We help groups of all kinds on our site, from schools to book clubs to sports teams and PTA's, but some of our stand-out users have been church leaders.
Here are some of the cleverest church-inspired tricks for fundraising, cutting costs, managing membership records, and planning events:
If you let them give online, they're gonna give more!
Most churches still use a collection plate - but how many church goers each week forget to carry cash or checks? As payments become increasingly paperless, everyday folks are less inclined to carry cash on hand, and more and more of the budget relies on sheepish I-owe-you's. Giving the option for recurring payments lets your members pledge a modest weekly or monthly auto-contribution, without having to remember each week. Some churches even include a button link to their giving-form right on their weekly newsletter. Whether they choose to make a payment each week, or set up an auto-payment, members are given a convenient way to show their support.
Maintain an accurate membership database with Member Pages
Maintaining accurate records for a large congregation can be a full time job. Some tech-savvy congregations have moved their memberships online by inviting their members to join from their MemberPlanet group. Once they join, members are able to keep their personal information like email and phone numbers up-to-date right from their member page, syncing with the central database. New members can easily join and instantly be added to the roster, or they can leave the group and be automatically removed from the active membership list.
Manage events online to increase funds and decrease overhead costs
MemberPlanet events allow you to invite your congregation to upcoming events (like fundraisers and picnics) via email invitation. The online event manager lets you customize and host an event page, monitor guest lists and RSVP's, sell tickets, collect donations, and more. Selling tickets online allows you to collect funds ahead of time, so you can prepare for your event without dipping into the reserves. It also minimizes the need for messy cash transactions on the day of the event, as well as hours of accounting afterwards, freeing up staff for other tasks. Whats more, you can even accept donations right from the RSVP form for members who can't attend but want to show their support. PTA's have also been vocal advocates of the ticket feature as well!
Group Texting means schedule changes are no big deal
We have seen a few churches use the group text feature to notify their congregation when worship times change. Simply log on and craft a text to be sent, instantaneously, to all or some of the numbers in your database. MemberPlanet will assign you a local number, so you won't have to feild hundreds of questions and responses, jamming up your personal line for hours. Life is full of variables like weather, illness, and plumbing mishaps. You can all but guarantee you will have to postpone or cancel a church event or meeting. Group texting lets you notify everyone as soon as the issue arises.
Donation Campaigns drive big donations
Whether your church is planning a renovation or a youth group service trip, there are times when the congregation must come together and reach a financial goal. Donation campaigns are a great way to communicate a financial goal, and to keep a community engaged and apprised of the progress towards that goal. The donor ticker works best in community-based groups (like churches) because it creates a sense of teamwork.
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