GIVE

Thanks for your interest in supporting the ministries of Westlight Community Church! Your financial support and generosity enable us to continue pursuing our vision:  Experience Heaven Together. 


There are two options for online giving:

  • Recurring Gift:  Set up automatic, recurring gifts using your checking account. Just create an account and you determine how much and how often. After each automatic transaction, an email will be sent to notify you of your contribution. To change your recurring giving amount, please sign in to your account and make the necessary changes.
  • One Time Gift:  Give a one time gift.

You can also give in person at our worship service. A offering basket is passed around before our final worship song.

Is Giving Biblical?

In the Old Testament, it was required that the people of God gave a tenth of their income regularly. However, in the New Testament, there is no reference to such a command, because Jesus raised the bar. As Christians, we are required to give all of ourselves to Him. This means we are now free to be generous.


For this reason, it is completely up to you. We encourage our congregants to commit to a percentage of their incomes and give regularly, whether if that is weekly, monthly, or annually.

Automatic Giving?

Some have a fear that when you are not actively sitting down to write a check, you might feel the impact of your gift a little less. Do not fret! After each transaction, there will be an email sent to you that will remind you of your support. However, if you like to give physically, there will be an offering basket passed around each Sunday morning towards the end of service.


God loves a cheerful giver, but the method of giving is up to you. Whatever allows you to give regularly and cheerfully, go with that!

WHY SHOULD I USE recurring Online Giving?

  • We are forgetful! One of our pastors admitted to not giving due to forgetting his checkbook at home. Online giving removes this problem.
  • Consistent giving. If you made a commitment to give a certain amount, setting up a recurring transaction will help you carry through on that commitment.
  • Discipline. Consistent giving pushes us to be more dedicated to God in our finances rather than just giving whatever happens to be in our pockets.
  • Saves Time. The online giving form is extremely easy to fill out. If you set up a recurring transaction, you only need to do so once and the system does the work for you the rest of the year.

How does the church benefit from recurring Online Giving?

When the leaders plan for the year, it is difficult to plan accurately when we don't know if giving will rise or drop each month. Recurring giving gives the church a better tool to plan for the coming months.


For a small church like Westlight Community Church, each person's offering goes a very long way. If one misses an opportunity to give due to vacation, sickness, or just from being busy serving in one of our ministries, the finances of our church suffer. 


Recurring Online Giving takes away the guess work and set-backs in our planning!

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW IT WORKS

Q: How do I give online?

A: Go to www.westlight.org/give and click on "Click To Give" Once the online form appears, simply follow the easy-to-understand instructions.


Q: What payment method can I use to give online?

A: We accept debit cards and bank account transfers. We do not accept credit cards because, we do not want you to go into debt for the sake of tithing. If this is your first time giving, feel free to utilize your debit card. This option is available for your convenience. However, if you plan on becoming a regular giver, due to the fees associated with debit card transactions, we ask that you switch to using ACH bank transfers. Bank account transfers have the lowest fees so we are able to make the most of your gift.


Q: How much does it cost for me to give online? Are there any hidden fees?

A: Other than your donation amount, there are no additional fees or costs for you to give online. In other words, the amount you select to give will be the amount transferred from your bank account. And this amount will be recognized as your donation amount. There are certain fees that Westlight Community Church incurs to process your online donation, but we do not pass these fees on to you nor deduct them from your donation amount.


Q: Can I set up a recurring/ongoing donation?

A: Yes. You can set a recurring schedule of weekly, every two weeks, or monthly. You can also choose to make a one-time donation.


Q: How do I change my recurring giving amount?

A: Sign in and make the changes. With our current system (Planning Center Giving), all you need is your email address to log in. Once you enter the giving form page, click on the "Log In" button on the top left of your screen. Type in your email address, and submit. Check your inbox to find an email from Westlight Community Church. There is an active link in that email that will take you to your account page. This link is good for 30 minutes, so make sure you access your account page within 30 minutes of receiving that email.


TAX RELATED QUESTIONS:

Q: Is my donation to Westlight Community Church tax-deductible?

A: Westlight Community Church is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation to Westlight Community Church is tax-deductable to the extent allowed by law.


Q: How will I receive documentation stating that my gift is tax-deductible?

A: Every time a transaction occurs, you will receive an email that you can print. This email will serve as your giving statement. You can also look at your giving history on your account page. You can access this page by following the directions on "How do I change my recurring giving amount" above. 


MORE QUESTIONS?

Q: Who do I talk to if I have further questions regarding online giving?

A: Different questions require different people to answer.  Feel free to send your questions by email to Pastor Kats (kats@westlight.org) and he will get your questions answered by the most qualified person!