Helping Easter visitors connect with your church

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 23, 2017 3:44:15 PM

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Easter is Christianity’s oldest and most important holiday, and for many churches, it’s a bit like the religious “Super Bowl” – full of anticipation, preparation and celebration for huge numbers of people who may not have shown interest throughout the rest of the year.

Google searches for “church” peak during the Easter season, according to a Pew Research Center report, and attendance rates correlate. It’s a reminder that while many people identify with a church, only about half of them are compelled to attend regularly.

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The best ways to raise grateful givers from preschool to adulthood

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 16, 2017 2:31:59 PM

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Teaching children about generosity and giving practices when they’re young yields lifelong benefits. They grow up as disciples of wise stewardship. They engage with their church community early in life. And, more often than not, they end up with a sense that wealth comes from generosity — not the other way around. 

To successfully build generations of givers, remember a few key things about children:

  • They're technology natives, so what you do and how you communicate must include digital touchpoints.
  • They're naturally generous in spirit, but distracted by a world of commercial prompts.
  • They're keen observers of their parents and how they demonstrate what they value.
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Marketing practices for modern churches

Posted by Jim Kreller

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 9, 2017 2:28:18 PM

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From ancient times, when the image of an ichthys drawn in the sand served as an invitation for people to gather in worship, marketing has played a significant role in the life of the church. 

The ichthys — two intersecting arcs that resemble the profile of a fish — is still a sign of Christianity today, but marketing efforts are more sophisticated. From the paper bulletin, outdoor signage and websites to onscreen announcements and social media, churches use a variety of methods to reach both members and prospective members. But is it time to reconsider your marketing plan and add some new elements?

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Now’s the time to re-engage members who have stopped giving

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 2, 2017 1:14:22 PM

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“The last two years represent the highest and second-highest totals for giving—
and the third and fourth largest percentage increases in giving—
in the past 10 years, adjusted for inflation.”

~Amir Pasic, Ph.D., the Eugene R. Tempel
Dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy


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e-Giving on Sunday and every other day, too

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 26, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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We talk a lot about how e-Giving helps members keep their commitments to contribute tithes and offerings to their churches. But electronic giving options can help churches manage another key financial necessity: payments and fundraising for all the activities that happen every day in your church community.

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Making the case for credit card giving

Posted by Kevin Lee

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 20, 2017 2:04:59 PM

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Do you remember the movie Jerry Maguire? In it, the character Rod Tidwell hollers at his agent, “help me help you.” Churchgoers are asking the same of their churches when it comes to electronic giving.

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Should churches stop passing the collection plate?

Posted by Kevin Lee

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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e-Giving still has plenty of room to grow, but various surveys show that churches have adopted it at a steady pace over the past few years to offer contribution options that today’s churchgoers prefer, no matter what their age.

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Give+ Mobile named to 2016 Hot Products List

Posted by Jim Kreller

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 5, 2017 3:00:00 PM

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It’s the end of one year and the beginning of the next, so the inevitable top lists are out — the 40 biggest songs, 50 best movies and 100 best-selling books of 2016. And, of course, the top 10 smartphone apps of the year — dominated by Facebook (number one) and Google (most spots on the list), as was true the previous year, according to The Nielsen Company.

We’re proud that Vanco has made one top list that’s very important to us: Religious Product News named our Give+ Mobile app one of the publication’s 2016 Hot Products & Services for the church market. The list reflects the “best of the best,” the magazine said of its annual roundup, which is included in the December issue.

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2016 in Review: Giving your members choices

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 28, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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We’ve talked a lot this year about how important it is to offer members choices in how they give to your church. Smartphones and the Internet have changed how we do so many things, including how we make charitable gifts.

A look back at our 10 most popular blogs of 2016 shows that many of you share our interest in that topic and how it relates to setting up your financial stewardship program. Here are the conversations we’ll remember and revisit in the New Year:

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Merry Christmas from Vanco Payment Solutions!

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[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 23, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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