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What Kind Of Pastor

What kind of pastor do you have?
Full time unpaid, (doesn't need payment).
Full-time paid, by one church
Full-time shared, paid by more than one church.
Part-time unpaid,(doesn't need payment)
Part-time paid and working outside church.
Part-time unpaid and working outside church.

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 ---RitaH on 11/16/07
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What kind of pastor do you have? I am a Pastor serving three churches. Therefore, I must depend upon "pastor friends" and a Pastor's Prayer Fellowship.
I am full time paid by the pool of resources from three churches.
---Barry on 12/4/07

Rebecca, the preachers you refer to who were sent out by Jesus, and told not to take anything with them, were not left to die at the roadside of starvation. They were cared for along the way. The modern way of caring for our preachers is to pay their out-of-pocket expenses (if they are visiting preachers) and to give them a home and salary (otherwise how do they support their families?) if they are devoting all their time to the ministry. The bible tells us that "a man is worthy of his hire".
---RitaH on 11/20/07

To---RitaH your question, "do you have an answer to my question or do you not wish me to know what kind of pastor you have from the list?" I do not have a pastor. Saturday night, I witnessed to one lady, Sunday I witnessed to three men, yesterday I witnessed to two mem. All but one of these people(the oldest man of the bunch) accepted the Lord and prayed for their salvation. None of these men were pastors. However I have had pastors pray with me. But actually I do not have A pastor.
---mima on 11/20/07

Rebecca, here in the U.K. there are hardly any men entering the ministries of the non-comformist churches. Theological colleges are closing. This means that churches have lay preachers in their pulpits most Sundays unless they are one of the fortunate ones that can share an ordained man - as we do - or are one of the VERY fortunate that have a pastor all to themselves. The situation I have told you about is not unique, nor is it HOGWASH. Situations are very different in different countries.
---RitaH on 11/20/07

I honestly don't see how a Pastor or anyone should take money for doing God's work. It is okay to take a love offering if preaching at another church or being an Evangelist. But to ask the church to pay for his salary to do God's work shouldn't be done. Because when Jesus sent the disciples he called to preach out to spread the gospel he told them not to take nothing for their journey, such as scrip, no bread, no money in their purse. So why does a Pastor or a person ask to be paid?
---Rebecca_D on 11/19/07

Just to clarify my previous answer, our pastor is FuLL-TIME ... that is 24 hours available every day except the one day a week we make him take off.
He does not own his own business, or have investment income or inherited wealth.
He has to feed and clothe himself and family, so it seems reasonable thatb we should give him a salary to enable him to do this.
---alan_of_UK on 11/19/07

Kai: Pastoring a large church is a full time job, and the pastor should be paid a salary if they work full time for the church. Paul said something to this effect in the Epistles. Do not muzzle the ox while he does the grain.

My pastor prepares the sermons, sits in on various meetings of the groups in the church, visits the sick and shut-ins, provides counseling to members of the congregation, and does other administrative duties.
---Trish9863 on 11/19/07

to ritaH - when christ preached the gospel, he did not charge 1 cent, when he healed the sick or give sight to the blind, he did not charge 1 cent. what verse in the bible says that everytime the church grows, the pastor's salary also grows. preaching the gospel has become a commercial business for pastors. they should get a job & stop justifying their laziness.
---kai on 11/19/07

We have four joint-pastors who divide the duties amongst themselves.

They are not paid.
---Nancy on 11/18/07

RitaH I, for one, willl give you a straight answer.
Our pastor works full time for our church, and is salaried.
I don't seen how he could work full time for us, unless he received a salary (which is not much at all) & there is nothing wrong with this.
---alan_of_UK on 11/18/07

Until last month, our church had a full time paid pastor. He wasn't an "employee", but, the leader of our memebership who was compensated for his service, so that he could be more dilligent in his study of the word, which he was. I benefitted greatly from him, and thank God for this man's love of the Lord. We are currently in a search for a new pastor, and considerations are being made for a "tent-maker" pastor.
---tommy3007 on 11/18/07

The kind of Pastor I have is, a full time unpaid, doesn't want paid Pastor, who works outside of the church. He owns his own construction business. If I had a Pastor that Pastored several churches, I'd stay confused. How could you get to know him, if the other church pays him more than the church you go to. Do you switch churches so you could hear him preach? That is hogwash. One Pastor over One church, simple.
---Rebecca_D on 11/17/07

Our pastor is part-time, sometimes paid, and works a full time job. The church is small and made up of poor people. He doesn't do it for the money. He does it because he loves the Lord. Sometimes he says he would pay to get to preach the gospel. I know he has gone on trips to preach to the poor and paid his own way.
---trey on 11/16/07

Kai,Michelle and Mima, do you have an answer to my question or do you not wish me to know what kind of pastor you have from the list? For those who are interested in my topic, our pastor is full-time paid but shared by 5 churches who all pay proportionately towards his salary based on membership of each church. Those with most members pay the most and see him in the pulpit more often than the others.
---RitaH on 11/16/07

2. This is far from ideal but is better than no pastor at all. For many years we relied totally on visiting preachers, most of whom were excellent, but there is no continuity of teaching that way and no pastoral care for sick and elderly etc. Thank you to those who shared details of your own churches.
---RitaH on 11/16/07

In line with this question last night while talking to a new soulwinner the following question was asked." Since the Bible says the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Why are most pastors constantly preaching about and begging for money?" Can you provide the answer to this question?
---Mima on 11/16/07

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My pastor is a full time salaried employee, paid out of the church budget, which is from our tithes and offerings.
---Trish9863 on 11/16/07

Today, I heard/saw the prosperity gospel as the money pit. That's a description for a House that it's in need of constant repair.
You can throw money at it, and it still falls apart. The money pit, while holding workshops - constantly repairing itself - throwing money at it - will soon not have enough money to hold it together.
God is reconstructing His ministry and it will not be a money pit.
---Michelle on 11/16/07

Ministries need to have debt-free buildings.
Make sure any expansion is the Lord's perfect will or loss will be suffered.
With increased pressure, ministries will lose their tax exempt status.
So while we're seeing a spurt of unprecedented giving from the people of God, it will be followed by a major squeeze.

If you're taking delight in your three paydays a week, get ready.
---Michelle on 11/16/07

Blessings Rita, full time paid by our offerings as well as paid housing and health insurance for his family. My Pastor also has a Christian school as well, so he works there too. I am sure the cost of running this Christian Accademy is quite expensive. God Bless you friend!
---Cynthia on 11/16/07

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why doesn't he get a job so he can understand politics at work, a job loss, a job interview, HR do not hire people with an I problem or lack of self confidence, a pay that is $12.00/ hour or minimum wage, living from paycheck to paycheck & stress.
---kai on 11/16/07

He is full time, We pay with tithes and offerings, and his wife works a regualar job.
---Whisper on 11/16/07

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