Giving at Church
God provides for the ministry of Central Presbyterian Church through your tithes and offerings. Through Him, your generosity is changing lives around the world and down the block. We encourage all of those who are part of our Church family to give—not out of obligation but out of a spirit of worship.
Ways to Give
There are many easy ways for you to give, including:
- Online one-time and recurring gifts
- Text-to-give (text CENTRALPRES to 77977)
- During our weekend worship services
- ACH (please contact our business office)
- By mail to:
Central Presbyterian Church
7700 Davis Drive
Clayton, MO 63105
Please note, we strongly discourage giving through credit cards if you will incur debt in the process.
Securely Give Online
Your information is encrypted and secure, and will remain private and will never be given away to third parties, other than to process your scheduled contributions.
Checks, EFT, and Non-cash Gifts
We can help you set up convenient ACH or EFT transactions directly from your bank account. We can also help you make a donation of non-cash items, such as stocks or mutual funds. Please contact us for assistance.
Securely Give NOW
God provides for the ministry of Central through your generosity.
You can also text-to-give by texting
CENTRALPRES to the number 77977
Why We Give
When we are generous with our time, talents, and resources, we become active participants in leading people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. Whether it’s around the world or down the block, your gifts make it possible for more people to hear about Jesus.
2018-19 Annual Ministry ReportThis year marks the 175th anniversary of Central as a church, and it is encouraging to recount the many ways in which our God has been faithful to us. Looking back on the last year of ministry, signs of God’s faithfulness are evident yet again. This annual ministry report captures a small portion of that, and we hope you find it inspirational.
The stewardship of our finances is an often overlooked area of our lives where we can faithfully proclaim the gospel. Financial planning is an important part of that stewardship, and your annual pledge helps the church to plan wisely.
What does the Bible say about giving?
Quite a lot! God gives to us. He delights in giving. This is readily apparent throughout all of the Bible, so we too are called to give generously, cheerfully, and sacrificially. In addition to the Old testament traditions and prescriptions to tithe (Gen. 14:20, 28:22; Lev. 27:30-32; Num. 18:21-28; Deut. 12:5-19, 14:22-29, 26:1-19), we are called to be imitators of Christ (1 Cor. 11:1; Eph. 5:1; 1 Thes 1:6).
Are my gifts and tithes really needed?
Yes, we assure you that they are. Your sacrificial giving ensures that everything you see and experience at Central is possible. From lights in the sanctuary to missionaries in the field, and everything in between, your gifts are vital to Christ’s mission at and through Central.
Can I designate my gift to Central?
Yes, of course you can. We know that the Lord calls us to special ministries and projects. Also know that the Church session works very hard to ensure that the needs of all of her ministries are met. An undesignated gift allows the Church to determine the best use of those resources.
Is it safe to give online?
Yes! Central uses Pushpay to handle all online gifts. Pushpay is a highly secure online giving solution that is is a fully PCI-DSS Compliant Level 1 Service Provider. This is the highest certification available, which means that Pushpay complies with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). The PCI DSS is a security standard created by the credit card brands (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) based on their experiences fighting off numerous security threats while securing their customer’s data.
Are there any fees involved with giving online?
No, you will not incur any fees when you make an online contribution. However, as much as 3% of your gift will go to the credit card company instead of Central. If you would like to give electronically on a regular basis and want to ensure all of your gift goes towards supporting the ministries of Central, we encourage you to contact our Business Office about setting up an automatic bank draft.
If I give online, will the contributions still appear on my regular giving statement?
Yes. All contributions, whether given online, by mail, or during a worship service, will appear on your statement.
Is it okay to use my credit card?
Central is pleased to offer giving by credit or debit card as an option, and understand there may be benefits to you for doing so. However, we do strongly discourage the use of a credit card if you are unable to pay the balance in full each month and would incur debt as a result.
Can I contribute to Central by making non-cash donations?
Yes. If you have questions about the donation of non-cash items such as stocks or mutual funds, please contact our Business Office