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What Is That Pastor's Salary

Recently a dear friend of mine had the audacity to ask the chairman of the finance committee what was the pastor salary. This is a mega church. He got no answer, but the perks he thanks come to over $100,000. When asked if he was going to leave the church. He said no. Comments?

Moderator - Since most churches are non-profit organizations based upon gifts, all financial information should be public knowledge, otherwise accountablility to the givers is gone. Yes, some of the mega church pastors make over 1 million dollars per year and live the lifestyle of the rich and famous.

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This question is loaded. There is no way we can stay within the 85 word limit. I will respond another time. I think we all need to meditate on and seek God on this issue. But I will say this: there is much corruption today in the churches. Shalom. Work is calling.......bye
---Robyn on 11/28/07

We need to keep in mind here, that most preachers are not saved. Jesus has never saved them. We also need to keep in mind if a pastor is saved then He does belong to God and God is saying "Hands off".
---catherine on 11/28/07

There was a tax collector named Zacchaeus that gave half his goods to the poor upon receiving salvation. And if he received anything from false accusation he paid back fourfold. It's a shame that preachers that should have received salvation prior to getting their ministry heap up treasures on earth while others starve. God is no respecter of persons for them to overlook the truly needy is a shame.
---Shari on 11/28/07

Only my humble opinion but I think the money should be used for helping people learn about God, not for buying fancy clothes, houses and cars. It makes my head hurt to think of all the money these pastors spend on themselves when they could be helping people.
---sue on 5/9/07

It is common in larger churches for staff salaries not to be listed individually in the financial statement. This is not an attempt to hide salaries but simply protects the rights of staff members.
In smaller churches, it is common to list the salaries of individual staff members.
The pros and cons of this issue are debatable. In fairness, does the typical employee know the salaries of every other employee in the workplace? Therefore, should not church employees should be treated the same?
---ed on 8/16/06

Audacity? Any contributing member of a church has a RIGHT to know! Our church, which is admittedly closer to "mini" than "mega", distributes a financial statement annually to all members, even if they don't ask (which they seldom do). Thus everyone knows, not only the pastor's salary, but the actual expense of running the church and any ministry thereof.
---Donna2277 on 7/18/06

Any church which is Biblically sound will publish a financial report. The church is accountable to the membership.
---Susie on 7/18/06

Sue there will be far more pastors of small churches who take home small salaries than there are mega churches with the salaries you refer to, in both U.S. and U.K. In U.K. few pastors will earn more than 20,000 GBP approx $35,000 I think
---emg on 7/18/06

$100,000 is ALOT of $ to me. $50,000 is ALOT of $ to me. Those pastors on tv make millions.
---sue on 7/18/06

sue on 7/15/06 says "It makes my head hurt to think of all the money these pastors spend on themselves when they could be helping people"
Sue I think that the number of pastors who have spare money to waste on fancy clothes, houses and cars are small indeed. Most spend their salary on food, basic clothing for themselves and kids and a cheap run-around to visit members. Also, their job is to 'help people learn about God', that is why they are there.
---emg on 7/18/06

Sue, our pastor gives offerings just as the members do. Secondly, our church gives offerings monthly to worthy causes.
---Steve on 7/17/06

To me a Pastor of any church, should not be ashamed or beat around the bush, so to speak about how much he makes at that church. If he can't be truthful with the congragation on how much he makes, then how do they know he can be truthful on other things. There should be NO secrets between the people in the church and the Pastor. I agree with Sue.
---Rebecca_D on 7/17/06

I would thing the information on the pastors salary should be in you budget report from the last annual meeting. Have you friend ask his church's secretary for a copy to at least review. A church that large in the USA should be audited by an AICPA accounting group ask for a copy of the audit report. If he get static about it contact your State Attorney Generals Office all non-profits have to do some form of state reporting it could also be to the Secretary of States office but that is a place to start.
---notlaw99 on 7/15/06

Keep in mind that such megachurches with extremely well-paid pastors are the exception, not the rule.
---Jack on 7/15/06

Yearly at Tax time, ALL financial reports are sent to all members, INCLUDING the Pastor's salary. Its a proper thing to do, that is accountability to the members.
---NV_Barbara on 7/15/06

The pastor's salary should not be a secret. If it is I would want to know why. This does not sound right.
---M.P. on 7/15/06

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I can see why some of the mega-churches (which seem to be controlled by the chief pastor, don't like to disclose the salary. We have some proserity churches here particularly in London, where the pastor takes a huge amount. But in many churches, the pastos salary is fixed, and if more is given, that just means more can be given away (sometimes to support a church where the income is insuffieient to pay the pastor without this help)
---alan8869_of_UK on 7/15/06

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