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What Every Pastor Secretly Wants

2.  Financial Security

I believe there’s something in the heart of a man that wants to provide for his wife and children.  And answering the call of God to communicate the Gospel or lead a church doesn’t erase that deep desire to love, protect, and provide.  

My first full-time job in ministry was in South Florida, and I made less than  public school teacher.  That was fine for a youth pastor with no kids, but once I had a family, it wasn’t going to work.  Sadly, that meant no longer working at that church.  And for the next ten years, I scraped by, earning enough to live a comfortable life but setting aside nothing for retirement.  I was able to travel and attend conferences, but my wife and kids missed most of that.

I secretly wanted to be a better provider for my family.  I wanted the freedom to send my kids to a good summer camp (not just the free VBS), and I wanted to buy my wife some new furniture for the house.  I never went into ministry at the age of 18 to make a lot of money, but there were times when I didn’t want it to be so dang hard.

I want some pastors to earn a little more money so they can make decisions on what’s best for the church and what’s best for their family, not what’s necessary for their survival.

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After two decades as a student pastor, church planter, senior pastor and leadership consultant, Michael Lukaszewski now leads the team at Church Fuel, an organization dedicated to providing insanely practical resources to pastors. He and his wife have three children and live in the Atlanta area. Learn more at churchfuel.com.