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Pastors Should Earn Meager Salaries—and 7 Other Church Money Myths

5. “We can’t afford it. It’s not in the budget.”

I’m a member of Northpark Church‘s Financial Accountability Team.

I probably say, “We can’t afford that,” too much.

Sometimes God calls us to take faith steps that don’t fit within the budget … yet.

When you face a similar situation, you need to ask yourself these two questions:

Is God in this?

Is it God’s will?

If you can prayerfully answer “Yes” to both of those questions, it’s no longer an affordability issue. It’s a faith issue.

6. “If a few more big donors would show up, we would be able to do ministry more effectively.”

Here’s the truth …

“Every dollar you need to do ministry is already sitting in the pews of your church.”

More donors never hurt. But if every person in your congregation was giving faithfully, your church would be fully resourced.

Be strategic and help people grow in their generosity.

7. “I can’t afford to give.”

“There’s zero correlation between wealth & generosity. It’s a heart issue.”

John D. Rockefeller, one of the wealthiest men of his generation, once said:

“I never would have been able to tithe the first million dollars I ever made if I had not tithed my first salary, which was $1.50 per week.”

Generosity flows from a willing heart seeking after God.

Everyone has the capacity to give something.

8. “The pastor should be paid a meager salary. It keeps him humble.”

“Being broke in ministry is not a badge of honor.”

When pastors are paid less than the median annual income, they can’t fully focus on the mission of the church because they’re forced to figure out how to make ends meet.

If you want your church to attract subpar pastors or always be a stepping stone for better opportunities, pay your preacher(s) less than they deserve.

Check out what 1 Timothy 5:17 (NLT) says:

Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching.

If you want to be a church that effectively reaches the lost, you must be bold and overcome these common church money myths.

Your impact and influence will grow if you do.

QUESTION: What are some common church money myths that you’ve encountered during your ministry?  

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Larry Poole serves as the Director of Generosity for Northpark Church located in Raleigh, NC. He coaches pastors, churches, and individuals on the spiritual discipline of generosity. His passion is helping the local church become fully funded so that it can more effectively accomplish the Great Commission. You can connect with Larry on Twitter at @tweetlarrypoole or through his blog at www.larrypoolespeaks.com.