A discussion came up on one of the various forums I monitor. The question was “How do you feel about kiosks for giving?” My response was this: “Electronic giving is to worship today is like visuals were to worship in the 80s. If you don’t do it, you’ll be left in the dust.”
The younger the person, the more likely they are to give electronically. Many do not even have a checkbook. They are relying more and more on debit cards that balance the electronic checkbook. My guess is that by 2030 the check book will go the way of the rotary phone.
So, you need giving kiosks all around the church, at every major entrance. You need a giving portal on your website. And don’t feel bad about people giving on credit. That is becoming the way of the future. So get over it.
For those of you not ready to go this far, you might consider our stewardship program “The Missing Piece to Spiritual Maturity.” But you better get it fast, because over the next month or so it will be revised to include electronic giving.
For more on electronic giving, grab your copy of the July-August 2013 Net Results issue on Stewardship Today.
Question: Where else in the church have you witnessed the transition into more technology-oriented methods? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.