Giving FAQ

Why recurring giving?

In a word: stability. Monthly or weekly contributions allow us to plan and budget more effectively. It’s easier for you as well.   Set it up once through our website (recurring gifts);  and it happens without you. Recurring gifts are debited monthly or weekly beginning on the date of your choice.

Can I set up my own recurring gifts through my bank’s bill pay service?

Yes. With paper check we keep 100% of the donation. Your check will be mailed from your bank per your request.  You will receive a contribution statement for tax purposes from Embark Church. Contact your local bank and sign up for a recurring auto bill pay via this address: Embark Church, PO Box 2893, Orangeburg, SC. 29116.

Is my financial data safe?

Yes. Embark Church does not have access to any of your credit card information.  Only you and our financial secretary have access to your giving history. The program that we use for credit card transactions, Realm, has contracted with separately-owned Vanco Payment Solutions to process these transactions. In a card industry network comprised of millions of merchants, Vanco is one of fewer than 400 companies designated as a PCI* (Payment Card Industry) Level 1 Compliant Service Provider. Read more about Vanco’s security here: Vanco Payment Solutions.

Will I receive a statement if I use the online option on your website?

Yes, we provide you with end-of-the-year statements, but our online giving platform, Realm, allows you access to your giving information at anytime. Just log in and review your yearly giving.

Do I need to create a special account to give online?

We use Realm as our online giving platform. By creating an account online, you can use your debit card, credit card, or bank account to give a single or recurring gift. For more information about how to set up an account with Realm, click here: Create an Account.

Are one-time contributions accepted as well?

Of course. One time gifts can be made online or via text.

To make a one-time gift, click here to give online: One-Time Gift


Text the keyword “Embark” and the amount you want to give to the number 73256. You will be sent a link to finish filling out your account information. Your receipt will be texted and emailed to you.