Big Churches, Big Bucks: Southern Senior Pastors Take Top Salaries
Large churches in the South tend to pay their senior pastors the highest salaries, a new survey finds.
That‚Äôs one of the conclusions on churches and finances released Tuesday (Sept. 9) by Leadership Network, a Dallas-based church think tank, and the Vanderbloemen Search Group, a Houston-based executive search firm for churches and ministries. A total of 727 North American churches with attendance ranging from 1,000 to more than 30,000 answered questions, more than double the number of congregations featured in previous studies.
The survey found that 14 percent of large churches have a financial bonus structure for their top leader. And one in five of the big congregations find ways to collect their money other than passing the proverbial offering plate....
Thank you Michael, for putting up the URL, at first I didn't think you had since I using the SA app on my tablet to read the message, and it doesn't show links, which is why on messages accessible by tablets, smart phones, etc., I put up URLs this way, [URL=http://www.radical.net/media/schurch/series_list/?id=69]]]http://www.radical.net/media/schurch/series_list/?id=69(Secret Church 8: The Gospel, Possessions, and Prosperity)[/URL]. People with "real computers," can just mouse it, while people with the fun toys can cut&paste the URL into whatever browser they're using.
Jim Lincoln wrote: To be a fly on the wall to see the motivation of some of these highly paid mega-church pastors.
Jim Lincoln I've had a little experience with mega-buck pastors
And althought I might disagree with him on some matters, I appreciate David Platt's attitude about his salary as a mega church pastor, which he tells in his book [URL=http://www.radicalthebook.com/resources.html]]]RADICAL: RECLAIMING YOUR FAITH FROM THE AMERICAN[/URL] DREAM, which you can read the first chapter free online
SteveR, your message sent a mixed message for several years your pastor turned down wage raises, but this year demanded one?
Now, you more or less quoted the right verse though you might have used the New Testament one,
1 Corinthians 9 11 If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we should reap material things from you? 12 If others share the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we did not use this right, but we endure all things, that we may cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.---[URL=http://www.lockman.org/nasb/nasbcmp.php]]]NASB[/URL] (See the proceeding several verses)
If you want to read about on famous pastor, unfortunately a theonomist, q.v., [URL=http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/cor/notes_on.htm]]]Notes on Reconstructionism--Roots of a New "Christian" Inquisition?[/URL], James Kennedy you might read the article, [URL=http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2007-12-05/news/0712040528_1_kennedy-presbyterian-church-two-million-dollars]]]http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2007-12-05/news/0712040528_1_kennedy-presbyterian-church-two-million-dollars (Pastor leaves estate worth $2 million)[/URL]. Who didn't die poor.
To be a fly on the wall to see the motivation of some of these highly paid mega-church pastors.
An article filled with numbers that does not give any actual numbers. A waste of time! And gee, a church of 12 people cannot give the same salary as a church of 1,200 or 12,000 member church - do we really need an article to tell us this.
I read this article with mixed feelings. On one hand Im encouraged that Christians in the South compensate their pastors more than their peers in other States. To me that shows how they value their faith and their leaders.
Deuteronomy 25:4 Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn
On the other hand it could lead to a social gap between Church member and Senior Church leader. As the article stated, this region has lower incomes compared to other regions.
We have a Blessed Church but my Pastor still TURNED down several raises in recent years. He felt that it wasnt fair that he should get a raise when others in the community were so negatively impacted by the economy. Yes, he is a special Christian and can relate to everyone in the Church. He can relate so well, this latest year instead of playing pious waiting for the offer of a raise, then accept it...he sent a demand letter to us for a raise...So he is pretty funny too. We are a Blessed Church