The purpose of the Benevolence Fund is to draw people closer to Christ by helping to meet their basic financial needs in times of crisis or transition, according to biblical directives and fiscal constraints. The Benevolence Fund achieves this purpose primarily through specific check disbursements at the direction of the Benevolence Team and CARE Pastor/New Hope. Disbursements are made by check and are payable to a specific vendor. These disbursements are to be accompanied by, and made in tandem with: evangelism (when applicable), discipleship and counsel on biblical financial stewardship. Besides financial aid, Cornerstone Fellowship seeks to make available other resources such as budget coaching, Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University, spiritual counseling via New Hope ministries, assistance with resume writing and job searching and information on where to find lower cost housing opportunities and community resources.
The Benevolence Fund is intended as a source of last resort, to be used when the family or person requesting assistance has explored all other possibilities of help from family, friends, savings, or investments. The Benevolence Ministry is not designed to respond to emergencies, financial or otherwise, as the process can take several weeks to complete.
A request for assistance begins with a Benevolence Request Form being filled out by the person requesting help or by a Cornerstone attendee on behalf of the person in need. Request forms are located in the church office and may be obtained during normal business hours or during weekend services. A written recommendation from your small group leader would be helpful. Those requesting assistance must also be willing to receive biblical, financial, family, or emotional counseling. Assistance for those who do not attend Cornerstone begins with a one-on-one appointment with a Benevolence Team member. Call 925-447-3465 to schedule a “walk-in” appointment. The Benevolence Team will not provide help to anyone who, in its estimation, will have negative or irresponsible behavior reinforced by financial help. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As stated earlier, the purpose of these funds is primarily to draw individuals closer to Christ. Every person’s first and greatest need is always to experience God’s love and mercy through a relationship with Jesus Christ.