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Does your church allow for offerings thru the website

  1. NO - offerings should only be requested during service

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  2. No- We are just not comfortable doing it

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  3. No- we never thought about it

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  4. No - we have no website

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  5. Yes, but meant only for convenience of members

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  6. Yes, some good points - some not so good points

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  7. Yes, its a great ideal and has been a blessing

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  1. Salty

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    Does you church allow folks to give thur your church website? (eg paypal)
    why or why not



    Opps the thread title should have been Web offerings !
     
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  2. CoJoJax

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    Yes.

    I don't know the exact reason. I guess it's just convenience.. you know .. in case you forget to bring money for whatever reason to service.

    Or if you have the desire to give during the week!
     
  3. annsni

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    Nope - and DH and I run the website and have the final say. NO. We're not going to do it. If people forget their offering, they can mail it in or bring it the following week. Many people who use Paypal pay by credit cards and we do not want to encourage paying by credit (which is why we do not accept credit cards at all at our church - even in our bookstore). If someone wishes to bless the church, again, they can send it in the mail but everyone else should be around enough to be able to drop the offering in the plate on Sunday.
     
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    That's a good point about not wanting people to pay by credit - I never even thought about that.
     
  5. Salty

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    But keep in mind - many "credit" cards are actually cash cards. I use mine all the the time. It funny, I spend less with my card - credit or cash card - but the green cash burns a hole in my pocket.
     
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    Yes, because the world is changing the way we transact financial business.
    Many my age never carry cash or checks.
    I don't .... if a business doesn't accept Credit/Debit cards, I WILL NOT shop there!
    The only place we even write a check is to the church!

    We have a place to donate on our website.
    And if I could, I would allow a POS place in our church's vestibule.

    Another idea is to set up Automatic Electronic transfers of funds.
    This way when people go on vacation, they don't "forget" their pledge to the church.

    At one point, the church operated on bartering chickens and such.
    Then it moved to cash...
    There was a discussion when checks started to be used...

    NOW.. yrs later, another form of transferring funds has been formed.
    Electronic...

    I can tell you, for people younger than me, that I have talked to, Debit cards will be the main option in a few yrs..

    Like I said, I don't carry cash...
    Even the cashiers at our local grocery tease me.

    The way I see it, if a business cannot move into the 21st century, they should close up shop...

    Why would we want to limit the way young people (or old people) can give?
     
  7. sag38

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    I'm not sure it's good stewardship when you have to pay the fees that paypal and credit card companies charge you to accept electronic and credit card payments. Of course, that's just my opinion.
     
  8. SaggyWoman

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    It is an option.
     
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    I don't carry cash because with my parlyzed hands I lose it too easily. I used a Master Card everywhere I go, but, and a big but, we pay the account before any interest can be added......each month it is paid in full. That is the secret of using credit cards.

    Cheers,

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  10. Salty

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    My bank charges me NO fees for using my cash card. I realize thats not to say that others dont. But on the other hand, some banks charge for every check you write.
    Also, someone might go to the ATM to get $20 to put into church and be charged a $2 fee for the ATM use ....
     
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    Absolutely we do. When we instituted the system (we use eGiving) we saw a dramatic increase in the overall giving of our members. From an administrator's position, this has been a big win for our church. From a pastor's position, this has been a big win for our people.

    It makes it so easy and we have seen many who otherwise hadn't given consistently begin to build this important practice into their lives.

    As a personal testimony my wife and I are extremely busy on Sundays and would often forget to bring the cheque or who was dropping it in the bucket. Now we can enjoy the blessing of giving (we are reminded everytime a transaction is made) and honoring God consistently in our busy lives. It is truly a Godsend. (we also figure up how much our annual tithe through Visa would cost the church and give a cheque in that amount to cover our expenses.)

    I'm not against debt. I think debt, properly managed, can be a good thing. If you're going into the debt to pay your tithe that is an issue between you and God.

    We are always happy to refund someone's tithe if they so request it.
     
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    No - I think sag meant that the companies charge the "business" to receive funds through Paypal or credit cards. Paypal is 2 point something plus $0.30 each transaction and a lot of the amount can be eaten by them. Credit cards always charge a percentage to the receiving party to use credit cards - something like 2% - Amex is 4%, I believe. So is it being good stewards of the CHURCH'S money to accept credit cards and Paypal because they will be losing money in just being able to accept both.
     
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    See..

    Being the individual with the worst memory in the history of the world, I forgot my checkbook today for the 1,000,000,00th time.

    Thus .. I find myself donating online on the website to make up for it.

    :thumbs:
     
  14. Salty

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    I'm gonna tell Ann on you:laugh:
     
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    Did I hear something about irresponsibility here??

    Put it in your Bible - you shouldn't forget it then!
     
  16. Salty

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    But some say you should not put money on or in your Bible!
     

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