How much do you think clergy, ministers, campus workers, pastors, and priests should make? Yes, I mean financially. Do you think it should be relative to how many people they minister to? How much schooling they have under their belt? How charismatic and well-spoken they are? What criteria would you measure their effectiveness by? Number of healings, sponsors, or conversions?
It’s income tax season and as I prepared my tax statements this year, it was an interesting practice to sit there and key in my earnings and add up my deductions and it made me wonder what I should expect in the future when perhaps that day when I become a “professional” Christian should arise.
My father, also a pastor, thinks that the pastor should make the average salary of the congregation. But I have no idea if he sticks to this himself. I should hope so, or I may have inadvertently ‘outed’ him. I’ve heard recently that some senior pastors of Korean American churches make six figures on par with some CEOs. Many of my colleagues who become ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) may command a salary of $50,000, which is a good amount to ensure that the sacraments are rightly administered and the Word of God proclaimed.
So I ask, what should be some of the metrics to determine the pay for this type of person? Should they all just raise their own funds, like missionaries or many parachurch organization staff? Or does wearing the cloth bear a particular value? And if so, how much?
What’s a shepherd worth these days? And what qualifications / characteristics would justify a higher rate?
I’d love to hear some other people’s thoughts on this.