of media help members remember the church. When people feel appreciated, they are bound to react more positively to a solicitation for help.
5. Snail Mail Requests
Advanced giving alternatives are a requirement for the 21st-century church. However, a significant number of our more seasoned individuals are not technically inclined. Luckily, the U.S. Postal Service is still in business and will mail envelopes to any place you address them. An elegantly composed letter requesting that devotees make an ordinary or an exceptional gift will go far.
Keep the letter energetic! Talk about the magnificent service that is occurring in the church and how the staff and members are proceeding with God’s main goal, even in troublesome conditions. Feature whatever web-based service prospects there are occurring within the church. Make it simple for them to give by including a post-marked, stamped envelope, so they can easily send in their checks. What’s more, in light of the fact that numerous seniors do utilize PCs and cell phones, audit your church’s computerized giving alternatives, as well.
6. One-On-One Inquiring
The most probable individuals to give in a period of emergency are the ones who have the monetary ability to give as well as a solid obligation to the church. Who are these individuals? You should know: They are the ones who as of now give liberally.
During this crisis, converse with the best ten or twenty providers and ask them for a unique commitment to assist with getting the church through the emergencies. As the head of the church, the minister or elder ought to in a perfect world be the person who makes the solicitation.
Nevertheless, a regarded and believed head member of the church might also substitute. Even better, they could make the solicitation together!
7. Request “Front-Stacked” Contributions
Each December as far back as you can recollect, many reliable individuals within the church have gladly and dependably made a considerable year-end gift. That is extraordinary! Yet, could the Joneses give their donation this spring all things being equal, during a time when your church dearly needs it? Welcome parishioners to make their contributions early.
For further questions on how to keep parishioners giving during the COVID-19 crisis, please contact Chitwood and Chitwood at 423-892-4882 or find them online at chitwoods.com.