Contactless transactions: making inroads to church giving
Retail transactions are going increasingly cashless with payWave and mobile payment apps on smartphones. Not surprisingly, these trends are also making inroads in church giving.
Even the somewhat staid Church of England is testing different systems. "We're aware that younger generations no longer carry cash and want to give in different ways," said John Preston, national stewardship officer. "Enabling them to give in a way that suits them is something we'd like to try."
Offertory collections, by passing around a plate or a bag, developed in the days when people were paid weekly in notes and coins. Today, our salary or income comes via our bank account, including pensions and social security benefits.
In 2019, most people find it is easier to give to the church via a regular electronic transfer from their bank account. It saves them heading for an ATM before church or finding the right change each week. It is for that reason you will find the offering plate increasingly passing by parishioners because they now give in a different way.
For myself, money is deducted from my fortnightly salary and then forwarded electronically to the parish by payroll. If I want to make an extra donation to the parish I go to my smartphone and transfer money. I now pay all my bills this way!
New technology is pushing Australia even further towards being a cashless society with no need for BSB or account numbers. Sweden is on track to become the world's first completely cashless economy.
Of course you can still give by using cash on a Sunday. However, instead of sending cash, coins and personal cheques up to the altar please consider giving to the mission of God’s Church in a different way.
Our St John’s bank account details are: BSB Number: 702.389; Account Number: 0520 9450; Account Name: St John the Baptist Reid.
Photo: A 'tap and go' collection plate.