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HOW PASTOR PARTNER HELPS CHURCHES

What makes Pastor Partner different than the church hiring an additional pastor is that it is project-based (typically 1 year). The project goal is to show the benefit for the church and ultimately enable them to seek permanent additions to the pastoral staff.

Pastor Partner provides training on how to implement a “Pastor Partner Project” in your church and how to secure funding for the project and retired pastor. Ideally, the church will seek “match” funding from one or more congregation members with vision and resources. Once a donor is found, the project and match grant can be presented to the congregation along with the benefits for the project.

Why Pastor Partner

Pastor Partner connects solo pastors with retired pastors through an online compatibility matching system to help eliminate pastor fatigue. The retired pastor is there to work alongside the solo pastor and help them with whatever is needed. This retired pastor has tremendous experience and knowledge so they are able to jump right in and immediately alleviate pastor burnout and begin making a positive impact on the church.

SCOTT BEKINS

FOUNDER

Scott Bekins owns and runs several businesses, but has always felt a calling to support Pastors. Their dedication and sacrifice is amazing. Pastor Partner started from a vision of connecting the retired pastor from his former church, Bill Rudd, with the solo pastor at his current church, John Kenny. God blessed that connection and showed the three of them how this could work to revitalize many solo pastored churches. Scott is married and has three children.

JOHN KENNY

SOLO PASTOR

John Kenny has 20 years of ministry experience serving as a pastor and US Army Chaplain. He is ordained in the Reformed Church in America (RCA). John earned his MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and a DMin from Reformed Theological Seminary. He has spent the past 12 years as a solo pastor at First Reformed Church in Grand Haven, MI. His primary area of interest in ministry is church revitalization: improving the health of a congregation and its leaders through biblical principles. John is married to his high school sweetheart and they have three children.

DR. BILL RUDD

RETIRED PASTOR

Bill Rudd has been a pastor in four churches for a half-century. He has been an adjunct professor in two seminaries. He is pastor emeritus at Calvary Church in Muskegon, MI, where he served for 32 years. In retirement he serves as a consultant, does pulpit supply, is a workplace chaplain, and is an author (“Should Women Be Pastors and Leaders in Church?”). He and Gloria have been married for over 51 years. They have four children and ten grandchildren. His website is pastorbillrudd.com.

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Revitalization of the Church starts with revitalizing the Pastor, and happens one Church at a time. For the glory of God, we connect solo Pastors who would benefit from Pastoral support with retired Pastors wanting to continue their ministry and supplement their income.