The purpose of this fund is to provide extra resources to group efforts at Central Presbyterian Church and St Moses to serve our neighborhoods, networks, and the next generation. 

This ministry fund is intended to allow groups to dream bigger dreams in serving their immediate communities by providing funds for hospitality events and service opportunities. In the spirit of the impact of John Russell’s life, we want to celebrate and support efforts that are comfortable with their Christian identity, yet deeply sensitive to the lives and concerns of the people we welcome or serve. These hospitality events or service opportunities would generally be hosted off of church properties, except when hosting at the churches are the best missional decision.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.

-Philippians 2:3-5 New (NIV)

About John Russell

John was a model of sensitive Christian witness. Following his untimely death, people from all walks of life and from all parts of the country gave witness to the impact that his deeply personal, non-judgmental presence had on the lives of others. John’s death left a gaping hole in the lives of a wide circle of people, but his life still stands as a model of what an authentic Christian witness looks like in a complex and wounded world. 

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Purpose:

The purpose of this fund is to provide extra resources to group efforts at Central Presbyterian Church and St Moses to serve our neighborhoods, networks, and the next generation. These hospitality events or service opportunities would generally be hosted off of church properties, except when hosting at the churches is the best missional decision.

Philosophy:

Central has always struggled with relating to our immediate community (our personal neighborhoods and networks, as well as immediately around the church) in an organized way. There is a “valley” of disconnection between our ministry in the building and our connections to partners in the city, county and world. This need for connection to our own neighborhoods has always been on our minds. We recognize that learning how to reach out in a missional way (sent out) is vital to healthy outreach in the future.

This ministry fund is intended to allow groups to dream bigger dreams in serving their immediate communities by providing funds for hospitality events and service opportunities. In the spirit of the impact of John Russell’s life, we want to celebrate and support efforts that are comfortable with their Christian identity, yet deeply sensitive to the lives and concerns of the people we welcome or serve.

Plan of Operation:

Composition and Roles of the John Russell Outreach Fund Committee
– The John Russell Outreach Fund Committee shall consist of 2 to 4 committee members from each church.
– All committee members must be “members in good standing” at Central Presbyterian Church or Saint Moses Church, appointed by the Session or Elders Board from each church.
– The Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Equipping, and Executive Director of Ministry Support from Central shall be ex officio committee members.
– The Senior Pastor and Associate Pastor from St Moses shall be ex officio committee members.
– No official member of the Committee shall be employed by either church.
– Members shall serve a term of three (3) years, with appointments staggered to provide continuity.
– Members shall serve no more than two (2) consecutive terms.
– The Committee shall meet at least annually or as needed.
– A quorum consists of a majority of the members; ex officio members shall not count toward a quorum.
– The committee shall make reports to the Session or Elders Board from each church annually or as requested.

Gift Acceptance

– The John Russell Outreach Fund Committee shall formulate and modify gift acceptance policies as needed, with approval of the Session of Central Presbyterian Church.
– All gifts will be accepted in accordance with all state and federal laws. An outside attorney and/or an accountant (CPA) will review any gift with a designation for any specifications and parameters.
– Any gift other than cash or publicly traded securities must be reviewed and accepted by the JRO Fund Committee before the transfer of the gift to Central.
– Donor gift designations are recognized in a manner consistent with the donor’s wishes, in as much as possible, and in accordance with the Fund’s mission and needs.
– All gifts will be confidential unless the donor directs otherwise.
– Donors of specified purpose gifts will be asked, if possible, to include language that enables the Session, under special circumstances, to use the gift in a manner consistent with the mission and needs of the church.

Investment Policy

The Investment Committee, a separate entity, shall manage the investment of the Fund, in accordance with the Session-approved Investment Policy. The Session is ultimately responsible for the final decision on all investments.

Distribution Process

The John Russell Outreach Fund Committee shall oversee distributions from the Fund in accordance with Session approved policies. The Fund is intended to assist Central and St. Moses churches to reach their neighborhoods for Christ through creative projects. The Fund shall not be part of either church’s general operating budget.
The primary way that funds are distributed is through a grant process. The John Russell Outreach Fund Committee oversees a grant process from application submission to decision. The churches will encourage the members of their church communities to submit grant applications for events and other creative ways to reach their neighborhoods.
The final decisions on approval of grants is made by the John Russell Outreach Fund Committee.

Review

This policy shall be reviewed annually by the John Russell Outreach Fund Committee and any recommended revisions will be sent to the Session of Central Presbyterian Church for approval.