XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church—items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the 2005 Care Fund Policy of Bible Fellowship Church.
Bible Fellowship Church, in the exercise of its religious and charitable purposes, has established a Care Fund to assist persons in financial need. The church welcomes contributions to the fund. Donors are free to suggest beneficiaries of the fund or of their contributions to the fund. However, such suggestions shall be deemed advisory rather than mandatory in nature. The administration of the fund, including all disbursements, is subject to the exclusive control and discretion of the church board.
The church board may consider suggested designations, but in no event is it bound in any way to honor them, since they are accepted only on the condition that they are merely nonbonding suggestions or recommendations. As a result, donors will not be permitted to recover a designated contribution on the ground that the church failed to honor the donor’s designation.
Donors wishing to make contributions to the Care Fund subject to these conditions may be able to deduct their contributions if they itemize their deductions on their federal income tax return. The church cannot guarantee this result, and recommends that donors who want assurance that their contributions are deductible seek the advice of a tax attorney or CPA. Checks should be made payable to the church, with a notation that the funds are placed in the church Care Fund.