Serving Those Who Serve The Lord®

On July 10, 1918, the Board of Ministerial Relief and Annuities held its organizational meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. Minutes from the early deliberations included the following:

The men who have consecrated their lives to the work of the ministry until they have become old and feeble are entitled to the love and care of their brethren. They have received the meager salaries which are always attached to their calling. The nature of their work and the smallness of their financial remuneration make it impossible for them to provide for the period of advanced years and disabling infirmities.

The life of the minister is one of cheerful, willing self-giving; he accepts the terms; faces the issues — honoring his Lord and loving his work. But is it not true that this self-giving spirit on the part of the minister demands the same spirit on the part of the churches? Does it not also involve not only kind graciousness but definite duty? The faithful minister laid aside needs support. To refuse is to be unwise and un-Christian.

This burden was not to be carried alone — rather, it was one that has been embraced by GuideStone Financial Resources for almost 100 years. Even though over time the word "Relief" was taken out of our corporate name, it has not been removed from our mission. We continue to be on a Mission to provide Dignity, comfort and security to faithful ministers, workers and their widows who have dedicated their lives to the gospel ministry.

You can help the Mission:Dignity ministry carry the burden by sending a gift, funding a Charitable Gift Annuity, designating the ministry as the beneficiary of your life insurance, will or estate plan, or requesting materials to share with others.