Google Checkout and the Church

Giving through Google Checkout is a great short post on the Official Google Blog about giving to non profit facilitated online. This post along with Making it Easier for People to Tithe from Tim Stevens makes me think – of course, enable online giving for people in faith communities.

Here at Resurrection, we use Electronic Funds Transfer as an automated way of giving, but we do not currently support online giving. This year we placed our estimate of giving card online which is a step in that direction. Some have wondered about the participatory nature of giving as an act of worship. Is this taken away when one gives online or it is automatically withdrawn? We did recently place cards in the seat back in the worship space for an EFT Offering – so that those who have a donation automatically withdrawn can physically participate in worship.

2 thoughts on “Google Checkout and the Church

  1. This raises a historical question about the offering as an aspect of the worship service.

  2. Ben – I do agree that offering is an important aspect of the worship service, but does that mean actually delivering the cash or check in the service? Or could it be a symbolic act of a donation that is given online? I think that it is about the intention and heart of the one that is giving. I go back and forth on this topic

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