NorCal Work FundAugust 7, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized
|May 2017 update: our target for 2017 is 350K.—————-(Excerpt of the letter to the churches) Dear brothers,As we fellowshipped last Saturday afternoon with the brothers, the Lord’s move in Northern California has been progressing. We have surveyed the situation of the churches in Northern California, and realized that many areas of opportunity for the Lord are in smaller or newer localities that do not have the financial ability to support full-time workers. We recognize that more workers are necessary to commence a work in nearby cities, communities, and campuses. For this reason, we have established the NorCal Work Fund aiming to release the supply in the Body to meet the need of the Body.At this time, we will focus on the one-time goal of reaching $250,000 by the end of 2016. Then, starting in 2017, we would like to establish a more consistent ongoing support by monthly (or regular) pledging by churches and individual saints.We trust that in opening this fund to the saints and the churches, the Lord will touch many saints “to support such ones that we may become fellow workers in the truth” (3 John 8). …=====================================================
This is a brief summary of the NorCal Work Fund for saints to know its goal, function, and practical details for supporting it. Purpose To support the full-time serving ones in a new situation where local support is inadequate. Examples: workers at Sonoma State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Chico, etc. This will not replace the current organic support by nearby localities. This is not intended to support an existing work in the localities, e.g., Berkeley full timers. This is not to support FTTA trainees. The fund is intended to support all kinds of full timers serving in Northern California, including young people’s workers, community workers, and language workers, and some who may serve in more than one kind of work simultaneously (e.g., young people and college). Oversight The Fund will be overseen by a group of mature serving brothers … All disbursements are to be considered under much prayer and fellowship, and agreed upon by unanimous decision. Accounting Name of the account: NorCal Work Fund, to be handled practically as a special account opened under the auspices of the church in Berkeley. All disbursements are to come from the church in Berkeley special account as directed by the overseeing brothers. Donations Donations are welcome from both individuals and local churches. Pledges of one-time giving or periodic giving are both acceptable. The initial target is $250,000. Contributions from individuals are to be understood as being in addition to the regular offering of 10% and 5% to the local churches. Electronic donations are now available, and up-to-date information concerning donations can be accessed from the NorCal Work Fund link at http://www.norcalchurches.