boomerbubba wrote:If that happens once or twice, it can be accommodated. But I would hate to see this become common practice. Matching 50-100 such pieces of paper every week would become extremely burdensome and error-prone.
I agree and would certainly prefer if someone was to insist on using billpay that they use the system currently outlined in the wiki
. However, since we're not allowed to "promote"
using that system, I'm at a loss at what to tell people. It certainly seems burdensome when processing donations when we have to stop the process of "open, verify, input" to "rip all four edges off of the billpay check 'envelope', rip the check itself off of the backing, search for the name, try to find (and decipher) the comment line, find a blank donation slip, fill in the required info, verify, input (and hope you didn't make a mistake)". The not-so-happy medium would be to request the pre-filled donation slips in advance.
I realize that the church has to pay folks at HQ for their time to set up the electronic donations and having everyone do it would completely swamp them. The truth is, though, at a ward level, we're really not set up to process the billpay generated checks very well. I've been using the billpay through HQ personally for almost a year now and couldn't be happier with it. I certainly don't want to run through the ward telling them "I want to go home sooner after church and to all set up direct billpay now", but I'd like the permission to point the one or two folks that already send the bishop the billpay checks to "finish the electronic loop" and use the HQ process.