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Tithing ATMs - Good Idea?


Paying your tithes may never be the same again, according to an article from Ministry Today magazine. Here is an excerpt from the article:

"Although churches have long accepted credit and debit cards as part of the tithing process (particularly from their websites), one pastor is pioneering a new way of supporting the storehouse beyond the traditional offering plate.

In 2005, Marty Baker, lead pastor of Stevens Creek Church in Augusta, Ga., created the Secure Give system for his local church. Based around an ATM-like machine called a "giving kiosk," Secure Give allows users to give tithes, offerings or other donations with a single swipe of a credit or debit card. Each kiosk can be freestanding, complete with a black pedestal topped with a computer touch screen, numeric keypad and magnetic-strip reader, or it can be a tabletop unit. When a user completes a "transaction," data is immediately sent to a church's central computer system and the donor can receive both an e-mail confirmation and a printed receipt......

Three years later, Baker, along with his wife, Patty, have introduced Secure Give to more than 30 churches, hospital foundations, universities, museums, ballet theatres and other organizations. Their products can be found in church lobbies of all denominations and locations, from Rochester, N.Y., to San Jose, Calif., to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

"People in general have been very receptive to the kiosks," Baker says. "Some were a little intimidated at first, but the system is very user-friendly. They are excited to have different options in which they can donate to their church.""

Read the rest of the article HERE

What do you think, good idea or bad idea? Are there any ethical concerns with using this? (ie. encouraging people to give by possibly incurring indebtedness)

2 comments:

i would prefer to see the wireless docking point of sale devices passed during service. nah, but a paypal on church websites would be great...

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