Purpose: To provide the local church with partial funding for competent pastoral leadership while the appointed pastor is away or on leave. The amount of funding is dependent upon the local church's unique situation and ability to contribute to the cost of funding. Pastoral coverage is typically needed for:
- Short-term Renewal (Continuing Education and Spiritual Growth Leave, BOD 350.3)(4weeks)
- Long-term Renewal (Formational and Spiritual Growth Leave, BOD 350.3)(up to 6 months)
- Vacation (pulpit supply for qualifying churches)
A local church may apply for any level of pastoral coverage noted below and customize further for their unique needs. In addition to a covering pastor, additional work by church staff, church leaders and lay volunteers is likely to be needed.