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Are Church Tithes Suffering Due To COVID-19?

GIVING IN A GLOBAL PANDEMIC HOW COVID-19 AFFECTS EVERYTHING FROM WORK TO CHURCH ose their doors to slow As businesses, schools, the spread of the coronavirus, will charitable giving take a hit? churches THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF GOING REMOTE On March 16, 2020, the U.S. issued guidelines calling for restaurants, bars, food courts, gyms, schools, and other VENUES WHERE MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE TEND TO GATHER TOGETHER TO CLOSE While many restaurants have switched to offering drive-thru or pickup only, these closures put many jobs at risk RESTA URANT MILLIONS OF EMPLOYEES COULD BE TEMPORARILY OUT OF WORK OR WORKING REDUCED HOURS CLOSED 3.2 MILLION* 1.1 MILLION* 2.5 MILLION* cooks, bartenders, and servers teaching assistants employees in arts, entertainment, and recreation * 2018 * 2018 * 2020 With so many potentially out of work, nonprofits are preparing for a surge in demand for food, assistance, and other services ON MARCH 27, 2020, PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED A $2 TRILLION DOLLAR STIMULUS BILL THAT WILL SEND CHECKS TO MOST AMERICANS AND EXPAND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS - BUT IT WILL TAKE NEARLY A MONTH FOR INDIVIDUALS TO RECEIVE THAT MONEY FOOD BANKS FALL SHORT In the U.K., self-isolating has risen and food banks face a shortage of volunteers – many have limited hours and have even begun closing down L. Food banks face falling donations and supermarket purchase limits – causing their supplies to run low In the U.S., food banks are preparing for a similar situation DONA TE! L Many food banks have switched to a drive-thru or mobile distribution model – others are scheduling pickup appointments to reduce crowds THE HARDEST HIT REGIONS IN THE U.S. ARE ALREADY SEEING A DROP IN DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERING Food Lifeline: Seattle gets 83% of food donations from grocery stores, with more shoppers stocking up for themselves, donations have dried up L. At the same time, students who relied on school's free and reduced lunches have brought a surge in demand DONATE In the Northeast, social isolation has slowed donations to the area's blood banks as blood drives have been cancelled L. So far, the Red Cross estimates they've lost opportunities to collect 8,000 pints of blood – a supply that will be needed despite the current crisis LIKE BUSINESSES, CHURCHES ARE GOING DIGITAL TO KEEP IN CONTACT CORONAVIRUS IS RESHAPING HOW WE DO CHURCH BELIEVERS ARE MEETING DIGITALLY Churchome, a Christian megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship, a church in Southern California pastored by Greg Laurie CLOSED ALL SEATTLE closed LOCATIONS 1,400 PEOPLE COMMIT ONLINE TO FOLLOW JESUS 60% APP SIGN-UP INCREASE IN ONE WEEK 4X INCREASE IN ONLINE ATTENDEES INCREASE ON VIRTUAL SUNDAY SERVICE ATTENDENCE 230,000 REACHED PEOPLE 23% Lakewood church, a megachurch in Houston pastored by Joel Osteen 52,000 ATTENDEES PER WEEK SERVICES WILL BROADCAST EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE ON: Free Streaming: Facebook Live & YouTube Paid Services: Roku & AppleTV More Traditional Methods: The Osteen and Lakewood Church websites & SiriusXM channel 128 CONTINUED GIVING THROUGH DIGITAL Most Americans believe charitable giving has a positive impact In 2018, more than 3 in 5 Americans gave to charity More than 1 in 3 Americans volunteered Typically, bad news inspires more giving 38% 36% 41% of funds went to of those worked with of donors give in response to natural disasters religious organizations churches or religious groups Religious groups have historically received the largest share of donations – many rely on in-person, cash donations During the Great Depression, Christians donated an average of 3.3% of their income BEFORE COVID-19 CONTINUED GIVING THROUGH DIGITAL Banish giving slumps – providing a way to give without being physically present in church 79% of churches offered online giving Make giving more convenient – people can give at any time, using bank transfer or cards 46% L offered a mobile app or text-to-give Stay connected – and keep growing – while people stay home DIGITAL GIVING 60% L of people are willing to give to their church digitally is the global leader in digital giving, church engagement, and church management software for churches of every size. Helps churches increase their giving by 167% Set up digital giving for your church in just 5 minutes No setup fees and no contract HOW WILL YOUR CONGREGATION CONTINUE GIVING IN A GLOBAL CRISIS? SOURCES DEVELOPED BY N NOWSOURCING

Are Church Tithes Suffering Due To COVID-19?

shared by NowSourcing on May 21
Many churches have stopped services to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. However, this may leave congregations fiscally vulnerable. Tech has a solution.





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