Pastoral Support Program
A Core Principle
It is very important to understand one of the core expressions of Hometown Hope's philosophy.
Hometown Hope believes that, generally speaking, it is best for a pastor to be completely devoted to the ministry he has engaged, without "entangling himself with the affairs of this life."
We believe that he should give himself "continually to prayer and the ministry of the word." In many rural churches, this is impossible, because the churches cannot afford to support them. This fact alone, makes the revitalization of rural churches exceedingly more difficult. Rural churches may be able to supply a pittance of income to support their pastor, but many times the pastor has to work a job to support his family. This is not ideal.
Hometown Hope would like to help with this. We are working to build funds to support pastors so that they can devote their time completely to the work! Hometown Hope has a program that assists (in conjunction with the church he is pastoring and his home church, among other potential sources) the pastor for a period of 5 years (the average length of time if takes for a church to revitalize). This program is combined with other supports to encourage the church and the pastor. We want to provide every opportunity that we can make available to promote the well being of the pastor and the church. The various programs and engagements we institute are well thought out, and were born in the fire of actual revitalization work.
If you are interested in learning more, or if you are interested in contributing to the resources (and this is not just money) we make available, please reach out to us today!