Securing Your Church's Digital Giving
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Securing Your Church's Digital Giving

1. Secure digital giving requires more than IT expertise. "Digital giving involves interaction with at least one outside vendor—the payment processor. Who should have the initial and ongoing interaction with this, and other, vendors in the digital giving process? The natural tendency is to ask someone with information technology (IT) skills to handle it. You may involve IT staff, but someone in a top leadership position at the church must control the process. While one person must initially establish an account with each payment processor, multiple staff should verify the initial set-up, including a high-ranking church staffer" ("Keeping Your Church's Electronic Giving Safe," by Dan Busby, Church Finance Today).

2. Yes, tithing still matters. "Some people argue that since tithing is found in the Old Testament we can discard the whole concept. Jesus, however, was quite clear that he did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. … The early church was so overwhelmed by God's grace and generosity, it went far beyond the tithe. Tithing was never intended as a way to 'pay our debt to God.' It has always been a training exercise to cultivate a generous and God-centered heart" ("Tithing: Law or a Grace?" by John Ortberg, LeadershipJournal.net).

3. Plan for productive mornings. "You can get 90 percent or more of your work done in the morning. … Here's how: Schedule your day the night before. … [L]ist all your tasks and when you're going to do them the following day. You will not be productive unless you plan out everything you're going to do the next morning. Quick tip: Keep your to-do schedule light to actually accomplish real work" ("16 Tips for Getting 90% of Your Work Done Before Lunch," by Neil Patel, inc.com).

4. Don't let past successes create future failures. "One of the most common habits that leads to terrible decisions is remaining locked in the past. We rely on the same old data or processes, failing to understand that they may be based on assumptions that are no longer true. It's important to keep those base assumptions in mind when applying the tried and true. Question the data and processes you're used to, and ask whether they can be updated or improved. Just because they worked in the past doesn't mean they'll work in the future" ("9 Habits That Lead to Terrible Decisions" by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, hbr.org).

5. To lead well, connect well. "As Susan Scott, Fierce founder, states, 'If you want to become a great leader, gain the capacity to connect with your colleagues and customers at a deep level.' ... [M]ake a new connection with someone in your life—inside or outside of the office. Schedule the time in your calendar for this effort. Make it a habit. One tried-and-true way to connect: Ask questions—and really listen" ("Make a New Connection," fierceinc.com).

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