Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR) is a “direct debit” program that allows people to support their church through an automatic monthly withdrawal from their bank account. Congregational members often find that monthly direct debiting allows them to more intentionally plan and honour their financial commitments to their congregation. A donation can be designated to current expenses and/or other special funds, just like it is on an offering envelope.
If your congregation wishes to use a pre-authorized remittance plan for member donations, check with your financial institution to see if they can provide the service at a reasonable cost. FaithLife Financial has a Pre-authorized Offering Program (POP). Details can be found on their website at www.faithlifefinancial.ca.
Another alternative solution is the Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR) program offered to ELCIC congregations by The United Church of Canada. For further information and materials on the Pre-Authorized Remittance program, please contact:
PAR Program Administrator
The United Church of Canada
300 - 3250 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
Tel: 416.231.5931 Ext. 3050
Web Site: www.united-church.ca/getinvolved/donate/howto/par