Many ministers are facing financial challenges today. Lots of people are simply not going to church anymore or supporting their ministers. Most clergy are underpaid and over-educated. What does this mean? Unfortunately it means that lots of pastors have to work a job outside of being a pastor in order to meet their bills every single month. If you are going into the ministry or are in the ministry, you need to read this article in order to understand what is happening in your life.
In the early days of the church, Christian ministers would travel and often leave without any money or material possessions. They simply depended upon God for help when they needed it. Jesus told the apostles to go out into the world and spread the gospel. He also told them to take nothing with them because God the father would provide for your needs. Sure enough, the apostles did what Jesus instructed them to do and years later, they still were taken care of by God. That was nearly 2000 years ago. In today’s world, most pastors expect a salary from a church that they are working for. However, the job market is tough right now and most pastors are lucky to even have a job period. If you are hurting and struggling to make ends meet, you may want to consider working full time in another occupation and doing your ministry part time. In this way, you can provide for yourself and your family. In the early days of the church, it was common for pastors to work a regular job and do ministry on the side. Some pastors were able to do their ministry full time and make good money at it.
Not every pastor is struggling. Many televangelists are making good money because they are on television and in front of millions of people each week. Their viewers send in money to support them. You don’t have that opportunity right now. For whatever reason, God has you in the place that you are at right now and you can easily work several jobs at once in order to make up the difference. Sometimes you will not get the salary or job opportunities that you hope for. Often, money is hard to come by in the church. Some pastors believe that you need to need to tithe. Others say that you don’t have to tithe because it was an Old Testament law. In my opinion, it is important to do as God lays upon your heart.
In my own life and prophetic ministry, I have had to work a secular job and do ministry at the same time. I never let anything stop me from doing the job that God has prepared for me in my life. You must be open and willing to grow with Jesus in order to reach a higher level in your life. Just ask yourself what your next step should be and watch as your life becomes more successful. You need to have an opportunity for growth. You can look at life in two ways. Just say to yourself that you are serving God. No matter if you are a hospital administrator and doing a part time ministry or a person that works in the church full time. Either way, you are serving the Lord. Most Catholic priests earn under $10,000 a year and missionaries make even less. Some Episcopal priests earn $50,000 a year or less. The pay varies. Many ministers are starting to see that in order to live life here on earth, they are going to have to be in several different occupations at once. It is important for you to see what you are good at. If you are good at nothing, then get some training in something so that you can take on a job to support yourself. There is no shame in doing this. Don’t think that your ministry is less than someone that is supported full time. In fact, the apostles had to rely on their own physical labor and the help of Christians that supported them on their journey. Some people gave and others simply could not because of poverty. It all depends on what God provides for your church members.
The ministry can be scary for most people for various reasons. For starters, most people that are in the ministry hope to someday gain a status that makes and earns them money each week to support themselves. However, we are living in difficult times right now. Most people are fighting against Christianity and wanting to live a life of self-love and selfishness. Churches are going to see a major decline in membership. Christian clergy are going to have to decide on which jobs to take on in order to support themselves. Don’t depend on a church to pay you a salary. Most pastors are going to find that churches are simply not making enough money to support themselves or their pastors. It is important to work in a job that you like and if you can, do ministry on the web. The internet touches millions of people every single day. Your words matter to people and you don’t need an expensive building anymore in order to have a ministry or a business. Now it is all going to the internet. It is important for you to think about the future and not try to do things the “Old School” way. In the past, pastors had to build brick and molder churches because there was no such thing as the internet. In today’s world, the internet is taking over the world and you don’t need to have a physical location anymore. You can even communicate face to face with people via Skype. There is no reason to have a physical church unless you really see the need to bring your parishioners together to worship and talk. The world is changing and you need to adapt to these changes if you are going to survive as a minister.
Instead of questioning God as to why this is happening, know that it has already been prophesied in the Bible that these “things” would happen. Many would fall away from the Christian faith and brother would betray brother unto death. We are living in a period of history where people are more concerned about television shows than on spending time with God. The world has changed drastically in 20 years. Most people today are obsessed with money. Don’t look at yourself as being punished because you make little to no money. In fact, the apostles often lived in poverty in order to bring the gospel message to the world. Their main mission in life was to tell as many people as they could about Jesus. This is mainly because they experienced his loving power and salvation first hand. They had a mission to bring the gospel to the gentiles and the Jews alike. What is your mission today?