The Book of Acts makes it clear; the early Christians had all things in common. Their love for one another was evident in the consideration and support they showed for one another. The need for mutual support and loving benevolence is as much a relevant part of Christianity today as it was then.
Established in 1972, the Oklahoma District Council adopted a plan of action for the purpose of enabling ministers to collectively show Christian love and support to one another when one of their own is dealing with a death. The Oklahoma Ministers Benevolence Fund (OMBF) has proven to be an excellent vehicle for ministers from across the state to offer financial assistance to those facing the expense and grief due to the loss of a loved one. Since 1999, OMBF has distributed $1,145,000 to families during bereavement.
OMBF is under the direction of the Oklahoma Executive Presbytery Board and this board is responsible of all administrative decisions relative to the operation of this fund.
OMBF will pay the following benefits as soon as the Oklahoma District Office is notified of a member’s death (death certificate is not necessary).
Child (live birth – 18th birthday) $2,300.00
In the absence of beneficiary information, OMBF will pay the benefit to the estate of the deceased.
To become eligible for OMBF an individual must meet the following requirements:
Be a minister or spouse of a minister, holding credentials (any level) with the Oklahoma District Council, who is 65 years of age or younger at the time of application. Ministers may remain members even if they move out of State so long as their credentials remain current with the General Council. Active membership continues for life or until payment of assessments cease.
Enrollment is complete if an individual meets all eligibility requirements, completes an OMBF application, and submits a $5.00 enrollment fee for both themselves and their spouse.
Dependent children are included without charge if both parents are members of OMBF. To remain eligible, dependent children must be unmarried, residing in the member’s household, and be under the age of 18.
Each member (minister and spouse) will be assessed $2.50 for each member death. The full amount of the assessment will go into the OMBF fund to replenish all benefits paid. All expenses will be paid from other sources, not from monthly assessments. Benefits for eligible children will be paid by OMBF without any assessment to its members.
A statement will be mailed on the 5th of each month. This statement will list all member deaths from the previous month, along with the amount of the assessment that is to be paid.
If a member account is not paid within 60 days, a notice will be sent to the member to provide the opportunity to bring the account current. If the bill is not paid within 90 days, a certified letter will be sent and membership will be suspended. If an account is delinquent at the time of death, appropriate adjustments will be made before the benefit is paid.