Let me start this message off by THANKING YOU from the bottom of my heart for your giving to your church! It is givers like you that God has been using to do the miraculous things we have seen here at Inspire Church.
With that being said, I wanted to let you know of a change that will be taking place in our online giving platform in the next 2 months.
On April 1, 2021, we will be closing our giving system through “Tithely” and moving exclusively to “Planning Center”. Why are we making this switch? That’s a great question!
The main reason we are switching is because Planning Center reduces fees on gifts, resulting in more of your funds being used for missions and ministry.
Here are some important items we want you to know about regarding our upcoming transition:
1) How does this affect me?
If you would like to set up a one-time gift through our new platform, the only change you will see is that the new giving platform will look at little different than the previous one. Online giving is still as simple at going to https://inspire-church.websitepro-staging.com/give and selecting the “GIVE NOW” button to set up an account.
If you’ve been using our text giving option, then you’ll need to use a new number and procedure. To use Text to Give, text a dollar amount to 84321 (Ex. Text just the number 10 to donate 10 dollars). Follow the onscreen instructions to finish setting up Text to Give. Be sure to select your payment method and click on the multi-colored button to complete your transaction.
If you’ve already set up a recurring gift through our previous company, “Tithely”, you will need to cancel that gift and set it up again in Planning Center by April 1, 2021.
2) How do I switch my recurring gift over to Planning Center?
It’s a simple two-step process:
First, visit our giving page (liveinspired.church/give) and select the “Update My Recurring Gift” button. From this screen, you can login and cancel any recurring gifts you have scheduled with Tithely.
Second, set up your new recurring gift. Start by going to our giving page again (liveinspired.church/give) and select the “GIVE NOW” button. Follow the prompts to setup an account. Once you have logged in, you can schedule a gift immediately using the easy interface.
When setting up your new subscription, your cell phone number will be used to create an account. Additionally, if you’d like to make changes in the future, you can use your cell phone number when logging in to manage your gift.
If you would like to give to different funds (including General Fund, Debt Reduction, Missions, etc…), just select the category from the drop down menu and select the amount you would like to give.
**Please note: if you choose the option of direct withdrawal from your bank account (also known as “ACH”), there will be a 3-5 day delay for the transaction to be completed the first time you give. After your first gift, the transactions should process within one business day.**Your bank must also be on the list from PLAID as a verified bank. If you do not see your bank listed you will need to use other means of giving or contact your bank directly. The church office can explain this more fully to you.
During this transitional season we know you may have questions that we didn’t address in this message. If you are having trouble, please let us know at the church office and we will be happy to assist you! We want to do our part to make this transition as smooth as possible.
Again, thank you for your faithful giving to our church! God is using you and your financial gifts to change lives and eternities.
Please direct any questions to our Office Administrator, TracyLynn Farber via phone at (231) 924-3284 Mon-Thurs 9am-3pm. Or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org