Accountability is an important scriptural principle and is practiced in many ways at Samaritan Ministries.
- Members agree to abide by a statement of faith, and ask their pastors for accountability when turning in needs and on annual continuation forms.
- Checklists are completed by members and verified by ministry staff to make sure shares are received each month.
- The Board of Directors, who oversees the administrative staff and operations of the ministry, is elected by the members. None of the elected Board members receive financial compensation for their service as Board members (except for reimbursement of expenses incurred attending the meetings), and there are always more members than Samaritan staff on the Board.
- The ministry is committed to direct sharing, from household to household. Share money is not pooled, managed, or invested. It is sent directly from one member to another.
- Any increase in the share amount must be approved by a vote of the membership.
- Samaritan Ministries has an annual independent audit.
- SMI files a federal form 990 annually, and it is available to the public here. SMI also has an annual report available upon request.