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General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Headquarters, Raleigh, NC
Dr. Nilous M. Avery II
President, Chair Executive Board
Welcome members, visitors and guests to the online home of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina; GBSConline.org. While you are here it is our hope that you take note of our missions activity and support us in it.
The General Baptist State Convention dates its service of promoting “missions” and
representing Baptists throughout North Carolina back to 1867, when a small band of
The name of our organization has changed since 1867 but our core reason for being has remained the same; to support the “Gospel ministry and to promote missions”, this is who we are.
Dr. Nilous M. Avery, II, President of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
The English word mission comes from the Latin word for send. In each of the verses to be mentioned there is the concept of being sent. In Matthew 28:19, “…Go Ye”; Acts 1:8, “ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth; and II Corinthians 5:20, “…we are ambassadors” (for someone sent) Jesus not only calls us to come to Him, but He Commissions us to go for Him.
Jesus states this in John 20:21, “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent Me, even so send I you” (KJV). This call to missions that Jesus charged the early Christians with is a charge that we of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina are bound by and have been actively engaged in since 1867. We invite you to join, participate in and support all the activities our Convention.
“Then said Jesus to them ….as My Father hath sent Me, even so I send You” John 20:21
Below, Men of the State Laymen’s League Auxiliary of the GBSCNC prepare to be “sent” at their One Day Session, held on April 9th 2016, at the Penn Avenue Baptist Church In Oxford, NC.
We are all “sent” who accept the challenge and responsibility of doing Missions.
In Part one of Online Giving we underscored that giving Giving online is not a replacement for the honorable tradition of placing your Tithes and Offering in the collection plate while attending church service. Rather, Online Giving assumes that all those that choose to Tithe or give to various ministries and church initiatives, may not have the opportunity, the health, or regular access to church to meet their financial obligations in a timely manner.
More Complex Lifestyle of Church Goers Require More Options for Giving
Gone is the antebellum and post slavery period when most members of African American churches were in walking distance of their place of worship. Church members at that time worked from sunrise to sunset and were provided with Sundays off which made tithing in church convenient. This convenience helped maintain an already establish tradition of giving at our local home church. Today, our home church may not be local. Further, in our 21st century workforce, our work schedules are very often driven by an exhaustive, three shift, flex shift, work whenever the boss says work economy. In this new economy, church tithing for all members on Sunday may not be practical and for some, impossible.
Thus we begin part 2 of Online Giving acknowledging that the conditions that made in church tithing practical and convenient in years past, may not be the same conditions that exist on the ground today.
In this conversation of Online Giving we are preaching to the newly converted church
leadership and decision makers who have recently come to the conclusion that additional
options should be provided to members for financially supporting their church. We
offer the following information as the first step in each church’s research to find
the most suitable Online Giving Solution. Please note, that one size does not fit
all. Simply because a company is large does not also translate into it being best
suited for the Online Giving objectives of your church.
The Big Dog On The Block “PAYPAL”
All discussions of Online Giving must start with PayPal. They can easily be considered the granddaddy of online donations. Financially the strongest, best known, most respected and most used online giving and donations technology system worldwide.
Established in 1998 PayPal was acquired by eBay in July 2002 for $1.5 billion. More than 70 percent of all eBay auctions accepted PayPal payments. Soon after acquisition PayPal became the payment method used by a majority of eBay users. PayPal was then and is still the recommended default choice by Ebay for financial transactions.
In 2014, PayPal moved $228 billion in 26 currencies across more than 190 nations,
generating a total revenue of $7.9 billion (44% of eBay’s total profits). The same
year, eBay announced plans to spin-
Why Devote So Much Attention to PayPal?
We spend this time reviewing the profile of PayPal because they are the gold standard by which all other Electronic funds transfer organizations are measured against. To understand PayPal’s evolution and technological revolution is to understand all other online giving and tithing portals. PayPal meteoric rise along with a growing list of competing electronic tithing transfer giving companies are tied to the convenience it provides its user.
Why is PayPal And Other Organizations Thriving?
