The Deacon Fund is provided by the generosity of the congregation to assist in meeting primarily short-term financial needs of the congregation members as stated in the PCA Book of Church Order, Section 9-2. In addition, the PCA Biblical Guidelines for Mercy Ministry states that the immediate church family be given first assistance priority, after which we will consider the needs of regular church attenders and those who are outside the covenant family.
God’s Word in 1 Timothy 5:3-16 commands the church to provide for its widows when their families are not able to care for them. Luke 10:25-37 directs us to minister to the needs of those in distress. And, Galatians 6:10 calls us to reach out to those in our church body who are faced with unmet needs.
The Deacons' Benevolence Fund is not intended for long-term support and is generally used to provide adequate food, shelter, transportation, and help with payment of past due or urgent bills for a limited period of time. It is not used to repay personal debt or to purchase “wants.” Each payment is made directly to the creditor. Each case is evaluated by the assigned Diaconate team and, where necessary, the entire Board of Deacons, to determine the appropriate level of assistance.
Benevolence assistance is normally initiated by the completion of a an Income and Expense Worksheet (see link to Benevolence Form Worksheet) and submit it to the Village Seven Presbyterian Church Office located at 4055 Nonchalant Circle South, 80917. A team of two Deacons or Deacon, Deacon Apprentice and/or Deacon Assistant is assigned to review the information provided and meet with the requesting individual or family. In many cases the team will determine if the specific request should be approved, or counsel with the requestor as to how their needs may be met. This counsel may involve obtaining assistance through extended family, and other Christian or secular organizations. Additionally, we recognize that there is a spiritual dimension to all trials so the Diaconate team strives to provide prayer, encouragement and guidance while sharing the love of Christ with those in need.