Our partnership with ACS Technologies allows you to financially support the ministries of Western Hill with a one-time gift or set up a regulary weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly gift by debit card, automatic withdrawal, or credit card.
Just click to get started. This will take you to the secure servers of ACS. Once you are logged in, they have a great step by step process for you to follow. If you get stuck or confused, we’ve got a tutorial here or just give us a call at (785) 478-3083 or drop us an email at email@example.com.
A Quick Word from Grant
Even though we may be uncomfortable talking about money, the Scriptures aren’t. It’s the topic most often covered both in the Old Testament and New Testament. I think there is one BIG reason for this.
God knows that where our treasure is, our heart lies there also. Whether we see money as our security or as our blessing – it often becomes the number 1 competitor for our heart over God. So the command to give is a spiritual exercise to say ‘God is my security. God is my blessing.’
If you want a fuller explanation, this message pretty much says it all.
Why partner with ACS Technologies?
ACS is the world leader in church information systems and financial record keeping. Their sites have the latest technology in security protecting information plus they deal with thousands of churches across the world.
It’s a pretty easy set-up but if you need some help, don’t hesitate to give us a call or click on the help link once inside ACS system.
Where will my personal information be stored?
On ACS’s secure servers. You will create a login and be able to track all of your giving through-out the year.
What happens to the money I give?
It provides the resources for the ministries of Western Hills. From our kid and youth programs, missionary support through IMB as well as Trash Mountain Project, Christian Challenge, and others. It pays for keeping up the building and property as well as staff salaries.
We have a high level of accountability and integrity between our Finance Team, Church Council, and congregation. Furthermore, no pastoral staff ever sees who gives what or how much. Our financial statements are available monthly in the front office as well as our budget.
What is a tithe and why should I give it?
A tithe is 10% of your income. The New Testament actually teaches us to be generous and sacrificial givers, not putting a percentage on what is expected. In the scriptures there were actually 3 tithes that were given throughout the year but using Malachi 3:10-11 as a baseline, we believe giving 10% is the starting point of someone who wants to “live generously.”
Why give it? The Scriptures teach us to give generously – which means beyond the tithe. We’re supposed to live in a way that has margin so that we can give even more money to the work of God. The tithe is about learning that 90% our resources WITH God goes further than 100% of them WITHOUT Him. Tithing keeps us focused on the true provider of our resources – God and puts on the path to give more.
What if I don’t have enough money to tithe?
Start somewhere and work to increase that percentage towards at least 10%. It sounds scary but the Scriptures tells us to honor Him with our first 10% and our blessings will be overflowing in return. So we actually are missing out on blessings when we are not giving. Not all blessings are financial but the challenge is from God to trust Him. Seek His guidance in how much you should give and he will honor your faithfulness and obedience.
I’m still not convinced I can give. How confident are you God will bless me?
Take the 3-Month Tithe Challenge. Register with the office that you want to do the 3-month tithe challenge. Give 10% of your income for 3 straight months. At the end of that time, if God hasn’t been faithful to His own word, we will refund 100% of your money that you’ve given. No questions asked. That’s how confident we are in God.
Should I tithe based on my pre-tax or after-tax income?
The most common view is that gross earnings are the amount of God’s provision, and the tithe should be based on one-tenth of God’s provision. Taxes are generally considered payment for the privileges and services provided by the government. Scripture doesn’t use the terms “net” or “gross” so to get legalistic on this is pointless.
I’d just remind you that it is important to God the spirit in which we give. He tells us in 2 Corinthians 9 that “each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give; not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” The bottom line – ask God, do what He says. Be cheerful about it.
Why do you accept credit cards?
We wrestled with this for a long time but finally came to this conclusion: When used correctly, debit and credit cards can be an efficient tool for payments and purchases. Many people utilize them in place of checks or cash throughout the month, then pay off the balance in full. This is how they should be used and for these people, we offer the option of using a credit or debit card to tithe. We strongly discourage those who have ongoing credit card debt from exercising this option.
What is the deadline for annual contributions?
Cash contributions must be received or postmarked by December 31 to be included on your giving statement for that year. Online transactions must be initiated by December 31.
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