Giving

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

- Matthew 6:21

Why we give.

God is generous and so he calls us to be as well.  What we do with what God has given us shows the world where our hearts are and helps proclaim the gospel. We want to glorify God with every area of our lives, and that includes what we do with our finances.
By using this site, you are agreeing that all donations you make to Fellowship Bible Church (“FBCVA”), whether using this website or otherwise, are subject to the Fellowship Bible Church (“FBCVA”) donation policy.

How to Give Online

1) Create a User ID and Password

Note: If you registered online for an event such as Vacation Bible School, or are a small group leader, you have already created a user ID and password.

2) Provide Contact and Bank or Credit Information

Caution regarding the use of credit cards for online giving: We strongly discourage using your credit card if you do not pay your credit card balance in full each and every month.

3) Indicate the Amount, Frequency, and Designation of your Gift

You can select a one-time gift or indicate a recurring contribution.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to give online?

Yes. In many ways giving online is safer than writing a check because an electronic gift cannot be lost or stolen. The security of the system is continually managed by our database provider, Fellowship One. 

What types of bank accounts can I give from?

You can give online from your checking account, Discover, MasterCard or Visa. 

Are there any fees involved with giving online?

Not to you. You will not pay any fees with an online gift. In addition, online gifts are a more cost efficient way for the church to process donations.

 Can I use a debit card?

You can use a debit check card from Visa or MasterCard, but true debit cards are not accepted through the Fellowship One system due to the sensitivity of securely requesting a Personal Identification Number (PIN). ACH bank drafts can be used instead for true debits.

Can I make a one-time contribution?

Yes! The system allows you the option of either making a one-time contribution or setting up a recurring contribution. For a one-time contribution, you can designate that the contribution should be made immediately or, for both one-time and recurring contributions, you can schedule the contributions to come out of your bank account on the date(s) specified by you. 

If I want to set-up a recurring gift, what are my options for frequency of my gift?

For recurring gifts, you have the option of giving weekly, twice a month, every two weeks or once a month. 

Will I receive contribution statements from the church?

Yes. FBC will send year-end contribution statements in January to your address on file for tax purposes. 

When will contributions be taken from my account?

Contributions will be taken from your specified bank account within 48 business hours of the date you requested. This time frame allows 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. 

What is Benevolence?

 The Benevolence Fund is supported through a monthly offering which is taken specifically for the purpose of providing financial assistance for persons or families who regularly attend Fellowship Bible Church and who have a legitimate need as determined by the Benevolence Committee under the oversight of the Elders.

Why should I give?

Giving benefits everyone. The Bible instructs us in how to give and it also encourages us declaring the benefits of giving. Maybe you have asked yourself the question, why is it better to give than to receive? In 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15 there are benefits declared to those who are charitable. Here are three reasons; it benefits others, it benefits you, and it glorifies God.

Can I give to a designated fund?

Yes, you can designate your gift to go to the general fund, benevolence, missions, capital improvement, and community outreach. We may also include additional funds at specific times.

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

Immediately after submitting your contribution, you will receive an email verifying your contribution.

Does it matter which Internet browser I use?

No. Any browser will work.

If I have additional questions about online giving that have not been addressed, who can I contact?

For any questions, concerns or comments about the online giving system, please fill out the form below or contact us at [email protected]. You will receive a response from our staff as soon as possible. 

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Gift Acceptance and Privacy Policy

Fellowship Bible Church (FBC) seeks to be a good steward of the resources which the Lord provides for the ongoing operations and ministry.

All donations to FBC are subject to the administration and control of the Board of Elders of FBC (“Elders”) and may be used for any reason or purpose consistent with FBCVA’s mission and purpose (as determined by the Elders in their sole discretion), regardless of any designation, restriction, or preference communicated by the donor. This policy supports the Elder’s role in overseeing the ministry of FBC as well as assists the church in demonstrating the necessary oversight for tax compliance. The Elders will strive to honor giver designations, restrictions and preferences if they determine they are feasible and appropriate in the Elder’s sole discretion.

To protect the interests of FBC and givers, the following items should be noted:
  1. Gifts including liabilities, hazards, or encumbrances will not be accepted unless approved by the Elders with specific approval of accepting such obligations.
  2. Gifts of real property, non-publicly traded stock, planned giving instruments, annuities, trusts, and similar contracts will only be accepted after the necessary due diligence review by FBC staff and advisors and then by a specific approval by the Elders.
  3. Designations, restrictions, and preferences over how gifts are to be used should not be made along with donations unless the Elders have previously approved it as a designated giving option.
  4. Givers are advised that FBC does not provide tax or legal advice regarding giving and encourages givers to seek the counsel of their professional advisors for such advice.
  5. Gifts made to FBC are completed gifts under the law and are non-refundable.

FBC does not sell, share, or trade our givers’ names or personal information with any other entity outside of FBC or send mailings to our givers on behalf of other organizations. However, unless anonymity is requested, gifts preferenced to support the work of missions may be shared with specific supported missions’ workers and their affiliated church or ministry.  Any requests for anonymity for missions support should be made by sending an email to FBC Executive Pastor, John Van Drunen at [email protected].

Security

At FBC, we use an online database called Fellowship One. This database/system allows us to provide access to your contribution records and allows you to make donations online. Fellowship One provides all of the security for the system and online giving. Fellowship One is used by churches throughout the country and has been fully tested.

There are two aspects of security related to the system. First, Fellowship One provides data security using the latest security technology. The following statement is from their security documentation: “[the system] utilizes the most current encryption technology to maintain the security of your data. Every parameter passed in the hyperlinks is fully encrypted. Additionally, the Login module handles passwords using what is known in technical terms as salted hash. In layman’s terms, this means it would take 50 computers (running constantly) continuously presenting password combinations four years to discover the password.”

The second aspect of security relates 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 contribution information. Before that can happen, we must manually link your previous information to the account you created.

In order to verify the authenticity of the account request, we will ensure that all of your data matches our current records (e.g., address, phone number, and email address). If there is any question, we will contact you via email before creating the link. Since this is a manual process, we will perform these steps approximately once a week, but if you would like to speed up this process, you can send an email to [email protected]

When you create your account, you will determine your own login id and password. If you forget your login id or password, you can have the system email it to you by entering the email address that you used when you created your account. If you need help or cannot remember the email address you used, you can contact us at [email protected] You can also change your password at any time.

Cancellation/Modification Policy

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 canceled. If you have any problems or questions related to this, please contact us at the following email: [email protected]