When you study the Bible, it is very clear that God wants those who are followers of Jesus to give financial offerings to His Church. Jesus made it clear in his teachings that how we use our money reflects the priorities of our heart & that giving to His Church is one of the things that helps us to keep our focus on the things that are most important to Him.
For many years, giving financial gifts to the church was done exclusively during worship services as offering plates were passed. However, with changes in technology & the use of debit/credit cards as a primary way to pay for things, it has become clear that the Church needs to provide additional methods for people to give their gifts to God.
At Otterbein, we have many different methods available for people to give their gifts to God. We encourage you to use whatever method is most convenient to you & will help you follow Jesus’ teachings about giving to His Church.
Offering Plate/Envelopes in Worship Service
You can give using cash or check during the offering in the worship services. If you wish to designate a specific fund for your giving (General Fund, Building Fund, Local2Global), you will need to use an offering envelope. They are available in the seat backs in the Worship Center or you can pick them up at Connection Point in the lobby. If you do not designate a fund, your gift will be used in the General Fund.
Giving Kiosk in the Church Lobby
You can give using your debit/credit card at the Giving Kiosk in the church lobby. We have two Giving Kiosks which are located near the entrances to the lobby. The first time you use the Giving Kiosk, you will be asked to provide payment information along with a phone number and password. Once you provide this information, you will be able to use the Giving Kiosk in the future by simply providing your phone number and password.
When using the Giving Kiosk, you will be able to designate funds (General Fund, Building Fund, Local2Global). After completing your gift, you will receive an email receipt of the gift.
You can give Online using your computer or tablet by CLICKING HERE. Online giving is a simple, secure way for you to give a one-time gift or to set up recurring gifts using your debit and/or credit card or providing your banks routing number. It is a great tool to help assist you to give regularly & generously as you use God’s money to make a difference in our world for Him.
Giving on the OC App is convenient, secure and easy. Click on the GIVE icon on the bottom of the home screen on the app. The first time you give on the OC App, you will be asked to provide payment information along with a phone number and password. Once you provide this information, you will be able to use the OC App in the future by simply providing your phone number and password. When using the OC App, you will be able to designate funds (General Fund, Building Fund, Local2Global). After completing your gift, you will receive an email receipt of the gift.
Your Bank’s Online Bill Pay
You can also giving using your bank’s online bill pay feature. When giving this way, your bank will take care of everything for you. It is a great way to set up recurring giving so you can know for sure that your gift is given to the church with regularity.
Is My Giving Secure?
We use “Secure Give” for receiving offerings at the Giving Kiosk,
Mobile Apps, Online, & Text-To-Give. They are a very reputable
company who provides this service to churches all over the United States
using the latest technology for secure financial transactions. No
credit card &/or password information is stored at the church.
We believe your transaction & personal information is as secure as it
would be with any other major retailer or online service.
Can I use different methods to give using the same payment information?
Yes. We use Secure Give for the Giving Kiosk, Mobile App, Online Giving, & Text-To-Give. Once you set up the payment information for any one of those methods, you will be good to go when using any of the other methods.
How can I view a history of my contributions?
You will be able to view a history of your contributions by using the Online, Mobile App, or Giving Kiosk options. You can also go to MYOC & find a detailed contribution statement.
Who do I talk to if I have more questions?
You can call Rick Duesler, executive director of administration, 717.762.7147 or you can email him.