The Crossing Church
The Crossing Church

"We signed up and in like 30 minutes we were texting in and getting donations"

Who they are

A non-denominational multi-site church with four campuses

Who they serve

More than 6,500 community members around the St. Louis area


The Crossing was looking to make it easy for the congregation to give via text messages while simplifying work for the finance team.


Their giving provider didn't allow for text giving, and their team was burdened by the lengthy reconciliaion process for their deposits.


When Jim Michael saw Simple Donation in action he recognized the value and knew that he had to convince the church to switch yet again

Time is valuable, and at the end of the day the value Simple Donation brought to the table was worth it. "We're not looking for the absolute cheapest transaction processing, we’re just looking for a value. And we feel like we're getting that with Simple Donation."


"Simple Donation coerces all the transactions into weekly batches. You compare that to the other gateway that we were currently using and it's just night and day."

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Jim Michael
“What makes Simple Donation a value to us is that it's just easy.”

Jim Michael

IT Manager, The Crossing Church