Faithpoint UMC drives online giving to 70%

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 15, 2016 1:00:00 PM

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Faithpoint United Methodist Church is proud of its e-Giving success, and rightfully so. Almost three-fourths of its members give online and its overall revenue has increased since the church added e-Giving to its stewardship program.

How did Faithpoint, which opened in 2003, launch and grow its online giving so quickly? Senior pastor George Wasson points to three key drivers: culture, convenience and communication.

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Ask your members for 5 minutes to build a stronger ministry

Posted by Jim Kreller

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 1, 2016 3:00:00 PM

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Asking your congregation for just 5 minutes of their time can help you create a more powerful, better-supported ministry.

That’s all the time they’ll need to take a short survey about their interests and activities. Knowledge is power, and understanding how they prefer to spend their time and money can help you determine a vision and direction for future member, outreach and stewardship programs.

To help, we’ve designed a short survey you can use to find out more about your congregation’s technology habits, communication preferences, interests and attitudes toward giving.

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Need to reach more givers? Try a mobile app

Posted by Jim Kreller

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 19, 2016 4:00:00 PM

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Churchgoers feel a need to give to their churches. When we surveyed more than 1,000 of them, they told us they donated for reasons that encompass duty, helping the church and belief that the church does important work spiritually and in the community.

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Energizing your congregation through their favorite activities

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 5, 2016 10:30:00 AM

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Knowing how your congregation prefers to give is just part of the generosity equation. You also need to know where their interests lie so that you’re asking them to volunteer their time, contribute money or take part in outreach programs in ways that are meaningful to them.

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Understanding church technology one update at a time

Posted by Sally Grantham

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 22, 2016 2:01:57 PM

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This week, we welcome back Sally Grantham from partner ACS Technologies to the Vanco blog. Sally spent the weekend thinking about how technology shifts so frequently and how we can and should be applying these shifts to operations and giving solutions in the church.

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Getting into the Spirit of Year-round Stewardship

Posted by Jim Kreller

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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We're just past the midpoint of both the summer and the year, and church leaders like you stand at a crossroads for stewardship.

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Positive energy drives increased summer generosity

Posted by Kevin Lee

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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Fewer people may be around this summer, but there is still a lot of positive energy coming from your church. Keeping everyone up to speed on your activities and events is important for building a thriving ministry and creating a congregation of cheerful givers.

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e-Giving Options Work Throughout Your Community

Posted by Jim Kreller

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 16, 2016 1:00:00 PM

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As spring turns to summer and attendance at worship services takes its temporary seasonal drop, your ministry and your need for funds to support it are still keeping their regular pace.

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Five things you can do to create cheerful givers

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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How often do we hear or say that God loves a cheerful giver? We know as church members that it’s important to give to fund the church’s ministry, and many of us draw satisfaction from making a gift. But as church leaders, is there more you can do to make giving to your church an experience that your congregation goes about cheerfully?

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The intersection of traditional and electronic giving

Posted by Kevin Lee

[fa icon="calendar'] May 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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When people began giving money to churches in the 1800s, the change coincided with the general use of cash and checks in our industrialized nation. Commerce involved the passing of these representations of money between people and banks. But something happened around 70 years ago that moved society into a new phase of commerce – the creation of the charge card.

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