We have made the decision to stop using eGive for online giving. First, we have very few people using the eGive option at this time and there is a flat monthly fee for it. Secondly, while initially eGive worked very well and was very cost-effective, their recent software changes have made using eGive more of a challenge. Finally, these upgrades have increased the reporting effort and time required by our financial staff.
If you are still one of the few people using eGive, we ask that you would please stop using it at this time and use the regular offering envelopes. Using regular offering envelopes will continue to enable us to provide annual giving records for you. If you do not already have an assigned offering envelope number please sign up for one at the Welcome Center.
At this current time due to the higher cost we’re not adding another digital giving option, but will review that periodically to determine when it makes sense to add in the future. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you have any questions please contact the church office.
How are funds withdrawn directly from my account?
Only with your authorization. Nobody can deduct money from your account electronically, unless you specifically authorize it.
Are electronic contributions risky?
No. An electronic contribution is safer than writing a check and it can’t be lost, stolen or destroyed in the mail. To sign up for eGive you are only giving information that is already printed on your check. National laws, rules, and guidelines govern all Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) transactions. Over four billion EFT transactions are processed annually in the United States. When you follow our link to the eGive website, you will notice the address returns the https URL indicating the site is secure.
When would this automatic contribution be taken from my account?
On the eGive online secure giving form, you can specify whether you want your contribution made one-time, weekly, semi-monthly, monthly or as designated. When the date you have selected falls on a weekend or holiday, the transaction will occur on the next business day; which is Monday through Fridays (excluding holidays).
Can I test this by giving one time?
Yes. You may test online giving by selecting “One-Time Gift” in the Giving Amount and Date section of the sign up process.
If I don't write checks, how do I keep my checkbook balance straight?
Our contribution is made on a pre-established day, so you can deduct it from your check record then and you will receive a general Email reminder thanking you for giving to TBC each time your giving is posted.
Why can't I give by credit card?
We chose to set up online giving through electronic funds transfer by check rather than credit card for two primary reasons: First with an electronic transfer by your checking account, your entire gift goes to the church. When using a credit card, as much as 4% of your gift would go to the credit card company. Secondly, although many pay off their credit cards each month, many also do not. We do not want to potentially put someone in the place of going in debt and paying credit interest on gifts given to the church.
How can I keep a record of the amount I have contributed?
First, your bank statement should include an itemized list of automatic gifts given from your account. Secondly, TBC will continue to provide you with a personal giving statement for your tax records, if you use your offering envelope account number. So if you want TBC to include your online gift with your personal giving statement, please enter your 3 or 4 digit envelope account number on eGive where you see “ID/Envelope Number”. Finally online you will also be able to run a report of your gifts from eGive at any time.
What if I change banks or accounts or want to change the amount of my contribution?
You can change your giving choices at any time, 24 hours a day/7 days a week, through the eGive web site.
How do I participate in the weekly offering if my contribution is automatically deducted from my bank account?
In 2 Corinthians 8, Paul wrote a commendation to the church at Macedonia that they first gave themselves to the Lord and then gave their offerings. The time of offering is a vital part of worship. If you choose to give online, we encourage you to use the time of offering to thank God for his glorious gifts and pledge to give yourself to Him.
Is there any charge to me from my bank to give online?
No. Electronic funds transfers carry no bank fees and this service is free to you.
Can I designate my giving online?
Yes, there will be a drop-down menu of church approved giving options, but you can designate your gift as you wish. You can designate between General Fund, Building Fund, Fellowship Fund, Missions and the option of “other”. If you select “other” please provide a description, so we can make sure we can designate your gift as you desire. Please be aware that IRS rules may impact excessive designated giving to items not specifically approved by the church as this has the potential for abuse. The church will report your gifts on your annual giving report as you gave them, but you must determine any tax consequences. Please do not use the online giving for making TMA lesson payments, TCS payments of camp registration payments. At this time it is only used to give your gifts and tithes to our church.
Who do I talk to if I have more questions?
If you have questions about giving at TBC, please contact our church financial office.