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Credit Card Processing for Churches

Jennifer Seebock

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As payment technology evolves, many places of worship continue to explore innovative ways to securely accept donations from their members. Doing so not only helps to raise funds, but it also provides worshipers with new avenues to engage with their faith communities. PCI-compliant church payment processing solutions can provide your parishioners with faster, easier, and more convenient ways to support your ministry and give back. 

Enabling a PCI-compliant church payment processing solution will help:

  • Encourage faith-based giving by adding ACH/eCheck, credit cards, and debit cards to your church payment options
  • Streamline the church payment process with secure online donation pages and recurring giving functionality
  • Keep your parishioners’ credit card data secure and offer peace of mind

Church Merchant Services

With a church merchant services account, you’ll be able to quickly and securely accept in-person, mobile, and online donations from your parishioners. You’ll also be able to accept recurring ACH/eCheck, credit, and debit card payments. You can still send your collection basket around during service to accept cash and check contributions.

Integrated Payment Processing for Churches

As you select a merchant account provider, consider if they offer payment solutions that seamlessly integrate with your existing accounting, church, and nonprofit software. Integrated credit card processing for churches can save you valuable time by removing the need to manually record incoming contributions in the accounting and membership software you’re already using. This allows you to spend more time spreading your ministry’s message and less time on administrative bookkeeping.

As such, expanding your church payment options to include ACH/eCheck, credit and debit cards, and mobile payments won’t negatively impact your ministry’s finances. In fact, this payment integration will only enhance your ability to raise donations.

PCI-Compliant Payment Processing for Churches

It is important to select a merchant account provider that offers credit card processing for churches that is fully compliant with PCI standards, reducing your liability by hosting payment data on a secure server. Minimize the risk of data theft and fraud with advanced forms of security, such as:

  • Credit card tokenization
  • Point-to-point encryption (P2PE)

Additionally, ensure your provider’s PCI compliance program is managed by an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) and overseen by a fraud-monitoring team and customer support.

To learn more, contact our merchant services team today.

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