Mercy Month: Diaconate Budget Overview + Offering
“Social Healing” is the umbrella term for all the things your deacon team works towards. Through outreach and justice, service and mercy, and financial and counseling ministries, Redeemer’s Deacon Team administers much of the church’s funds that are specifically focused on social healing. This part of our church’s ministry is funded in two ways:
- Through the Redeemer General Fund, as the session directs a portion of your tithes and offerings to mercy ministry each year.
- Through designated giving – when you write “Mercy Fund” on your check, etc.
If you have questions about anything related to the deacon team’s budget or their “Mercy Fund,” please email email@example.com.
On October 30, the Deacon Team will take up an offering for the Mercy Fund. Please prayerfully consider what you might contribute to the fund this year. If you would like to give prior to to offering, you can do so through The City.
An explanation of each budget item:
Mercy Fund and Widow Care: General account to meet the needs of parishioners and neighbors, e.g., unplanned medical procedures that people cannot afford, utility bills, car repairs, rent or mortgage assistance, etc.
New Star Outreach: Funds designated to programming and tutoring carried out by Redeemer members for our neighbors at 16 Park.
Partner Ministries: Funds granted to likeminded organizations that have a Redeemer member who acts as their sponsor—representing them to the deacon team, advocating for their mission, etc.
Adoption Grants: Support for parishioners who are adopting or offering other care for the vulnerable, e.g., foster care, hosting a Young Lives mom, taking an extra child with them on vacation, etc.
Counseling Support: Funds available to assist with the cost of professional counseling; these funds are administered through Redeemer’s New Hope Counseling Center
Designated Gifts: Funds collected and distributed for a particular outreach need.
Sabbatical Support: Funds used to finance further education or ministry-related experience for deacons on sabbatical.
Administration and Education: Resources for deacon training and parishioner financial education.