Jim Kreller

Jim Kreller is the Executive Vice President of Sales for Vanco Payment Solutions.

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Marketing practices for modern churches

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[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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Give+ Mobile named to 2016 Hot Products List

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[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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Could your church survive a downturn in giving?

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[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 10, 2016 2:00:00 PM

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It’s a simple equation: When people have more, they’ll give more. So when the economy is good, charitable giving increases.

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Ask your members for 5 minutes to build a stronger ministry

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[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

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[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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Getting into the Spirit of Year-round Stewardship

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[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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e-Giving Options Work Throughout Your Community

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[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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Solving the Giving Puzzle: Finding a Window into Members’ Generosity

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[fa icon="calendar'] May 5, 2016 2:00:00 PM

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The church giving puzzle has many solutions, but electronic options have fast become an important part of them.

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Choosing the right mix for church giving

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

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You may believe your church should only offer traditional giving — write a check and put it in a pledge envelope, or contribute cash to the collection plate — because that’s the way it’s always been done.

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Don’t Miss Out on the Generosity of Easter Visitors

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[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2016 4:00:00 PM

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Average church attendance goes up nearly 50 percent at Easter, which certainly creates its share of challenges for churches. But your occasional visitors appreciate your hospitality and often show their gratitude by giving more than regular members.

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