How our Family Doubled our Giving without putting a dent in our Budget
We have a budget. We are mildly successful at living by the budget. It’s hard, not because we don’t make enough money but because we simply spend too much. Our tithe is literally at the top of our budget spreadsheet. However, we were not giving the budgeted amount. Not because we didn’t want to or couldn’t, but we were FORGETTING.
I’m not sure about you, but Sunday mornings are pretty hectic and I was always forgetting our checkbook. We hardly ever use our checkbook and most of the time I have no idea where it is. Knowing that I had committed to support the church I needed to do something. So, I decided to do what I’ve done with all of our others bills…pay online with Bill Pay. My bank, and I’m certain yours does too, offers a FREE service where you can set up paying your bills AUTOMATICALLY. Most of you probably already take advantage of this service, so why not use it for your tithe? As, I looked back over our giving, I noticed that in less than a year we had doubled our giving. No more excuses of forgetting the checkbook. Hey, it’s already budgeted and we’ve committed to it. Now, we just feel much better about being consistent in our giving and obviously its helps the church budget as well.
But what if I feel that putting my money in the offering plate is my act of worship? Yes, that is true and if you feel that is the best way for you to give then you should continue to do it. I do miss out on that particular act of worship, and yes I feel uncomfortable letting the plate go by each Sunday without putting anything in it. However, I think being able to be more consistent and actually give twice as much to the church overrides those feelings for me.
Currently, there are only a handful of people who give through Bill Pay. It is extremely simple to set up online through your bank. Here is how my bank works:
- Go to your bank online
- Go to the Bill Pay page
- Set up Spring Run Presbyterian as a new “Payee.”
- Use the Church’s address to have the check automatically sent:
6610 Woodlake Village Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23112
- Set up your Bill Pay with the amount you want to give.
- Set up a “recurring payment”. (for us, we give monthly)
- After you set it up, your bank will send a check automatically to the church. And it’s FREE.
If you have any questions or need help setting this up then feel free to contact me. I would love to help. And, thank you all for your gracious and sacrificial giving to Spring Run!
All for Jesus,
Brian FletcherTags: billpay, budget, giving, money, tithe