NUTS AND BOLTS
...FOR A CHURCH TO PARTICIPATE WITH TMP
- Presbyterian Churches only for two reasons: We understand how they work. Their leadership is plural giving more security.
- Presbyterian churches may qualify if they have active elders in ministry along with the pastor.
- They must fully inform us of their church history, policy, culture, mission and vision, objectives, deacons, private enterprise climate, assets, gifts, etc.
- The elders and deacons must all agree to accept teaching in biblical stewardship, ethics, business principles and TMP policy.
- Their deacons must be fully appraised of the plan and agreeable to carry out the plan of careful diaconal services toward their business people who receive loans.
to the right is a church business group preparing for a training seminar.
...FOR A MEMBER OF A CHURCH TO RECEIVE A TMP LOAN, THE DEACONS...
- certify the business is real, has good history and potential.
- help do an asset evaluation so to keep borrowing level low.
- help such a person with a savings plan.
- certify the borrower's commitment to discipleship in Christ.
- certify the person has attended the training seminars.
- help applicant with application form, repayment terms, etc.
- assure the person understands her stewardship of what God has provided and will repay loan even if joining another church.
- assure the loan recipient will attend all group support mtgs.
- will repay at the bank branch and will return to the Secretary the receipt of each repayment.
These and other stipulations are spelled out in the policy manual for Committee One. These policy requirements, if followed, can help that church set up its own sustainable economic development program, and then TMP can move on to another applicant congregation.