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Get Ready! YODA Launches Tomorrow 1/30/18! (Demo & FAQs)

Written by Mark Steinbrueck

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Thursday we told you all about YODAYour Online Donation App.

Remember YODA launches tomorrow, Tuesday January 30, at 9 AM ET and you can only get it and an SSL for $59/yr if you order before 5 PM Thursday.

Online Giving Demo and Screenshot

We got lots of replies in response to the announcement about YODA on Thursday.  Several people asked to see how YODA works, so below is a screenshot of the giving form.  Here is a demo of the Give page, which we will add to your website for you.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We got lots of other good, very specific questions about YODA, so we’ll address them below…

Q: Will the $59 a year just be for the first year or will it be that price in coming years too?

If you sign up before 5 PM ET Thursday, it will be $59/yr in future years too. But after Thursday, we will never again offer it at this price.

Q: What are the transaction fees?

Credit/Debit cards: 2.9% plus 30 cents per transaction
AMEX: 3.5% plus 30 cents per transaction
ACH: 1% plus 30 cents per transaction

Q: Are there refund costs?


Q: Are there any monthly minimums?


Q: After a person makes a donation, where does the money go? Will we need to use our bank account or is it like paypal where the money is held there and we can request the money then be sent to our checking account?

It’s kind of like PayPal except you don’t have to request the money be sent to your bank account. When a supporter makes a donation (or a recurring donation is made), the money is held for 2-7 days (depending on the type of transaction) by the transaction processor and then it is automatically transferred into the bank account you designate.

Q: Is this a viable alternative to PayPal?

Yes. It’s a better option than PayPal because 1) it’s easier to use than PayPal, 2) it gives supporters the option to donate from a bank account (can’t do that with PayPal), and 3) donations are automatically transferred to your bank account without you having to repeatedly request them.

Q: How does the Kiosk Giving work? Where is the Kiosk?

Every tablet, laptop, or desktop computer instantly turns into a giving Kiosk. Enable giving for your members and visitors as they enter or leave your building, fellowship with their friends, or enjoy a cup of coffee in the cafe.

Q: What is the optional text option? How does this work?

Your organization gets its own giving phone number. The first time someone wants to use text-to-give, they text “give” to your number. They get an automated text reply with a link. They tap the link and enter their payment info. In the future, anytime they want to give, they just text the amount to your giving phone number (e.g. “50” to give $50).   Cost to add this option is $19/mo.

Q: Is YODA available only to OurChurch.Com site owners or is it available to everyone?

Because we can only purchase and install SSL (security) Certificates for websites we host and manage, the offer is only available to organizations whose websites we host. If you have a website hosted elsewhere and you’re considering a new website, now would be a good time to do it. Can I answer any questions for you about our WP-EZ Website Builder or would you like to schedule a call to discuss a custom designed website?

Q: What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, a global standard security technology that enables encrypted communication between a web browser and a web server. It authenticates the identity of the website (this guarantees visitors that they’re not on a bogus site), and it encrypts the data that’s being transmitted. Every website that accepts online donations should have an SSL certificate to keep supporters’ payment info secure.

Q: Will YODA integrate with my church management system or client management system so donations are added to members/supporters giving statements?

All transactions can be exported as .csv (exel) and can then be imported into almost any ChMS (church management system) or CRM (client relationship manager). There is direct integration with some ChMSs and CRMs with more coming. If you want to check on a specific system, call or email our support team.

Q: We want to setup the online giving program. How do we do that?

Click here to order! (Link goes live 9 AM ET Tuesday, January 30, 2018)

If you have any other questions about YODA – Your Online Donation App – post them in a comment below, email support (at) ourchurch (dot) com or call us at (727) 723-2454

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    Mark Steinbrueck

    Mark Steinbrueck is President and Co-founder of OurChurch.Com. He is a member of Generations Christian Church, a husband and father of 3. He is a huge Cardinals baseball fan and bleeds Garnet and Gold.


    • Do you need any people in Japan to do some work? My wife are looking for a church to help after were done with school in 2019 🙂 were a bit crazy and like making fun of religion, but despite it not seeming like were not legit, my wife went to Christian University in Lakewood CO and I’m in the midst of becoming a registered spiritual guide at Mile-Hi which is right next to CU.

      Let us know!

      • That’s an interesting story. Are you and your wife learning about Jesus? Have you decided to follow Him? I ask because Mile-Hi Church is not a Christian church. They do not believe Jesus is the one and only Son of God.

        • Yes, that’s true to some extent for sure about Mile-Hi but there is a strong following for Jesus in the church still, such as my Grandmother (who got me started there as a child).

          I’m what one would call certainly not a church going type of person but Mile-Hi resonates with my soul and my following of Jesus since I was young. Again, funny, you wouldn’t think of it first looking at my life, but yes, I’m very attuned with the teachings of Jesus, I have a very light heart and humor towards it all in I assure you a healthy way that actually I believe is my true way of worship. I’ve done a bit of mentoring with Ron Ball too, which was certainly more serious, he teaches abundant/business/strategy/living techniques surrounding the teachings of Jesus and I find him rather refreshing about the statistics he has towards those who succeed and don’t… A few I find interesting.. Those who married their first wife and stayed married… those who worship together.. and those who have a giving and unselfish heart — both in business, personal and to those in need are people who have a HUGE increasing statistic of becoming “successful” in life.

          Keep up the great work 🙂

          Interesting fact, I was actually a Reverend of the Joy of Satan when I was a teenager. Fun fun, interesting conversations there. Nothing like finding out what a bit of darkness and chaos is like and seeing how that energy flows in peoples lives compared to those who accept Jesus… big difference, I’m sure you’ll agree lol. Totally serious too.

          • Hi Nathan, I appreciate the reply. I’ll do my best to speak the truth in love here… it’s not possible for there to be “strong following for Jesus” at Mile-Hi. I’ll explain…

            The definition of Christian is “one who follows Christ.” Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” But Mile-Hi church teaches, “Any world teacher who helps humankind to be free from material, intellectual, or emotional bondage is a spiritual ‘savior.’ Mile Hi church is leading people astray by telling them Jesus is just a man like anyone else, and you can find God, forgiveness and fulfillment in many other ways.

            It would be like someone telling you there are many ways to get to Polaris (the North Star). In reality, it’s humanly impossible to reach Polaris. Even if someone built a rocket that could travel nearly the speed of light, it would take 500 years to get there. Therefore, anyone who encourages people to find their own way to Polaris would be sending them down a fruitless path. It’s only by the power of God that someone could get to Polaris. Similarly there is no human way to God. God (Jesus) had to come to us.

            This is the core of what it means to be a Christian. No one who believes this could continue to be a part of Mile Hi and sit idlely by while they lead people astray. Does that make sense?

            I’m sure in contrast to the “Joy of Satan,” Mile Hi seems much more positive and inspiring. It’s important to note, however, that Jesus was never about becoming “successful.” In fact, He taught just the opposite, we must choose between our selfish desires to be successful and Him.