The following guidelines and policies regulate our oversight of our Benevolence Fund. While we may provide relief to anyone, our priority is to care for the members of our church (Romans 12:13; Galatians 6:10). Also, the normal use of the Benevolence Fund is for unusual, sudden, or severe needs. While distributions may be offered over an extended period of time, this ministry is not normally intended to provide financial sustenance.
Please keep in mind:
- If you need long-term assistance, you should look first to your family and other appropriate agencies for help (1 Timothy 5:4-16; esp. verses 4,8, and 15). This may include public services and social programs.
- If you are able to work but not demonstrating appropriate effort to secure gainful employment, you may not qualify for financial assistance (2 Thessalonians 3:10).
- You must be willing to comply with a church-designated counselor. The counselor may require the candidate to provide additional financial information or to follow additional recommendations (ex. expense reductions, employment).