NIGERIAN CHURCHES HAVE JUMPED ON THE "CASHLESS" TRAIN AND HAVE INTRODUCED ELECTRONIC MEANS OF PAYMENT OF TITHE AND OFFERINGS.
For a few years now Nigeria has been pushing forward the idea of a cashless society. This aim is to help reduce theft and make the country more Tech savvy. Although, this is meant to be nationwide, it has being achieved to a certain extent in Lagos and other major cities like Abuja and Port-Harcourt. Supermarkets, hospitals, stores and other commercial entities have jumped onto the moving train but the one we never saw coming, was the church.
One of the conditions members of denominations have to meet anywhere in the world, is the paying of tithe and offerings. This has been a practice for generations mostly by cash, and large amounts by cheque but as the digital age is upon us, and no one even the church wants to be left behind. This is of course to their advantage.
Now, while you're in church on a Sunday or weekday service, you don't have to give cash, you can always make money transfers through your mobile device or with a POS (point of sale machine) but this is more common with the 'high class' churches.
At first, some religious people were indifferent to this new development, making reference to the time the biblical Jesus overthrew the tables at the temple and called it a den of thieves. Others felt it has made it easier for unscrupulous religious leaders to easily loot money from the congregation but the digital savvy worshipers saw it as its the best thing since sliced bread.
Like it, understand it, believe it or not, Churches are institutions like all businesses are and as one that receive a lot of finances, it seems like a good way to not only make it easier for the congregation but also those who work in the church because this completely eliminates the arduous job of counting of notes and suspected missing cash. Innovation doesn't just stop there. Churches do a lot of programs and events and are usually fond of printing fliers and distributing in the church and outside but these days, before or during an event, when the church wants to publicize it's events, they make use of social media platforms with the likes of Instagram and twitter ads. They also take advantage of social media by making their sermons live on Instagram, twitter and even YouTube. People can now attend church services from the comfort of their homes.
With the utilization of technology and modernization of lifestyle, everyone is jumping on the train of innovation. The truth is, in Nigeria, this will always be a controversial topic because it's not something that its citizens are used to; the vivid mixing of commercialization and religion but let's watch and see how this evolves.