Online Giving Q&A’s

How does online giving work?

The online giving service allows you to deduct any amount you specify directly from a checking or savings account – the same as if you wrote a check.

Is this process safe?

Yes. The electronic payment is set up through a secure service that protects your account information. These transactions are governed by strict national rules and guidelines. Over four billion electronic fund transfers are processed in the United States each year.

lockMaking transactions online is safe, but you should be careful when giving out confidential information. First, always be sure that you are at a secure site. You can tell by looking for an image in your browser that is often located on the bottom right corner or next to the address bar and looks like a lock, similar to the image on the right. You will see in the address bar of your browser.

When would the contribution be deducted from my account?

The fund transfer will take place on the date that you specify on the signup screen. You may choose to make a one-time contribution or specify an automatic biweekly, monthly or other designated timeframe for the transaction.

Can I change the amount or time frame for automatic transactions?

Yes. You may change the amount that you want to give and the frequency of the transaction at any time.

Can I give to special mission projects as well as the regular District and Synod commitment?

Yes. You can choose to give to designated mission projects also. Please focus on one or two ministries only, and fund them with at least $1,000 each annually. We ask that designated gifts be no more than 50% of a congregation’s total commitment.

What are the benefits of giving online?

  1. This allows you to prioritize giving as the first fruits of income.
  2. You don’t have to worry about monthly paperwork, forgetting your gift or falling behind due to other obligations or when traveling.
  3. It helps the District in processing your gift.

Can I use a credit card?

Yes, but choosing a checking or savings account is preferred for best stewardship of resources. Processing credit card transactions is more costly than electronic check transfers