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GuideStone Ministry Helps Retired Pastors, Their Widows in Financial Need
Virginia Pangle

Virginia Pangle, widow of pastor Hazen Pangle, continues to be cared for through the ministry of Mission:Dignity. Photo courtesy of GuideStone Financial Resources.

“. . . we’ve been able to have chicken or beef two or three times a month.”

The words came on a small note of appreciation from retired pastor Hazen Pangle and his wife Virginia as they applied for a renewal of their Mission:Dignity application. Thanks to a Mission:Dignity benefit, they were able to have basic needs met. The Dallas-based ministry of GuideStone Financial Resources provides for retired Southern Baptist pastors and their widows who find themselves in serious financial need. Even though Hazen died in 2008, Virginia continues to be cared for by Mission:Dignity.

When Hazen Pangle was pastoring, few churches could pay a decent salary, let alo...

Southern Baptist and evangelical church members can now invest with GuideStone Funds, according to a May 5 press release from the SBC’s GuideStone Financial Resources.

Since its 2001 inception, GuideStone Funds has limited participation to pastors, missionaries, and employees of Southern Baptist and evangelical churches and ministries, as well as their immediate family members—until now, the release said.

Messengers to the 2013 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting amended GuideStone’s ministry statement to allow the entity to offer its investments, insurance, and services to like-minded individuals.

Under the approved expansion of its ministry assignment, GuideStone is now able to make the nation’s largest Christian-screened mutual fund family available to values-driven investors, with a focus on Southern Baptist and other evangelical church members. Investing in these funds became available to individuals on May 1.

“We are only requesting the opportunity to serve a larger audience because we firmly believe it will enhance our ability to serve our South...