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28 December 2009


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"I don't know where that figure came from but it is VERY inflated."

I'm guessing it's some sort of average and that there are outliers (mega-church pastors, for example) that skew the data upward.

The pastor of a church we attended in San Francisco (about 400 attenders at the time -- this was 8 years ago) was making well over $100,000/yr. One assistant pastor was at $80,000. And that was with a congregation in which only about 10 - 20% of the people put anything into the offering basket. (I was the treasurer for awhile so I saw all the numbers. The pastor guarded his salary like a hawk, though, and didn't want anyone in the congregation to know what he made.)


I don't know where that figure came from but it is VERY inflated. Most pastors I know make less than rookie school teachers.

Some I know drive bus, work at UPS, roast coffee just to make ends meet.


I think these have been great posts! As I read I go back and forth between thinking, "Yes! that's exactly what we need to keep in mind as a church!" to "Oh, I can see where that would work for some people, but I don't know that it would work for me."

I think there are some personalities that deal well with, and even grow and thrive, in an AA type environment. I think there are other personality types that would feel really uncomfortable in that sort of situation and it would be such a distraction that they wouldn't be able to think of anything else. But just because their personality type is different, that doesn't at all meant that there's not still something the one type of person could learn from the other.

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