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MVNU business students inspired to be gospel patrons

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Throughout history, men and women who had the financial means supported others to focus on God’s calling. Even Jesus had benefactors who subsidized his ministry. Modern-day patrons are believers who are compelled to give financially in order to grow God’s kingdom. This was the message Feb. 6, presented to students, staff, faculty and friends of Mount Vernon Nazarene University by John Rinehart, founder of Gospel Patrons.

Rinehart believes God raises two types of people — those who proclaim the Gospel and those who support the Gospel. The mission of Gospel Patrons is to inspire future business leaders to intentionally contribute to Gospel-inspired initiatives so that God’s word can be the focus in the lives of those called to preach.

“When they come together, God does explosive things,” Rinehart said.

He reminded the audience, largely composed of business students, they were not given gifts for the business world to acquire shiny new cars or wear the latest trends in fashion, but rather to earn a salary that permits generous giving.

“Earn money. Give it away. Don’t keep it,” Rinehart said. “This is something we should be doing; don’t just let someone else do it.”

Rinehart shared videos of how modern-day patrons are shaping God’s kingdom in ways that go beyond placing checks in the collection plate. One couple sponsored school tuition for a minister’s children. Another detailed a couple’s desire to help a young woman pay her student loans while she settled into life after college, and two brothers in England use their high-paying jobs to sponsor missionaries in areas of the world where they are needed.  

Rinehart stressed, however, that even small tokens of generosity can go a long way to bring new people into God’s love.

“The question is, how do we grow in generosity? You never know where each step of faith will lead you,” he said. “Joy comes from giving generously; it is like no other joy.”

The program was sponsored by MVNU’s Business Department and partially funded by the Arts, Lectures, and Programs Committee.

For more information on Gospel Patrons, visit www.gospelpatrons.org.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 29 states and 14 countries/U.S. territories.

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