By and large evangelical churches in the United States offer their congregants a way to give their tithes or contributions electronically. Eighty-four percent of members of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) say their churches accept online donations.
This reflects the reality that people carry less cash and use fewer checks than they have in the past. Many people have exclusively moved to paying their bills and making charitable donations online. Of Christians who give 10 percent or more of their income each year, 36 percent make their donations online, according to the 2012 State of the Plate survey. Through online giving, churches often find an increase in regular giving and a reduction in security risks.
Many church websites offer one-time donation and recurring gift options. Some churches accept credit card transactions while others only accept debit cards to ensure that giving to the church does not contribute to incurring debt.
Still some churches have not joined the trend. Smaller churches may not see the need to set up online options for their church members. And some churches prefer their congregants to continue the act of dropping a check or cash in a plate as a physical reminder of their giving.
For Further Reading
“Churches Embrace Online Credit, Debit Card Donations,” Marcia Frellick, FoxBusiness.com (February 21, 2011), http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2011/02/21/churches-embrace-online-credit-debit-card-donations/
“Church Giving Tops $50 Billion a Year in U.S. – And its Future is not a Collection Plate,” Ruth Graham, Fast Company (December 4, 2014), http://www.fastcompany.com/3039328/church-giving-tops-50-billion-a-year-in-us-and-its-future-is-not-a-collection-plate
“Confession: I Stopped Giving to the Church,” Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Christianity Today (January 2010), http://www.christianitytoday.com/women/2010/january/confession-i-stopped-giving-to-church.html?start=1
“Truths about Tithers,” State of the Plate (2012), http://www.stateoftheplate.info/tithing-statistics-trends-infographic.pdf