Should a Pastor have a Full-time Job outside the church?

My friend posed this question to me that he’d once heard:

“How much would it change the church and Christians if the pastor worked a regular job like the congregation and what would be different?”

What would our lives be like if pastors went to work in an office, or the oilfields, or as a teacher? Did you know there are bodies of worship who have pastors with jobs?

Another question I’d like to ask: Are church members to be reliant on pastors for teaching and spiritual growth? If so, why? If not, why not?

6 thoughts on “Should a Pastor have a Full-time Job outside the church?”

  1. I worked in a church for five years and trust me it’s a “real” job! Harder than a lot of other professions. Pastors “real one’s who love God” work long hours and are devoted to helping others become more Christ-like (Christian).
    I hope that you will recover from you awful experience and experience the real church that is filled with people who love, help, encourage, support and who struggle with their sin nature on a daily basis. Good luck, and Blessings on your journey, Carlyn Benham

    1. I agree.
      Are there instances in the Old Testament either? It seems counterintuitive to what the Bible teaches to donate to Pastors until they’re wealthy.

  2.   Have you heard the term “bi-vocational pastor?_  Many thousands of American pastors work full or part time secular jobs .  The usual  reason is that the congregation is too small or too poor to support  them.  The pastor of a church in California, under whom I served as Minister of Education, took a job in a sandwich shop for that reason.  That church paid me the fabulous sum of $25 a week.  That was the most remuneration I ever got for my five years of seminary education.  But I have no regret about those five years.

      And  Brian:  Please read I Corinthians 9:3-18 and I Timothy 5:18-19.

      ==Bill Foltz

    1. Do you have a link to your statistics? According to a Christian research group, “While some churches have bi-vocational pastors (i.e. they receive their income from an outside job, pastoring the church without pay) or part-time pastors, 87% of Protestant churches have full-time, paid pastors.”

      Not sure about the other stat you shared, but if you have proof, I’d be happy to hear it.

      If a person chooses to go into ministry, then that’s their perogative. Although I do know that some pastors are very, very poor and I find that quite sad. They did choose that job, though.

      My main issue is with pastors of large congretations. I don’t think they should be paid say, $500,000 yearly. I think that’s a con. I also think the government should tax all churches who make over say $500,000 yearly. Personally, I think only the work that is specificly charity work should be tax-free, but I’m not a lobbyist or a politician.

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