Pre-Authorized Remittance Program (PAR)
If you have automatic debits from your bank account to pay for insurance, cable TV, taxes, fuel, or a mortgage, then you understand the PAR principle. It means regular offerings throughout the year, even when donors are unable to attend worship. PAR is a convenient way to make financial contributions in support of the ministries of both congregations and the wider church.
The PAR program is administered by the Department of Stewardship Services of the United Church of Canada according the donor’s wishes. Once a month, all PAR gifts are debited from donors’ accounts and then the total, less a service fee, is electronically transferred to local church accounts.
The PAR program package includes an overview, monthly report sample, and information for congregational members.
- PAR Authorization Form – This new pre-authorization form is to be completed by all new donors and for new banking changes, effective immediately. EXISTING DONORS DO NOT NEED TO COMPLETE THIS FORM unless changing banking information.
- PAR Confirmation Letter (Word) – Administrators should place this letter on church letterhead and send a copy to donors to confirm new PAR registrations or new banking changes. This form is for local churches to keep, ensuring written agreement between the local church and donors. Please DO NOT send it to the PAR national office of The United Church of Canada.
- PAR Change Form (Word) – can be photocopied as needed by congregation
- PAR Change Form (PDF)
- PAR Cancellation Notice (PDF) – This is for treasurers to fill in when a donor requests to cancel PAR. This form is for local churches to keep, ensuring written agreement between the local church and donors. Please DO NOT send it to the PAR national office of The United Church of Canada.