Supporting pastors through grant funds and financial literacy.
The Ministerial Excellence Matching Grant
Texas Baptists pastors
and church ministerial staff can apply for grants up to $5,000 to provide financial relief and economic stability. This is a matching grant.
initial Application FAQs
For a Microsoft Word version of the initial application, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214.828.5136.
One-day retreats provide an opportunity for pastors and a member of their church leadership to get refreshed on the theology of stewardship, personal and church budgeting and the care and feeding of the pastor. Pastor’s spouses are also encouraged to attend. There is no cost to attend, but you must register.
El Paso Area | September 8, 2018 Amarillo | October 6, 2018 (Spanish Only) Houston | November 17, 2018
More areas and dates to be determined.
Support the Ministerial Excellence Fund
90% of pastors feel some level of financial stress in their family and church work.
76% of pastors know others who left the ministry due to financial pressures.
31% of pastors work a second job to help make ends meet.
Around 60% of pastors do not receive health insurance or retirement funds from their church.
There are several scholarships that Texas Baptists offers for students to assist with the cost of higher education.
COUNSELING SERVICES FOR MINISTERS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Texas Baptists Counseling Services provides counseling resources for ministers and their families (financial assistance is available for BGCT affiliated ministers).
Healthcare coverage can help protect you from high, unexpected healthcare costs. In our survey of pastors, healthcare costs were identified as one of the top three financial challenges facing pastors.
FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR PASTORS
There are many resources dedicated to helping pastors with their budgets. Texas Baptists also offers its Church Matching and Protection Benefit Program with benefits including: Matching Convention funds to the Church Retirement Plan, Disability Insurance and Survivor Protection benefits.
Center for Ministerial Excellence email@example.com 888-244-9400