Church Tithing Software
Church tithing software has been created in order for churches of all faiths to be able to keep track of members' giving and if desired, to keep them aware when certain commitments have not been met. It is certainly a real asset for those who are tasked with the responsibility of keeping accounting records for a faith-based organization. Because so many stories of financial improprieties in congregational circles have arisen in recent years, the responsibility falls to leaders of congregations to insure that there are absolutely no hints of impropriety in the management financial income. Church offering software can help do that very thing. Church financial software has become, in most cases, only part of a software package that a thriving congregation needs. The entire scope of congregational administration has become an all encompassing umbrella for church software.
The term tithing may be a strange term to some people, but the word really means ten percent and comes from Old Testament scriptures that record God commanding the Israelites to give Him the first ten percent of the Hebrews' flocks, produce and income. Most Christian churches advocate continuing that practice among its members today, because the method is a solid way to support ministry work without having to resort to bazaars, carnivals, fundraisers of all shapes and sizes and related distractions. But tithing is an Old Testament concept and Jesus advocated giving from the heart in response to God's provision and love for His people and not a legalistic precept. Nevertheless, local congregations need committed and sacrificial givers to keep all kinds of ministries going and congregational financial computer programs can help in the administration of that activity.
For a congregation of a hundred persons, which is the average sized local faith group across America, the task of keeping track of financial records may still be able to be accomplished by a treasurer who keeps track of all records by paper. But a new age of consumer faith has arisen, and more and more large congregations are arising while the numbers of smaller faith groups which have not adapted to the art of culture speak begin to dwindle, the massive job of handling membership data cries out for excellent church tithing software. In countless counties in the United States, at least one congregation of over seven hundred and fifty persons exists, creating an ever growing market for church financial computer programs.
When looking for software that will manage congregational finances, few if any packages designed strictly for churches only deal in financial administration. Most church tithing software is part of an overall church management program for administering a number of different ministry aspects of the organization. But it is the responsibility of any faith based organization to keep excellent reports for any person that contributes to its ministry so that the person may have a tax record for the Internal Revenue Service. And while the Internal Revenue Service looks upon canceled checks or credit and debit records as a more trustworthy financial proof, the church record still remain a viable piece of documentation. Because so many churches today have a number of "pigeon hole" accounts for various ministries, Church offering software is vitally important to help in sorting out the desires of congregational members in where the money should be directed.
Most churches have a general fund or account where the largest contributions usually go. This account pays for things such as salaries, utilities, denominational dues, advertising, communion supplies, books, Bibles and a hundred other line item expenses. Many churches have a building fund or capital expense account where many members give above their regular giving to pay for an already constructed building or one planned for in the future. Then many churches have a mission's account in which missionaries in the States and around the world receive support and supplies for their endeavors. Of course many churches have niche accounts for food pantries, homeless ministries, youth projects and camps, men's and women's ministries and support for singles both young and old so the need for church offering software is great. "If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well." (James 2:8)
Using church tithing software can make giving records easy for staff people to see at any given church. The debate will forever rage about whether or not any staff person in a church should view individual giving records. With a few clicks of a mouse, a staff person can be swayed in how members are personally treated and approached, and that could be a violation of scripture in and of itself. So perhaps members should ask their congregational leaders who has access to view the reports generated by church offering software and why. Making public every move made regarding money makes any ministry more appealing and trustworthy to the general public.
As many churches continue to grow, the business of designing tithing software will continue to evolve because the methods of doing ministry are changing almost as rapidly as technology changes. For example many large churches now consist only of house churches and rarely do all the members get together for a corporate service. This method of doing ministry was almost unheard of fifteen years ago. Software for large churches can be expensive and a bear to master. On the other hand there are some good and relatively inexpensive congregational financial software companies that have products just for the smaller congregation. Without much computer experience or expertise, a congregational treasurer can quickly get a handle on the paper work lying around the house.