The ability to tithe the church is no longer limited to the passing of the collection plate during the service. Many churches are now turning to accepting donations through their websites, making it easier for their congregation to give. Another option that is growing in popularity are Giving Kiosks. But are they for you? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons and then you can decide:
- A kiosk gives donors the convenience of not being limited to donating only when they have their checkbooks. Let’s face it – with the convenience of debit cards and technology allowing for online bill pay, people just don’t carry their checkbooks with them all the time like in the “old” days.
- Even giving at the kiosk is still an “act of worship.” Many of the kiosks will supply a receipt that donors can place in the collection plate at the right time. This connects the donation process to the act of tithing.
- For some, the kiosks have the feel of an ATM, thus “turning them off” to see the kiosks as they enter their house of worship.
- On some of the kiosks, there is a perceived lack of privacy. For example, the donation amount is displayed in very large text once the donation has been made. Some users don’t feel this is “showy” and will be less likely to use the kiosk.
- Finally, for those who think the kiosks are a great idea – the lines are long. The kiosks are supposed to be “convenient” and if there aren’t enough to accommodate the logistics, they won’t be used.
Depending on which school of thought you use, will ultimately determine the success of your kiosks. Discuss the giving kiosk with your team and even members of the congregation. Take the time to answer questions in advance and prepare your people for how to use the kiosk.