PayPal and its competitors exist and continues to thrive because they provide a secure, convenient, trouble free process for the individual, company or non profit to transfer funds over great distances to its intended recipient. PayPal is used by more nonprofit, not for profit and church related organizations because wherever you are in the world; you are assured your funds will be received by you church quickly without leaving your location.
One of the best features of PayPal is that it doesn’t charge monthly fees for its
standard service– the charges shown below are all-
Discounted credit card processing fees for Churches with 501 (c)(3) status:
PayPal’s Basic Appeal
Five major reasons why PayPal appeals to so many:
PayPal’s strength is that it just works. They are completely transparent and all funds sent and received are easily tracked. When an individual pays their tithes, offering or special gifts online, within seconds they receive an email confirming what the donor contributed to, the time, date and amount of the donation. Also on the emailed receipt is the item or items donated to.
Online Giving Alternatives
While PayPal is an often chosen alternative to giving a check or cash in church, it may not be the best solution for all churches. There is a large field of competitors that have studied PayPal’s strengths and weaknesses and have developed creative customized alternatives.
The competing Online Donation companies major issue with PayPal is that it offers only a simple PayPal donation button, which isn’t always congruous with a church website – PayPal response, “but, our PayPal button is a button that’s trusted.”
PayPal alternatives such as E-
There are a few notable standouts. We give information on these online donation vendors without giving any recommendation. Their differences and their similarities speak volumes about what your church leadership should be reviewing when considering options for all Online Giving organizations:
easyTithe is a full-
My Church Website Online Donations: This online giving option is good to work with
any church website, as this service customizes the online giving page and emails
to meet any church’s specific needs. My Church Website claims no signup fees, no
contracts, and no cancellation fees with their plans. All plans include free startup,
no charges for statements, batch fees, PCI, or 1099-
Stripe: Like PayPal, Stripe is an easy-
Givelify: If you want to maintain a very simple giving option, you may want to consider
Givelify, a company that empowers non-
In most of the options shown above, a church needs to specify that they are a non-
Text to Tithe
What is Mobile-
A text donation is simple! It's literally just sending a text message to a keyword (e.g. HAITI) and shortcode (e.g. 90999) in which $5 or $10 donations to a charity are added to the wireless subscriber's phone bill, collected and remitted to the designated charity.
The key advantages of text giving over any form of mobile giving (pledging, apps, website) include:
1. Speed and Ease of Giving -
2. Security of the Carrier Billing Systems -
How to Set Up Text Donations:
Mobile donating refers to donating to an organization through a mobile device. The primary means for mobile donating is through SMS(Short Message Service (SMS) is a text messaging service component of phone, Web, or mobile communication systems).
Text messaging, or SMS, is the primary means of mobile giving. Mobile phone users can make donations by texting a keyword to a specific SMS short code. Keywords are determined by the fundraising organization, and usually pertain to the organization’s cause or purpose. Donation amounts are predetermined, commonly at $5 or $10, but can range much more. After donating, users receive a confirmation text message. The donation amount is immediately added to their monthly phone bill or their credit/debit card.
Drawbacks to Mobile Giving
Mobile giving can be a convenient way to donate to a charity or to your particular church. Funds can be made available to your church in as little as 24 hours or as many as 90 days. Charity watchdog group the American Institute of Philanthropy has warned that there are some pitfalls to cell phone giving, including concerns that certain service providers may charge fees or take a cut of the donations. AIP also warns that it can take as long as 120 days for a charity to actually receive a text donation from certain wireless carriers and that some wireless carriers may limit the number of times per month a user can donate via text. Text to Give companies vary quite a bit in their requirements. While 120 payout to the charity has been found, there are other Donation organizations that guarantee as little as 24 to 48 hours funds to be made available to its intended charity or use.
Text To Tithe/Donate Benefits
Benefits to Nonprofits
Benefits to Donors:
Donating quickly and on-
Please note: this author and the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
have no financial interest in any of the companies or technologies reviewed. We supply
this and other resource information without a recommendation or an endorsement of
any company or technology.
Live links to the discussed online giving websites have not been provided as they may suggest an endorsement of the company’s products or services. These organizations can easily be located using Google.
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