How much does it cost?

It depends on which service you use. On average, you can expect to pay around 30 cents per transaction plus 3% of the total gift. Those costs may be slightly higher or lower based on the service. Depending on the service, their may also be setup charges and monthly fees. However, there are services that offer free setup and no monthly fee.

Learn more about transaction costs. 
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Is online giving scriptural? 

There are some who believe that taking an offering of anything other than cash and checks is not scriptural. I don’t want to dismiss this completely as I understand people with this viewpoint are trying to be faithful. I do have trouble finding scriptural support for any particular method of payment. We are no longer using the sanctuary shekel or bringing our livestock to the altar. Our currency and checking systems already look much different from anything in biblical times.

Read Pastor Will's Blog, "Can we talk about online giving?" 

Where do I start?

Getting started with online giving can be overwhelming. There are a lot of options and a lot of things to consider. We recommend starting with our list of Online Giving Definitions.

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