How should we pay our pastors? By our response to the Spirit’s leading to love and serve one another.⇦Tweet that!
The Awkward Question: How much should we pay our pastors?
I was a brand new pastor just out of seminary. Judy and I had been standing with our two small children in the hall outside the worship center for over an hour. It was one of the most tense, embarrassing, confusing and awkward hours of our lives.
Why? The church was publicly discussing and debating my salary, considering the merits of how much they should pay me, and apparently arguing with one another. A few people left the meeting with frowns on their faces and let us know we weren’t the spiritual people they thought we were.
Our story isn’t unique.
The church often doesn’t know how to answer the question, “How much should we pay our pastors?” There are those who feel the pastor should be kept poor and those who feel the pastor should receive exorbitant salaries (not many of those!). But most Christians want to be fair, we just don’t know how to define fair.
It may be an awkward question, but the answer is simple…if we take God’s advice in Galatians 6:6-10.
The Simple Answer: Let the Spirit lead both pastors and flock in their response to love and serve one another.
Paul puts pastors’ salaries in the context of a community where Christians walk in the spirit. Here’s his simple formula: You who walk in the Spirit: Share your finances with those who teach you the word.⇦Tweet that!
Question: How would you answer the question, “How much should we pay our pastor?”