Tuesday, November 30
$30K GOAL


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WHAT IS THE NEED?

Our benevolence fund has a great need of being replenished. Currently, we allocate a monthly amount from our budget to the benevolence fund. But the need is greater than what is currently designated from our budget. We did a special COVID Benevolence fundraiser in the summer of 2020 and have raised over $64,000 since then. Our team has used these funds for families in need through our benevolence process. Our current Benevolence fund is nearly depleted so this gives us a wonderful opportunity to help more families inside and outside of Northland during this GivingTuesday.

"When I was asked to be a part of this team, I was honored to be able to serve in this way. At one time my family and I were on the receiving end and God used Northland to get us through a very difficult time so I was thankful to be able to give back in a way. Although I realized this is not my money but God’s and that was something that is a huge responsibility and I don't take it lightly."

— Rick Bradshaw

HOW DO WE ASSIST?

At Northland Church, we strive to help those both inside and outside of the church in their time of need and provide spiritual, emotional, and relational support. When it comes to financial emergencies, we have a rich history and tradition of walking with those in need during times of crisis.

The current Benevolence Team consists of a rotating group of staff and congregants that are dedicated to offering compassion and assistance during a financial crisis. This assistance comes in the form of listening, praying, providing references to other resources in the community, and, when possible, paying for part or all of a one-time financial need.

The benevolence fund is intended to be a last resort, to be used when the family or individual requesting assistance has explored all other possibilities of help from family, friends, savings, investments, or other local organizations. It is intended to be a temporary help during a time of crisis.

"When I was chosen to be part of the Benevolence Team, I was very surprised and nervous. My spiritual gift is mercy and I really feel for people who are experiencing hardships. That can be a dangerous place though and obviously, people can take advantage of that, especially when money is involved. It was pretty cool to see how all four people on the Benevolence Team at the time brought a different perspective and helped me care for those that applied to the program. Matt Shiles and Judy Head have had extensive experience in this area, and they taught me how to ask the right questions to applicants to vet them properly, instead of just getting caught up in their emotional stories."

— Bradley Nolff

WHO DO WE ASSIST?

Families and individuals we seek to serve are often dealing with medical issues, loss of job, and other unforeseen crises. The goal is to fill the gap for those living above their means but to come alongside those that were hit with the unexpected.

Assistance from the benevolence fund is intended to be a one-time gift. In some circumstances, the benevolence team may decide to help an individual or family more than one time. However, under no circumstance is a gift from the benevolence fund considered a loan. No gift may be repaid, either in part or in full, in money or in labor.

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.

WHAT’S THE PROCESS?

Those requesting assistance must be willing to submit a benevolence application and any other necessary information (i.e. copy of a bill). The benevolence team will not provide help to anyone who, in its estimation, will have negative or irresponsible behavior reinforced by financial help.

When approved, the financial assistance is sent directly to the mortgage company, landlord, or utility company and not directly to the individual.

It is a joy to help those in our church body and community in their time of need. Oftentimes, this crisis creates opportunities for prayer and more in-depth conversations about their lives. We hope applicants see us as a healthy spiritual family that points to Jesus in their everyday lives.

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