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"And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
How is the ACMA different from NextDoor or Angie's List or a Chamber of Commerce?
The ACMA is certainly similar to those organizations, but it may best be described as a Gig Economy for Christians. The ACMA enables members to earn supplemental income by fulfilling jobs that meet the needs of other members when it fits their schedule. The ACMA is also like a gigantic family that helps each other out when someone is in a bind. Wait! There's more! The ACMA could also be defined as a church that defends religious freedom no matter the cost. and provides for the needs of its members itself rather than handing them over to secular government and nonprofit programs. For example, if a single mom's car breaks down, she can search the member directory specifically for a member to not only repair it, but also for a member to loan her a vehicle or take her to and from work. The members then utilize an ACMA template to easily customize their covenant to include a fee for service, no fee at all, a trading of services or any arrangement they agree upon. They can even choose not to use a written agreement at all and instead agree with a handshake. In every case, the ACMA will mediate, per the terms of the ACMA Membership Covenant, any civil disputes that may arise between members.
How does the Household Contribution Covenant work for housing?
The ACMA thoughtfully connects members with homes or rooms to share with members who need them. Criminal background checks are required to make the best match; however, there are no credit checks or income qualifications. The members then customize a covenant that includes any combination of financial payment and/or providing services such as housekeeping/lawn maintenance, etc. The Household Contribution Covenant replaces and supersedes the traditional tenant/landlord relationship giving more freedom to both members. The ACMA oversees and mediates the covenant throughout the duration of the covenant.
How much are membership dues and what is included in them?
There are three membership options:
Individual ($10/mo) - This option is for a person that does not have a business and intends to provide services. This option is also best for individuals that are not providing services but joined the community to utilize services and fellowship with other members.
Family ($15/mo) - This option is for a household of members that would like to participate in providing services. For example, a family may have kids that offer lawn mowing, general labor, oil changes, babysitting, etc. This option includes services provided for elderly parents living in the same household.
Business ($25/mo) - This option is for business owners that intend to provide services for members through their business.
All monthly memberships include:
A profile in the Member Directory allowing you to show up in search results for the services you provide. There is no limit to the number of services a member can offer, you simply have to be able to perform the service with enthusiasm, and excellence.
Access to the community calendar filled with classes (free or fee-based), groups or clubs, and events hosted by members.
Ability to post classes (free or fee-based), groups, clubs and events for members and even non-members if you choose.
Access to the member directory allowing you to search for skilled trades, licensed and unlicensed services and non-government options for housing, etc. provided by members.
Access to templated do-it-yourself covenants for agreements between members. (The Household Contribution Covenant is facilitated by the ACMA only.)
Biblically based and legally binding mediation for any reason between members.
Do I have to be a Christian to become a member?
Yes. but it doesn't matter if you're new to the faith or a mature Christian, nor do you need to attend church. You can become a member. You may have been raised as a Christian but are now a prodigal or angry with God. You can become a member. The standard is that all members must agree to a Statement of Faith, support the Ten Point Credo, and commit to a Christian Lifestyle that limits bad habits and promotes self-control. Just as a soldier in the U.S. military commits to a code of ethics and allegiance to the flag, members of the ACMA strive to achieve a life of discipline and loyalty to the cross. We encourage members to spread the Gospel outside of the community, but we believe it's important for all members to share the same worldview and put it into practice, so we don't become watered down and lukewarm.
Can a person with a criminal record become a member?
Absolutely, and we encourage those who have experienced probation or incarceration to join the ACMA. Many people who have lost their freedom (even due to their own bad decisions) have a fire inside them to fight for freedom or get out from under the control of the government. The ACMA provides the path to do that along with the opportunity for this group to encourage others do the same. Many military veterans fall into this category, some of whom were even forsaken by our government. Those who found Jesus behind bars are formidable allies of conservative other traditional Christians.
What is the process to become a member?
In January 2024, the ACMA will launch the first phase of the community with a robust selection of skilled trades and services, events and classes, and more.
The first step in the process is to complete the ACMA Membership Covenant available on the Membership page that includes the terms of the agreement, the Statement of Faith, the Ten Point Credo, the Christian Lifestyle and the monthly membership dues based on your membership type - Individual, Family or Business.
After you submit the document, you'll pay your first month membership dues and complete a new member registration profile. Your profile includes contact information and details about you or your business, and a photo or logo. Your information will be accessible in the Member Directory by other members,
If you have a business membership, or you personally intend to provide a service or several services for other members you'll complete a form indicating the categories and subcategories of those services. Your profile will show up in the results for members who search for a service that matches what you selected. Additionally, your profile will indicate the compensation methods that are acceptable to you such as fee for service, trade for service, volunteer/pro bono or any combination of those. Members are able to search using those criteria as well. For example, a member without an ability to pay can search for members who selected the volunteer/pro bono option or trade for service option.
Once you're a member, you'll also be able to submit events and classes (free or fee-based) to the community calendar for members and even non-members, if you choose. And of course, you'll be able to search for members to find the help that you or your family personally need, too!
**The ACMA is a for-profit organization. Please consult your accountant before filing taxes as an ACMA member.**