Tithes and Offering
Thank you for using The Grove's online giving option to join us in our mission of reaching people with the life-giving message of Jesus. As many people enter into a new-found relationship with Christ, please know that it couldn't happen without your generosity. We are truly grateful for your donation and hope the convenience and simplicity of online giving will be helpful to you.
Financial giving can be divided into two categories: tithes and offerings. The Bible teaches us that we worship the Lord with our tithe, which is ten percent of our gross income contributed to the church on a regular basis. When we feel called to give over and above our tithe, we do so as an offering.
Why Is There A Transaction Fee?
There’s a small transaction fee (2.9% + 0.30 per transaction) that is assessed for the convenience of receiving online payments through PayPal. This fee is automatically figured in and reflected when you enter the amount. Seeing as the primary use for online giving is for those that Tithe, we add the transaction fee (instead of incorporating it) to the amount designated for integrity purposes.
You can play with the numbers to get an even amount. Let's use $100 as an example because it's easy to work with mathematically. $100 tithe means you got paid $1,000 (before taxes). When you enter $100 to the right though, you see that your total comes to $102.56 because of the transaction fee. You decide that you want an even $100 total though, so you enter $97.50. By reading this, you're aware now that you're not truly giving 10% of your Gross income to the local church, you're giving 9.75%... the rest goes to PayPal.
The word "tithe" literally means "ten percent," not 9.75% By adding the fee - we maintain a clear conscience, knowing that we're not "cheating God."
No, you're not "tithing" 12.2% in the end... with a $1,000 paycheck, 12.2% would equal $122. You're not the only one that's asked.