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I had a discussion with someone lately that makes me wonder what others churches are like.

Does the preacher at your church take a salary? I attend a little country church, and mine does not. We take up a free will offering on occasion that probably pays for his gas and maybe lunch for that day, but there is no salary or discussion of money
when we get a new preacher.

Some people view a preacher as being a job in the same manner as any other job, but it's not at my church or any of our fellow churches. We just view it as a gathering to worship God, and his is no more a job than the song leader or the person who sings on that back seat; we are just there to worship God and everyone has different gifts.

Does your preacher get a salary?

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The city I live in has a VERY large church downtown. Hell, it holds almost 10,000 people! The lead preacher (sorry, do not know the official title) makes over $100,000 a year.
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I had a discussion with someone lately that makes me wonder what others churches are like.

Does the preacher at your church take a salary? I attend a little country church, and mine does not. We take up a free will offering on occasion that probably pays for his gas and maybe lunch for that day, but there is no salary or discussion of money
when we get a new preacher.

Some people view a preacher as being a job in the same manner as any other job, but it's not at my church or any of our fellow churches. We just view it as a gathering to worship God, and his is no more a job than the song leader or the person who sings on that back seat; we are just there to worship God and everyone has different gifts.

Does your preacher get a salary?
Yes! For a moderately large Central Texas United Methodist Church, our chief pastor gets about 75k, parsonage privileges, and an expense account!

Our second in command gets the same perks along with a salary of about 50k!

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Wow. Both are quite impressive amounts of money. Where does all that money come from? Are members expected to contribute a certain amount?
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Salary is commensurate with overall church guidelines and the amount of revenue generated by our own church in tithes and offerings and other financial data!

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I had a discussion with someone lately that makes me wonder what others churches are like.

Does the preacher at your church take a salary? I attend a little country church, and mine does not. We take up a free will offering on occasion that probably pays for his gas and maybe lunch for that day, but there is no salary or discussion of money
when we get a new preacher.

Some people view a preacher as being a job in the same manner as any other job, but it's not at my church or any of our fellow churches. We just view it as a gathering to worship God, and his is no more a job than the song leader or the person who sings on that back seat; we are just there to worship God and everyone has different gifts.

Does your preacher get a salary?
We have a larger church and yes he does. If a man is working full time for God and the church they should get a salary. It depends on the church I guess, if its really small with few members, then his work load will be small and there wont be enough money anyway.
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The city I live in has a VERY large church downtown. Hell, it holds almost 10,000 people! The lead preacher (sorry, do not know the official title) makes over $100,000 a year.
Wow our churches leaders in the uk don't earn much at all.
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That is yet another reason to reject organized religion. Supposedly God, who is all knowing and all powerful depends on the charity of his believers to fund the spreading of "his" word. What a great gig, if I didn't have any morality I would become a preacher to let my "followers" fund my life for me. Of course I would preach the American prosperity gospel. If you are successful you must give and if you aren't successful, it is because you don't give enough.
I formerly attended a church. We got a new preacher. He had a whole list of complaints about the condition of the house he was provided with. He made a list and one of the church leaders organized a day where everyone volunteered to go to the house and make all the repairs. Apparently, those weren't good enough and so they built him a new house in one of the nicest subdivisions in town. In the mean time, all the money that went into that, did NOT go to feed the hungry, aid the poor, soothe the sick or any of the other ministries a church is supposed to provide.
Needing another person to referee your relationship with God is bad enough, paying him for the "priviledge: to do so is beyond the pale

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Our pastors do get a salary, but it is not based on where they are located. There is a fund that the conference has set up, which pays the salaries of all pastors in the conference. Why did they do it that way? So the pastors are not subject to the whims of the local church. If a pastor is called to a church in Anchorage, Alaska, he could very well make the same amount as one in Flint, Michigan, or even Alpena, Michigan. It is not dependent upon the local congregation, but on the denomination. If the starting salary in $30K, then a small town pastor as well as a big city pastor will start at $30K. They do get increases, as with any other occupation.

Quite often, you will find that the pastor's wife is either a SAHM, a teacher, or a nurse. As a SAHM, she often homeschools their children. If a teacher, she teaches in the church school, if there is one. As a nurse, well, that is pretty self-explanatory.

