Emphasize or Add Online Giving
Since fewer people carry cash or a checkbook, it is important to provide electronic giving options and make those options easily accessible. During Advent and Christmas, consider putting the link to your online donation page in your bulletin. If you are worried about online givers feeling left out when the offering plate is passed, consider providing a laminated card in the pew which says “Supporting the ministry of [
Insert Congregation Name
] through online giving”. Individuals can place the cards in the offering plate and be reused each week.
To help lower the cost of receiving electronic donations, the ELCA has entered into a preferred provider agreement with an online donation service called Tithe.ly. The service has no monthly fee. You only pay a transaction fee when a gift is made. If you are interested in learning more about Tithe.ly go to: