Frequently Asked Questions

How can I Support Faithworks?

There are many ways to support the work of FaithWorks.  If you’d like to help, please consider:

  • Becoming a prayer partner. 
  • Serving on a mission trip.
  • Becoming a member of the funding crew by making a one-time or recurring personal donation to support the general fund.
  • Contributing to the Endowment Fund to permanently support the work of FaithWorks.
  • Considering an estate gift, memorial gift, or gift in honor of a loved one.
  • Donating to mission trips and programs in Arizona, Mexico, Alaska, or Africa.
  • Volunteering your time to assist with office work or trip planning.
  • Donating medical supplies or other items needed for mission trips.
  • Donating household items or furniture for the annual Barn Sale Fundraiser.  Funds raised at the sale support our ministry partners.
  • Shopping the Barn Sale.  

Please contact our office at 928-774-0504 for more information on donations.

Organization

1. Is FaithWorks a non-profit organization?
Yes. It is a 501(c)(3) organization under the rules of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. It is incorporated as a non-profit in the State of Arizona. As a result, all gifts are tax-deductible.

2. Are you associated with a particular denomination?
No, this is, at its core, a trans-denominational ministry. The Executive Director is employed by a Board of Directors. You can see when you read the list of Member Churches and the names of Board Members, how broadly cross-denominational we are.

3. How are FaithWorks Board Members chosen?
If you are interested in serving on the Board, please contact us.  Potential Board Members have to be active Christians.  We do ask you to complete paperwork and sitting board members vote on any new board members. 

4. How long a term does a board member serve?
For three years. Of course, as with all boards, should a person not be able to serve that long, it is possible to resign from the board, in which case a new member is elected to fulfill the unexpired term.

5. How long has FaithWorks been in existence?
It was founded in June 2000.  

Financial Stewardship

1. If I reserve a spot on a mission team and then cannot go, will I lose my deposit? 
The Executive Director and the Board of Directors will handle these situations on an individual basis. Every consideration of the circumstances will be made.

2. Are there any staff on salary with FaithWorks? 
We have two full-time employees, Tony Casali Executive Director, and Amy Casali Trip Coordinator. Part-time employees include Kelly Campbell, Office Manager, and Shanna Perry, Treasurer.

3. How are mission trips funded? 
 The mission team members themselves pay for their transportation, insurance, meals, and lodging.  Donations of equipment and supplies are always welcome. 

4. How do I contribute to FaithWorks or pay for a mission trip?

You can register for trips or submit a pledge of support by filling out, printing, and mailing the forms provided on these web pages. You’ll need to mail the forms and your check to the address listed on the Contact Page.

You can also make a one-time or recurring pledge through PayPal.

5. Do board members get paid? 
No. Each serves voluntarily.

6. Are there any scholarships available for those who might not be able to pay the whole amount for a trip themselves? 
Possibly. Because of the way FaithWorks operates, each trip pays for itself. But if you want to participate and cannot afford the trip fee, give the Mission Trip Coordinator a call at 928-699-8138 to discuss the possibility of a scholarship.

7. Are there fees that member churches pay?
Yes, the financial support of Member Churches is very important to us. The annual membership fee is determined by the size of the congregation, varying from $50.00 to $125.00.

8. Does FaithWorks need financial contributions from donors to pay for its operating expenses?
Yes! We’re very grateful for many generous monthly donors who contribute to our regular support. Each contribution is tax-deductible.

9. Can I assign my estate or endowment fund to FaithWorks? 
There are a number of planned giving options you could consider. Speak to your accountant about which option fits your situation best and then Contact us.

10. Are my contributions to FaithWorks tax deductible?
Yes. We are an IRS 501(c )(3) non-profit organization.

11. How expensive are mission trips?
 Trip fees are calculated so that each trip pays is self-supporting. Costs vary from trip to trip. Volunteers pay a trip fee that covers the costs of travel expenses, meals, and a small amount that assists with needed supplies. Because the primary cost is transportation, trips to far-away places, by necessity, cost more. Costs also vary depending on housing arrangements, but housing is always arranged as frugally as possible. 

12. How are you funded or supported financially?
We are dependent on many generous individual donors, FaithWorks fundraising events, and the support of our member churches.

Participation

1. How old do I have to be to participate in a mission trip?
It varies with the trip destination. Children and youth are encouraged to come with their parents or a responsible adult.  If you are interested in having your children participate, please complete the mission sign up form.

2. Can I participate if I don’t live in or near Arizona?
You certainly can. You would be responsible for travel to the site or to the point of departure in order to meet up with the team. We have volunteers from all over the USA.

3. Can I participate if I’m physically handicapped?
This will depend on the nature of your disability and the tasks being performed on the trip. Give us a call to discuss how your gifts can be used. We have included many persons with disabilities in creative ways.

4. Can I participate in a construction project if I’m not skilled?
There are always tasks at each site that do not require construction skills. When you fill out the application form you will have an opportunity to indicate that you do not have these skills. Your application will be considered based on the goals of the trip.

5. Do I have to be a particular denomination to go on a mission trip?
Definitely not. FaithWorks is a wider Christian community effort. One of the things that make our trips so rich for participants is the diversity of denominational expression! It is not unusual to have five or more denominations represented on one mission.

6. Do I have to be a Christian to participate in a mission trip?
No. However, FaithWorks is openly Christian in purpose, goal, and behavior. We minister in the name of Jesus Christ and pray together daily. We encourage you to read FaithWorks Goals and Core Values and the FAQ about FaithWorks Mission Trips. Would you like to taste and see the joy Christians share when they work together? Then give us a call to discuss your interest in serving on a mission trip. 

7. Can someone participate in a medical mission trip who doesn’t have medical experience or expertise?
Yes. There are non-medical tasks on each medical mission trip. These tasks include assisting patients, translating, serving as a trip photographer, processing paperwork, filing, assisting the pharmacy, and completing basic construction tasks. When you register, you will have an opportunity to indicate any skills or languages that you speak that might be useful.

8. Do you need to know a foreign language to participate in some mission trips?
No. We recruit translators for trips to non-English speaking locales. If you are bilingual — especially English/Spanish or English/Navajo, be sure to indicate that when you register.

9. Can I participate on a mission trip if I can’t stay the whole time?
Generally, we like for team members to commit to the full trip. We do have some single day or overnight trips where part-time participation may be possible.  Contact the Mission Trip Coordinator (928-699-8138) for additional details. 

10. How do I know if I/we qualify as a project that FaithWorks would be able to help?
Contact the Mission Trip Coordinator (928-699-8138) to see if your organization qualifies. We schedule mission trips over a year in advance so we may not be able to respond to short-term needs. 

Mission Trips

1. What kinds of children’s ministry do you do?
Children are always a focus in each mission trip.  Children’s ministry varies with each trip and can be as simple as playing games with a child waiting for a medical appointment.  We also encourage children to volunteer for mission trips 

2. How far ahead do I have to reserve a spot on a mission team?
This depends on the trip. Some fill very quickly while others take longer. You should register as early as possible so you don’t lose your chance. This is especially important when international airline tickets are involved for the team’s travel. Joining a trip after the registration deadline may result in additional costs or not being able to travel with the group.  

4. What are the living conditions for the teams on mission trips? Are they very primitive?
Living conditions vary with each trip.  Recent examples have included staying in cabins, sleeping on cots in a church, and hotels.  Please contact us if you have concerns about living conditions for your trip. 

5. Are there ever any mission teams that work in or near Flagstaff?
Each year, we plan several mission trips in and around Northern Arizona including Flagstaff and the Navajo Nation.

6. How do I find out about upcoming mission trips?
You can call us or email, check our website, or drop by the office. 

7. What do I have to do to reserve a space on a mission trip?
You can find registration forms on our forms page, Once you complete your registration form, we’ll send you other paperwork specific to your trip. A deposit is required to reserve your space. 

Church Membership

1. How do we apply to be a member church?
There is also a Church Membership Application on Joining FaithWorks and the Benefits of Membership. If you have any questions, contact us about your interest.

2. What commitments to FaithWorks does a member church have besides paying the yearly fee?
Member churches commit to promoting FaithWorks mission trips and to keeping FaithWorks and its work in prayer.  Member Churches can participate in FaithWorks projects, collect donations for mission trips, volunteer to serve as a mission team, nominate future board members when there is a vacancy, and invite FaithWorks to speak to your church. 

We ask member churches to prayerfully consider some kind of ongoing financial support.  For some, this takes the form of a monthly or semi-annual contribution. Some churches have sponsored mission Sundays and included a giving component or other fundraising events. 

Our goal is to encourage all Christians to join the mission field.  We would love to work with your church on any opportunity you might have to encourage people to participate. 

3. Where do I find a list of member churches?
All member churches are published on this website.