In 2 Corinthians 8-9, Phil 4:10-20, Paul thanks believers for giving to his ministry outside their local context and advocates further generosity. We see these as example and basis for today’s ministry fundraising model, in which Christian individuals contribute regularly to ministry support. Other models of funding in the church, such as the tithe model for funding church staff, or the “tent-making” bi-vocational approach, are also important Biblical approaches for funding ministry. However, Reliant exists especially for those missional contexts where a local tithe or funding is not available or sufficient, yet the gospel ministry and training is needed just the same.
Austin Stone Institute, Austin Stone Community Church, and Reliant are all 501c3 organizations. All Residents are supported by donations from individuals, businesses, churches, and foundations, managed by Reliant. For more information about financial accountability, please visit Reliant’s website.
Each Resident is responsible for securing contributions to cover the cost of their program through finding “ministry partners” who will pray and give financially toward their salary, training, insurance and ministry expenses. Contributions a Resident receives go into an project account assigned to them by Reliant. It is out of this account their salary is paid. Residents must raise all of the funds required for their employment because there is not a central fund to support them.
Program Cost factors:
- All funds given go towards supporting residents.
- Each dollar given has 8% deducted from it to cover Reliant administrative costs and services that assist residents in addition to a small program fee to cover books & resources. Overall, funds are directed towards providing the total cost of employment including all compensation and benefits.
- Adequate Health Insurance is required by law, therefore all residents must enroll in Reliant’s Health Insurance plan unless proof of insurance coverage through parents or spouse is demonstrated. This expense is calculated into the overall ASI Program cost.