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Restoration Ministries creates Endowment for African American Female Senior Solo Pastors

Updated: Jun 27, 2020

"ABHMS’ ISOE program receives $70,000 endowment from Cleveland church"


Restoration Ministries of Greater Cleveland Inc.—a small church formerly known as Covenant Baptist Church—has blessed American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ In Support of Excellence financial literacy program with a $70,000 endowed gift.

“When we sold our building, the Lord blessed us with a decent sum of money,” says the Rev. Christine A. Smith, the church’s senior pastor and author of “Beyond the Stained Glass Ceiling: Equipping & Encouraging Female Pastors” (Judson Press, 2013). “We believe in tithing, so we wanted to pay a tithe as an offering.”

The endowment will support at least two African-American female pastors yearly who serve congregations of 300 or fewer members as senior solo pastor. Grants from the endowment will begin to be offered in approximately two years. The pastors do not need to be affiliated with American Baptist Churches USA. CLICK HERE to read the full article...

When you contribute to this fund, the principal is increased, which increases the annual earned interest on the fund, that in turn, allows for larger annual gifts to the African American women pastors who will receive these donations.

To mail a gift, send your check to:

American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS)

c/o Vincent W. Dent, Sr.

1075 First Ave.

King of Prussia, PA 19406

To make a secured on-line gift with a credit card, go to https://abhms.org/ministry-opportunities/give-now-online/online-donation/ or simply click on this link.

There you will see a drop down menu where Beyond the Stained Glass is the second gift option

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