How Churches Collect Their Donations
The plate reigns, but electronic options are gaining traction.


The graphic above, which appears in the July edition of Church Finance Today, shows the ways that people give to their churches, based on results from the 2012 State of the Plate giving survey sponsored by Christianity Today, Maximum Generosity, and ECFA.

The offering plate tops the list, but electronic giving options, such as automatic withdrawal, online giving, and cell phone giving apps, are gaining ground. Enough so that Brian Kluth, founder of Maximum Generosity, predicts one or more e-giving options will surpass the envelope packet–a mainstay for years at many churches–this year.

How is your church collecting tithes and offerings? Are electronic options making the same advances in your congregation?

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