CRESTVIEW — Woodlawn Baptist Church members now can make online financial contributions with Woodlawn Connect, on woodlawnbaptist.com.


CRESTVIEW — Woodlawn Baptist Church members now can make online financial contributions with Woodlawn Connect, on woodlawnbaptist.com.



In addition to sending church donations from a debit or credit card, members with an email address can track how much and how often they donate. They also can access the church directory to contact a Sunday school teacher or fellow member. 



"They can ... donate to the (church) building fund or any upcoming mission trips," church administrator Pete Wise said. "It also gives them the capability to register online ... for youth events, mission trips and other special events.



"... This is to allow members to donate and interact online,” he said. "We are just trying to keep up with how young people do business."



Although church staffers have been using the service for a year, the online option has just recently become available to members.



Casey Moorman, the church’s financial secretary, has noticed increased use since the service was extended to church members.



"We have seen it steadily grow in the amounts donated," she said.  



Woodlawn Connect collected nearly 12 percent of church donations in the first three weeks it was available, Wise said.



The service also has apps for use on smart phones and electronic tablets.



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