Business people are not second-class in God’s kingdom. They are not less than pastors or missionaries, but gifted differently for the same mission.
God raised up William Tyndale an English preacher, and Humphrey Monmouth a wealthy cloth merchant, to steer their nation back to faith in Jesus Christ. They both had a part to play. Tyndale’s was to challenge a thousand year old tradition, the Latin Vulgate, and give 6 million English speakers their first English translation of the Bible. Monmouth funded Tyndale, strategized with him, and smuggled Bibles back into hostile England. Tyndale was later martyred on account of this work, but the fruit of their partnership birthed nothing short of a reformation that shook England and then the world.
God joined a single-minded patroness, Lady Huntingdon, and a passionate preacher George Whitefield to revive a nation asleep to the gospel. Lady Huntingdon burned to use her connections and societal status to bring the rich doctrine of salvation to the aristocracy of England. She saw as Whitfield a strategic ally for this mission. Their partnership gave Whitfield a powerful preaching platform reaching Britain’s elite and allowing 80% of the American colonies to hear the gospel. Together, they fueled The Great Awakening.
God brought together an English sailor turned cleric, John Newton, and one of the wealthiest businessmen in all of England, John Thornton, for the advancement of his kingdom. Newton played the part of a patriarch to England’s future church leaders, missionaries, and leading laymen, among them William Wilberforce. Thornton patroned the first 1,000 book print run of Newton’s hymns, causing us to have our most precious anthem “Amazing Grace”. Their partnership helped raise up two generations of preachers and shape the political and spiritual future of their nation.
Gospel Patrons was started by a few friends who all shared the deep desire to bear fruit for God’s glory. We first launched a beautiful blue book that caught fire and went around the world. Then we produced a few short films, launched a beautiful website, and just kept going.
We are passionate about helping you find and fulfill your part to play in God’s kingdom. We want to serve you with excellence, beauty, and generosity. So there are no ads, no noise, and no clutter on our website. We’re not trying to get something from you. We want to give something to you, mostly a vision for the awesome purposes God has for your life.
We are funded by generous men and women, like you, who believe in us and stand with us as Gospel Patrons. In the beginning, a few families came alongside us to get this ministry off the ground. Now as we grow we are being joined by more people who love Jesus and want to see his name exalted in the earth.
We write inspiring articles and powerful stories. Here are some of our top picks:
We also tell stories of modern-day Gospel Patrons. Here’s our definition:
gos • pel pa • tron, noun. 1. someone who is invested and involved in another person’s ministry to help proclaim the gospel
We have our own film-team and produce films that show how godly business leaders are partnering with ministry leaders to bring the love of Jesus to the world. If you haven’t seen any of our films, start with this one:
We interview a variety of great leaders and launch short videos with their key thoughts and ideas. A few of our favorites are:
We partner with ministries, churches, and organizations across the country and around the world in events they sponsor. Many have invited John Rinehart to speak, others have purchased our books to give away, and some have shown our films.
In addition, we host an event called the Awake Conference, serving 25-40 year-old young professionals. We’re passionate about raising up the next generation of leaders and believe the time to get a clear vision for your part to play is right now.
The book Gospel Patrons is the vision that got this whole thing started. The message is that behind every great movement of God stand a few generous men and women called Gospel Patrons. This book tells three of their stories from history and invites us to believe God and serve his purposes in our generation too.
Our newest book Giving Together leads you on an amazing journey through how you can make a lasting difference in the world. Coming Fall 2017