Pushpay combines church management apps to encourage digital donations

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Donor management provider Pushpay has added new software that will help churches target donations through digital channels while providing more interactions and communication within congregations.

ChurchStaq will combine Pushpay's giving and mobile apps with its Church Community Builder management system. The new software-as-a-service platform is designed for churches of all sizes and addresses the difficulty in growing and managing a church during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The technology helps churches engage new donors, increase recurring giving, and remove barriers to giving through mobile and online tools. As such, supporters can donate through the web, mobile and text. It also allows churches to conduct service check-in online, a helpful tool in contact tracing as churches slowly loosen pandemic restrictions.

“Churches are working hard to drive participation and stay connected with their congregation amidst today’s environment — and most likely digitally,” Aaron Senneff, chief technology officer at Redmond, Wash.-based Pushpay, said in a Tuesday press release.

“Our combined solutions enhance connections across all aspects of the church; helping build relationships among communities, creating bridges between technology, and connecting church administrators to the data and information they need to engage with people when they need it most,” Senneff added.

Pushpay's Church App is designed to increase participation and allow congregants to connect through a single app that provides an opportunity to donate, as well as receive targeted communications, interact with groups and view church calendars.

The company says its 2019 research indicates that combining church ministry management with digital donating would result in more churches increasing participation and generosity. Churches leveraging Pushpay and the church management app, even before COVID-19 led to at-home sheltering, enjoyed a 12% increase in total dollars given to the church annually.

“The timing of the (combined) app is so perfect,” Torina Salcedo, associate pastor at Kent Covenant Church in Kent, Wash., said in the release. “What started as a convenience feature, is now a necessity to create a more touchless experience. Not to mention we can check in the entire church so we have a contact tracing record, which is so important.”

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