Saturday, May 9, 2015
Giving of the Church & Pastors' Remuneration
I spoke about the future of our denomination and how it ties with how we treat our pastors and remunerating them sufficiently. We have a high turn over rate, with many pastors resigning or ceasing ministry after 5 or 10 years. Even the most faithful when their children reach secondary school, it would be a huge trial for them to provide for their children if they are only earning less than RM1,000 a month. Yet many pastors are paid less than that until now with the cost of living increasing by the month and year.
I challenged the men, mostly elders and deacons of the church to honour their pastors by paying more. I challenged my HQ leaders to consider revising the scale of pastors' pay in keeping with the rise in cost of living with GST and the fall of the Ringgit. I joked about our President's remark in the opening session that we were living in iPad age, yet hardly any of our 300 pastors could afford one.
It was May's Day, Labour day when I spoke (1st May) and I spoke about the need for proper compensation for workers at all levels. I spoke about the need to attract professionals and tertiary educated men to enter full-time ministry. Since I entered full-time ministry 21 years ago, I do not know of a single professional with tertiary education entering ministry as pastor. We need pastors equipped with knowledge if we are to pastor our churches with knowledge and understanding (Jer 3:15) in view of the trend of the world now where knowledge increases (Dan 12:4).
at May 09, 2015
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