Assembly Care exists to connect believers from New Testament patterned assemblies with commended workers, ministries and other similar assemblies in North America. A second goal is to make believers more aware of commended workers laboring within N. America, their practical needs, and our Biblical responsibility to "fellowship" in the gospel by meeting their needs.
Theme Verse: 2Co 9:12For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
What Assembly Care Does
- Helps commended workers find health care.
- Publish commended a newsletter with news about commended workers.
- Has set up a system for believers to fellowship online financially with commended workers in certain areas of need.
- Maintains a directory of commended workers from some New Testament patterned assemblies.
- Maintains a dynamic online directory-map of 1300+ assemblies and camps.
- Is a 501c3 (non-profit) registered in Florida.
- Helps assembly workers and ministries with certain website/technology projects (Help may not be available if too many projects are currently in process).
- Operates a calendar of conferences and events at assemblies in North America.
- Has a location for believers to post practical announcements and requests.
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Who works at Assembly Care?
Assembly Care is operated and maintained by Jesse Gentile and Todd Aitken (Tampa, FL in fellowship at Carrollwood Bible Chapel) out of a small office. We also get volunteer help from Alan Coburn (NJ) to keep up the calendar section of our site. Believers from many assemblies across the US and around the world use the tools on the ACM website. Twice a year the ACM board meets to discuss its needs, direction, and progress. Board members represent a spectrum of assemblies and regions of the country.
- Jesse Gentile (California) - President
- Bill Coyle (Illinois) - Secretary
- Ed Anthony (Tennessee) - Treasurer
- Bob Bennett (Tennessee)
- Greg Drake (Georgia)
- Skip Elliott (South Carolina)
- Steve Price (Kansas)
What Assemblies Does ACM Represent?
ACM does not officially connect itself with one group of assemblies or another. ACM receives calls from elders and workers from open assemblies and some gospel halls in the U.S. The men on the ACM board are aware of the variety that exists among assemblies. Rather than side or affiliate with a constricted group, our goal is to exhort/help individual believers from as many assemblies as possible to support the workers commended from those assemblies respectively.
A commended worker support organization?
While ACM was started to help commended workers find health-care, it became rapidly apparent that there was little to no support organization connecting assemblies with commended workers who labor inside North America. To that end ACM has developed several tools that will help keep assemblies digitally connected with commended workers. If the Lord blesses this effort we may in the future begin printing such resources.
ACM intends to follow the pattern of the apostle Paul in exhorting assembly believers about their responsibility to give to known needs among the body - particularly those of commended workers. Paul the apostle went to great lengths to inform various assemblies of the needs of other believers (i.e. the poor in Jerusalem who had ministered to the spiritual needs of the region), and to ensure a safe transportation of their fellowship gifts into the hands of those needy Christians.
Gifts Given to Workers Through ACM.
ACM will not take any percentage (in the form of "administrative costs") out of gifts given to commended workers.
For ACM to be able to use (a) credit cards, and (b) to do so online - companies like VISA and our merchant bank account mandatorily take a combined total of just under 3% of any charges made via credit card. Any group, book store, or vendor wishing to use credit cards must pay these fees. ACM has no say in these charges. Despite this, we feel that since credit cards are so widely used today for every other financial transaction, believers would be willing to put up with a small percentage in order to be able to use a credit card in making fellowship with the Lord's work as convenient as many of the other financial transactions we are used to today.
Does ACM sell health care insurance?
No. Assembly Care does not sell insurance. ACM's original purpose for beginning was to help resolve this practical issue though. At this point (2010) we still give advice only by phone to those who call and request it. At this present date, when a worker or elder calls, ACM will share as many solutions as possible with them, and then leave the decision with that individual.
Is there a health care program for commended workers?
ACM has been working on this issue for many years. While we are not going the route of a group insurance we are working on a group healthcare plan which will join volunteer doctors to the Samaritan Ministries healthcare plan. You read about that here.