Financial giving at Bridgeway Church can generally be divided into two categories: tithes and offerings (Deut 12:11, Mal 3:8). The Bible teaches us that we worship the Lord with our tithe, which is ten percent of our income contributed to the church on a regular basis.
When we feel called to give over and above our tithe, we do so as an offering. The ministry of Bridgeway Church is funded by God's provision through the tithes and offerings of faithful members and attendees. At Bridgeway Church, we honor God's provision by exercising wise and faithful stewardship, ethical business practices, and full accountability so that the financial integrity of Bridgeway Church remains beyond reproach.
There are numerous safe and secure ways to give at Bridgeway Church. Each method allows for God's work to be completed as you demonstrate your faith and give a portion of your blessings to others.
The first way is “Cash”. On Sunday take advantage of an envelope provided to secure your donation and to provide your name to update your giving record for tax purposes. All loose cash is given to the General Fund.
The second way is by “Check”. This method provides you with a record of your gift and provides the Church with the necessary information to update your giving record and to properly designate your donation.
The third way is by “Bill Pay” through your bank. As we move more towards internet banking, this method provides a safe and secure means to give your donation. Under this method your bank mails a “Check” to the church. This provides you with the ability to establish your giving on a recurring basis without having to remember to bring your checkbook to Church. It is safe and secure and provides you with the ability to designate your donation and to provide you with a record of your donation.
The fourth way is to use “Online Giving”. Online giving is a safe, secure and convenient way to support the ministries of Bridgeway Church. This secure system enables you to support the church by making a one-time contribution or establishing a recurring contribution. With online giving you have the option of using a credit card or giving directly from your checking account (Called an ACH transaction) The steps are simple.
While we allow the use of credit cards for tithes and offerings, we still strongly encourage the use of checks or electronic funds transfer rather than credit cards for two primary reasons:
At Bridgeway Church, we use an online database called Tithe.ly. Tithe.ly's system allows us to provide you access to your contribution records as well as allows you the convenience to make donations online. Tithe.ly provides all of the security for this system. Tithe.ly's system is used by churches throughout the country.
There are two aspects of security related to their system. First, Tithe.ly provides data security using the latest security technology. Second, is security related to account creation. When you first create a new account in the system, you will be able to donate immediately, but you will not have access to any previous information to the account you created.
Online Giving Privacy Policies and your information is held securely by the Tithe.ly system. This information will remain private and will never be given away to third parties, other than to process your scheduled contributions. You can schedule new contributions at any time and can modify or cancel those contributions at any time prior to the date they are scheduled. Once the contribution has been processed, however, it cannot be cancelled. If you have any problems or questions related to this, please contact us at [email protected].
Annual statements will be mailed upon request. If you have moved recently, please contact Heather at the church office at 678-942-1100 or you can email your request. Please include your full name, former address, new address and phone number to [email protected].