What do we expect from a client ministry?
- A completed application for construction assistance and an executed Memorandum of Understanding (provided by our Project Coordinator when your project has been approved and details have been worked out).
- Materials for the project, and workers from your congregation, staff, or volunteer base (remember, we come alongside to guide and supplement your people, we generally don’t build it for you);
- Construction permits and licensed subcontractors, where required; we must have copies of the required permits in our office before we will mobilize missionaries and/or volunteers to your jobsite;
- Liability Insurance covering volunteer workers on your project, with Construction Workers Christian Fellowship named as an additional insured on your policy (a copy must be received before we start work);
- We prefer that your liability coverage meet the following minimum standards:
- Commercial General Liability coverage with an insurance carrier rated A or better by A. M. Best with limits equal to or exceeding:
- $2,000,000 General Aggregate
- $2,000,000 Products – Completed Operations Aggregate
- $1,000,000 Combined Single Limit Each Occurrence
- $1,000,000 Personal & Advertising Injury
- $100,000 Damage to Rented Premises
- $5,000 Medical Expenses (Any One Person)
- Automobile Liability Insurance for any and all vehicles owned by Client and used at any job sites or to transport individuals or materials to or from job sites for a minimum coverage amount of $1,000,000 each accident, including Hired and Non-Owned Auto Liability Coverage.
- If your coverage does not meet these standards, or you are unable to obtain insurance that does, please discuss your situation with our Project Coordinator.
- Jobsite phone or cell phone/cell service and e-mail/Internet access for our missionaries–for overseas exceptions see below;
- Beginning 60 days prior to the arrival of CWCf missionary or other personnel on your site, we require weekly communication to our home office (phone or e-mail), updating us on project status.
- Some sort of room and board for our Associates/RV’ers/Missionaries. This varies from project to project and depends on the missionary staff assigned, the location, etc. In North America, and as appropriate to the job, it would look like this:
- A place to park their RV (trailer or motor home), as well as parking spaces or rooms for any volunteers we recruit for the project, free of charge to the missionary and associates; (we coordinate with you the number of spots needed before mobilizing staff or Associates);
- Utilities to the RV spaces – minimum 30 amp electrical service, drinking water, and some form of sewer service (sometimes this is a weekly pump out by the “honey bucket” truck); with you (the client ministry) covering the cost of these utilities. Making sure the missionaries’ propane tanks are full before they leave your job isn’t required, but it’s sure appreciated!
- A few of our missionaries and volunteers do not have RV’s; in their case we ask you to arrange for lodging, typically with a church family or in a camp dorm or cabin, mission apartment, etc.
- Although we do not require meals be provided, on jobs where a number of folks are working at the lunch or dinner hour on a regular basis it is common and much appreciated for the client ministry to provide at least one meal a day for the workers. At camps, this usually means the use of the dining hall. Churches typically form a pot-luck committee and bring meals to the job site.
- Finally, we ask for opportunities for our missionaries to share the ministry of CWCf with your people. For churches, this can be to the whole church, or to small groups. Some of our missionaries can even fill in for your pastor from time to time if desired. For ministries other than churches we appreciate opportunities to present our ministry to your board or other leadership.
Application for Construction Assistance
Special Notes for Non-USA Projects
- We’ll probably not be sending RV’s to your out-of-the-USA project! We ask that you provide room and board for our missionaries and volunteers. We realize many short term groups pay all of their own expenses, including reimbursing their hosts for room and board. Our volunteers pay their own travel and incidental expenses, and in special circumstances may be willing to pay for their own room and board. However, we typically send skilled or mostly skilled workers, not unskilled tourists or youth groups. A workman is worthy of his hire – or at least his or her room and board at a reasonable, local-level of comfort.
- Our missionaries usually operate on minimum support, and round trip tickets for a husband and wife team to an overseas project are often simply out of the budget. Therefore, we ask the client ministry to cover at least half the cost of travel to and from the project for our CWCf missionary.
- Phone/Internet service is desired, not required.