Generous contributions from around the world to the abolish poverty, end suffering mission initiative are used in part to help Community of Christ individuals and families meet their basic living needs. Your local Congregational Financial Officer (CFO) can help to guide those who may be in need of financial support through the oblation request process. Find more information about Community of Christ oblation ministry at www.cofchrist.org/oblation.
Qualifications for Recipients
Membership and active participation in the life of the church are desirable for those receiving oblation aid based on the following realities:
- The resources of oblation are extremely limited when compared with the needs of the many persons resident in the communities where the church is established.
- Local, state, and federal governments provide welfare programs, supported by personal tax dollars, to meet many of the needs normally addressed by oblation.
- On a case-by-case basis, aid can be extended to include inactive members, nonmembers who have close ties with the church, or persons with whom the church or its members may be involved in ministry.
Recipients need to show evidence of a willingness to adopt a lifestyle consistent with their situation.
Oblation is to be considered as a resource to supplement available income helping persons meet their “basic living expenses.” It is not a fund to maintain the standard of living enjoyed before the person (or family) found himself or herself in need.
Basic living expenses are food, clothing, medical, shelter, and essential transportation expenses. Oblation should not be used for other reasons because of limited available resources. As examples, people often ask if oblation can support legal fees, counseling expenses, or funeral costs, and these have not been typically covered as basic living expenses.
Persons seeking financial assistance from oblation should be cooperative and willing to view their situation objectively.
- They should be open and willing to share their complete family situation.
- They should also demonstrate a willingness to accept counsel.
- Those providing counsel need to assure the applicants that their financial disclosures will be kept in strict confidence.
Persons seeking help need to evidence a desire to learn and practice the six principles of A Disciple’s Generous Response including developing and living by a budget, keeping records, and generally developing the disciplines of good money management.
Oblation is not to be used in place of available public assistance programs. Those in need should qualify for and accept this source of help when they are eligible.