I know I’ve seemed aloof lately. You’ve each told me that I seem distracted, and we don’t spend time together like we used to.
I remember when times were good between us; when it was new and exciting. For a time, I really believed that each one of you was The One.
So believe me when I tell you that when you’ve seen me grow distant, avoid introducing you at parties or go days without spending time with you, it’s because it hurt too much to admit that committing to you in the first place for my church giving was a mistake.
There, I said it. Finally.
You’ve shown me your true colors, and it’s finally clear to me that we’re not the right match.
I swore I’d never leave you. You seemed so edgy, so “now.” But people kept forgetting your number. I’d put it up on the screen during service, but people who weren’t in church were out of luck. They’d call me to ask for the code, taking up the time you were supposed to save me. Others told me that they forgot about the option altogether. Do you know how many people complained about how inconvenient it was to send one simple text offering? Lots.
I don’t think my parishioners or I should have to work so hard at this relationship, especially when you promised me I wouldn’t.
I’ll admit that there’s something special about the feel of good old paper in my hands. Actually seeing money makes me feel like our church giving is successful.
But people just don’t use you anymore. You’re outdated, and I’m tired of taking the extra steps to sign and deposit you, just for the bank to recognize that you exist. I’ll always love you, but… your age and unpopularity have become a problem for me.
When we first met, you seemed so interesting and unique. I really enjoyed our first few events. People approached you with bright, curious eyes – they were so hopeful that you would make church giving easy! Just swipe your credit card and go, right?
But your promises of convenience never came through for us. Any time we had an off-site fundraiser, we had to haul you along, and you’re heavy and cumbersome. Remember that time I forgot your cord? What a waste of an hour! And instead of quickly swiping their cards, our members got frustrated when they had to wait in line for their turn to give.
You were never really interested in becoming “us” – you only wanted to be you. After a while, our members just saw a credit card machine, not an extension of our church. I can’t be with someone who doesn’t want to grow with me.
The rumor mill is already buzzing, so I thought it would be best if you hear it from me first: I’ve found something new: mobile giving. This modern solution takes care of all of my church giving needs, and it makes the process effortless. I no longer have to work at the relationship – its intelligent technology takes the burdensome extra steps out of giving for both my staff and my parishioners. Anyone with a smartphone now has the power to give right in the palm of their hand.
When mobile giving promises me that it wants to be a team player, it means what it says. I can customize it to be a true reflection of my church’s brand. Plus, the more complex the world gets, the more mobile giving will adapt. It constantly works to keep pace with technological advances.
We adapt together. It’s me and mobile giving, and there’s no one else I’d rather change the world with. I can say with total certainty that this is The One I’ll commit to for life.
An Honest Church Fundraiser