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At Samaritan Ministries you don’t have to wait for an open enrollment period. You can get better health care when it’s convenient for you and your family.

Membership Requirements

Our membership requirements strive to encourage Christian maturity and foster accountability and a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, we ask that all members:

  1. Agree to our statement of faith
  2. Agree to our membership agreement
  • Statement of Faith
    • We believe in the triune God of the Bible. He is one God Who is revealed in three distinct Persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. GEN 1:26 | LUKE 1:35, 3:21-22 | 2 COR 13:14 | MATT 28:18-20

    • We believe Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, and continues to be such even after His resurrection—fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, was bodily resurrected on the third day, and now is seated in the heavens at the right hand of God the Father. ISA 7:14, 9:6 | MATT 1:22-23, 26:64 | MARK 16:19 | LUKE 24:38-40 | JOHN 1:1-2, 1:14, 1:29, 2:18-21, 5:18, 8:46 | ACTS 2:32-33 | 1 COR 15:3-4, 15:20-21 | 2 COR 5:21 | COL 1:15-20, 2:9 | HEB 1:1-4, 4:14-15, 7:26, 9:11-14, 10:10-12 | 1 PETER 2:22-24 | 1 JOHN 3:5

    • We believe that all people have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory and can be saved from eternal death only through faith in Jesus Christ, Whose atoning death and resurrection secures for us eternal life. JER 17:9 | JOHN 3:3, 14:6, 20:30-31 | ROM 3:9-11, 3:23, 5:12-21, 10:8-13 | EPH 2:8-9

  • Membership Agreement
    • Attend a Christian church regularly (at least three out of four weeks per month that your health or weather permits). If it is not possible for you to regularly attend a Christian church, please submit a letter giving the details.

    • Believe you are to bear one another’s burdens.

    • Agree to: not abuse any legal or prescribed substance, abstain totally from illegal drugs and recreational use of marijuana, and abstain from tobacco use (a rare celebratory cigar or pipe, e.g. when a baby is born, is allowed).

    • Limit consumption of alcohol to moderate amounts and never drink to drunkenness, or cause another brother or sister in Christ to stumble.

    • Abstain from any sexual activity outside of traditional Biblical marriage as designed by God between one man and one woman.

    • Agree to practice good health measures in accordance with the principle that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

    • Keep your membership active by promptly sending your monthly assigned share to all regular needs assigned to you in your monthly newsletter mailing or eShare notification.

    • Agree that when you have a dispute with a fellow Christian, and your fellow Christian is willing to submit that dispute to fellow believers for resolution, you are not to sue each other in the civil courts or other government agencies.

    • Sign and send in your Membership Continuation Form each year, confirming that you are still meeting the above requirements.

    • Have your pastor or Christian church leader sign a statement confirming that you meet the above requirements.

    • You will be required to agree to these requirements when you apply for membership and provide background information including your date of birth.

    • You will need to reconfirm that you still meet these requirements annually.

      See Guidelines, Section 1 for Biblical references and more information.

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Administrative Fees and Cost

Application Fee

Non-refundable startup fee of $200.

Administrative Costs

For the first two months of a new membership, members send their monthly share to Samaritan Ministries. The rest of the first year, shares are sent directly to members with medical needs.

Every subsequent year of membership, one share a year goes to the administrative costs of Samaritan Ministries, while the other 11 shares go directly to a member in need.

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This is about God taking care of you. Samaritan Ministries is me putting my faith in God more than in some insurance company.

Eric, Samaritan Member

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Samaritan Ministries
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Peoria, IL 61612