Tithes and Offerings
What is the difference between tithes and offerings? The word tithe literally means 10%, so a tithe is the first 10% of your income. This was often called the first fruit of the income. This meant that the first part of one’s income was set aside to God as an act of worship and trust in the God who provides. An offering is a gift that is given above and beyond 10%.
In Malachi 3:10, God says this: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
This is the only place in Scripture where God tells us to put him to the test. In other words, he’s saying, “Go ahead. I dare you. See if you can out-give me.”
Frequently asked questions
Does online giving count?
Yes, it absolutely counts. Those who prefer to give in the offering plate on Sunday mornings may still continue to give that way. However, making an online gift is also an act of worship in which we support the work of the gospel through a local church.
Is it safe to give online?
Yes, it is very safe. The online giving link connects you with our online giving provider. Our Officers have personally tested the system.
What types of accounts can I give from?
You can give online from your bank account or through a debit or credit card. However, we would discourage the use of credit cards for two reasons. First, and most importantly, we urge you not to go into debt to make a contribution. Second, the church incurs a 2-3% charge on all credit card donations, depending on which card you use.
Are there any fees involved with online giving?
As the donor, you will not pay any fees with an online gift. However, the church does incur a small fee for processing. It is more cost effective for the church if online donations are set up as bank account transfer rather than a debit card. And it is much more cost effective for us for you to use a debit card than a credit card.
Can I make one-time contributions and/or set up a recurring gift?
Yes, the system allows you the option of either making a one-time contribution or setting up a recurring contribution that is scheduled to process from your bank account or debit card. For recurring gifts, you have the option of giving weekly or monthly.
A note about Recurring Contributions: Should you want to make changes to your recurring contribution, including stopping them, simply send an email to email@example.com requesting them to stop the current payment schedule. Once you receive confirmation that has occurred, then you can go in the system and set up your new schedule/amount.
How do I make a contribution?
The step by step process can be found at FPCPooler.org/giving. On that page you will find screen shots of the two pages that you will be taken through in order to make your contribution.
Giving takes three simple steps.
At the Giving page of our website, click on the “secure link” which takes you to the contribution page.
In the first screen, (the URL will start with payments.saltsha.com) you will be asked to enter in your name, email address and donation amount. When you hit submit, you will be taken to a second screen to put in the actual account information.
In the second and final screen ((the URL will start with payments.saltsha.com) you will enter your account information, choose a date to give, and you must check the box authorizing the charge. Once you click “send payment”, the transaction takes place. You should receive confirmation via email within minutes.
Will I have to enter my account information every time to make a contribution?
No. You will have to enter your information for your banking account or card initially. After the first time, for a bank transfer you will simply enter in the last four digits of your checking account and for a debit/credit card you will enter in the security code from the back of the card and zip code.
Can I view my giving history?
Sure! You can view your contribution records by logging into the Members Portal on our website and clicking the “Giving” tab. Contribution information is typically entered weekly on Mondays.
If you have not set up your account for our Members Portal, simply click on the “Are you new? Create an account” button at this page: fpcpooler.org/members-portal. Once you have set it up, one of our staff will give you access.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
If you need assistance or have a questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org