Heading into a new year means implementing that new church budget you and your team have spent so much time working on. If you’re like most churches, you’ve made cuts and adjustments to help reduce costs and best steward your resources. As a result, one line item that may have been updated is your church software budget.
Most churches strive to be good stewards with their finances. That’s why it’s important to use software that helps to achieve your ministry goals and saves money.
If you’re looking to reduce expenses next year while keeping your essential church software, check out these three ways to save in 2023.
1. Bundle Your Solutions
Having multiple church software solutions can be expensive. (Not to mention that it’s complicated to keep track of passwords, training, and billing).
Look for overlap in your tech stack (all the software you use) and find ways to use one platform for everything.
For example, you need online giving for tithes and offerings. A church management system to keep track of your people. And a church app to keep your congregation connected and in the know.
The best way to save time and money is to combine these systems under one “roof.”
Bundling solutions will save money. Don’t pay three (or more) different companies with three different price points for the tech your church needs. Integrate your software for one price that makes sense for your ministry.
2. Reduce Giving Fees
If you haven’t already, make it an option for people to cover the fees when they donate.
As you probably know, it costs money for each transaction. But you can ask your givers to cover those processing fees. More often than not, they want to continue with their generosity to help relieve some of the expense.
Another way to reduce giving fees is to coach your givers to donate via ACH. The digital version of writing a check, ACH makes it easy for donors to give online directly from their bank account.
It’s simpler than writing a check, and the processing rates are lower than using a credit/debit card. If your congregation gives online via ACH, it can help your church save money.
3. Get Coaching
You may not know all the ins and outs of your software programs. Before you abandon what you’re currently using to start something new, make sure to receive coaching.
Many people throw in the towel with their church software without realizing it can solve the problem at hand. ShelbySystems offers support from real people (many who serve in ministry themselves) to help you get the most out of your software.
If you’re unsure what your tech solutions offer, connect with a support specialist or a coach. They’re available to equip you with the tools you need. Plus, it can save time and money as you won’t have to research other software and spend more money on a different solution.
Start Saving Today!
Start off 2023 with extra savings on your church technology. ShelbySystems offers an integrated tech stack that works together to free you up to do more ministry.
With simple pricing and a support team to serve you, ShelbySystems is the right choice when it comes to church software. If you’re looking for online giving, church management, and/or a mobile app, we’ve got you covered!
Discover the power of Shelby for your church! Connect with our team at 1-800-877-0222 to learn more.