Why give?

It’s a personal preference, but here are a few of the benefits:

  • Step of faith - Deciding in advance to give faithfully.
  • Simplicity - You will not need to remember if you gave this month or pay period, or send your offering checks when you are out of town.
  • Security - Online giving is more secure than giving with a check in that an electronic gift can't be lost or stolen.
  • Tracking - View your giving history online and print out your contribution statement.
  • Consistency - Keep giving even when you’re not at church or if you forget your checkbook.
  • No Distractions - Instead of needing to worry about writing your contribution check during the service, you can be fully engaged with the worship service, knowing that you have already given your offering.
  • Helping Bay Area Baptist - Online contributions require less processing from our administrative and volunteer staff since the information is logged to your donor record and deposited automatically. It saves the church work, time and money.

Can I set up recurring giving?

Yes! In fact that is best. Once you create an account, click the "Scheduled Giving." You can specify whether you want your contribution made:

  • Monthly (1st of month)
  • Monthly (16th of month)
  • Twice per Month (1st & 16th)
  • Twice per Month (5th & 20th)
  • Weekly (Every Sunday)

Can I designate my giving?

 Yes. The donation page will contain a few pre-set funds for you to select.  The following are the designations:

  • Tithe (General Fund): 
    Supports the daily operating expenses of Bay Area Baptist Church.
  • Missions:
    Supports the spreading of the Gospel throughout the world by investing in the missionary works supported by Bay Area Baptist Church. 
  • Building Fund: 
    Funds the ongoing campus development of Bay Area Baptist Church.
  • Children's Ministry: 
    Supports the children's ministry and the events of the children's ministry (only used for specific reasons//typically give to general).
  • Youth Ministry: 
    Supports the Youth ministry and the events of the Youth ministry (only used for specific reasons//typically give to general).

If you do not see the fund that you would like to give to then you can always give to the general fund and then email the church office to make sure it is designated to the right spot.

How can I participate in the service if I gave online?

During the offering you can use the offering envelopes and simply write "I Gave Online" on the front of the envelope. There is no need to write your giving amounts on the envelope if you are giving in this way.

Is it safe?

No debit card or bank account information is stored or logged on any system housed at BABC - this information is passed straight to our payment processor and always communicated over encrypted communication channels.

We use 256 Bit SSL technology for data transactions. All personal, credit card, & bank information is submitted using 128 bit encryption. There is no stronger form of protection than this encryption and by doing this, we eliminate the possibility that someone might "tap" the line and extract your personal data from it.

As required by the PCI Security Council and all processing banks, our online giving is fully PCI DSS Compliant (Payment Card Industry - Data Security Standards). This means our online giving conforms to the highest set of security standards in the payment card industry.

Why give?

Giving is an essential part of who we are as Christians. We believe that all we have comes from God - that we are managers of God's money as opposed to owners of our money.

Jesus talked about money more than anything else because it is the #1 roadblock regarding intimacy with God. We will walk in freedom when we give generously and with grateful hearts.

Why do we tithe? The Bible says, The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives. (Deuteronomy 14:23) Tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have. It is also God’s personal invitation to an outpouring of his blessing in your life.

In Malachi 3:10, God says this: “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith," says the LORD Almighty, "if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” This is the only place in Scripture where God tells us to put him to the test. In other words, he’s saying, “Go ahead. I dare you. See if you can out-give me.”

Is God wise? Do you trust him? These are two fundamental questions behind the act of giving. If God is wise, then you should listen to what he says about financial stewardship. If you trust him, then you should trust him with all aspects of your life, including your finances. So go ahead. Accept God’s invitation to put him to the test. Start tithing faithfully and watch what he does in and through your life.

Below are some questions that pertain to giving but not necessarily to "online giving." If you have any question regarding giving please do not hesitate to contact us.

 What is a tithe?

The word tithe literally means a tenth. It refers to giving the first 10% of your income to God’s work. We believe designating a percentage of one's income in this way is like training wheels for nurturing a generous heart.

Do you encourage year end gifts?

Special one-time, year-end gifts can be a symbolic response of a renewed focus and commitment. This faithful act changes the giver from the inside out. We encourage you to consider splitting your holiday budget between buying presents and making a special offering. Think of ways to be generous to those in need as well.

Can I make a Non-Cash gift to Bay Area Baptist?

Non-cash gifts like stock, mututal fund shares, bonds, life insurance & annuities provide a way to make a significant gift to support the ministries of Bay Area Baptist without affecting your day-to-day budget. Tax benefits are possible as well. Bay Area Baptist has a brokerage account to process these important gifts. Please contact Aaron Tiangco with questions and/or to facilitate a non-cash contribution.

How do I give to the church through my will or estate plan?

Charitable gifts are often a significant part of effective estate planning and stewarding your resources to leave an eternal legacy. There are several ways to arrange for a gift, the most common is through a Last Will & Testament (aka Will). If you don’t already have a Will, it is wise to prepare one. Without a Will, your assets & belongings are distributed according to state laws, whether or not they coincide with your wishes. 
As you prepare your Will, you must clearly state your intentions to make a gift to Bay Area Baptist Church. Many people set aside a specific dollar amount. Others leave a percentage of their estate. Some give property like a car or home. Others leave a paid-up life insurance policy or another financial investment like stock or mutual funds. You can even name the church as a beneficiary of your retirement plan. 
It is wise to seek the assistance of a professional such as a lawyer, financial planner, trust officer, etc. in planning a gift. He or she can also discuss the tax implications of your gift with you. The Stewardship Director is also available to help facilitate a planned gift to the church. However, it is your decision whether or not you inform the church of your plans.

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Your information is held securely. This information will remain private and will never be given away to third parties, other than to process your scheduled contributions.