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That is yet another reason to reject organized religion. Supposedly God, who is all knowing and all powerful depends on the charity of his believers to fund the spreading of "his" word. What a great gig, if I didn't have any morality I would become a preacher to let my "followers" fund my life for me. Of course I would preach the American prosperity gospel. If you are successful you must give and if you aren't successful, it is because you don't give enough.
I formerly attended a church. We got a new preacher. He had a whole list of complaints about the condition of the house he was provided with. He made a list and one of the church leaders organized a day where everyone volunteered to go to the house and make all the repairs. Apparently, those weren't good enough and so they built him a new house in one of the nicest subdivisions in town. In the mean time, all the money that went into that, did NOT go to feed the hungry, aid the poor, soothe the sick or any of the other ministries a church is supposed to provide.
Needing another person to referee your relationship with God is bad enough, paying him for the "priviledge: to do so is beyond the pale

This is similar to the discussion I had with someone that caused me to ask my question here.

I agree with what you say, and I'm sure mostly because the church I belong to and others I associate with don't give salaries, nor do the preachers demand it, so getting a salary for worshiping God has always been a weird concept to me. I am Baptist, by the way, but that doesn't explain a whole lot; Baptists can be as different as daylight and dark depending on the church.

I encounter and see a lot of people on forums and tv who seem so down on religion. I guess I took that personally for a while, but one day I allowed it to sink in that not all churches are alike in their approach to serving God. When things go on like you described above, and then I see all those "tv preachers," it's easy to understand why it turns people off.


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This is similar to the discussion I had with someone that caused me to ask my question here.

I agree with what you say, and I'm sure mostly because the church I belong to and others I associate with don't give salaries, nor do the preachers demand it, so getting a salary for worshiping God has always been a weird concept to me. I am Baptist, by the way, but that doesn't explain a whole lot; Baptists can be as different as daylight and dark depending on the church.

I encounter and see a lot of people on forums and tv who seem so down on religion. I guess I took that personally for a while, but one day I allowed it to sink in that not all churches are alike in their approach to serving God. When things go on like you described above, and then I see all those "tv preachers," it's easy to understand why it turns people off.
They are not getting a salary for worshipping God, but for their full time work for the church members and those in the community. My church has so many things going on all week, for the elderly, children, the youth, those in need, pastoral care, many midweek projects and meetings, and the running of the church and buildings.Its a very busy job, one that takes time and effort and energy.
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They are not getting a salary for worshipping God, but for their full time work for the church members and those in the community. My church has so many things going on all week, for the elderly, children, the youth, those in need, pastoral care, many midweek projects and meetings, and the running of the church and buildings.Its a very busy job, one that takes time and effort and energy.
Yes, exactly this. Our pastors are, essentially, constantly on call for things related to the church. And, I don't know about how it works in the UK, or even your church/denomination, it isn't uncommon for a pastor in my denomination to have 2 or 3 churches at which he preaches. Some speak at each every Sabbath. Others alternate with elders, guest speakers, or even special programs for specific church groups. But it absolutely is a full time commitment for them!

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Yes, exactly this. Our pastors are, essentially, constantly on call for things related to the church. And, I don't know about how it works in the UK, or even your church/denomination, it isn't uncommon for a pastor in my denomination to have 2 or 3 churches at which he preaches. Some speak at each every Sabbath. Others alternate with elders, guest speakers, or even special programs for specific church groups. But it absolutely is a full time commitment for them!

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Our present church is a really nice thriving Baptist church, and we have 3 services every Sunday because of the numbers. Add to than many midweek meetings and outreach programmes and pastoral needs etc its a full time job.
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I supppse some of this explains the difference.

We don't do all the activities. Our focus is on the worship services three times a month and revival services.

Our preachers have regular jobs just like the rest of us, but their gift from God is to preach the gospel, so that is what they do during our service, just like some people have a spiritual gift for singing and such.

I'm sure that sounds odd to people who do differently, just as the other sounds odd to me.
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They are not getting a salary for worshipping God, but for their full time work for the church members and those in the community. My church has so many things going on all week, for the elderly, children, the youth, those in need, pastoral care, many midweek projects and meetings, and the running of the church and buildings.Its a very busy job, one that takes time and effort and energy.
So why can't the all powerful, all knowing God who is able to create all of the universe in 7 days, provide some sort of stipend to these people who are doing his work?

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