A new study finds that church size is the strongest predictor of pastor salaries, far more than geography, ethnicity, or other variables.
The report focuses on the salaries of top-tier leadership of large churches. It includes information on budget, attendance, employee benefits, and other financial trends, including an international section on large churches in Canada.
The study also found the most recent pay raise given to executive staff was 3.1 percent. It says overall about 49 percent of the total budgets of the churches surveyed goes to staffing costs. And 52 percent of churches said they spend 10 percent or more of their current church budget on ministry beyond their own congregation.
Responses came from 1,251 churches with weekly worship attendance ranging from over 30,000 down to 500 people
Well I don't know about you but as I stroll by many of the churches in the inner city I notice Pastors driving Escalades and living in the suburbs while their churches look like the ones above. If have a full time job I get it, but when they boast that they do FULL TIME MINISTRY with 20 members it forces me to give them the side eye.
My questions for Pastors is what determines weather you should go FULL TIME in ministry?Even as an evangelist how are you evangelizing with no retirement savings or health insurance? How do you preach a holistic gospel when your life is out of order?
We also need to define the word ministry. Preaching 100 engagements out of the year, making people shout and collecting an offering in my opinion is not MINISTRY that is a PERFORMANCE.
Many of us have our favorite PERFORMERS in ministry based off of how big there church is, who is on TBN or the WORD Network the most or who can whoop you into a frenzy.
Real ministry is what the Apostles in the first century church did. They did not have special hierarchy chairs made of gold and wear fancy robes. They looked like the common man and worked with the common man doing ministry! Paul was a tentmaker, Peter was a fisherman and Matthew was a tax collector.
What skills do most Pastors have outside of the art of persuasion and preaching. If therir ministry fell tomorrow or God forbid they were hit with a scandal how will they survive?
This explains why most preachers after a fall are quick to run back to pulpit because they cant afford a sabbatical, all they know is how to do is preach and receive money from others pockets preaching a HOPE that they don't even have.
Readers I want you to study the ministry you are in. Are you being fleeced? Does your Pastor depend totally on your hard working money? And don't be fooled by the whole Levite talk, that is under the old testament covenant. In the Old Testament the tithes was a form of taxation to help the Israel GOVERNMENT. The Priest were part of the GOVERNMENT.
I believe in these last days when peril and famine hits, there will not be as many pretty Facebook flyers inviting me to the next women's conference or convocation because it won't be as lucrative.
So many young men won't be "called" to ministry. Instead. people will fight for an education but I believe it will be too late! It will be a bunch of talented exhorters unemployed or doing something that they will think is beneath them because they are so used to there "servants" who actually have real jobs but are manipulated into believing the man of GAWD is saying something special.
Personally I cannot trust a Pastor that has no skill other than preaching. Can they count? Can they write? (check their Facebook post) Can they say a complete sentence without trying to sound deep or throwing a Amen behind every sentence?
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