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Do Salaries Attract Pastors

How important is the pastors salary in order to attract the very best pastors?

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 ---Mima on 4/19/07
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Believe it or not, there are still some people who will do the Lord's work for free. My Pastor isn't a paid Pastor. He doesn't want to be paid. Like Susie, I know some Evangelists who went overseas, and paid for almost everything out of their pockets. The church pitched in and gave an offering, but they didn't bum and beg for money so they could go. If a Pastor has to bum and beg for money, he shouldn't have a church.
---Rebecca_D on 3/19/08

I don't agree with Susie's comment: "The very best ministers (in general) are not paid anything"
Isay that "Some of the very best ministers are not paid anything"
There are also some of the very best ministers ministering full-time, whod thus don't earn an income from another job.
It is fair that they be paid so they can feed themselves and their families!
But I find it difficult to beleive that the very best ministers would be attracted by the sizse of the salary.
---alan_of_UK on 3/19/08

If the church has to pay a salary to keep a Pastor at the church, they are not in order. There is nothing wrong with paying your Pastor a salary if he is truly called by God to preach and he and the church agrees to the salary. If the Pastor is pastoring at this church until a better offer comes along at another church, he needs to step down and take a good look at his walk. Alot of the Pastors in the big cities and TV are overpaid, cause they really don't take care of their sheep like a good shepherd.
---Rebecca_D on 3/18/08

I think the question stinks. It's true we must have some money in this life. But most of all we serve God because we owe Him. His Blood, the cross, His salvation for His people.
---catherine on 3/18/08

The very best pastors don't normally focus on salary but they do need to be paid.He/she may already have a good paying job outside of the church, If someone is getting into the ministry for the pay, only, they will not last long. But salary is important. The pastor may have family and most certainly, personal bills and responsibilities he has to meet. A good pastor is a great asset to any church.
---Robyn on 3/17/08

What was Paul's salary? Was he not the example and Apostle to the gentiles?
---Ryan_Z on 3/15/08

This blog is really provoking and prety, It matters not what a pastors salary is that is between him and God or the people he has taken the money from If there is a problem. All this achieves is speculation where the pastor could have quite genuinely gone for a position regardless of the wage, and insight others to go into a ministry looking for monitory gain, As a pastor one would expect you to look for peace not create speculation, shame on you!
---Carla5754 on 4/23/07

The pastor of the small church where we attend did meetings in South Africa and does meetings quite often in Mexico and he doesn't receive a large salary by any means. He and his wife both work jobs. They paid their own way to South Africa. It doesn't take millions to do evangelistic work overseas. In fact, their trip cost about $2000 each to go to South Africa. Of course, their housing and food was furnished by churches. They didn't expect to fly in a personal jet and stay in high dollar hotels.
---Susie on 4/21/07

Totally agree w/ you there susie...except some of them do crusades for free in like africa(no not refering to Benny Hinn), and thats why they need millions of dollars
---mark on 4/20/07

Sheri....It wasn't his idea. The church offered the "severance package" if he would leave town.
---Susie on 4/20/07

Financial gain is not on the pastors agenda. They know where they will get their blessings from. To say what atracts the very best pastors is offending and unbiblical. Some go unpaid yet doesnt mean to say they're best. The best of all pastors I reckon are those who take time out to be with others who're hurting and those in need.
---jana on 4/20/07

The very best ministers (in general) are not paid anything. They do it out of the love in their heart to reach a lost and dying world before Jesus returns.
---Susie on 4/20/07

Susie, that's really sheering the sheep, is it not? How can the church afford to pay 2 years of advanced salary?
---Sheri on 4/20/07

It shouldn't be important at all. If a man is doing what God calls him to do, it doesn't matter if he gets paid $1.00 or more, because the Lord will provide. A man whom God called to preach won't ask for money to preach. He will preach freely and preach what God gives him to preach. If a man asks for money and more money, then you should know why he is preaching. To sit on his butt and get paid for nothing.
---Rebecca_D on 4/20/07

Money attracts the worst pastors quite often. Ted Haggard is receiving his salary for the next two years after he resigned in disgrace because his church agreed to pay it to him if he would leave town! He's moving to Phoenix where he is to attend Tommy Barnett's church while he is being restored by the four ministers appointed to do this job. His reported salary was $187,00 a year. You can read the store in the Arizona Republic in Phoenix.
---Susie on 4/20/07

Salary should not be the attraction. The pastor should be led by the Spirit of God, and then he can be rewarded with a salary.
---Helen_5378 on 4/20/07

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Although a higher salary may look great for a pastor coming in it shouldn't be a determining factor. A pastor will find a way to be able to minister in a church. I know I've lived on $600 a month for 3 years now. It isn't about the money it is about the kingdom.
---Jared on 4/20/07

My husband was a pastor. Financially we would have been much better off if he had chosen virtually any other 'profession' but I can only speak of his denomination. Perhaps there are some who are highly paid but I personally do not know a wealthy pastor. Most struggle to bring up their children and then continue to struggle in old age. But money wasn't the object of the 'exercise'.
---m.p.a. on 4/20/07

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