Benevolence

The Church isn’t Paul, called to be all things to all people, but sometimes you have to play that game.  Sometimes the church is place for people to hangout, other times a place of worship.  It might be a safe place or a place to get some free coffee.  Either way, when you finally make your mark and get a reputation, in a community (hopefully for something good) you will begin to have to field calls for help.

More then likely it will come from people in your own church who are over-eager and want to tout their church as a place someone can receive help.  Other times it will be from a community organization that has run out of money and knows your name.  Maybe it might just be someone who saw your sign and thought…here is a free handout.

No matter what the situation or the reason you better have a benevolence policy.  It would be a tragedy to lose your integrity over whether or not you can give someone $20 for something, or not have a plan that is fair to your staff, ministry budget, and whoever manages the money.  For me it took my desk officially being covered under a layer of sticky notes to wake up.  When I could finally get my hands unstuck from the desk, I did my research, called my peers, thought and prayed and this is what I came up with…

Click here to download the policy.

Anthony Gratto

Executive Pastor

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2 comments so far

  1. paulpeterson on

    Thanks Anthony!

  2. Ronderick Henry on

    Great information! We have been dealing with this issue several times for the last 3 to 4 months. Your policy will give us some direction on how to handle these issues. Thanks


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