Q: What is the ECT?
A: Electronic contribution transfer is an automatic transfer program which allows you to make contributions without writing checks.
Q: What is the advantage of ECT?
A: It saves time! It saves work! It simplifies your life! You also help the church stabilize its budget and save money.
Q: Is ECT risky?
A: It is less risky than check contribution. It cannot be lost, stolen or destroyed in the mail. It has an extremely high rate of accuracy.
Q: How much does ECT cost?
A: It costs you nothing. The cost to the church is pennies per transaction.
Q: How is my contribution automatically deducted from my account?
A: Once you authorize the transfer, your specified contribution is electronically transferred directly from your checking or savings account to the church account.
Q: When will my contribution be deducted from my account?
A: On its due date or if the due date is a holiday, the next business day. You never have to worry about forgetting a payment or mailing it on time.
Q: If I do not write checks, how do I keep my checkbook balance straight?
A: Since your contribution is made at a preestablished time, you simply record it in your check register on the appropriate date.
Q: Without a cancelled check, how can I prove I made my contribution?
A: Your bank statement gives you an itemized list of electronic transfers. It is your proof of contribution.
Q: What if I change bank accounts?
A: Notify the church and we will give you a new authorization form to complete.
Q: What if I try ECT and don’t like it?
A: You can cancel your authorization by notifying us at any time. But, once you’ve enjoyed the convenience, time and money savings of ECT, we doubt you’ll want to go back.
Q: How do I sign up for ECT?
A: Complete and sign the authorization form (pdf) and return it to the church office along with a voided check or savings deposit slip. You can also complete an online version of the form (still send us voided check or savings deposit slip).