Support the Relaunched ‘$500,000 for 500x5x5’ Matching Gift Challenge!



Last summer, we announced that a BJU alumni couple had made an extraordinarily generous pledge of $250,000 to be matched by another $250,000 in gifts by late December — for a total of $500,000 for 500x5x5.

The goal: support our 500x5x5 strategic vision to put 500 pastors in the pulpit in the next five years and every five after that, as well as the 5P Plan of innovations and investment in program, partnerships, people, plant and profile to make it possible.

We praise the Lord that by year-end, He had provided more than $160,000 against that match — a large amount of it in the last month of the year, with discussions still ongoing.

Given the strong momentum toward the match and continued interest among potential participants, the donor couple has expressed their desire to “relaunch” the match for another quarter or until the remaining amount is raised, whichever comes first.

We wanted to take a moment to remind interested parties about some of the 5P Plan initiatives the money raised, and to be raised, is already helping fund:

  • Planned scholarships
    • 4+2 Scholarship (tuition for select pastoral candidates completing a BA in biblical studies and an MDiv in six years total)
      • Year 1 – $25,000
      • Year 2 – $147,000
      • Year 3 – $269,000
    • Jim and Patty Berg Biblical Counseling Scholarship – $20,000 per year
    • Church Matching Scholarship – $100,000 per year
  • New faculty and operational staff – $81,000
  • Facility upgrades (inside and outside) – $335,000
  • Livestream technology and monitors – $75,000
  • SIS and website consulting – $48,000 per year (estimate)

As momentum and interest continues to grow, we’re confident that many alumni and ministry partners will want to help realize the 500x5x5 vision by participating in the challenge and also by directing others to this page so they can join the effort to put pastors in the pulpit — and keep them there.

Thank you in advance for your generous support!