First Hurst recognizes the biblical responsibility of believers to invest the resources entrusted to us in support of the Gospel. We provide multiple ways to give through the ministry of this local church. We're grateful for the faithfulness of God's people, as your financial gifts impact lives daily for God's glory.
Preferred Giving Methods
1. Cash or check in a Sunday worship service or through the office during the week.
2. Online through your bank's "Bill Pay" service. Be sure to include a memo line with instructions for how your gift is to be applied.
3. Online, Mobile, or Text ECheck ACH through SecureGive (instructions below).
4. Online, Mobile, or Text debit/credit card through SecureGive (instructions below).
First Hurst has partnered with SecureGive to faciliate simple digital giving via ECheck ACH (an electronic draft from your bank account) or debit/credit cards. You can make a one-time donation or setup a recurring gift. There are 3 ways to give digitally.
Online Giving FAQ's
We understand that you may have questions about Online Giving, so we have included below some answers to Frequently Asked Questions about giving online.
Q: Why online giving?
In our web-based society, people are growing more and more accustomed to handling their finances online. The number of Americans who bank online has continued to grow exponentially. Many of the people who perform their financial interactions online find it increasingly difficult to remember to mail a check or bring their gift to church. Our hope is to meet people where they are and enable them to fulfill what God is calling them to do.
Q: What are the benefits of giving online?
The online giving process will benefit both you as the giver and the church as the receiver. You benefit from the ability to create a giving schedule that fits your lifestyle. You're always in control of your giving through your SecureGive account. Online giving is fast, convenient, and consistent. When you're out of town or unable to attend a service, you won't have to worry about the commitments you've made. In addition, the church will benefit from the decreased time and cost required to process these transactions as compared to paper checks.
Q: How do I participate in the weekly offering?
You may choose to give through your mobile device or tablet at the time of the offering. If you wish, you can write “I’m giving online” on a giving envelope and place it in the offering plate, but it's not necessary.
Q: What security is in place?
When you're entering and viewing Online Giving information you're using our tool’s secure servers. All your information is encrypted prior to being transferred, and sensitive stored information is encrypted in our Online Giving database. There is no stronger form of protection than encryption, and by doing this, we eliminate the possibility that someone might "tap" the line and extract your personal data from it.
Q: Are electronic contributions risky?
No. An electronic contribution is safer than writing a check, and it can't be lost, stolen, or destroyed in the mail.
Q: How does online giving work?
You decide how much to give, and you decide when it's withdrawn from your account. At any point in the process, you are given an opportunity to cancel and exit from Online Giving, if necessary. Be assured that your account information is not shared with anyone else.
Q: Can I give to multiple purposes?
Yes. You'll be able to give to the Budget, Missions, Embark, or to an Other specific designated fund.
Q: How can funds be withdrawn directly from my account?
Only with your authorization. No one can deduct money from your account automatically unless you specifically authorize it. You're always in control of your giving through your SecureGive account.
Q: When would this automatic contribution be taken from my account?
You can specify when and how often you want your contribution made.
Q: If I don't write checks, how do I keep my checkbook balance straight?
Your contribution is made on a pre-established day, so you can deduct it from your check record then.
Q: Can I give by credit card?
Yes, major credit cards are accepted. However, the church incurs lower processing fees for debit card or ECheck ACH (like an "electronic check") transactions. If giving by credit card, please consider adding 2-3% to your gift to cover the processing fees.
Q: How can I keep a record of the amount I have contributed?
Your bank statement will include an itemized list of automatic gifts given from your account. All Online Giving transactions will appear there. Additionally, your SecureGive account will allow you to view your contributions history online.
Q: What if I change banks or accounts or want to change the amount of my contribution?
You can change your giving choices at anytime online.
Q: Is there any charge to me from my bank to give online?
No. You should incur no banking fees associated with your online gifts.
Q: Who do I talk to if I have more questions?
If you have questions about giving online, contact Tammie McDuffie by email or by calling the church office at 817.282.3628.