If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? (John 3:17)
Purpose of The Benevolence Fund
Great Commission Community Church has created The Benevolence Fund to provide one-time financial assistance to those in our church who are struggling to cover their basic needs and have run out of other viable financial options. The assumption is that most avenues for seeking to restore financial independence has been taken (family, savings, investments). People in this category may include those who have been out of work for an extended period of time, on sick leave, who have been incapacitated for some reason, or may have some unforeseen emergency financial burden. The Benevolence Fund has a specified allocated amount reserved from our annual budget on a yearly basis. Funds may help cover basic needs including but not limited to:
- Funeral costs
- Medical treatment
- Initial professional counseling sessions
Limits of Assistance
The purpose of the Fund is to aid those individuals and families during a time of immediate hardship or crisis by providing a one-time financial gift to meet their basic needs. However, The Benevolence Fund does not provide to meet these needs:
- Business investments, business debt or anything that brings profit to the individual or family
- Paying off credit card debts. Exceptions can be made if the credit card debt was used in case of emergency like hospitalization, death, etc.
- Paying off lawyers or fines from illegal, criminal behavior or lawsuits
- Gambling debts
- School tuition or fees to a program
- Housing for unmarried couples
The Benevolence Fund is primarily for members or active participants of Great Commission Community Church who regularly attend worship services and support the church through financial giving. There may be exceptions made to this rule, but preference will always be given to those active in our church community. Any person who wishes to be considered must fill out The Benevolence Fund Application Form. The Finance Deacons will meet, discuss, and decide on all applications.
Personal information obtained through the Benevolence Fund Application will be reviewed by the finance deacons. Prayer requests will be shared with the deacon board, unless applicant requests otherwise. Applicants may also choose to share prayer requests with GCCC pastors and elders.
To apply for assistance, please fill out The Benevolence Fund Application Form and submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Finance Deacons will review the application and choose a course of action within two weeks of receiving the form. The Finance Deacons may request additional information or ask for an interview prior to making their final decision. They will also have the discretion to determine if the financial aid will help, or if in their estimation, be a hindrance to reinforce negative/irresponsible behavior, and may choose to not award any assistance to the applicant. The Finance Deacons may also choose to assign an amount that is greater or less than requested by the applicant. If the applicant wishes GCCC to pay the third party directly, that can be arranged as well. The Finance Deacons will also do a follow-up after the money has been dispersed to the applicant (and their family) to see how they are faring and to provide prayer or other non-financial assistance. Great Commission Community Church desires to walk alongside each applicant during this time.
Rules for Disbursement
The Benevolence Fund is not a loan and should not be repaid in any form. After the final decision has been made to disburse the fund to the applicant, a check should be ready within a week as we believe that all cases are urgent and in need of immediate action. There may be short-term financial assistance which require specific bills to be paid to an applicable vendor. In these cases, no checks or cash will be given directly to the applicant.