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There is a saying in the book of Ecclesiastes that has always resonated with me: “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.” Strange as this archaic sentence may seem, it has a simple meaning. It says: “Sow good seeds—freely, generously, and unconditionally (without calculating any sort of return)—because in the end you will find that your generosity will be rewarded.” (In the New Testament, Christ called this the “hundredfold.”)

For over three decades I have done my best to follow this counsel. I founded a literary quarterly, a weeklong workshop for artists and writers, an MFA in creative writing, a postgraduate fellowship, a blog, and a literary imprint. I’ve spent thousands of hours searching out and then publishing emerging writers, often working with them to build on their talents, improve their writing, and get them started on their writing careers. I’ve taught generations of students. I’ve fought for high standards of artistic excellence and the value of art in a culture that prefers the pragmatic and utilitarian. I’ve worked to build an extended community of makers and lovers of art. I’ve advocated for a Christian humanism that can bring wisdom and imagination to an age dominated by ideology and divisiveness.

I undertook these ventures because I felt God had given me the capacity to do them and because I had an obligation to be a good steward of this gift. I’ve done them often without sufficient regard for the financial well-being of my own family (only their love and support have made this possible).

I’ve built institutions at the cost of my own creative work because I know how immensely difficult it is to create and sustain such institutions. I’ve done this work because, above all, I felt it was in service of the good, the true, and the beautiful—a trinity that bodies forth the holy and eternal Trinity.

Now I find myself in a new place in my life. Still in my fifties, I have been given the opportunity to begin again. It is at once a terrifying and exhilarating place to be. I hope to be given the grace and courage to make the most of it.

Which is why I am hoping and praying that the words of Ecclesiastes speak the truth. In short, I have launched this Patreon campaign because I am asking the community I have helped to build if it might be willing now to help me focus on my own writing, editing, and publishing projects.

I don’t expect that Patreon can provide me with the equivalent of a salary. I will continue to do freelance editing work, speaking engagements, and other labors to make ends meet. But your support through Patreon will help me cover health insurance, assure some baseline monthly stability, and give me the confidence to strike out on this new path. If my circumstances change, I would happily consider ending this campaign.

Since this is already a long post, I’ll just say that I hope you will check out what I am currently working on over on my website.

Finally, please take a careful look at the various support tiers. I am offering some rewards for those who give at the higher levels.

Thank you all so very much for returning some bread to me.

Under the Mercy,

Greg Wolfe


Frequently Asked Questions

How does Patreon work?
Patreon is a crowdfunding platform where you pledge a monthly donation. Keep in mind that you are never locked in — you can opt out or change your pledge at any time.

Do you really believe you can support yourself financially through Patreon?
I have no expectations, only faith that the Lord will provide. Like most artists, I'm now facing the classic scenario of cobbling together what income I can from multiple sources -- freelance editing work, speaking gigs, etc. But of course the more of that I have to do, the less I can work on large-scale projects, like my work-in-progress, "Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Life of Christ in Contemporary Art." That's where I'm hoping you come in!

What if you get a full-time job?
If that happens, I will gladly shut this site down. 

I don't have a writing project for you to edit, but I'd appreciate some other way of interacting with you in exchange for my support. What might be possible?
This is an excellent question. I'm still new to this Patreon thing, but I'm open to a number of possibilities -- phone chats, mentoring, etc. -- and I'd love to hear what might be rewarding to you. Please feel free to shoot me an email with some suggestions.

Tiers
Angels
$1 or more per month
Small is beautiful. 
Archangels
$5 or more per month
Dominus, non sum dignus....
Principalities
$10 or more per month
I will send you an autographed copy of my book, "The Operation of Grace."
Thrones
$25 or more per month
I will read and provide extensive editorial notes on a blog post or other short piece up to 2,000 words.
Dominions
$50 or more per month

Thanking you by name in the acknowledgments of my next book.


I will read and provide extensive editorial notes for an essay or short story or chapter up to 8,000 words. 

Cherubim
$100 or more per month

Thanking you by name in the acknowledgments of my next book.


I will read and provide extensive editorial notes for a prose manuscript up to 50,000 words. 

Seraphim
$500 or more per month

Thanking you by name in the acknowledgments of my next book.


I will read and provide extensive editorial notes for a book-length work of prose up to 80,000 words. 

Deity
$1,000 or more per month

Thanking you by name in the acknowledgments of my next book.


I will read and provide extensive editorial notes for a book-length work of prose up to 100,000 words.

