PCAFI Ministerial Excellence Center
In an era in which researchers are heralding the decline of the Church in the United States of America, the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith International (PCAFI) is a denomination that seeks to prayerfully and innovatively advance Christ’s Kingdom for maximum impact while remaining true to our distinctive Apostolic Pentecostal heritage. Since our founding in 1957, local pastors have been – and continue to be – the lifeblood of our organization, especially given our unique denominational polity. At present, over 700 lead pastors and their respective congregations comprise the ever-growing and increasingly international PCAFI body.
In our Kingdom advancement efforts, we continue to recognize the wisdom of intentionally investing in the spiritual flourishing, theological development, and ministerial effectiveness of our pastors. Through the generosity of the Lilly Endowment’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders Phase 1 planning grant, we carefully listened to our largely bi-vocational cadre of pastoral leaders to gain their insights regarding some of the key impediments to the thriving of themselves, their families, and their congregations. We paid particular attention to their thoughts on how we might approach making targeted, significant investments in their leadership and management skills as well as their financial literacy and well-being, particularly given some of the profound economic challenges facing our pastors, their families, and their ministries.
MEC High-level Overview
The vision for the PCAFI Ministerial Excellence Center (MEC) is to support the wholistic flourishing of our pastors to equip them for personal and pastoral excellence. The granted funds will enable us to establish complimentary on-demand access to retained executive coaches, lawyers, accountants, financial planners, and therapists for our pastors. Through our extensive national and global footprints, we envision the MEC building institutional partnerships to help pastors and churches obtain low-interest capital for their families and churches, as many pastors’ personal finances often fund congregational life and church operations.
MEF High-level Overview
The Ministerial Excellence Fund (MEF) is the signature program of the Ministerial Excellence Center (MEC). The MEF would make direct grants to pastors and their families to support degreed theological education, emergency crisis funding, church-related personal debt relief, a need-based monthly stipend for retiring pastors and widow(er)s, a supplemental need-based monthly stipend for bi-vocational pastors and need-based scholarships for pastors’ children.
For more information, contact us at: Executiveoffice@pcafintl.org