Giving FAQs


Q: What is online giving at ACC?

Online giving is the ability to give a donation or schedule a series of donations using your debit card, credit card, e-check, or Apple Pay via a Planning Center Online Giving account.

Q: What is Reoccurring Giving?

This is similar to a subscription. You can choose how often you would like an automatic donation to be made: one time (give now), weekly, every two weeks, monthly, or quarterly.

Q: Why do I have to set up a Planning Center Online Giving account and password in order to give online?

Setting up an account and password allows you to enter a highly secure environment for your transaction. Once your account and password are established, all of your personal information, including credit card information, is safe and protected.

Q: Are there any hidden charges or fees to give online?

There is a 30 cent transaction fee per ACH transaction. There is a 3% fee for using credit or debit. ACC covers all of these fees at the time of transaction.

Q: If we want to help people get out of debt, why do we accept credit card donations?

Used within the parameters, debit and credit cards can be an effective tool for payments and purchases. Many people utilize them in place of checks or cash throughout the month, and then pay off the balance in full. For those people, we offer the option of using a debit or credit card to give. However, we strongly discourage those who have ongoing credit card debt from tithing via a credit card.

Q: Can I donate stock to ACC?

Yes! You would need to call our local Edward Jones office and speak with Diane Warner at 410-360-4230, and she will give you the instructions to initiate the process to donate your shares to Arundel Christian Church. Edward Jones advised that you would need to use the verbiage “I would like to donate my shares of stock (# of shares) to Arundel Christian Church.” This way, 100% of what you donate is tax-deductible! If you have any questions, please contact Mack Ferrer at (410) 768-3007 or [email protected].

Q: Can I designate my gift to a particular fund?

Arundel Christian Church currently has a General Fund (tithes and offerings), The Next Five and Dollar Club.

Q: Should I tithe off my gross earnings or the net amount of my paychecks?

Scripture doesn’t use the literal terms “net” or “gross.” It’s more important to note that the spirit in which we give is of greatest value to God. He tells us in 2 Corinthians 9 that “each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give; not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Q: How can I keep a record of the amount I have contributed?

You can view your online giving record via your Planning Center Online Giving account. Your giving history is immediately available for viewing and downloading. The current year’s giving, as well as previous calendar years’ giving, is located in your secure account.

Q: When is the automatic contribution charged to my account?

You choose – one time, weekly, every other week (bi-weekly), monthly, quarterly, or yearly. You can set up as many schedules as you would like, so it’s possible to give a monthly gift as well as a weekly one. You can also choose what day of the month you’d like your contribution to be given.
*Note: Contributions may not show up on your bank account statement until 3-5 business days after your submission.

Q: What if I want to cancel or make changes to my online giving?

Not a problem. Login to Planning Center Online Giving account to cancel or reschedule at any time.

Q: Are there any other ways to give to ACC?

Glad you asked! You can text the amount you want to give to 84321 from your cell phone. You could also use our Church Center App (Just search Church Center in your smartphone’s App Store and enter Arundel Christian Church), our giving kiosks in our lobby, or the traditional method of placing your contribution in our offering buckets during the Sunday services. If you use giving envelopes in your chair back, please be sure to put your full name so we can get you an accurate giving receipt at the end of the quarter.

Q: What if I have more questions?

No problem! Feel free to contact Mack Ferrer at (410) 768-3007 or [email protected] and he will respond to your question as soon as possible.


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