Finances are a major part of the world we live in. There are newspapers and television channels specifically focused on it. Income is one of the first things we ask about at a new job. The economy is even a central cog in determining who we elect to public office. Money is a big deal in our culture! And it’s really nothing new. You might be surprised to know that Jesus actually had a lot to say about how we manage our money, and because of that it’s something we love talking about at Harbor Community Church, if only because we’ve seen too many people weighed down by the trappings of debt and bad financial decision making. Perhaps that’s a feeling you know all too well.
The Bible teaches a simple money-map for how we should prioritize the wealth God entrusts to us. Simply put, we ought to:
- Give first
- Save second
- Live on the rest
Chew on that for a second; it’s really a fool-proof plan!
And as far as giving goes, we believe one place that God would have everyone give is the local church. The church was His invention to spread His message to the world and what you see at Harbor Community Church is one expression of that in this city.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is it safe to give online?
Yes. In many ways giving online is safer than writing a check because an electronic gift cannot be lost or stolen. The security of the system is continually managed by Fellowship One.
Q: What types of bank accounts can I give from?
You can give online from your checking account, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express. However, Harbor Community Church incurs the least fees when you give directly from your checking account, which we recommend.
Q: Are there any fees involved with giving online?
Not to you. You will not pay any fees with an online gift. In addition, online gifts are a more cost efficient way for the church to process donations.
Q: Can I make a one-time contribution?
Yes. The system allows you the option of either making a one-time contribution or setting up a recurring contribution.
Q: If I want to set-up a recurring gift, what are my options for frequency of my gift?
For recurring gifts, you have the option of giving weekly, every two weeks, twice a month, or once a month.
Q: Can I change my personal information or the amount or the frequency of my gift once I have set it up?
Yes. You can change or cancel your contribution at any time before the date of your next contribution. Simply log in to the system using your user name and password and make the necessary changes in the system.
Q: Can I review my donation history online?
Yes. The site will allow you to view the complete history of your contributions, given either online or otherwise. Once you’ve created an account, you will able to contribute immediately. However, for security purposes, before you can see any past contributions, we must manually connect your online account with your previous information. This is a one-time process when you initially create your account and is usually completed within a week. After that, you can view your history at any time. Click here to view your giving history.
Q: Will I still receive regular contribution statements from the church?
Yes. The church will continue to send year-end contribution statements to your address on file for tax purposes.
Q: When will contributions be taken from my account?
Contributions will be taken from your specified bank account within 48 business hours of the date you requested. This time frame allows time for the contribution to process through your bank and the church’s bank. If the date of your contribution falls on a weekend or a holiday, the transaction will be initiated on the next banking day.
Q: How will I know that I set up my gift correctly?
Immediately after submitting your contribution, you will receive an e-mail verifying your contribution.
Q: Does it matter which Internet browser I use?
No. Any browser will work.
Q: Can I use a debit card?
You can use a debit check card from Visa or MasterCard in the same way you would a credit card. Debit cards requiring a PIN are not accepted through the Fellowship One system due to the sensitivity of securely requesting a Personal Identification Number (PIN). To transfer directly from your bank account, ACH bank drafts (Electronic Personal Checks) can be used instead.
Q: I have additional questions about online giving that have not been addressed. Who can I talk to?
For any questions, concerns or comments about the online giving system, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a response from our staff as soon as possible.