When God Stirs You to Give Beyond Your Tithe

The Bible teaches us that our baseline standard for giving is the tithe—contributing 10% of our income to the church. At FAC we know tithing has been a turning point for many people to experience the blessings of following Jesus.

When God stirs you to give beyond your tithe, that’s referred to as an offering. You may direct your offering to Benevolence, Missions, Building Fund and/or the General Fund. 

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Should I tithe based on my pre-tax or after-tax income?

Ever wonder what people mean when they talk about tithing on gross or net income? The most common view is that gross earnings are the amount of God’s provision, and the tithe should be based on God’s provision. Though scripture doesn’t necessarily use the literal terms “net” or “gross,” it is important to note that the spirit in which we give is of greatest value to God. He tells us in 2 Corinthians 9 that “each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give; not reluctantly under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Why do you accept credit cards?

Used within the parameters for which they were originally created, debit and credit cards can be an efficient tool for payments and purchases. Many people utilize them in place of checks or cash throughout the month, then pay off the balance in full. For these families, we offer the option of using a credit card or debit card to tithe. We strongly discourage those who have ongoing credit card debt from exercising this option. 

Can I review my donation history online?

Yes. Your MyFaith account will allow you to view your contributions for the current year as well as the previous year, given either online or otherwise. Once you’ve created an account, you will be able to contribute immediately. In some cases, before you can see any past contributions, we must manually connect your online account with your previous information. This is a one-time process that usually happens within a week of creating your account. After that, you can view your giving history at any time. 

How long does it take for my donation history to post online for review?

When you first setup your MyFaith account, your information will be linked to our existing database within a few business days. After this, you will be able to review your previous gifts to FAC in the online giving section of the website. Once your record is linked, future gifts will be posted and available immediately after your gift is received. 

Can I change my personal information or the amount of the frequency of my gift once I have it setup? 

Yes. You can change or cancel your contribution at any time before the date of your next scheduled contribution (once a contribution has been processed it cannot be canceled). Simply log into your MyFaith Account using your user name and password and make the necessary changes in the system. 

Why are some transactions attributed to my household and others attributed to an individual? 

All online giving transactions are always attributed to the individual whose MyFaith account was used to set up and process the transaction. This is because an account is used for one unique person and cannot be shared among multiple people. Paper checks processed by the church are usually attributed to the household. We anticipate this difference not being an issue for married couples filing jointly since it doesn’t matter whose name is on a gift for tax deduction purposes. Anonymous gifts are not recorded and are therefore not tax deductible. 

Will I still receive regular contribution statements from the church? 

You will not receive a printed contribution statement mailed to your postal address when you create a MyFaith account. Our website gives you the opportunity to print or download your statement at any time for the current year and past year. If you ever need a printed statement sent to you, please contact the church office or email accounting@lifeatfaith.tv.

When will contributions be taken from my account?

Contributions will be taken from your specified bank account within 2 business days 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.

How will I know that I set up my gift correctly?

Very shortly after submitting your contribution, you will receive an e-mail verifying your contribution and you will see it in your giving history online. If giving for the first time after setting up your account, you will be able to see past giving history in about a week.

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