“You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.”
-2 Corinthians 9:11-12
At Bartlesville First Church, we have four membership expectations:
• To worship regularly.
• To continue to grow in your faith by participating in a short term or ongoing small group.
• To serve God with your hands, by volunteering in service to the congregation, the community and the world.
• To give in proportion to your income.
We don’t tell you how much you should give to support the ministry of the church, but the Bible teaches us to give a tithe or ten percent to God. For many, the tithe is just the beginning as they experience the joy of giving far more to God’s ministry through the church. We hope if you are currently not tithing, you will commit a percentage of your income and increase that amount as you are able in the future until you reach the tithe.
Electronic Funds Transfer Giving
For your convenience, Bartlesville First Church provides an easy way for your family to tithe via Electronic Funds Transfer (ETF). ETF is a safe, secure and easy method by which you can give to the church. By enrolling in ETF, your tithe can be drawn directly from your checking account automatically and at no cost to you. We do accept credit cards through ETF. You can enroll your checking account or credit card when you click on the “Enroll in EFT” button below.
ETF Frequently Asked Questions
What are the major advantages of electronic giving by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)?
EFT is all about convenience for you and consistency for the church. Electronic giving eliminates frequent check writing and helps members stay on track with pledges even when they are unable to attend services. The church in turn benefits from much-needed donation consistency and a reduction in the volume of check and cash contributions that must be handled and manually processed in the church office.
How does EFT giving work?
Contributions are transferred automatically from your checking accounts or savings account to the church’s bank account.
How are my automatic contributions deducted and transferred?
First, you sign and return an authorization form to the church indicating the amount you wish to contribute on a regular basis. Contributions are then transferred through the Automated Clearing House (ACH) network – the same network already used by families to make mortgage and utility payments or to receive payroll earnings and Social Security income. Direct debit goes by other names including Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), automatic payment, or simply, ACH.
When will my contributions be debited from my account?
A debit to your account will occur each month on the date you specify on your authorization form.
How will I keep track of contributions in my check register?
Since your contribution is made at a pre-established time, you simply record it in your check register on the appropriate date. Electronic contributions will appear on your bank statement.
What can I use to prove I made a contribution?
Your bank statement will show an itemized list of electronic transactions that can be used as proof of your contributions.
Is giving by direct debit risky?
It is certainly less risky than writing checks or carrying cash to church. To process electronic donations, the church uses Vanco Services, LLC – an established and high-regarded company that moves funds directly from church members to the church on the same day without any delay. Vanco processes contributions for more than 10,000 churches and nonprofit organizations.
How much does direct debit giving cost?
It costs you nothing and it costs the church very little. It is the lowest cost method of transferring funds.
What if I try electronic giving by direct debit and don’t like it?
You can cancel your authorization at any time by notifying the church.
How can I sign up for electronic giving by direct debit?
Complete, sign and return an authorization form to the church office.