ONLINE GIVING

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MONEY WE GIVE?

God provides for the ministry of South Bay Church through your tithes and offerings. We also use the offerings to support other ministries locally and globally. In 2014, South Bay Church donated $65,000 to outside missions. In 2015 we plan to up that and give $140,000 to church plants in both local and global outreach.

We honor your gifts with faithful stewardship, ethical business practices, and full accountability so that the financial integrity of South Bay Church remains beyond reproach. South Bay Church has an annual financial review performed by an independent accounting firm.

WHY ONLINE GIVING?

There are multiple ways for you to give at South Bay Church. Each method allows for God’s work to be done as you are faithful to His calling to give back.

Online giving is a safe and easy way to support the ministries of South Bay Church. This system enables you to support the church by making a one-time contribution or establishing a recurring contribution through your debit/credit cards or bank accounts. (Chrome browsers are currently not supported with the online system).

3 Simple Steps

  1. Create a user id and password.
  2. Provide contact and bank or credit card information.
  3. Indicate the amount, frequency (one-time or recurring) and designation for your gift.

BENEFITS OF ONLINE GIVING FOR YOU AND THE CHURCH

  • Faithfully Honoring God. When you sign up to give online you are deciding in advance to faithfully give. God always blesses that kind of faith! The Bible teaches that we are to honor God with the “First Fruits” of our labor (Proverbs 3:9). By setting up a recurring contribution that is scheduled to come out of your account on the day you specify, you can ensure that your First Fruits are faithfully given back to God.
  • Simplicity. You won’t have to remember whether you gave this month or send in an offering by mail when you’re on a trip.
  • Security. We utilize an encrypted secure website for your online records. Online giving is more secure than giving with a check or cash because an electronic gift can’t be lost or stolen.
  • Focus. Instead of having to worry about writing a check and filling out an envelope during the service, you can be fully focused on the worship service, knowing that you have already given your offering.
  • Helping South Bay Church. Online giving is more cost effective for our church to process, and it makes our record keeping much easier.

For a more detailed explanation of why we should tithe, watch this sermon by Andy about generosity and tithing.

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OTHER WAYS TO GIVE

Use the “Bill Pay” feature of your bank.

You can use the “Bill Pay” feature of your bank to send checks automatically to our church. Just set it up to send checks to our office address at 1172 Murphy Ave. Suite 130, San Jose, CA 95131.

Stocks/Bonds/Securities

Appreciated Marketable Securities are a great way to maximize your giving, because you receive an immediate income tax deduction for the full fair market value of your securities. In addition, you pay no capital gains tax on the difference between your cost and the fair market value. 

For more information on giving stocks, bonds, or securities to South Bay Church, please email giving@southbaychurch.org
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Stewardship

Financial giving at South Bay Church can generally be divided into two categories: tithes and offerings. The Bible teaches us that we worship the Lord with our tithe, which is 10% of our income contributed to the church on a regular basis (Malachi 3:8-12 / Matthew 23:23). When we feel called to give over and above our tithe, we do so as an offering.

The ministry of South Bay Church is funded by God’s provision through the tithes and offerings of faithful partners and attendees. At South Bay Church, we honor God’s provision by exercising wise and faithful stewardship, ethical business practices, and full accountability so that the financial integrity of South Bay Church remains above reproach.

Our mission is facilitated through our system of internal controls over financial reporting and our internal budgeting and reporting processes. Additionally, South Bay Church has an annual financial review performed by an independent accounting firm.

Members of South Bay Church may request a copy of our most recent financial statements or ask general questions about our financial practices at any time by contacting us at giving@southbaychurch.org.

A NOTE ABOUT CREDIT CARDS

While we allow the use of credit cards for tithes and offerings, we still strongly encourage the use of electronic funds transfer rather than credit card for two primary reasons:

Although many pay off their credit cards each month, many also do not. We do not want to encourage someone to go into debt and pay interest on gifts given to the church. We offer the opportunity to donate by credit card as a convenience to those who manage their finances in a God-honoring way.

With electronic transfer, your entire gift goes to the church. When using a credit card, as much as 3% of your gift can go to the credit card company.

OUR POLICIES

Your information is held securely by the Fellowship One 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 giving@southbaychurch.org.

Annual statements are mailed in late January for the prior calendar year. If you have moved recently, please email your full name, former address, new address and phone number to giving@southbaychurch.org.

Read our security policy.

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