CFM, Inc. is looking forward to the New Year! #ChristianEducation

December 24, 2013

This has been a year full of developments which would have been impossible to predict. One year ago, the Anglican School of Ministry suddenly discontinued the Foundations program and suspended the academic portion of the ASM operation. From this disappointing circumstance, it was determined to continue a new program of continuing education type classes for believers to strengthen their personal ministry and walk with Christ.

Since some of you may be ASM alumni, it would be appropriate for me to note here that the academic transcripts have been transferred to Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pa. The Registrar is a professional and helpful lady named Stacey Willard. Trinity, an outstanding and fully accredited seminary, has arranged a very fair and proper program for the transfer of ASM credits. As the holder of an MMin from ASM, I feel very well-satisfied with the quality of education which I have received.

The abrupt end of Foundations required that I become involved with our state licensing agencies in order to assure that the newly established institution was operating in accordance with laws and regulations. This was an eye-opening experience. By May, it became obvious that the little school would have to incorporate as a not-for-profit religious corporation. In October, it was determined that Christian Foundations for Ministry, Inc. would best prosper if it obtained 501(c)3 status from the IRS. You may have heard that this is a time-consuming and expensive process. Let me confirm all that you have heard. There have been some changes as a result of this demanding process.

CFM, Inc.  is supervised by an independent Board of Directors. Our officers are:

Mr. Kenneth E. Benson, Chairman

Ms. Gail H. Douglas, Treasurer

Dr. David Sims

Mr. Patrick Lynch, Secretary (Non-voting)

CFM is developing an advisory board to strengthen the institution’s presence and to provide ideas and professional insight on the development of curriculum.

The goal of the CFM, Inc. program is to provide fully equipped followers of Jesus Christ for effective Gospel-centered ministry through high quality and relevant Christian education provided to students in their local congregations. The classes may also be suitable for those in ordained ministry seeking to enhance and maintain professional proficiency. Here are a few items on our “to do” list.

• Present the standard class offerings on a regular basis, while maintaining affordable tuition.

• Implement focused “mini-courses” of four to six weeks duration.

• Offer, without charge to those attending, public discussions of important religious topics.

• Develop strong relations with various Anglican jurisdictions and entities.

• Expand the school’s sphere of influence beyond those worshiping in the Anglican tradition.

• Produce a podcast on important religious topics.

The school operates with some formality, as required by federal law. For example, there are explicit written policies on conflicts of interest and non-discrimination. The IRS 501(c)3 status is pending, and CFM is allowed to seek financial support and donors are entitled to treat contributions as tax-deductible. This is a small organization, with a very frugal management. Nonetheless, CFM does have some financial needs, including;

• mandatory general advertisement of our non-discrimination policy

• lease of teleconference channels for distance students

• computer equipment

• ordinary office expenses

• printing expenses

• costs associated with putting on public events and seminars

• attending AMiA Winter Conference and other similar meetings of Anglicans and Evangelicals.

These items are, for the most part, minimal in size. Our guiding philosophy is to do as much as we can in-house. Our brochures, as an example, are written, designed, and printed on personal equipment. Our officers serve without salary and the principle expense is compensating instructors and developing curriculum. If, after prayer and reflection, you feel led to make a contribution, please make the check payable to “Christian Foundations for Ministry, Inc.” You may forward the donation to the contact address for CFM,Inc. in the column to your left.

Thanks for your kind consideration and may God pour out all of his richest blessings on you in this season when we look forward to the glorious coming of our Lord and Savior!

Patrick Lynch

Non-Discrimination Policy

The CFM, Inc. school admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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