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Electronic Giving Options on the Rise

Recent survey reveals electronic options will soon surpass giving envelopes.

The 2012 State of the Plate survey reveals an increasing shift away from traditional envelope giving to new electronic methods, such as cell phone applications, automatic bank withdrawals, and lobby kiosks. The use of envelopes soon will be surpassed by electronic giving options as more churches explore technological tools to encourage faithful giving. The traditional passing of an offering plate remains the top choice for most churches, but electronic giving options continue to gain ground.

For Northshore Christian Church in Everett, Washington, offering electronic giving options was an easy transition. "We were early in the curve to adopt a strong online presence," says Rob Cizek, executive pastor of Northshore. "We broadcast all of our services live on the web. With that, we added online giving early, and a few years ago we added a giving kiosk in the lobby. All of this ...

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  • July 2, 2012

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