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Church vision

Building a culture of generosity is no easy task. One of the foundational elements is building a compelling vision that your members will desire to be part of. God’s word says: "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."   - Proverbs 29:18 Sounds serious? Vision is that important, without it people have no purpose. Interestingly enough one of my observations as a financial planner was the negative impact that retirement had on…

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Who Should Set The Pastor's Salary?

In the corporate world, much care and attention is given in determining workers’ compensation packages. Special boards and committees are in fact created to regularly study and evaluate salaries of workers in every rank of the organization. While churches may not have hundreds of people on their payroll, it would do well to emulate the efficient and professional method by which secular companies determine their workers’ salary. Not only would it elevate the work that ministers do to being “a…

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What To Do When A Pastor Is Under Compensated

An unfortunate result of a pastor being underpaid is that it ultimately hurts not just the minister but the congregation as well. A pastor who is not adequately compensated is not a happy minister. He is most likely harassed and disillusioned, even to the point of questioning his calling. His attention, time and emotion will be split between trying to make ends meet for his family and fulfilling his ministry. If this goes unchecked, the result is that the church…

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Negotiating a Pastor’s Salary

It is an unfortunate reality that the concept of a pastor’s financial package is one of the most misunderstood in ministry finance. Most churches believe that salary equates package—this is not true. A package generally refers to all costs that a church pays for its minister. The amount includes, but is not limited to, salary. It should also cover housing, health insurance, retirement benefits, travel and automobile expense reimbursements, and other expenses reimbursements. However, a pastor rarely gets to negotiate…

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How much should a pastor's salary be?

The issue of a clergy’s salary level remains to be one of the most controversial and often debated topics in ministry. It is one that is guaranteed to polarize the church–dividing the board, administrators and members–often leaving the pastor stranded in the middle. The contention is rooted on two basic schools of thought: Ministers work for the Lord and as such should trust Him fully for their provisions. Pastors, just like any other professional are doing a job they trained for…

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What Is A Fair Salary For A Minister

Determining what a Pastor’s salary should be is another matter that many churches find difficult to decide on. Whether they are fresh out of the seminary or veterans of numerous church assignments, pastors still feel uncomfortable talking about their pay lest their motives be questioned. Do they really have a calling and truly care for the welfare of their flock or are they just in it for the money? A secular employee’s attention to detail and the fine prints of…

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Should a Pastor Ask For A Salary Raise?

  Since the work of a pastor is seen more of a vocation rather than a profession, it follows that concepts usually part of a regular employee’s compensation package such as increases, bonuses and incentives are deemed not applicable to him. Already low to begin with, the pastor’s salary most likely remains unchanged for the duration of his tenure in the church. Craig Ford, in his article entitled An Essential Guide to the Minister’s Salary, relates the results of an informal…

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Should A Pastor's Salary Be Made Known?

Another question that has elicited a lively discussion between those for and against, is one that concerns making the pastor’s salary known. There are two differing schools of thought here: Proponents of transparency and accountability maintain that the church pays the pastor’s salary thus every member has the right to know how much he is being paid. On the opposite side are the proponents of privacy and respect for the pastor’s sensitivities who argue that most companies keep salary information…

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