A Volunteer Construction Missionary or VCM is an Associate who agrees to serve for a full month or more per year. Some of our VCM's serve nearly year-round. VCM's must be willing and able to represent CWCf to churches, individuals and project clients. A VCM must also be in written agreement with the Constitution and By-Laws of CWCf (this information is available upon request).
VCM's are treated like missionary staff, so in addition to volunteering on projects they get to do things like send in reports and photos from their projects to the home office, publish prayer/newsletters and so on. We also require VCM's to raise a prayer-support team of at least 50 people.
There are a lot of benefits to being a VCM. You will be a member of a creditable team that has been serving the Lord's servants for about 40 years in the USA and overseas. You'll have a prayer support base as well as staff to support you. One special benefit is the eternal friendships that you'll build with others in the organization and among the clients you serve. The varied ministry opportunities are arranged through our office in Longview, WA, where we can also serve as a mail forwarding and message center for you while you are out on a project. The best benefit is seeing the project done and being used for Gods work - whether it's a bunk house, classrooms or a new sanctuary.
I. The Application Process
A. Submit the Application for Individuals. If you are already an Associate this is complete.
B. Send us a copy of your résumé.
C. Submit the additional "What Do You Believe?" questionnaire.
D. Submit forms from 5 references. If you are an Associate, you've already submitted three, so just two additional references will be required. Please use the Missionary Reference Form.
E. A Federal Background check is required (the cost generally runs $20 to $25 per person - you will be notified of the current cost and the report will be ordered after we receive your check). If you are an Associate this should have been done already.
F. After we receive your background check and references, you'll need to have at least one week of Jobsite experience under the supervision of Hard Hats missionary staff. If you have worked for a week or more as an Associate on a project in the past with a Hard Hats missionary, it can be counted as fulfilling this requirement, so long as we can obtain an evaluation of your experience from the missionary.
G. After a review of your jobsite experience, we will arrange a time for you to meet personally with our Board of Directors. Following the interview and prayerful consideration, the Board may accept you as a VCM Appointee.
II. Upon acceptance as a VCM Appointee, each VCM will:
A. Complete a missionary orientation course as directed by CWCf.
B. Begin building a Prayer Partner support base of at least 50 people.
C. Submit a Support Quota Worksheet (SQW) if you choose to do partnership development. What is partnership development?
D. Begin sending out quarterly prayer letters to your partners and other interested individuals and churches.
III. VCM Reports and Meetings
A. A monthly activity report is due each month during which you have any CWCf projects, partnership development activities, or presentations.
B. Project reports are due at the end of each project or project period.
C. All VCM personnel are treated like Staff and as such may be required to attend at least one staff retreat or gathering per year.
IV. VCM Job Titles and Minimum Involvement
A. To remain on active status each VCM must work at least one month per year. This can be on a project, in promotion or in partnership development, or in the office. You can also be placed "on loan" to another mission.
B. VCM personnel are volunteer team workers and representatives of CWCf.
C. Job titles are determined by your qualifications and are assigned by the President/CEO through Personnel Coordinator of CWCf.
D. VCM's are eligible for further training whether on-the-job or in the classroom. All such training must be approved or assigned by the CEO when the costs for such training are to be covered from the VCM ministry account.
V. VCM's are directly responsible to the President/CEO through the Personnel Coordinator
VI. VCM Financial Policies
- All donations are to be free-will offerings.
- No appeals for funds can be made to the general public.
- No funds are to be received until approved as VCM Appointee.
- Tax-deductible donations are under the exclusive control of the CWCf Board, and are not refundable.
- Monies are held in assigned ministry work fund accounts for all Active VCM's and can be made available to cover approved ministry expenses.
- Donations received are assessed a percentage as set by the CWCf Board (currently 7%) to cover home office overhead.
B. Disbursement of VCM Ministry Work Funds:
- Donations to VCM accounts are to be used for expenses incurred on authorized CWCf projects. These are normally limited to travel costs (based on mileage or commercial travel), and food and housing expenses while traveling to and from project(s) when no vacation time or other personal travel is involved.
- Reimbursable expenses on projects must be determined per project before expenses are submitted. Some of these expenses may be covered by the client.
- Disbursements from the VCM account can be done only if funds are available in the account. No General Fund monies will be used to cover VCM expenses, except in exceptional instances and with Board approval.
- Project reports and monthly reports are due before any expense money can be released.
- Regardless of whether an individual VCM ministry work fund account has been established or not, VCM's are personally responsible for all expenses incurred in the conduct of their ministry through Hard Hats for Christ. No guarantees of any kind are made that ministry funds will be available to cover VCM expenses.
What is partnership development? back to top
As a "Faith Supported" ministry, CWCf looks to the Lord to supply the funds needed to carry out our ministry. He does this through the generosity of interested churches and individuals. We allow a lot of latitude for each missionary's personal convictions about "how" to encourage and develop that interest. But one thing is proven: people don't give to a cause they don't know about! It is up to each missionary to make his or her calling and work known to those whom the Lord may inspire to help financially. This is generally done through letters, e-mails, phone calls, personal visits, church and Sunday School presentations, missionary committee meetings, and so on. We can help provide you with resources (brochures, PowerPoint presentations, etc.) and training to help you develop your partnership team. Prayer is the key! You and we make the ministry and need known. God raises up the Partners!