How Megachurches Are Spending Their Tithes and Offerings

Leadership Network and Vanderbloemen are releasing what they claim to be "by far the biggest-scale, cross-denominational response anyone has ever collected about church finances.” Specifically, they interviewed 727 megachurches about how they spend their finances, and the report has some interesting findings, all of which are free to download here. Among the findings: A little under half of a church's annual income typically goes to staff, with senior pastors making at least 30 percent more than the next highest paid staffer. The biggest determiner of pastor salaries, by far, is the size of the church—race, theology and even age of the pastor had no appreciable bearing on on their income.

One interesting, perhaps unexpected finding: one of the biggest determiners of a church's growth is, increasingly, a children's pastor. Treat your children's pastors accordingly ...

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Abby Gaby Lim

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Abby Gaby Lim commented…

Galatians 6:6
One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches.

1 Timothy 5:17-18
Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

Je' Czaja

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Je' Czaja commented…

I think this is somewhat disgusting. As for comparison to business CEOs, the church is not a business. Perhaps looking at it in that oh, so American way is what's wrong with it.

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Je' Czaja

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Je' Czaja commented…

I think this is somewhat disgusting. As for comparison to business CEOs, the church is not a business. Perhaps looking at it in that oh, so American way is what's wrong with it.

Abby Gaby Lim

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Abby Gaby Lim commented…

Galatians 6:6
One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches.

1 Timothy 5:17-18
Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

Armando Aurelio Santelices

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Armando Aurelio Santelices commented…

While a church is not and never should be considered a " business" it needs to be " administered/ run/ treated/ handle " ( whatever word you want to use ) as one. It has operating expenses beyond Pastoral recompense a few examples are, mortgage, electricity, trash pick up, telephones, office and cleaning supplies, insurance costs to name just a few. Then it has " staff " this includes Pastors, secretarial, janitorial, and maintenance.
I am a non paid member and chairman of the Board of Trustees. I struggle with a very small budget and a lot of expectations from all that are " serving " as staff.
I understand human frailties and the wish for equal or equivalent pay. I pray at all time for wisdom and the peace that surpasses all understanding when dealing with this, a most sensitive issue.

Batwoman

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Batwoman replied to Armando Aurelio Santelices's comment

So true. I was a secretary at a church and was the one that ordered supplies, called for maintenance, etc. I didn't pay the bills but I saw the bills and I had a very good idea of the money that came into the church. It's a shame that the support staff is paid so low and was part time, because they just couldn't afford to pay more. They did pay 100% into my retirement plan, and they paid the same amount into the full time staffers health and dental but even though there weren't many people working there; it added up enough that some of us had to be part time.

Ken Collette

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Ken Collette commented…

And what does the IRS do with your moneys? I know what the church does with my money. And I can't give enough.

Ben Rogers

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Ben Rogers commented…

Shai Linne talking about False Teachers. Many are disguised as mega-pastors exploiting the weak.
http://genius.com/Shai-linne-fal-e-teacher-lyrics

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