How do we judge whether we are receiving adequate pay? On the one hand, we need to be careful not to create an issue over whether we are receiving adequate pay or not. We recognize that part of our call is to sacrifice, but we still need to provide for our families. On the other hand, as Scripture says, "A laborer is worthy of his hire" (Luke 10:7) and "Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn" (1 Tim. 5:18). We who are called as elders/shepherds/pastors should be able to derive our living from the gospel.
One practical tip is to contact the National Association of Church Business Administration in Richardson, Texas. Their number is (800) 898-8085. They publish a biennial, 300-page national church staff compensation survey. This survey can provide some concrete information from which to formulate an opinion by you and your leaders as to whether your pay is adequate or not.
You may also want to contact the Christian Management Association in Diamond Bar, Calif., at (909) 860-8247 or check out their web site at cmaonline.org. They, too, have some information available related to salary and benefit surveys.
Finally, it is important to maintain an open line of communication with your church leadership on this issue. They should be a part of the process. Get them involved in some of the research. You may also want to meet and just talk over this subject. Unfortunately, all too many leadership teams at churches shy away from critical issues such as salary concerns. In the long run, strife, conflict and eventually the possibility of a bitter resignation can be avoided if the leadership is willing to pray together, learn together and grow together.
One resource to help with this question is our Pastor to Pastor audiocassette set entitled "Biblical Finances for Today's Pastor" (PC95B).
Ever feel like you need to wear a mask to cover up who you are? Are you concerned that, if people knew who you really are and how you really felt, they wouldn't understand?
One minister, two jobs and the family that's at the top of the list. The number of bivocational ministers, those in full- or part-time ministry who carry an additional job, is estimated by some researchers to be as high as 30 percent of ministers nationwide.
"You should see the church they attend," Lucille said, armed with bulletin and newsletter. Creases formed across my brow as celebration gave way to comparisons a trap that had sprung too many times.