Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal;
but I press on to make it my own,
because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
— Philippians 3:12
Each year, as our congregation considers its financial commitments, the focus is upon what our gifts do. Whether it is our ministries with children, students, and adults; or the worship of God; or our mission to the community and the world; we share in funding the ministry of this congregation. More than $5,500 is required each week to fund our church’s ministry—it takes dozens of families to sustain God’s mission and ministries at St. Stephen United Methodist Church. As we continue to seek ways to be good stewards, St. Stephen UMC offers online giving. Anyone with a credit card, debit card, or checking account can now give to the church at his or her convenience.
Online giving is secure. The company that processes the transactions—Switch Commerce—uses 128-bit security encryption. This is an industry standard, and used on most secured web sites. The church does not receive your credit card information. However, we will receive the necessary information from Switch Commerce to properly attribute your gift to your giving statement. After you complete your transaction, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provide.
What are advantages of Online Giving?
1) Prioritizing giving in your budget. Whether you make an automatic draft or choose to give on a random Tuesday morning, online giving allows you an opportunity to present your first fruits to God.
2) Increasing your faithfulness. Ever miss a Sunday and forget to pledge? Now you have an opportunity to faithfully pledge when you can’t be in attendance. So when you are out of town on a weekend, your support of the church continues without interruption.
3) Helping St. Stephen UMC. Through online giving, you expedite your gift, simplify our accounting, and strengthen our base of regular support to change lives for Jesus Christ.
4) Anonymous Giving. We understand that some people like to give quietly and modestly, and praise God for those who do. Our online giving system—iGiveHere—allows anyone to truly give anonymously. Please know that we are just as grateful for these gifts that help build God’s kingdom on earth through St. Stephen.