Online giving is a safe and flexible option and the easiest way to give to Christ Fellowship. This method allows you to schedule a recurring or one-time gift using a bank draft, credit card or debit card. If you choose to use your credit card, we encourage you to pay it off every month so as not to accrue debt. Here you can easily manage your giving amount and specify where the funds should be applied.
To begin giving, simply select the Give Online button on this page. The first time, you will set up your account and have the option of a donating a one-time gift or start a recurring gift. The next time you sign in, your information will already be available for easy future giving and you will have access to your giving history.
If you would like more information or have questions about online giving, contact our Financial Administrator, Jennifer Huffman, by filling out the “Just Ask” form on this page. You can also call the office at 423-349-0600.
Why do we give to the local church?
“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it…“
—Psalm 24:1 As Christ Followers, we believe that we are stewards of God’s resources because He is the owner of all that we have. Throughout scripture, we are reminded of the importance of giving back a portion of what God has so generously provided. His Word tells us that giving is an act of worship that should be done with a spirit of thanksgiving.
Why is giving so important?
We recognize that Jesus talked more about giving than the subjects of heaven, hell or prayer. In Matthew 6:21 and 24 Jesus says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” In Luke 6:38 He says, “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
How do we give?
We have several ways that you can give to God’s work through your tithes and offerings. You can give by check on Sundays. You can mail a check to our offices. You can give online or you can have an automatic draft. Please know that the online giving does not make a distinction regarding a debit card or a credit card. We do strongly suggest that no one use a credit card unless it is paid off every month. The Bible speaks in Proverbs 22:7 about “…the borrower [being] servant to the lender.” We do not wish the members of Christ Fellowship to go into debt by tithing on a credit card.
What is a tithe?
Leviticus 27:30 says, “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.” In Malachi 3:8-10 God speaks to His people, “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
What is an offering?
Christ Fellowship believes that we are mere stewards of what God has given us. Therefore, we see tithing as giving back what is God’s to God (and He lets us keep the other 90% to use appropriately). Any amount above 10% is considered an offering to God.
Online Giving Q&A
Why should I give online?
Giving online is a personal preference. Here are a few reasons we feel online giving is a benefit to you.
- It helps prioritize and plan your giving.
- It helps simplify your giving.
- It allows you to give consistently.
How can I give online?
Through the steps taken on our Giving Tab, you may give online from your bank account, debit card or credit card (Visa, Master Card, or Discover).
If we want to help people get out of debt, why does Christ Fellowship accept the use of credit card giving?
When used as they were originally intended, debit and credit cards can be an efficient tool for payments and purchases. Many people use them in place of checks or cash, then payoff the balance in full each month. For these people, we offer the option of using a credit or debit card for tithes. We strongly discourage anyone with ongoing credit card debt from using their credit card to make a donation.
Is online giving secure?
Yes. We’ve taken steps to ensure that online giving is safe and secure. All of your giving data is secured by SSL encryption. SSL is an acronym for “Secure Socket Layer”, a security protocol that provides communications privacy over the Internet. It is the same technology used by banks and e-commerce companies such as Amazon.com to keep your information safe and secure during transactions. For more information concerning the security of your transaction, click here
to visit the Pushpay security details. Christ Fellowship works with Pushpay to make sure your transaction processes smoothly.
Are there any fees involved with online giving?
You will not pay any fees with an online contribution. However, if you would like to cover the cost of the fees paid by the church, there will be a “Donor Pays Fee” selection available.
If I want to set-up a recurring contribution, what are my options for the frequency of my gift?
Your scheduled contribution can be made one time, weekly, bi-weekly, bi-monthly or monthly .
Once I set up a scheduled contribution, can I change it or delete it?
Select the Scheduled Giving Tab. In Scheduled Giving, you can disable your scheduled contribution, change your frequency, amount, banking information, or date.
I am not a regular attender or member, but I would like to make a contribution. Can I use Online Giving?
Yes. You can give a one-time gift with your bank account, debit card, or credit card (Visa, Master Card, or Discover).
How will I know that I set up my gift correctly?
Immediately after submitting your contribution, you will receive a message verifying your contribution.
When will contributions be taken from my account?
Contributions will be taken from your specified bank account within 48 business hours of the date you requested. This time frame allows the contribution to process through your bank and the church’s bank. If the date of your contribution falls on a weekend or a holiday, the transaction will be initiated on the next banking day.
How can I get a receipt of my online contribution?
You may print out your Giving History page as a valid receipt.
Will I still receive regular contribution statements from the church?
Yes. The church will continue to send year-end contribution statements to your address on file for tax purposes.
If I have additional questions about online giving that have not been addressed, who do I contact?
For any questions, concerns, or comments about the online-giving system, please fill out the form on this page or contact our Finance Department at 423.349.0600.