Benevolence Ministry

General Guidelines 


The benevolence fund is intended as a source of last resort, to be used when the family or individual requesting assistance has explored all other possibilities of help from family, friends, savings, or investments. It is intended to be a temporary help during a time of crisis. 
Assistance from the benevolence fund is intended to be a one-time gift per year. In unusual circumstances, the Benevolence Ministries or Elders may decide to help an individual or family more than one time a year. However, under no circumstance is a gift from the benevolence fund to be considered a loan.  If the recipient desires to give to the church at a later time, this individual should be 
encouraged to give directly to the general fund of the church.  
Those requesting assistance must also be willing to receive financial, family, or emotional counseling. The Benevolence Ministries will not provide help to anyone who, in their estimation, will have negative or irresponsible behavior reinforced by financial help.   

Those requesting help must be willing to give the benevolence Ministries permission to follow up on any of the information provided to the Ministries. The Ministries will be sensitive to confidential issues.

Brother John Felix - Director. 

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Oversight and Accountability 


The Elders have ultimate responsibility and accountability for the Benevolence fund, and can make decisions to disburse funds from the Benevolence fund—subject to these guidelines—without seeking approval from the Benevolence Ministries.  However, the Elders shall communicate their decisions when spending benevolent funds with the Ministries of Benevolent so that everyone is aware of who is being helped and how much money is being spent.  This will prevent 
duplication of efforts and maintain unity.  If there are no Elders the Ministries of Benevolence shall assume the responsibility for disbursement of funds. 


And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither 
said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they 
had all things common.  33And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.  
34Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors 
of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,  
35And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every 
man according as he had need. 
 
2 Corinthians 9:12-14  
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For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but 
is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; 13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; 14And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.