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Welcoming Guests and First Impressions

The sermon starts in the parking lot, and the impression you make for your guests on Sunday morning during the first 10 minutes will be indelible.

Technology and The Church

Leveraging technology for ministry can be an incredible blessing. But it can also be fraught with problems and pitfalls. Learn how to use technology well.

Vision and Leadership

Our God longs for leaders to request of Him to do that which they cannot. Faith filled vision, leadership and risk are key ingredients for ministry.

Preaching and Communication

You know and understand how challenging it is to communicate. It is hard to get and capture people's attention. Learn how to communicate effectively.

Creativity and Innovation

Being creative means asking the right questions and making new associations. Discover new and creative ideas for your ministry.

Young Adults 'Less Religious,' Not Necessarily 'More Secular'

From the USAToday:

Young adults today are less church-connected than prior generations were when they were in their 20s. But a new study finds they're just about as spiritual as their parents and grandparents were at those ages.

Members of today's Millennial generation, ages 18 to 29, are as likely to pray and believe in God as their elders were when they were young, says the report from Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life....

Read the rest HERE: 

Trends Concerning Teens And Technology

Bobby Gruenwald, over at has done an informal survey with their youth ministry to measure the usage of teens using technology.  It is worth taking a look at...but here is a sample:

Number of students with internet at home: 652 (93.1%)
Number of students with cell phones: 610 (87.1%)
Number of students with internet on cell phones: 293 (41.8%)
Number of hours spent each week on internet (400 responses):  4,440 hours, an average of 11 hours per student. (34 responses of “A LOT” were not included in the count.)

15 Most popular websites in order:
4.    Email

(read the whole thing)

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What Is A Pastor Worth?

In the last post, I addressed, via Casey Graham's post, why pastors need to be adequately compensated.

The fact that the issue of pastor's compensation even needs to be addressed, highlights the fact there is a problem of pastors being underpaid.  But why?  I think there may be some reasons why pastors may be underpaid for their ministry work.

Churches just don't know better

Some churches are flying by the seat of the pants when it comes to assessing pastor and staff salaries.  Rather, churches need to do their homework.  There are reports available to examine compensation packages that you can get from your church's denominational headquarters or from other resources.

Here is some help from ChristianityToday:
Resources that can help churches determine a fair salary for pastors include The Annual Compensation Handbook for Church and Staff from Christian Ministry Resources, Zondervan's 2000 Minister's Tax and Financial Guide by Dan Busby, and How to Set Clergy Compensation by Steve Clifford.
Your denominational headquarters could tell you what pastors in churches like yours are paid. So might CPAs such as Jack L. McGinnis of Brooks, McGinnis & Chafin in Atlanta, Georgia, who collects data from more than 50 churches to help clients determine salary packages. (read the rest HERE)
Also, churches need to take into account cost of living issues by checking the local census information to find out what the median income level is for it's community, in order to measure if the church's salaries will adequately provide.

A Pastor's work perhaps isn't appropriately valued

I don't know any other way to say it, but if there were a correct, biblical understanding of the role and ministry of an pastor/elder, then pastors wouldn't haven't to negotiate more adequate salaries - they would be generously and appropriately compensated.

1 Timothy 5:17 says, "The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching".  Now think through the words translated often times as “double honor”.  In the CEV version its translated as  “double pay”.  This doesn't mean that pastors need to be paid tons of money, but just that they need to be appropriately paid and provided for.

Fear of Association

Perhaps there is a fear that if staff and pastors have a compensation package that is too generous it will reflect poorly on the church's stewardship of the people's tithes.  Given the history and examples of ostentatious living that some pastors have enjoyed - many people are over-sensitive and react in ways that end up poorly compensating faithful and humble servants in ministry.

Giving Has Dried Up

A big reason why many churches have either pulled back or frozen staff and pastor's salaries is that because of the economy, giving is down and that fact has forced churches to make very difficult budget decisions.  I would suggest that if a church needs to freeze a cost of living increase or reduce salaries, then they should at the same time be willing to pay back that loss in full, if and when financial circumstances turn around in the future.

Pastors Are UnderPaid

Casey Graham gives 4 reasons ministry leaders should make more money:

1. To Decrease Stress
Ministry is always ranked as one of the most stressful jobs. The last thing a pastor needs to be thinking about is how they are going to pay their personal bills or be able to afford a family vacation. IF YOU ARE BAD WITH YOUR MONEY, YOU DON’T NEED MORE MONEY!!! However, a lot of the ministry leaders I work with really make below what it takes to run a family financially. Church planters, you need to pay yourself first before you hire a bunch of staff!!! Don’t make your spouse bitter!

2. To Allow The Spouse To Stay Home
If the ministry leader is the “bread winner” in the home they should make enough to allow the spouse to stay home if they want to. I have seen too many spouses angry because they have to work so their spouse can be in ministry.

3. To Live Culturally Relevant Lives

4. To Eliminate The Poor-Mouth Mentality

(read Casey's post to read the reasoning behind point 3 and 4)

But the question is why aren't pastors paid what they are worth?

We will look at that in the next post.....

(ht: Casey)