Idlewild Baptist Church has online giving available to those who desire to use it. Idlewild strongly teaches that living “debt free” is a worthy goal for all Christians. We offer online giving only as a convenience and not as a way to circumvent sound biblical money management principles or in any way to incur debt. Users of online giving are responsible for setting up and controlling their online giving options themselves. They can designate where their giving goes (general fund, building program, missions, etc.) and the frequency in which they give. They will be able to constantly track their online giving by logging in and viewing their history. Note online records will not reflect any manual giving. Online giving is secure and tax deductible. Online giving allows you to set-up your giving using either a debit card or an automatic bank draft to your account. You are free to give via the weekly offering in the worship service, by mailing your contribution in to the office, or now by the internet and we welcome you to give whatever God has called you to, however God has called you to. If you do give online, you may desire to place an empty offering envelope in the offering plate. Simply write on the front of the envelope “Give online.” There is no need to write your giving amounts on this envelope if you give online.
Benefits of online giving:
- You can prioritize giving in your budget. The Bible indicates giving is to be a “first” and not a last or leftover matter in my life (Proverbs 3:9-10). It is easy to let our standards and intentions be compromised by the press of expenses and billing cycles. With online giving, your giving is done automatically.
- You can increase your faithfulness. Have you ever forgotten your gift, left it at home or pledged to double it in the future? Have you had times where you have fallen behind because of travel and other schedule interruptions? Online giving provides a way to strengthen your faithfulness.
- You can help your church. Through online giving, you expedite your gift, simplify our accounting, and strengthen our base of regular support.
- You can encourage faith and faithfulness in the lives of fellow believers. As you plan and prioritize your giving, you will lead the way for others to grow and mature in their spiritual stewardship. Being a forerunner in this new area of planned giving, you can provide personal testimony and example for others to follow.