With Fall break and Thanksgiving break coming soon, kids will have more free time on their hands. Wouldn’t it be great to give them wholesome, faith-based kids’ tv shows to watch in their spare time? (more…)
Here are this week’s top deals, brought to you by Faithlife Ebooks. For more deals, visit our sale page or get our Free Book of the Month. Some of these deals are only good for a few days, so act fast to get these books at the sale price!
Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety: Becoming a Woman of Faith and Confidence
Play to Their Strengths: A New Approach to Parenting Your Kids as God Made Them
Learn how to move with the natural momentum of your kids’ talents to replace your parenting frustration with joy by shifting the focus to what’s right with your kids instead of what’s wrong with them. You’ll go from being a good parent to an even greater parent.
One Minute After You Die
Erwin W. Lutzer writes, “One minute after you die you will either be elated or terrified. And it will be too late to reroute your travel plans.” Lutzer weighs the Bible’s words on life after death and preparing for your own final moment.
In Honestly, Sheila Walsh takes you on a journey past the walls that most people put up. With rare grace, Sheila shares the story of her pilgrimage—the journey of a soul as it moved from hopelessness to honesty to freedom, and, ultimately, to a life of deepened faith and joy.
If you are a fan of faith-inspired books, make sure to join the Faithlife Ebooks group where we post regular ebook deals, author interviews, and more.
October’s Pro Media bundle is packed with the perfect designs for your holiday sermons, presentations, and more.
Pro Media is a game-changing add-on for Faithlife Proclaim that has 15,000+ motions and stills, and we’ve added even more to help churches prepare for every holiday celebration. You can focus on ministry, and let Pro Media make everything look awesome.
If you subscribe to Pro Media through Faithlife Proclaim or Faithlife Sermons, this content is added directly to your media collection.
Check out October’s new designs.
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The Bible establishes specific qualifications for pastors (see 1 Pet 5:3, 1 Tim 3:2–7, Titus 1:8, Eph 6:4). But above all, they are to “set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Tim. 4:12)—a tall responsibility.
Today is Pastor Appreciation Day, and to honor the work pastors do for the sake of the gospel, we’re sharing about four pastors who lived out 1 Timothy 4:12 and loved God’s people well. [Read more…]
This is a game-changer for church announcements.
Digital Signage is a feature in Proclaim that lets you display announcement slides, Bible verse art, and more on monitors all throughout your church building. Think of it as having miniature billboards you can customize with just a few clicks. [Read more…]
Fall is here and that means the busyness of the holiday season is about to start. And while the holidays are full of celebration and fun, it can be stressful for church members to find time to plan their generosity for the upcoming new year. [Read more…]
Teaching is often thankless and can be exhausting. Yet every day teachers impact society by the lives they touch.
Since today is World Teachers’ Day, we at Faithlife want to say “thank you” to all teachers for the work you do. [Read more…]
Pain and suffering baffle us. Con artists prey on the elderly. Children are killed at school. People commit horrible evil and escape punishment. Meanwhile, tornadoes, floods, fires, and other disasters wreak havoc on those we love. [Read more…]
“To cover fees, or not cover fees, that is the question.”
While Shakespeare never debated the benefit of giver-covered fees, it is a debate in churches. And for good reason.
Before we look at the “why” behind giver-covered fees, let’s break down the “what.”
What’s a processing fee?
A processing fee is an amount it costs to process or facilitate a gift. Processing fees apply to credit/debit transactions and ACH transactions—they just work a little differently.
For credit and debit cards, a processing fee is the amount charged by the credit card company that issued the card. Most card processing fees are around 3% plus a small fixed amount for each gift (For example, Faithlife Giving’s premium rate is 2.49% plus 30 cents).
For ACH transactions, a processing fee is usually a smaller percentage with a fixed amount. (Faithlife Giving’s premium ACH transaction fee is 1.0% plus 30 cents per gift.)
Every time you swipe a card or make an ACH payment—even when you’re buying groceries— someone is paying a processing fee to your bank or card issuer (Visa, Mastercard, etc.).
The question here is this: should a church pay the processing fee for online gifts, or should they make it optional for a giver to cover the fee as part of their gift?
2 views on gift processing fees
Theologically, churches vary greatly on giving. Because of that, there are multiple positions on questions like whether to cover fees or not.
While churches don’t follow a set of cookie-cutter philosophies, we can still talk about the two main camps churches fall into when it comes to allowing people to cover their own gift processing fees.
- Churches should make giving as easy as possible.
(That means to stop giving people too many options.)
- Churches have a moral obligation to keep 100% of gifts in house.
(That means direct opposition to processing fees.)
No matter where you fall in the discussion, Faithlife Giving could be a great fit for your church. That’s because our goal is not to tell you how your church should give but provide you with a giving platform that supports your goals and mission.
That’s where one of our customers’ favorite features comes in.
What’s a giver-covered fee?
If your church is using Faithlife Giving, you have the ability to enable givers to cover processing fees. This means that your regular givers can increase their gifts to the same amount that the church would pay including the fees. In simpler terms: your church gets 100% of what your giver intended you to receive. (Side note: the entire gift, even the portion covering the fees, is tax-deductible.)
It’s fun to see how giver-covered fees are working out for churches using Faithlife Giving:
- Over 70% of customers with Faithlife Giving have giver-covered fees enabled
- Nearly 30% of customers had 100% of their fees covered by givers
For our customers who made it optional for givers to cover fees, givers choose to pay them 60% of the time.
What makes Faithlife Giving different?
Faithlife Giving allows givers to pay the processing fees in addition to their gift amount ensuring your church receives the full gift amount.
Or you can choose to cover the fees as a church. Either way, Faithlife Giving gives you peace of mind, so you can focus on serving people.
Learn how Faithlife Giving makes giving an enjoyable, painless experience for your church.