Getting Pastor Compensation Right

July 22, 2019 ...

When determining budgets each year, there are usually competing factors to consider. For instance, how does your church handle a downturn in annual giving while seeking to hire new staff? What about an unseen repair to the leaky church basement versus giving well deserved raises? All of these needs are vital to the ministry of …

When Hope-Givers Run Low on Hope

July 19, 2019 ...

Pastors are primary agents of Jesus and the gospel in America’s 350,000 churches. But, what if the pastor runs low on hope? The pastor who is tired, stressed, broke and discouraged may be like the car running on empty that can’t make it all the way home. Pastors need hope to give hope. Shepherding people, …

The Role Seminaries Play in Pastoral Debt

July 15, 2019 ...

Rising Seminary Costs Many blame the problem of pastoral debt on the rising cost of tuition at seminaries. Others pin the problem on the government for making loans too easy for students to access. The loans can be (and in many cases are) used not just for school but for living expenses, such as transportation, …

When Compensation Comes Up Short

July 10, 2019 ...

Appropriate Compensation A lot of ministers consider it unspiritual to negotiate with the search committee concerning their total compensation. I served two churches; in both instances I simply listened to the total package the churches offered and only made suggestions as to the breakdown of the total. According to research from the National Association of …

Prayer & Polarization

June 22, 2019 ...

Even suggesting a place in the lonely middle-of-the-road can spark accusations of compromise and capitulation. Like the North Pole and the South Pole, polarization is about opposites that never meet and can’t even see each other. When it’s summer in the northern Arctic, it’s winter in the southern Antarctic. Introduce a big What If. Read …

There’s a Humanitarian Crisis on Our Border

April 25, 2019 ...

We face a humanitarian crisis along our southern border that is directly linked to a continuing crisis in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — the countries known as the Northern Triangle. But a recent White House proposal to cut off aid to our struggling neighbors is not the solution and threatens to increase suffering and …

Good News on Ministerial Housing Allowance

March 27, 2019 ...

The allowance, found in section 107(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, allows churches to either provide a parsonage or designate a reasonable part of a minister’s compensation package as a housing allowance that is then excluded from taxable income. According to the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, the allowance saves ministers an estimated $700 million …

Diamond Anniversary

February 27, 2019 ...

Diamonds are valuable because they are comparatively rare, amazingly strong, exceptionally durable and can be stunningly beautiful. Best known for their prominence in jewelry from engagement rings to royal crowns, they are most common in industry due to their extraordinary hardness and thermal conductivity. Simply stated, diamonds can cut through just about anything, but there …

Finding Unity in the Essentials

February 26, 2019 ...

Many were emerging from an era of separatism in which efforts at unity were minimal and even discredited. But, attendees at the Chicago event noted a unique moving of the Holy Spirit. Thus, “Adopted — without dissent — was a seven-point doctrinal affirmation that would not only be NAE’s standard, but it also became the …