Giving and Online Giving FAQs
Why is giving so important?
- We also recognize that Jesus talked more about giving than the subjects of heaven, hell, or prayer. In Matthew 6:21 and 24 Jesus says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” In Luke 6:38 He says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
What is a tithe?
- As Christ Followers, we believe that we are to follow God’s command regarding tithing. “Tithe” means “tenth” or 10 percent. Leviticus 27:30 says, “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.” In Malachi 3:8-10 God speaks to His people, “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
What is an offering?
- Chestnut Mountain Church believes that we are mere stewards of what God has given us. Therefore, we see tithing as giving back what is God’s to God (and He lets us keep the other 90% to use appropriately). Any amount above 10% is considered an offering to God. This type of giving is over and above and should also be done with cheerfulness.
Why do we give?
- Giving is a privilege. The storehouse spoken of in Malachi is what we consider the local church. By partnering our monies together, God’s work is done more effectively. Even Paul recognized this in the newly formed churches of the New Testament. He tells the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 8:13-15, “Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, as it is written: “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.”
How do I excel in giving?
- The apostle Paul spoke to the new churches about giving. In 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, Paul admonishes the Corinthian church, “Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” He prompted the believers to be generous. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 says, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” And in 2 Corinthians 8:7 he encourages, “But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”
How do we give?
- At Chestnut Mountain Church we have several ways that you can give to God’s work through your tithes and offerings. You can give by cash or check on Sundays, you can mail a check to our offices, you can give online, or you can have an automatic draft. Please know that the online giving does not make a distinction regarding a debit card or a credit card. We do strongly suggest that no one use a credit card unless it is paid off every month. The Bible speaks in Proverbs 22:7 about “…the borrower [being] servant to the lender.” We do not wish our congregation to go into debt by tithing on a credit card.
Online giving faqs
What is online giving?
Online giving is the ability to give a contribution or schedule a series of contributions using your bank account, debit, or credit card at chestnutmountain.org.
Why would I want to give online?
Security and convenience make online transactions an increasingly popular means of contributing to the Chestnut Mountain Church Ministry. Plus, this ministry enjoys administrative savings (manual check processing and record keeping add up in a hurry). You also can take advantage of the discipline that recurring donations can provide for your giving.
How do I get started giving online?
- Log in to MyCMC Portal at chestnutmountain.com (You will need an account first)
- Select My Giving. In this area you can
- Make a new donation
- Setup a recurring contribution (and manage existing recurring donations)
- View your Giving History
What is a reoccurring contribution statement?
This is similar to a subscription. You can choose how often you would like an automatic contribution to be made—weekly, every two weeks, or monthly.
Why do I have to set up an account and password?
Setting up an account and password allows you to enter a highly secure environment for your transaction. Once your account and password are established, all of your personal information is safe and protected. (None of your info is stored at CMC).
Are there any hidden charges or fees to give online?
No. You select the dollar amount for your gift. That is the dollar amount that will be recognized as your contribution. No costs or fees.
Can I use my debit card or credit card for my contribution?
Yes, as long as it's a MasterCard, Visa, or Discover.
Can I use an e-check check for my contribution?
Yes! In fact it’s the best way to give so that the church can avoid paying a 2.5% transaction fee that credit cards and debit cards charge.
How can I keep a record of the amount I have contributed?
You can view your online giving record from the MyCMC Portal at any time. You can view your contribution history from 6 months to a lifetime. There is also a print button so you can print a statement at any time. We also send quarterly and year-end statements directly to your home address.
When will the transaction go on my account?
You set the date when you want your bank account to pay or your card charged.
Can I give as little or as much as I want?
Donations must be a minimum of $5.00 and there are no limitations on the maximum amount.
What if I make a mistake and need to have a completed transaction reversed?
Any contribution scheduled can be canceled or modified up to two days before the scheduled date. Contact the church immediately so your situation can be handled appropriately if you need our help.
What if I want to change my online giving or stop it?
From the online giving window, select Cancel beside your contribution schedule. This will remove the transaction.
Who do I talk to if I have more questions?
Contact Pastor Tim at the CMC office, 770.967.3197 ext 239, or . He'll be glad to answer any questions you may have.