There is a saying in the book of Ecclesiastes that has always resonated with me: “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.” Strange as this archaic sentence may seem, it has a simple meaning. It says: “Sow good seeds—freely, generously, and unconditionally (without calculating any sort of return)—because in the end you will find that your generosity will be rewarded.” (In the New Testament, Christ called this the “hundredfold.”)

For over three decades I have done my best to follow this counsel. I founded a literary quarterly, a weeklong workshop for artists and writers, an MFA in creative writing, a postgraduate fellowship, a blog, and a literary imprint. I’ve spent thousands of hours searching out and then publishing emerging writers, often working with them to build on their talents, improve their writing, and get them started on their writing careers. I’ve taught generations of students. I’ve fought for high standards of artistic excellence and the value of art in a culture that prefers the pragmatic and utilitarian. I’ve worked to build an extended community of makers and lovers of art. I’ve advocated for a Christian humanism that can bring wisdom and imagination to an age dominated by ideology and divisiveness.

I undertook these ventures because I felt God had given me the capacity to do them and because I had an obligation to be a good steward of this gift. I’ve done them often without sufficient regard for the financial well-being of my own family (only their love and support have made this possible).

I’ve built institutions at the cost of my own creative work because I know how immensely difficult it is to create and sustain such institutions. I’ve done this work because, above all, I felt it was in service of the good, the true, and the beautiful—a trinity that bodies forth the holy and eternal Trinity.

Now I find myself in a new place in my life. Still in my fifties, I have been given the opportunity to begin again. It is at once a terrifying and exhilarating place to be. I hope to be given the grace and courage to make the most of it.

Which is why I am hoping and praying that the words of Ecclesiastes speak the truth. In short, I have launched this Patreon campaign because I am asking the community I have helped to build if it might be willing now to help me focus on my own writing, editing, and publishing projects.

I don’t expect that Patreon can provide me with the equivalent of a salary. I will continue to do freelance editing work, speaking engagements, and other labors to make ends meet. But your support through Patreon will help me cover health insurance, assure some baseline monthly stability, and give me the confidence to strike out on this new path. If my circumstances change, I would happily consider ending this campaign.

Since this is already a long post, I’ll just say that I hope you will check out what I am currently working on over on my website.

Finally, please take a careful look at the various support tiers. I am offering some rewards for those who give at the higher levels.

Thank you all so very much for returning some bread to me.

Under the Mercy,

Greg Wolfe


Frequently Asked Questions

How does Patreon work?
Patreon is a crowdfunding platform where you pledge a monthly donation. Keep in mind that you are never locked in — you can opt out or change your pledge at any time.

Do you really believe you can support yourself financially through Patreon?
I have no expectations, only faith that the Lord will provide. Like most artists, I'm now facing the classic scenario of cobbling together what income I can from multiple sources -- freelance editing work, speaking gigs, etc. But of course the more of that I have to do, the less I can work on large-scale projects, like my work-in-progress, "Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Life of Christ in Contemporary Art." That's where I'm hoping you come in!

What if you get a full-time job?
If that happens, I will gladly shut this site down. 

I don't have a writing project for you to edit, but I'd appreciate some other way of interacting with you in exchange for my support. What might be possible?
This is an excellent question. I'm still new to this Patreon thing, but I'm open to a number of possibilities -- phone chats, mentoring, etc. -- and I'd love to hear what might be rewarding to you. Please feel free to shoot me an email with some suggestions.

Recent posts by Gregory Wolfe

Tiers
Angels
$1 or more per month
Small is beautiful. 
Archangels
$5 or more per month
Dominus, non sum dignus....
Principalities
$10 or more per month
I will send you an autographed copy of my book, "The Operation of Grace."
Thrones
$25 or more per month
I will read and provide extensive editorial notes on a blog post or other short piece up to 2,000 words.
Dominions
$50 or more per month

Thanking you by name in the acknowledgments of my next book.


I will read and provide extensive editorial notes for an essay or short story or chapter up to 8,000 words. 

Cherubim
$100 or more per month

Thanking you by name in the acknowledgments of my next book.


I will read and provide extensive editorial notes for a prose manuscript up to 50,000 words. 

Seraphim
$500 or more per month

Thanking you by name in the acknowledgments of my next book.


I will read and provide extensive editorial notes for a book-length work of prose up to 80,000 words. 

Deity
$1,000 or more per month

Thanking you by name in the acknowledgments of my next book.


I will read and provide extensive editorial notes for a book-length work of prose up to 100,000 words.