FOUNDATIONS BIBLE TRAINING CENTERS
All relationships within F.I.M. are born out of our love and service to Christ. We are to honor these relationships as such. We are in mutual submission to each other as we are fully submitted to Christ as the head of us all. All of the technical and legal requirements mean nothing without our relationship to Christ and submission to the working of the Holy Spirit. None of these requirements are meant as mandated laws, but avenues to allow F.I.M and its members to be supported relationally. EVERY minister, ministry and church associated with F.I.M. is joined together by relationship not hierarchy. Each ministry maintains its own autonomy and individual flavor yet they agree to Holy Spirit led apostolic oversight. Counsel, training, ministry and apostolic/prophetic evaluations will be offered as well as prayer covering. If you need assistance in relational conflicts or governing conflicts within your ministry we are here to serve you in those matters and in any other way that is needed.
General Technical & Legal Requirements for All Members
Be born again Christian believers in Christ as their personal Savior. Accept and abide in F.I.M.’s Tenants of Faith & Code of Ethics. Complete applications, pay fees, set up bylaws and governing board for their charters. Upon receipt of a charter acceptance letter, apply for EIN numbers. If your ministry is covered you must keep accurate financial records, turn in all required records and reports to F.I.M.’s headquarters. Financial reports are due March 3lst and FIMR1 status report by August 31st. of each calendar year. Current forms will be forwarded to you every year.
Under tax laws of the United States, ministers are not tax exempt from paying taxes. Ministries can be if they have 501(c) (3) IRS group coverage under a 501(c) (3) tax exempt organization. F.I.M. offers this to each of its charters. Ministers must file income taxes and claim their income. There are some tax breaks for ordained ministers, such as housing allowances and other deductions; we will make every effort to keep you informed of these. We strongly believeRELATIONSHIPS in financial integrity in ministries.
All candidates must fill out a ministerial / charter application and will go through an interview process.
Ordained Ministers: F.I.M. has the ability and authority to ordain qualified persons to hold the office of an ordained minister. Candidates for ordination are mature in Christ and seasoned in their calling and office. Ministers must have a proven godly character in the home and ministry lifestyles. Contribute not less than $300.00 in donations or offerings to the general fund of F.I.M. each year and pay an annual Ordination fee of $25.00 by Sept.1st. Of each year. If you and your spouse are both credentialed with F.I.M., the donations are only $400.00 per year.
Licensed Ministers: F.I.M. will license inexperienced ministers who are beginning to answer the call of God in pursuing the ministry. We will train and assist them in developing their gifts and callings. Contribute not less than $200.00 donations or offerings to the general fund of F.I.M. each year and pay an annual License fee of $25.00 by Sept 1st. If you and your spouse are both credentialed with F.I.M., the donations are only $300.00 per year. Candidates for licensing or ordination may be required to take a prescribed course of studies.
THE IRS DEMANDS THAT SOME TYPE OF FINANCIAL RENUMERATION BE INVOLVED, THEY DO NOT WANT CREDIENTIALS GIVEN OUT SO PEOPLE CAN USE THEIR STATUS TO CORUPT THE INTENT OF SUCH STATUS. WE HAVE KEPT YOUR FINANICAL OBLIGATIONS AS LOW AS POSSIBLE. REMEMBER YOUR GIVING REFLECTS THE INTENTIONS OF YOUR HEART.
Transfers of are considered on an individual basis.
All charters are based on apostolic relationship with F.I.M. These ministries or Churches have agreed to be in Godly balanced submission to apostolic oversight. They are spiritually and technically covered by F.I.M. We are providing New Testament government for spirit led oversight and IRS tax exempt status through group exemption 501(c)(3) subordinate coverage. Donations to your ministries will be tax deductible. Your ministry can give your supporters the assurance you are operating in integrity and have financial accountability.
General requirements for all charters all ministries, churches and missions: Communicate quarterly to F.I.M. by either a calendar of events, newsletter, E-mail or general letter, the plans or ministry events you have scheduled. This will give us a powerful prayer tool as we will know more fully what you are being led by the Holy Spirit to accomplish. This will assist us in helping you promote your ministry! If we don’t know what’s going on with you we can’t encourage others to support you! When our web site is complete we will use this information to get the word out about your ministry. Tithes: Tithing is not about the amount but the principle of giving. We have ministries whose tithes started out as $5.00 and increased to hundreds of dollars. As they were faithful in little they soon began to harvest much. Your personal tithe belongs to the local church. Your ministry tithe goes to FIM. Your family income tithe goes to your local congregation. Your ministerial financial obligations are based on biblical foundations of supporting the work of the ministry.
Churches will be led by F.I.M. Licensed or Ordained ministers. (Interim leaders may be lay leaders). There must be a strong desire to see the saints trained for service and an outreach to the lost and hurting. Government of the churches will be based on New Testament examples. Churches must have regularly scheduled meetings and be operating as a church. An annual fee of $125.00 is due January 1st of each year. Initial fee to be paid upon application approval. Tithes are paid to the general treasury of F.I.M, the first of every month.
Five Fold Ministry Charters
Ministries operating in one or more of five fold office gifts. These ministries would be presenting the gospel, teaching, preaching, training and equipping I.e. Evangelistic outreaches, Psalmist ministries, Apostolic training and equipping ministries, Prophetic preaching ministries, Teacher or Pastoral outreaches that nurture and build up the saints. Each is to be directed by an ordained/ licensed minister or approved leader by F.I.M. An annual fee of $100.00 is due December 31st of each year and tithes are paid to the general treasury of F.I.M. each monthly.
Missions are those ministries who work with unreached people groups, the impoverished. These missions generally are working with the outcast and poor. They are to be directed by an Ordained / Licensed minister or lay leader approved by F.I.M. A one time fee of $100.00 is due upon acceptance. Offerings are encouraged; Missions are required to send quarterly reports on the work and outreach they are doing on the mission field.
Accountability, discipline and governmental structure are outlined in F.I.M.’s bylaws.