It doesnt matter what I believe on this issueVery long answer, but I assume you believe its not biblical for a pastor to recieve any compensation?
A worker deserves his wages. It is wrong for a pastor out of fear to badger the church for money. Paul specifically said he worked a job so as to not BURDEN the church. Certainly not manipulate or misuse the Word to try to force giving.
We saw a church ask ppl to take out home equity loans to pay off the church debt. This is not good, right?
Andy, brother, ty for taking time to discuss this! I always appreciate other's opinions! Question:
If a pastor cant support his family with the number of ppl giving in his church....should he...
1. Get an additional job?
2. Make the church give more?
3. Be more concerned with new visitors than kids who just accepted Jesus?
4. Become more worldly to attract young ppl?
5.build another, fancier church in a wealthy neighborhood and try to draw in rich givers?
6.make his goal to equip the saints for the ministry according to the gifts n personslities of thr ppl, then teach them to minister to others including poor ppl who cant afford to tithe? But the church grows due to salvations...
7. Quit the ministry n get a job elsewhere?
I've seen all the above. So really, pastors, all of us, must ask God what to do n do it. Trusting God to provide, like if you pastor a little country church, is the key, right?