This post is a passion of mine because I am sick of seeing pastors distracted from the work of the ministry to pay the bills.Â We work with millions of dollars of church budgets and one common theme we see is that pastors are not making enough money.
Let me give you 4 reasons ministry leaders should make more money:
1.Â To Decrease Stress
Ministry is always ranked as one of the most stressful jobs.Â The last thing a pastor needs to be thinking about is how they are going to pay their personal bills or be able to afford a family vacation.Â IF YOU ARE BAD WITH YOUR MONEY, YOU DON’T NEED MORE MONEY!!!Â However, a lot of the ministry leaders I work with really make below what it takes to run a family financially.Â Church planters, you need to pay yourself first before you hire a bunch of staff!!! Don’t make your spouse bitter!
2. To Allow The Spouse To Stay Home
If the ministry leader is the “bread winner” in the home they should make enough to allow the spouse to stay home if they want to.Â I have seen too many spouses angry because they have to work so their spouse can be in ministry.
3.Â To Live Culturally Relevant Lives
If the pastor constantly is saying NO to stuff because he can’t afford to go to a ball game or send his kid to a camp, that is ridiculous.Â I am not saying the pastor should have to drive the nicest car and have all the toys, but if the pastor does want to buy a new car or have a toy, they should be able to do it!
4.Â To Eliminate The Poor-Mouth Mentality
It is very tempting for pastors to poor-mouth around their people.Â I hear pastors poor-mouth in messages sometime as well.Â I don’t think it should be a goal of pastors to come across as being broke all the time.Â A broke mentality leads to a broke church.Â Pay the pastor a fare wage to eliminate poor-mouthing.
What would you add or take away from this list?Â Do you agree or disagree?
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