1. Invite Cards
2. Shareable Social Media Graphics
3. Exterior Banners
4. Facebook/Twitter Ads
5. Post Flyers Around Town
6. Email Current & Past Attenders
Giving is a integral part of every church. Outside of personal, one-on-one evangelism, it takes money to make ministry happen. While tithes and offerings are important, I’ve always been passionate about keeping the “big ask” on Sundays from being awkward. One of the best ways to keep things from feeling weird is by providing options for givers outside of the traditional collection plate. By providing online giving terminals on your website or even giving kiosks in your lobby, you meet the needs of those who don’t regularly carry cash or checks.
However, the best giving method that I’ve seen comes through a new service called Kindrid. It allows your congregation to give to your ministry via text messaging. Speaking as a millennial (the champions of awkwardness), I can tell you that this is not only convenient for my generation, but also feels much less obtrusive than a plate/bucket being passed down the row. As we move forward into a world where individuals rarely carry cash, but never leave home without their iPhone, this is a route your church should probably consider.
How does your church accept donations?
My heart was pounding so hard that I was sure the crowd would hear it over the sound system. As I sat backstage, illuminated by the glow of my computer screen, my eyes were locked onto the bright stage lights shining on him.
Ten years ago, rather than running his sermon slides, I was in the audience of this youth conference with my life being turned around. But now, Jentezen Franklin was preaching to a crowd of 3,000 teenagers and I was the one responsible for projecting his media. I was crazy nervous. I’ve ran sermon slides more times than I can count, but this was different. As I thought back to what a huge difference Pastor Franklin made in my life as a young Christian, my heart became heavy with responsibility. He was speaking to teens whose lives would be changed just like mine had been. His messages were the first sermons that ever actually stuck with me. Now I was playing a part in making a lasting memory for this audience.
To bring some of you up to speed – because our new church isn’t launching until September, our weekends are pretty open. Since we relocated to our new city, Holly and I have spent our Sundays visiting various churches for inspiration. But, when the opportunity arose to spend five weekends working production for a youth conference, I knew it was an invaluable experience that I couldn’t pass up. As I spend these few weeks in a different kind of Church Media environment, expect to see posts coming from a new perspective.
Thankfully, I can say that Jentezen’s sermon and the included media went off without a hitch that night. The response from that group of teenagers was absolutely phenomenal. After my heart rate had slowed down a bit and my nervousness wore off, I came to a realization of which I’m quite proud. While it was an extreme honor to serve Pastor Franklin and those 3,000 teenagers that night, I don’t feel that it’s what God has called me to do. If I was to be honest, my heart hadn’t raced in that moment out of excitement for the opportunity. I was simply fearful of messing something up. I didn’t want to be that guy who made everyone shake their head.
Instead, there are other parts of ministry that make my heart race for all of the right reasons. As I serve in our new church plant – even in these early days of planning – my heart overflows with excitement. There’s no other place that I’d rather be serving and I’m the happiest volunteer that you’ll ever meet. There’s an indisputable sense that I’m in the exact place at the exact time doing the exact thing that God wants for me. It was because of that security that I was able to leave a full-time ministry position with salary and move my family to another state.
As I write these posts each week, my greatest goal is to inspire and equip you to better serve in your media ministry. But my greatest prayer for you is that you’ll get to experience the joy of serving in a way that aligns with God’s calling for your life. It’s a life-giving feeling like none other that I fear so many in ministry are missing out on.