Each month I get many requests for our church’s missions funds. We love to be generous as a church and take the stewardship of our church’s mission funds seriously. In order to help various missions organizations know the kind of funding that our church gives, we have created the guidelines below. These guidelines save everyone’s time by eliminating the need to have an introductory meeting with organizations that do not fit within our funding guidelines. The point here isn’t to copy our guidelines, but to recommend that each church have its own guidelines.
Guidelines for Solicitation of Funds from Cornerstone Church
Please read the guidelines below and write a few paragraphs (less than one page) describing how your funding request fits among the projects that we tend to fund. If after review our missions team agrees that this is a project we have interest in funding, we will schedule a meeting with you to discuss this further.
The kinds of projects that we tend to fund
- Cross-cultural missionaries who have solid ministry experience and fruit, operate fluently in the local language and culture, and focus on starting and developing local churches.
- Human needs projects and organizations that take a holistic approach to meeting needs as evidenced by their work though local churches.
- Organizations that have a proven record of impacting justice through changing or enforcing laws that are consistent with a biblical worldview.
- Organizations that translate and distribute God’s Word.
- Some expenses related to short-term volunteer projects if the ministry partners closely with local churches or church planters and the volunteers are highly qualified for their ministry role. Usually the grant is only given one time for each person.
- Ministries with a proven track record in providing relief in Christ’s name after a natural disaster.
- Ministries that strategically involve our church’s people as well as use our finances.
- We prioritize people who are directly connected to our church.
The kinds of projects that we tend to not fund
- People who go on multiple short-term volunteer projects. Most of the benefit is for the volunteer. Ministry is most effective when it is relational and local. After the first trip we encourage volunteers to either relocate to the area of need or focus on where they live.
- Human needs organizations that do not share the gospel or work closely with local churches.
- Missionaries that work cross-culturally that are not working on learning the local language, closely connected to local churches, or distracted by family issues. See Funding Missionaries: Ideas to Help Churches Decide
- Organizations that create unhelpful dependency through impersonal give-aways or paying local pastors’ salaries.
- Ministries that have doctrinal positions or practices that are very distant from our own.
- Ministries that have a claim that the money is used to develop or strengthen relationships. Relationships that are established with money rarely become healthy relationships.
What would you add or modify?