Online Giving Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why should I consider giving online?
Churches who desire to be relevant today listen to the "customer" (the audience). Journey is setting up online giving, because the internet is so widely used today. To promote Church from the internet is a huge advantage. One of the reasons to consider online giving is the convenience is holds for the giver. For example, Jim gives consistently on the weekend, but he has to be out of town 2 weeks of every month. When Jim sets up automatic donations, he is still able to give when he is out of town. Another reason to consider online giving is consistency of gifts to Journey Church. At Journey, our passion is to Love Jesus, Love Others, and Serve the World. In order to do that, we need more consistent gifts and givers. For example, Jim drops $50 dollars in the plate when it is passed. But he is out of town 2 weeks of the month. Jim was able to donate $100 to Journey in that month. With online automatic giving Jim would have had the opportunity to donate $200 in that same month. Jesus says that we are more blessed when we give than when we receive (Acts 20:35). We rob people of an opportunity to be blessed by God, when we don't offer creative on-ramps for giving.
How do I get Started?
You must first decide if you want to make a one-time donation or start automatic donations.
How do I make a one-time Donation?
If you want to give a one-time gift, click the donate button under "One-time Donation", you will be taken to our secure PayPal page, where you will be prompted to either enter some information or create a PayPal account in order to give your one-time donation.
How do I set up automatic donations?
If you want to start automatic donations, find the donate button under 'Automatic Donations", answer the listed questions and then click Donate. You will be taken to our secure PayPal page, where you will be asked to set up a free SSL-secured PayPal account.
How secure is online giving? Is it risky to put my info online?
Online giving is becoming more and more popular, and the security is greatly improving! "PayPal protects your financial information with industry-leading security and fraud prevention systems. When you use PayPal, your financial information is not shared with Journey Church. Once your payment is complete, you will be emailed a receipt for any transaction."
Will I get a year-end statement for tax purposes?
Yes, we will either mail, email, or hand it to you. Just like you would receive a year-end statement for you 'in-the-plate' gifts, you will get a year-end statement for you online gifts.
Can I give a one-time donation, or do I have to set up recurring donations?
You can give a one time gift by clicking the top Donate Button labeled one-time donation. If you are considering giving one-time gifts at any interval, consider making it easier on yourself by setting up automatic donations weekly, biweekly, or monthly.
Do I have to create a PayPal account? How much does it cost?
You do not have to create a PayPal account to give to Journey online; however, PayPal accounts are free and your personal information is SSL secured online. You can use your PayPal account to give to Journey, purchase from Ebay, Amazon, etc.
Do I have to give my credit card number?
To participate in online giving you must provide a credit card number. You have the option of only giving the card number one time while making a one-time donation, or you can create a PayPal account and your account will store your card information. Either way you choose, your personal information, including you credit card number, are never shared or distributed in any way. When you donate to Journey, we are only able to see your Name and Email address.
When will the donation come out of my account?
The donation is guaranteed to come out in the same business day. Although, most donations should post almost immediately.