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FAQ for Online Giving

What is Online Giving?

Online giving is a convenient way to support the ministries of Faith Baptist Church. The benefits of online giving include the convenience of being able to give from anywhere at a time that is convenient for you, not having to write checks, and the ability to set up recurring donations so you will not miss an opportunity to give when you are away from church.

Is there any other way to set up recurring donations to the church?

Yes. If your bank has an online bill payment service, you can set up your bank to automatically send a check to Faith Baptist Church, 8287 Tullahoma Hwy, Estill Springs, TN 37330. There are several advantages to using your own bank: you do not need to set up a PayPal account, you can easily manage the recurring donation from your bank's website, and the church is not charged any fees from PayPal for your donation. Otherwise you can use the PayPal system by clicking on the "Online Giving" graphic on the right sidebar.

How does the church process online donations?

FBC uses PayPal to process credit card and direct withdrawal donations and payments. PayPal handles all of the security necessary for processing the transaction, then transfers the money into the church bank account. The church receives an instant notification about the donation/payment via email. Our bookkeeper is able to enter donations into the normal giving record just like the donations given during church services.

How secure is online giving?

PayPal is a very secure way to make an online donation with your bank account or credit card. Since the information is processed on PayPal's secure website, the church will never see or have access to your credit card or bank account information. You can read more about PayPal's security features here.

How can I keep track of my online giving contributions?

At the end of the calendar year, you will receive a contributions statement from the church which lists all the donations you have given, whether online, by mail, or in person. If you have a PayPal account or are giving through your bank, you can also see a record of donations by looking at your account history. Payments made be credit card will say say "Faith Baptist Church" on your monthly statement.

Why is a "Shipping Address" mentioned in the PayPal online process?

The "Shipping Address" is the address that is emailed to the church so we can provide you with a contribution statement for your taxes. We are not able to change the wording on PayPal. We hope this clears up any confusion.

Why does Faith Baptist Church accept credit cards?

We accept debit or credit card payments because of the convenience and security that credit cards provide when sending money over the internet. It is never our desire that anyone go into debt to make a donation to the church.

Can I pay from my bank account instead of using a credit card?

Yes! The easiest way to donate directly from your bank account is to use your bank's online bill payment system through your bank's website. If this is not possible, you will need to create a PayPal account that is linked to your bank account in order to use this feature.

Can I make an anonymous donation?

PayPal does not have the ability to process anonymous donations. However, only the church bookkeeper knows who makes donations and the amounts of the donations.

Do I have to create a PayPal account to use online giving?

There is no need to create a PayPal account if you desire to make a one-time online donation or payment using your credit card. If you wish to make recurring donations or if you want to make payments directly from your bank account, you will need to set up a free PayPal account. Alternatively, you can use your bank's online bill pay system to achieve the same result.

Does it cost me anything to use online giving?

No, the service is completely free to you. You select the amount you would like to give. That is the amount that will be charged, and your entire donation will be tax-deductible. For the convenience and security of its service, PayPal keeps a small fee from the amount processed, and the rest of the donation is deposited in the church's account.

 

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