Gospel Patrons

Gospel Patrons

People Whose Generosity Changed The World

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Stories about people whose generosity changed the world and the part we can play in the stories yet to be written.

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The great movements of God in history were often led by well-known preachers and pioneering missionaries. But few of us have heard the behind-the-scenes stories of the men and women who partnered with them, funded them, and became the catalysts for many amazing works of God.
This book takes us inside three stories from history to show how great movements of God happen and how we can:

• Find our parts to play in God's kingdom

• Give our lives to the things that matter most

• And live for a legacy that we can look back on and be proud of

Gospel Patrons is ultimately about two very important questions: First, How has God worked through people to change the world? And second, How do we become those kind of people?

Product details


  • Foreword
  • 1 The Discovery
  • 2 The English Bible
  • 3 The 18th-Century Revival
  • 4 The Resurgence of Evangelical Churches
  • 5 The Gospel of Gospel Patronage
  • 6 The Real Business of Life
  • Afterword
  • Acknowledgements
  • About The Author


Author John Rinehart
ISBN 9781467593984
Format Hardback
First published March 2014
Dimensions 146mm x 204mm x 17mm
Print size 9pt
Language English
Pages 176
Publisher Reclaimed Publishing

Rico Tice, evangelist

We are know the names William Tyndale and John Newton, but we don't know the names Humphrey Monmouth and John Thornton, the men who under God earned the money that financed their great works. I was deeply moved by the heart and choices of these benefactors and have sent 20 copies of this book to men with means, who I pray will be similarly inspired.

Customer reviews


“Inspiring and highly recommended”

Gospel Patrons was recommended to me and it was inspirational. I tend to study books, underline passages and mark in the margins. I completed it over two part-days and have pass it on to two other people. The first completed it in one sitting. It clearly shows how inspired patrons can fund God's work through inspired preachers and evangelists. A vital book for your library. You'll soon be telling others about it.


“Inspiring and humbling”

(Review written for 'Gospel Patrons (paperback)')

John Rinehart's 'Gospel Patrons' is an accessible, very readable, biblical, well researched and inspiring book on the generosity of God's people to give to God's work. This is a timely reminder that gospel ministry is never about one strong personality but a partnership of prayerful and generous Chrisitans willing to give all they have for the sake of proclaiming the gospel and giving God the glory. Newton (& later Wilberforce) would have been ineffective without the support of John Thornton. Lady Huntington remains an inspiring example of gospel entrepreneurship and wise stewardship. The courageous example of Humphrey Monmouth, the merchant willing to count the personal cost to support Tyndale, is brought to life by John Rinehart's engaging narrative.
The stories are inspiring and humbling but don't skip chapters 5 & 6. John Rinehart skilfully applies the gospel and brings the focus on the centrality of Jesus Christ to motivate change in our hearts about our own stewardship and generosity towards gospel work.
This book is a terrific encouragement and resource not just for anyone involved in raising funds for gospel work but to inspire God's people to rediscover the joy and freedom of being generous gospel patrons.


“Inspiring and challenging”

This is a brilliant idea for a book. Reading it got me really excited about partnering with people in the Gospel. It’s inspiring, challenging, and it’s got me thinking how I could copy them.

Most biographies are about great missionary heroes. The men and women of the past who were bold to go out to the cannibals, to risk disease, to leave home and never return. Those who had unique gifts of preaching and doing evangelism, who God used to bring many people to Christ. People with huge theological brains to write systematic theologies, or lead a reformation or a revival. The kind of books I read and think ‘Wow, God gifted them!’, but that’s never going to be me…

That’s where ‘Gospel Patrons’ comes into its own. This is a book of short biographies about some of the times God allowed us to see him do something truly wonderful, the Reformation and the 18th century Revival, but instead of focussing on the famous leaders and trailblazers, these are stories about the people behind the scenes who used the gifts God had given them to set others free to use their gifts.

Many may have heard of Tyndale, Newton and Whitefield, but fewer of Henry Monmouth, Lady Selina and John Thornton. Men and women who loved Jesus and used what he had given them to serve, financially setting gifted ministers free, using business and social connections for Gospel purposes, and being an encouraging friend who kept others on the road. Without them, it’s hard to see how the ‘big names’ could have done what they did. We may not be the next Tyndale or Newton, but this book excited me to think ‘how could I be a part of something huge for the Lord?!’

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