Our church receives a lot of requests for assistance. We regularly make food dishes and food and gas vouchers available. We make funds available to help pay bills. The requests for assistance come for our members, friends/neighbours of our members and from those outside our church. As deacons, we sometimes struggle with regard to how to distribute the funds collected in ways that maintain our accountability to the congregation. We currently have some 'understood' guidelines in terms of funds distribution but nothing in writing. There must be churches that have written guidelines - we would appreciate a copy if you are able to share that with us. Or perhaps, you could direct us to denominational sources of written church policy related to diaconal funds distribution. Your comments are most welcome. We appreciate all the help you are able to provide us.