One of the key ministries of the Church of Christ is the Minister’s Discretionary Fund (MDF). Using this fund, our pastor can provide help for people from the church or our community who have become overwhelmed with financial or other material needs. Perhaps a young man has lost his job and can’t make the rent payment. Maybe a family has had extensive medical bills and is unable to pay for heating oil. Another example – at the end of the month a single mother’s paycheck has run out and she needs to buy groceries for her children.
The pastor is able to provide this financial assistance (a rent check to a landlord, a supermarket gift card, etc.) from the Minister’s Discretionary Fund which is supplied by donations from church and community members as well as income from a small endowment and occasional light of service offerings.