Since the early 2000s, the music of Shane Barnard and Shane Everett of Shane & Shane has influenced a generation of worshippers. Over 16 albums, they intertwined acoustic guitar melodies with Scripture, providing believers with a unique way to interact with God’s word. (more…)
Thinking through year-end giving on top of all the planning for holiday services can be overwhelming. But we’re here to help you easily organize your church’s year-end giving strategy in the midst of the chaos. [Read more…]
Hint: The answer is yes. And a more predictable budget means less stress and more room for ministry.
Creating a healthy church budget lets you plan wisely for the future. It lets you know what you can say yes to, what to say no to, and how well your budget supports your vision. [Read more…]
You don’t have to be a graphic designer to create beautiful church media designs. It only takes a few clicks in Faithlife Media’s Smart Media Editor. Add your own text, tweak the style to match your taste, and download immediately. Here’s how.
1. Locate media
Navigate to media.faithlife.com, and search for stock photos, sermon slides, and more.
You can select a filter on the left, or sort using the drop-down menu on the right to narrow your results.
- Left-hand panel: Select categories, media type, tags, or language filters on the left.
- Media icons: Each piece of media includes icons to preview its contents. For example, the highlighted Ephesians media pack includes 22 items in three formats: Photoshop, PowerPoint, and JPG.
- Sort by: Sort results by most recent, relevance, popularity, trending, or rating.
2. Select media
Choose a media pack to preview the available items. You can share or download the media without customization.
- Select Share to distribute the media pack on Faithlife, social media, or via a link.
- Click Download to download any of the media types available.
3. Customize media
Select Customize to personalize media before downloading.
Add additional elements from the left-hand options.
- Text: Add a headline, subhead, or body text.
- Elements: Add visual overlay elements.
- Images: Add images from your Faithlife group’s online files.
- Background: Change the slide to a different background.
- Filter: Apply a filter to your content (e.g., grayscale, invert, vintage, technicolor, etc.).
To move a text box, element, or image, select it in the live preview on the right and drag it to your preferred location. Depending on your selection, the panel on the left will provide additional editing options. The toolbar above includes undo and redo buttons and other options like color, group, align, duplicate, and delete.
When you’re done customizing your media, click Download to save the image to your computer.
Today is Giving Tuesday! If you panicked because you forgot to prep your church for it, then this post is for you.
Giving Tuesday began in 2012 with a simple purpose: to connect people around the world through the act of generosity. It’s also a day that churches can use to celebrate all that God has done and offer ways for people to give back. [Read more…]
The holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the new year—are a special time in ministry. Not only do we celebrate the birth of Jesus but we also get the chance to welcome visitors in our churches—many of whom will be attending for the first time. [Read more…]
Generosity is part of who God is—there are thousands of Bible verses that teach us about his generous character. We can also learn about biblical generosity from one another. Because we’re created to live in community, we are designed to care for and meet each other’s needs. [Read more…]
The Faithlife app makes it easy to connect with your church and other believers when you’re on the go. You can share prayer requests, read Bible plans together, and more. [Read more…]
Fall is here and that means the busyness of the holiday season is about to start. And while the holidays are full of celebration and fun, it can be stressful for church members to find time to plan their generosity for the upcoming new year. [Read more…]
“To cover fees or not cover fees, that is the question.”
While Shakespeare never debated the benefit of giver-covered fees, it is a debate in churches.
Before we look at the “why” behind giver-covered fees, let’s break down the “what.”
What is a processing fee?
A processing fee is an amount it costs to process or facilitate a gift. Processing fees apply to credit/debit transactions and ACH transactions.
For credit and debit cards, a processing fee is an amount charged by the credit card company that issued the card. Most card processing fees are around 3% plus a small fixed amount for each gift. (For example, Faithlife Giving’s premium rate is 2.49% plus 30 cents.)
For ACH transactions, a processing fee is usually a smaller percentage with a fixed amount. (Faithlife Giving’s premium ACH transaction fee is 1.0% plus 30 cents per gift.)
Every time you swipe a card or make an ACH payment—even when you’re buying groceries—someone is paying a processing fee to your bank or card issuer (Visa, Mastercard, etc.).
The question is, should a church pay the processing fee for online gifts or make it optional for a giver to cover the fee as part of their gift?
2 views on online giving
Theologically, churches hold different positions on giving and so also differ on whether to cover fees or not. They fall into two main camps:
- Churches should make giving as easy as possible, so they give people many giving methods, including online giving.
- Churches have a moral obligation to keep 100% of each gift that comes in. That means they directly oppose online giving because there’s a small processing fee deducted from each gift.
No matter where you fall in the discussion, Faithlife Giving could be a great fit for your church. That’s because our goal is not to tell you how your church should give but provide you with an online giving platform that supports your goals and mission.
That’s where one of our customers’ favorite features comes in.
If your church is using Faithlife Giving, you can enable givers to cover processing fees. This means that your regular givers can increase their gifts to include processing fees, so the church gets 100% of what your giver intended you to receive. (Note: The entire gift, even the portion covering the fees, is tax-deductible.)
It’s fun to see how giver-covered fees are working out for churches using Faithlife Giving:
- Over 70% of churches with Faithlife Giving have giver-covered fees enabled
- Nearly 30% of churches with Faithlife Giving have 100% of their fees covered by givers
For our customers who make it optional for givers to cover fees, givers choose to pay them 60% of the time.
What makes Faithlife Giving different?
With Faithlife Giving, givers can choose to pay the processing fees in addition to their gift amount, ensuring your church receives the full gift amount.
Or you can choose for your church to cover processing fees.
Either way, Faithlife Giving gives you peace of mind so you can focus on serving people.
Learn how Faithlife Giving can make online giving an enjoyable, seamless experience for your church.