In an upcoming report about church giving and stewardship that ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) plans to release soon, the organization learned the following about the electronic giving practices of churches based on a survey of ECFA member and nonmember churches:
- 93 percent offer online giving through the church's website;
- 80 percent offer giving via automated electronic bill pay;
- 75 percent offer electronic funds transfers;
- 73 percent offer credit or debit card payment options;
- 35 percent offer mobile giving options; and,
- 19 percent offer giving kiosks in their church buildings.
"We're seeing some large churches that are regularly receiving 50 to 60 percent of their total cash gifts digitally," said Dan Busby, ECFA's president and an Editorial Advisor for Christianity Today's Church Law & Tax Group, during his recent update at the Ultimate Financial and Legal Conference in Arlington, Texas.
ECFA will issue a full summary of its church giving and stewardship report, including more details about electronic giving, later this year.
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