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Why Do Churches Pay Pastors a Salary?

By May 18, 2011

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In an email, Jim wrote:
Why Pay Pastors a Salary?

I need your help to understand something that has troubled me for years ... why do churches pay preachers to preach or pastor a church? Why does a pastor even take money to preach? I pray that you can answer the question and tell me what the Holy Word of God says about this.

Many Christians are surprised to discover that the Bible plainly teaches congregations to financially support those who care for the spiritual needs of the church body. This includes pastors, teachers and other full-time ministers who are called by God for service. Spiritual leaders can best serve when they are fully dedicated to the work of the Lord—to the study and teaching of God's Word and ministering to the needs of the body of Christ. If a minister has to work a job to provide for his family, then he will be distracted from ministry and forced to divide his priorities, leaving less time to adequately shepherd his flock.

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What the Bible Says About Paying Pastors a Salary

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June 13, 2009 at 7:42 pm
(1) carolyn says:

what does the bible say about tithes in the new testment.

June 14, 2009 at 9:16 am
(2) Mary says:
November 25, 2009 at 10:20 am
(3) David says:

John 10:11-13 (New King James Version)
11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.
12 But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.
13 The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.

This is the main reason why pastors shouldn’t be salaried; either these pastors are in love with their jobs or the $$$.

October 24, 2011 at 3:14 pm
(4) peter says:

sory but every body needs money even pastors only ofcours we can talk about the amount.

March 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm
(5) howard says:

david, you might try reading the whole bible, epecially after the cross and when paul speaks about being supported in corinthians…

January 3, 2013 at 9:59 pm
(6) Nick says:

in efforts to be as forthcoming as possible, this article is poorly written and flawed. I see more paraphrasing scriptures than scriptures themselves.

Furthermore, the scriptures quoted are not directly relevant to the subject. David makes a VERY good point with the scriptures used. Tithing is old testament material. Those that argue otherwise are on the payroll.

Scripture is clear. The strong urge to support the man on the stage comes from #1 tradition #2 emotion #3 a soft form of coercion.

I’d rather give toward a family who’s struggling than a MEGA church twisting scripture for money. Who’s primary recipient’s average salary range is between 100k and 140k.

come on people.. put some thought and due diligence into it before you put your money into it!!!

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