Why We Give
The Bible teaches that giving is a part of growing in our faith. It is a response to God’s good gifts to us, and it is an act of worship toward Him.
If you are visiting our website, but Lighthouse Baptist Church is not your church home, we do not expect you to give. There is no obligation to give at any of our worship services. However, if Lighthouse is your church home, or if the Lord has touched your heart about supporting His work here at Lighthouse Baptist Church, we hope this tool will help you to abound in the grace of giving.
Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
Benefits of Online Giving
You can prioritize giving in your budget.
The Bible indicates giving is to be a “first” and not a last or left-over matter in my life. Read Proverbs 3:9-10. It is easy to let our standards and intentions be compromised by the press of expenses and billing cycles. Online, your giving is done automatically.
You can increase your faithfulness.
Have you ever forgotten your gift, left it at home, or pledged to double it in the future? Have you had times where you have fallen behind because of travel and other schedule interruptions? Online giving provides a way to strengthen your faithfulness.
You can help your church.
Through online giving, you expedite your gift, simplify our accounting, and strengthen our base of regular support.
You can encourage faith and faithfulness in the lives of fellow believers. As you plan and prioritize your giving, you will lead the way for others to grow and mature in their spiritual stewardship. Being a forerunner in this new area of planned giving, you can provide personal testimony and example for others to follow.
If you need assistance, please call the Finance Office at (251) 653-6542.
Ways to Give
Users of online giving are responsible for setting up and controlling their online giving options. They can designate where their giving goes (general fund, love offering, missions, etc.) and the frequency in which they give. Online giving is secure and tax deductible. Online giving allows you to set up your giving using an automatic bank draft to your account or via a card transaction (credit/debit).
Cash or Check
If you would like to give by cash or check, you can mail your offering to our office. Please label the envelope with Attn: Giving, and put the fund you are giving towards in the memo line on your check or a note with your cash offering. Thank you for your generosity!
There are secure offering boxes located on the back wall of our auditorium and at the exits of our adult building. If you would like to contribute in person at a church service, this would be a great way to participate.
Lighthouse Baptist Church
6335 Swedetown Road N.
Theodore, AL 36582
Text to Give
Text giving is incredibly simple and fast. Through our text giving platform, Tithe.ly, you will be able to give in seconds. Simply text an amount (eg $100) to (251) 257-2674 and you’ve donated!
If this is your first time using text giving, simply text the word “Give” to (251) 257-2674. You will be provided with a link to set up and account and save a card or bank information. After this, you can use text giving by texting any of the provided options.
Simply text (without the quotes):
- A number to give that amount. Eg: “100”.
- A number and fund to designate your gift. Eg: “100 Offering”.
- A number and schedule for automated giving. Eg: “500 Monthly”, “100 Tithe Bimonthly”, “50 Offering Weekly”, or “250 Fortnightly”.
- “Cancel Auto” to cancel automated giving.
- Add “cover” to cover the processing fees of one transaction. Ex: “100 Offering cover”.
- Add “Cover fees on” to cover the processing fees on ALL text gifts..
- “Cover fees off” to turn off covering the processing fees on all text gifts.
- “Card” to add a new payment method.
- “Refund” to refund your last transaction.
- “Options” to see the initial list of options again.
Frequently Asked Questions
Lighthouse Baptist Church prepares and adopts an annual budget. This budget is carefully prepared with detailed planning spanning many months. The budget is an operating tool that guides our church in ministry, missions, and operations. It is important that every member and attendee understand their God-given role in supporting the financial needs of the church through systematic giving (tithing) to the church.
It saves time! It saves work! It simplifies your life! You can avoid the hassle of writing and remembering checks! It can also help your consistency and faithfulness in giving.
On the dates specified on your authorization form. You never have to worry about forgetting a contribution or mailing it in on time.
Since your contribution is made at a pre-established time, you simply record it in your check register on the appropriate date.
Your bank statement gives you an itemized list of electronic transfers. It is your proof of contribution. The church will also record your gift and send you a record of your contributions on a quarterly basis for your tax records.
Online Giving is less risky than handwritten checks. It cannot be lost, stolen, or destroyed in the mail. It has an extremely high rate of accuracy and is easier for the church accounting office to process.
You can update your profile and banking information for recurring giving at any time.
It costs you nothing and saves you time. The fee to the church is nominal. If you would prefer that the church not pay a processing fee, you may select the option of coving that fee.
You can cancel your authorization at any time by logging into your account. However, once you’ve enjoyed the convenience and time savings of Online Giving, we doubt you will want to go back to making contributions the way you did before.