In the ancient Greco-Roman system of patronage, someone of lower income or status could seek the aid and resources of a patron—becoming a valuable resource to the patron in various ways in return for the protection, lodging, funding, or legal advocacy a patron could provide.

In the Christian community, folks who provided theological resources to their communities were often supported by patrons (generous people who set aside some resources to free others up to devote time to ministerial work). Think of the women who funded Christ’s ministry (Luke 8:1-3), or Phoebe, who was “a patron to many,” including Paul (Romans 16:2).

In those days, you had to be rich to be a patron. Not so anymore! Now, with our technological advances, it’s easier than ever to offer funding to someone, and Patreon is a service that allows you to do this at the level of your choosing and, in return, receive certain benefits that, hopefully, will be a worthwhile reward, such as access to my patron-only posts and a few bonus rewards on top of that (to be developed and improved as we go).

If you would be willing to become a patron and support my work, check out the different tiers on the right side of the page and pick a level you're comfortable with—even if it's only giving up one latte a month to pitch in $5, I appreciate it! If you can't pledge anything at this time, I still want you to be able to get notified of the public (not only for patrons) posts I will have, so there is a "Follow" button at the top left of my profile to get notified of my public posts, even though you won't have access to most of my posts for patron's only. Thanks for your interest, and Godspeed!