About Us

Helping retirement-age ministers
and their widows in need for more than 100 years.

Miguel and Piedad DeLuna

Served in Michigan, Nebraska and Texas for 25 years.

About Us

Helping retirement-age ministers
and their widows in need for more than 100 years.

Newsletters & Highlights

Mission:Dignity® honors retirement-age Southern Baptist ministers, workers and widows struggling to meet basic needs through advocacy and financial assistance.

Mission:Dignity is the heart of GuideStone® and has been at the center of our work since we started more than 100 years ago.

Sarah Jacks

Widow and poet, served alongside her husband, Dial, who pastored in South Carolina for more than 30 years.

Dignity for All Retirement-age Southern Baptist Ministers, Workers and Widows

Through this ministry, more than $8.5 million is distributed annually to help retirement-age Southern Baptist ministers, workers and their widows whose income is insufficient to meet their needs. These men and women have faithfully served God’s people and now find themselves struggling to meet even basic needs. Many served small, rural churches that paid only modest salaries and couldn’t afford to contribute to their pastor’s retirement.

Estela Rangel

Widow, served alongside her husband, David, in Texas for 25 years.

Serving Those Who Serve the Lord®

Much of the funding for our ministry comes from the direct gifts of individuals, groups and churches in our Southern Baptist family. Through these gifts, recipients can buy groceries, pay a utility bill, or get prescriptions and medical care.

It’s more than just the money. We are called to serve those who served us.

Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine (1 Tim. 5:17, NKJV).

Who is Mission:Dignity?

Frequently Asked Questions

You say that 100% of my gift goes to help people in need. How is this possible? Surely you have expenses to manage the program.

An established endowment funds the operating expenses of Mission:Dignity. This covers staff salaries, printing, postage and other expenses. Every dollar of current Mission:Dignity annual gifts is used for monthly distributions to retirement-age SBC ministers, workers and widows in need.

Can I designate the recipient of my gift?

For tax purposes, you cannot designate a recipient. If you know of someone who may need assistance, we’ll be glad to contact them and see if they might qualify for Mission:Dignity. Call us at 1-877-888-9409 with their name and address, and we’ll contact them.

Can I find out the name of the person I am helping?

Many of our recipients have given us permission to share their names by way of a prayer card. We will be glad to provide you with the name, address and birthday of a retirement-age pastor or widow so you can pray for and communicate with them. You may even find an opportunity for a service project or meeting a particular need if the person is local to your area.

How many people are currently helped by Mission:Dignity?

More than 2,400 individuals receive assistance each year. Approximately 60% of the recipients are widows. One out of four recipients is a pastor’s widow age 85 or older.

How much assistance is provided to recipients?

Individuals can qualify for $225 each month. Married couples are eligible for $300. For the neediest persons with at least 25 years of ministerial service and much lower (poverty-level) income limits, these amounts may be doubled to $450 and $600, respectively.

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You may also visit Mission:Dignity News for past newsletters and monthly director's letters from the team.