As people are increasingly paying bills and conducting commerce over the internet, DHEFC has chosen to make giving online available to those who are interested.
We believe that living “debt free” is a worthy goal for all Christians.
Online giving does involve the use of credit and debit transactions and makes no distinction between the two. You may also utilize electronic funds transfer (EFT). Every giver should exercise care and concern in using credit cards for giving. We offer this option only as a convenience and not as a way to circumvent sound biblical money management principles or incur debt.
You are free to give via the weekly offering in the worship service, by mailing your contribution in to the finance office, or now by the internet. We welcome you to give whatever God has called you to, however God has called you to.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why do we give?
“Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops…”(Proverbs 3:9)
Jesus taught that our money is an indicator of our hearts and Paul taught that if we are loved by God and love Him in return we would give cheerfully, sacrificially, and regularly.
Dix Hills EFC teaches that God is the owner of everything, including our money and possessions. When we give, we give back to God what He already owns. Our giving is an indication of trust, discipleship, and commitment. We believe that “tithing” (giving 10% of your income) is a great starting point to learn generosity and God’s ability to provide for your needs. We don’t believe that there is a prescribed amount that you are required by God to give. What the Bible does teach is that it should be 1)regular and consistent, 2)proportional to your income (%), and 3)that it should not be coerced or manipulated, but freely given.
How does my giving support the church? The Dix Hills Evangelical Free Church prepares and adopts an annual ministry plan. This plan is carefully prepared with detail planning spanning many months. The ministry plan is an operating tool that guides our church in ministry, missions, and operations. It is important that every member and attendee understand their God-given role in supporting the financial needs of the church through systematic giving to the church. Giving envelopes are provided to each church family upon request and provided in the church sanctuary & foyer.
What is online giving? 1. An Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) program which allows you to make contributions without writing checks
2. A debit/credit card option for giving to the church.
The amount of recurring gift I want is not listed, what can I do? The PayPal service does not allow for a user-specified amount in their recurring gifts. If you would like to have a different option available, we can add an option for you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, our financial secretary. He will alert us anonymously to set-up additional giving options.
What is the advantage of online giving? It saves time! It saves work! It simplifies your life! You can avoid the hassle of writing and remembering checks. It can also help your consistency and faithfulness in giving.
How is my Online Giving automatically deducted from my account?
Once you authorize the EFT transfer, your specified contribution is electronically transferred directly from your checking or savings account to the church’s account. Options include a one-time, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly transaction.
If I do not write checks, how do I keep my checkbook balance straight?Since your contribution is made at a pre-established time, you simply record it in your check register on the appropriate date.
Without a canceled check, how can I document my contribution?
Our bank statement gives you an itemized list of electronic transfers. It is your proof of contribution. The church will also record your gift and send you records of your contributions on an annual basis. These records are appropriate for tax records.
Is Giving Online risky?
Online Giving is less risky than handwritten checks. It cannot be lost, stolen or destroyed in the mail. It has an extremely high rate of accuracy and, is easier for the church accounting office to process.
How much does Online Giving cost?
It costs you nothing and saves you time. The fee to the church is nominal.
What if I try Giving Online and don’t like it?
You can cancel your authorization at any time by clicking the Unsubscribe button. If you have questions about it, you can contact the office too.