We Are Building THE Premiere Generosity/Stewardship PlatformMark Brooks
There is a crisis looming for the Church today. 5,000 to 10,000 churches will close a year, researchers predict. Then according to giving experts, it is projected there will be a 50% decline in giving by the year 2050. We are fast losing churches, thus leaving a spiritual hole in communities across America. This crisis threatens the health and future of the Church.
At OnlineGiving.org, we began to think about how we could help reverse this decline. Church health matters to us not because we are a privately-owned Christian company. Even more importantly, every OG family member in a local church is actively involved. So, when we see those kinds of numbers, it cuts close to our hearts. We want to do everything we can to reverse this decline and keep local churches alive and active in their communities for the Gospel.
We long ago moved away from being simply a processing company. It happened naturally as churches began asking if we could provide this or that service. Every feature we now have was at the church’s request or to solve some issue churches faced. As a result, over the years, we have built the premier platform for churches, providing quick and easy giving, engaging text marketing, a chatbot that connects, and mobile apps rich with integration. We give you the tools to increase giving.
We began thinking, what if we could provide churches with resources and expert advice on using our tools to increase giving and thus avoid the crisis ahead? What if we built a platform to give churches the resources, guidance, and direction needed to be financially secure for the present and into the next decade? That is when we realized we needed a partner to help.
To help us, we turned to an old friend. We are pleased to announce that we are joining hands with Mark Brooks, The Stewardship Coach, to lead this project. Mark is America’s foremost writer on all things stewardship and generosity-related. He is also one of the top leaders in the capital campaign industry. Mark has worked with many top 100 churches and churches running 100. Mark has a wealth of experience as a former pastor of twenty years, including building stewardship platforms. We are thrilled to have Mark’s materials and skills in leading the build-out of this new platform.
“I’m so excited to be a part of this opportunity,” Brooks said. “I built my first stewardship platform back in 2014 to help churches. Through a weekly newsletter, seasonal guides, and group teaching, I am essentially a virtual Minister of Stewardship to hundreds of churches. Our goal is to make OG’s Generosity platform the go-to site for the entire Church world. To meet that goal, we will be building an extensive database of materials, videos, and personalized coaching for all aspects of generosity, from the weekly offering to capital campaigns.” Brooks stated.
Stephen Ballard said, “We love the local church, and we want to do all we can to help churches survive financially. We are looking for Mark to tell the story of how our digital solutions can help churches and give practical advice on how to use them to increase giving. You have to have the right tools in your toolbox. At OG, we give our clients the best tools. But, you must know how to use those tools, and that is one reason we are building this new resource tool.”
At OG, we take seriously the trust you have given us and continuously improve what we offer you our partners. That is our commitment and the driving force behind building this generosity platform. What does this mean for you? The best in online giving services and support and now the best in stewardship support and coaching.
If you would like more information, you can contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org