Sunday, February 26, 2006
Is A Pastors "Performance Based" Salary Coming to a Church Near You?
Recently, a group of Wesleyan pastors and students at Asbury Seminary were discussing the issue of some Wesleyan churches who are considering moving towards a pastor performance based salary. There were a variety of comments made with some seeing the positives in it, while others being disgusted with the whole concept. For instance:
-If a church is in decline, should that be enough to validate a reduction of salary purely because of quantitative numbers?
-Can the pastor lose the prophetic voice because total attendance could decrease if the truth were boldly proclaimed?
-As one rewards countable numbers like baptisms or new members, how would we measure discipleship and assess spiritual growth?
-Would these bonuses also apply to staff pastors (youth, worship, and so forth)?
-Is this way of analyzing and rewarding a pastor biblical, or have we gone to far in allowing the corporate and capitalistic philosophies to enter into our churches?
So…What do you think about churches moving towards a performance based salary (i.e., church grows by 50, $1,000 bonus; church grows by 100, $2,500 bonus)?
Any thoughts, questions, or conerns?