So, now that I’m am not receiving a salary from a church, but raising my own funds to do ministry, I feel like I can speak out about how much or how little pastors, christian teachers, christian workers actually get paid.
Let me start here. If I need to call in an electrician, a plumber, a carpenter, or take my car to a mechanic, I’m usually astounded at how much the estimate or bill comes to. As you well know, it’s not the materials that cost so much, but the labor. As much as I may not like it, I pay the bill because I don’t have the expertise or knowledge to do it myself.
And here’s the rub. Most christian people know something about the Bible, at varying degrees, but because they have read some of the Bible, or even most of it, and have heard numerous sermons, and have read a score of books, they believe they’re experts, professionals, skilled theologians and know how to run the church, lead the church, and though they don’t like to stand up in front of crowds, they are critical about how the pastor preaches or teaches. Though they can’t do it any better, they believe it’s their right and privilege as a member to voice their displeasure on how he/she speaks and leads.
And it’s in that mindset that a pastor, a teacher, a christian worker’s salary is formed. Many churches have a pay scale of some kind to help churches determine how much they should pay their staff. It’s based on how many years of experience they have, how many members are in the congregation, the geographical area, and other similar factors. But very few, look at a these salaries from a Biblical standpoint.
Here’s what the Bible says…
“Church leaders who do their job well deserve to be paid twice as much, especially if they work hard at preaching and teaching.” 1 Timothy 5:17 CEV
According to the Bible, and we’re all Bible believing people, there’s a double honor to be given to the church leader who preaches and teaches, not because their special or an elite class of Christian. No, the double honor is not even given to the person. The double honor is given as an investment into the preparation and communication of the precious Word of God.The double honor is given to the church leader who will devote themselves to prayer and the Word of God without the distraction of secular employment.
Here’s what you should expect from the church leader who deserves the double portion…
They must hear from God the message God wants given.
They must prepare the message through study and meditation to ensure the Biblical accuracy of everything they say.
They must prepare the message for the clearest and best communication possible.
Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Pray for you pastor, your teacher, your church leader and today consider God’s approach to giving them the double honor. You’ll reap the benefits.
Thank You for those who serve You for us. Help us to honor them rightly. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen