Selling Tickets to Parish Events

Nov 19, 2019

Have you ever experienced headaches while selling tickets to parish events? Most parishes have 5-10 annual events for which they need to sell tickets. Such events might include your Cana Dinner, men’s retreat weekend, or parish fundraising gala. And you want to make sure those tickets are always available to purchase, not just during parish office hours or when you can find volunteers to sell tickets after weekend Masses. What is an overworked, underpaid parish staff member to do?

Think about how much easier the ticketing process would be if you had a 24-hour solution to the problem, a box office that was open every minute of every day. Basically, we are talking about online ticket sales. There are dozens of online vendors that can help you with this and install a ticketing solution on your website so parishioners can purchase their seats in just a few clicks.

But how expensive are they, and what does it take to set them up? Luckily, there’s one that stands head and shoulders above the rest, both in terms of ease of use and price. We particularly enjoy using mainly because it only charges a 1% processing fee to non-profit organizations. It only takes a few clicks to sign up and then apply as a non-profit. After 24-48 hours, you’ll be approved and be selling tickets cheaply.

There are a few other things our team likes about First, they allow you to display the number of tickets remaining for any event. This can light a fire under parishioners as they see the number of available seats slowly dwindling. Second, there is a built-in messaging system so you can contact attendees with just a few button pushes. Third, you can “sell” tickets to a free event, just to keep track of seating and expected number of attendees. So if you are selling tickets to parish events… is the way to go.