ASSOCIATE MINISTERS PROGRAM (AMP)
Purpose: To provide an opportunity for ordained ministers and others involved in ministry to raise support and be paid for work they do in ministry or in approved charitable projects as an independent contractor.
Program: The program is designed to provide a valuable opportunity for people involved in ministry who would like to be involved in doing independent ministry or working for an approved charitable project. It can also give these individuals the opportunity to begin developing a fundraising base for an independent full-time ministry that they might want to pursue in the future.
The Associate Ministers Project is structured as a Field of Interest Fund of The Joy To The World Foundation and will provide paid work experiences for approved charitable activities or charitable projects to individuals who meet the requirements of the program. AMP is based on the Biblical principle of 1 Corinthians 9:14, “the Lord has directed that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.” AMP provides a means whereby ordained ministers and others doing ministry may receive financial support for their work in recognized ministry. The AMP committee must approve the proposal of the ministry for which the independent contractor will be involved.
The Joy To The World Foundation, which is a tax-exempt public charity, will operate the project. AMP enables friends, other individuals and organizations to support an individual involved in ministry through tax-deductible contributions. This program provides individuals who have been selected by the AMP committee of Joy To The World Foundation, to raise personal support to compensate them for their work in the ministry and receive a minister’s housing allowance if applicable. The Joy To The World Foundation functions as a mission agency enabling the minister to structure his or her own ministry without having to work directly for a church or religious organization. The ministry contractors, like other missionaries, serve as fundraisers to develop support for the AMP project.
The Associate Ministry Project of The Joy To The World Foundation receives donations, keeps records of them and issues tax-deductible receipts for donors and monitors their approved housing allowance. The Associate Ministry Project pays monthly compensation checks to the ministers who are self-employed contractors for their housing allowance and then grants will be made to their non-profit corporation if they have one or to them personally as salary for which they will receive an IRS 1099 form to report the income received.
Acceptance in the Program: In order to be approved as an Associate Minister, the AMP program requires the applicant to:
All prospective contractors should complete an application form with a ministry description, budget and compensation worksheet, minister’s housing allowance worksheet and send the information into the Foundation along with a copy of their letter of ordination if applicable. Applications will be reviewed and approved by the AMP advisory committee of The Joy To The World Foundation Board of Directors. Upon approval, the applicant will be notified of his or her acceptance, given a Handbook and other materials, will be set up with an account number and can begin fundraising for his or her project.
Finances: The Associate Ministry Program of The Joy To The World Foundation operates as a mission organization and as such, ministry contractors are required to raise support needed to fund the ministry project with the Foundation for which they are contracted to perform services.
The Joy To The World Foundation deducts an administrative fee of 5% from each contribution to the project for its operating expenses. While this fee does not cover our total operating expenses, it does help to defray the costs.
Communication with Donors: Tax-deductible receipts and remittance envelopes for contributions are sent directly to the donors by the Foundation. Each AMP contractor is responsible to recruit donors and to correspond regularly with them by means of notes or newsletters.
Compensation Rates: The AMP compensation rate is based on the work to be performed and is not based on need. The compensation rate for the ministry performance of each contractor is determined by the following criteria:
A Compensation Worksheet for determining compensation according to these criteria or a description of the proposed activities will be used by the advisory committee of the foundation to set the consultant’s monthly compensation ceiling. The monthly ceiling includes all remuneration for one’s approved ministry.
Because the contractors are independent contractors and not employees of The Joy To The World Foundation, they are responsible for reporting and paying any social security tax or income tax that may be due on the compensation.
How It Works For Ordained Ministers: After approval by the foundation, a non-profit corporation, may be established for the associate minister’s ministry. Funds in the project account can be paid directly to the associate minister until he or she has received his/her full housing allowance as it is allocated monthly, if the housing allowance is allowed. Any funds above the ministers housing allowance up to the allocated salary amount are paid as 1099 income to the minister or the funds can be granted from the foundation project to the non-profit corporation for benefits, additional salary up to the approved amount and other ministry expenses. The non-profit corporation can also have a medical reimbursement program that can reimburse the associate minister for any medical expenses he or she incurs and can pay for automobile expenses that are incurred in ministry activities. Contributions from the foundation project can also be made to a tax sheltered annuity program for the associate minister if one is established.
Ministers Not Ordained: Ministers not ordained will may apply to the Charitable Associates Network to recieve compnesation for service to the charitable project or they may establish a nonprofit corporation and receive grants for the funds. Legitimate ministry expenses may be reimbursed if receipts are provided. (Contact our offices for more information about the Charitable Associates Network)
The Joy To The World Foundation has exclusive legal control over all assets contributed to the Foundation.