Benevolence Process

   Faith Church Process Guidelines

The purpose of the Benevolence Fund is to provide financial aid to an individual who is in need on an urgent basis. The Benevolence Fund may not be applicable for cases which need long-term financial support.  The church has the right to adjust or to disapprove an applicant’s request and may consider providing assistance other than monetary help. 

Applicants are not granted financial assistance based on relationships between church leaders or being a significant church contributor.  The church does not discriminate between applicants based upon race, color, sex, national origin, age, geographic territory, or disability.  The Deacon council may provide short term (or emergency) assistance to ensure that an applicant has the basic necessities such as food, housing, transportation, and medical assistance (including counseling).

The preferred method of providing assistance to pay for the applicant’s need is to directly to the business provider.  Assistance may also be provided in the form of goods or services.  The type of aid that is appropriate depends on the individual’s needs and available resources.

Basic Requirements

1.     Active participant of Faith Church

2.     Need must be related to a short-term financial crisis (medical emergency, accidents, loss of job, etc.)

Exclusions

1.     Legal fee related to family disputes

2.     Long term and repetitive expenses

Benevolence Process

1.     Complete and submit the Benevolence Request Form.

2.     A Deacon will contact an applicant regarding the request.

3.     The Deacon will submit the form to the Deacon Council for approval (note:  typically, this will happen during the monthly meeting but can happen via email if it is an emergency).

4.     The Deacon Council will approve or deny the request, or ask for additional information.

5.     If approved, the check will be distributed.

6.     A Deacon may follow up with the recipient and give an update at the next Deacon’s meeting.

Additional Criteria

At the discretion of the Deacons, you may be requested (if married, both husband and wife) to do one or more of the following:

1.     Provide documentation regarding your income, personal bank accounts and expenses.

2.     Participation in financial counseling.

3.     Take a class on biblical financial management or complete a workbook on biblical stewardship.

4.     Limit to 2 times a year.


Assistance Request Form

Name *
Name
Date *
Date
Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? *
Are you a member of Faith Church? *
Which best describes your attendance at Faith Church? *
In your opinion which description best describes your financial situation? *
Are you willing to receive financial counseling? *
Are you currently employed? *
If married, is your spouse employed? *
check all that apply
Signature (type your name) *
Signature (type your name)
If married, signature of spouse (type your name)
If married, signature of spouse (type your name)
Official use only
Deacon:
Deacon:
Check dated
Check dated