Journal

Our thoughts on
giving engagement

Is your website causing givers to slam on their brakes?

Is your website causing givers to slam on their brakes? Friction is good when you apply your car’s brakes and your tires grip the road and stop the vehicle. If it’s raining, friction, and thus traction are reduced. Your car may slip, slide and … not stop. The natural effect of friction is to bring things—relationships, mechanical processes and even…
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Do you even know my name?

Do you even know my name? Giving is a very personal decision. Yet givers are often treated impersonally by your church. Nothing conveys a heartfelt thank-you for a donation than an email from DO NOT REPLY instead of from your church. It’s hard to imagine a colder acknowledgment a church could give. And yet, it’s a common practice that some…
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Stop making it difficult to be generous

Stop making it difficult to be generous Let’s Take It Slow, We Barely Know Each Other! You try your best to create the same experience online that you create in person, one that gives relationships time to grow. But many churches are surprised to learn why they’re not pulling it off. The fact is, 23% of those givers who abandon…
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Why Does Every Sermon Start with a Picture?

Why Does Every Sermon Start with a Picture? And What’s That Got to Do with Online Giving? Your givers’ attention spans were shaped by singing, dancing letters and numbers. Long before Sesame Street, Jesus understood that we learn best and connect more deeply through stories and imagery. He wasn’t the first influencer to use word pictures to connect his audience…
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How Most Church Online Giving Platforms Literally Drive Your Givers Away

While most givers admit that online giving can be convenient, church donation software providers don’t always speak openly about the inherent challenges of the practice. Top of the list? Lack of TRUST. Many of your givers are wary of online transactions. This fear doesn’t seem to stop people from banking and shopping online, but with more and more headlines about…
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Church Apps: Is Mobile Engagement Right for Your Members?

Churches everywhere are incorporating technology to improve their regular management processes. From using social media to connect with members near-and-far to using online tithing methods, tech tools are making a positive impact. One technology that’s in the limelight as of late is the church mobile app— a tool that brings engagement directly into members’ smartphones. While definitely a powerful tool…
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Pushpay Competitors: 6 Giving Software Systems to Consider

Contact Vision2 for a demo of our church online giving software! Online giving software is the present and future of church giving. These easy-to-use systems provide your members with plenty of opportunities to make their gifts according to their individual preferences and contribute whenever and wherever they’re motivated to do so. If you’re familiar with church giving software, you may…
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Payment Processing and Merchant Services for Churches

Contact Vision2 for a demo of our payment processing and merchant services tools! Your church is a vibrant and growing organization that serves your members and your community in various ways. You depend on your members’ generosity to maintain your current ministries and programs, expand them to better serve your members, and reach new parishioners. With the right payment processing…
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Top 7 Essential Features for Church Giving Platforms

If your church wants to make giving more convenient for all of your members and processing gifts easier for your team, it’s likely that you’ve looked into adopting a church giving platform. Church online giving platforms are comprehensive software systems that make it easy for your congregants to give whenever and wherever they are and make it easy for your…
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5 Best Practices for Online Tithing at Your Church

Your church creates a community that helps guide and shape your congregants’ lives, but also supports them wherever they are on their individual journeys. For many of them, including—but certainly not limited to!—millennials and other younger generations of your members, there’s no denying that much of their time is spent online. The popularity of social media and the ubiquity of…
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