What are gospel patrons?
Jesus had gospel patrons
Three women quietly funded his ministry and journeyed with him till the end.
After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
Luke 8: 1-3 NIV
Behind every great movement of God, the generous have partnered with those who proclaim the gospel. God raises up people to proclaim the gospel, but he also raises up patrons to support them.
In the 1500s, a successful cloth merchant in Europe was sent to prison for funding William Tyndale to translate the Bible into English. In the 1700’s, a wealthy aristocrat sold her jewelry and risked her reputation to partner with George Whitefield in the Great Awakening. Phoebe, called a patron by Apostle Paul, made a 700-mile trip from Cenchreae to deliver Paul’s letter to the Romans. (Romans 16.1-2 ESV) God raises up people to proclaim the gospel and patrons to support them.