Iowa Cares is a ministry that came into existence in 1950 to meet the needs of pastors, primarily in new church work. Obviously, needs come to pastors’ lives whether they are in new works or established works, and, over the years, the mission evolved to meet needs for IARBC pastors experiencing any kind of excessive and unusual financial burden. In recent years, this has included financial help for pastors experiencing family medical issues, house damage due to fire or flood, or other unexpected financial difficulty.
The Scriptural foundation for Iowa Cares is Philippians 4:10-15, quoted only in part,
“I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity… And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only.”
The Philippian Church was concerned about the gospel ministry of Paul, and helped meet his needs in the work of the Lord.
Four times a year a letter is sent to those who desire to participate with a return envelope included for their giving. From this money that is sent, the Council of Ten will distribute to the necessities that are brought to their attention.