Should Religious Leaders Get Rich from their Ministries?

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Dear Pastor Andy, should religious leaders have nice cars, big houses…….?

My Reply:
I’m guessing that what you’re saying is not that they shouldn’t have reliable cars, but should they have Cadillacs or expensive luxury/sports cars; not should they have a warm and stable home for their family, but is it right for them to have mansions; not should they have nice clothes, but like Armani and gator skin shoes; not that they should have a reasonable salary, but that they should be or get rich from their service at the church, correct?

No, I don’t agree that they should. It’s nice if a church or ministry can fund a religious leader enough for their necessities, some wants, and retirement, which is what Paul says a church leader should receive. But if it gets to the point where they have enough money to hoard or burn, then I think the church could (and should) be using that money for other means, like missions (local, national, and international), education, community service, helping the poor, funding other churches with needs, scholarships, etc.

I think that one of the problems is that, like corporations, people who “run” churches begin to think that because the giving (income) have increased, so should the salary of its leaders (or the head leader). Instead, I believe they should realize that the Lord has increased their blessing of income so that they could use it for the ministry and mission of the Church (universal church) as a whole, not just that congregation, and not the increased egos and expenses of its leaders.

—Pastor Andy G.


  1. I think that if a pastor has a flourishing ministry and gives a significant portion of his income to missions, the church, etc. and he still has money to spend on a nice car, home, etc., he should be able to get a nice car, home, etc…We are each gifted with talents by God and some people/pastors have the ability to make money, spend wisely, give to various causes and still have money left over…And I’m saying this as the daughter of a pastor that has never been rich…

  2. 1 Timothy 5:18–“For the Scripture says: Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain, and, the worker is worthy of his wages”. Without going any further, I agree with your answer, Pastor Andy–keep up the good walk on The Salty Trail!

  3. I agree, if they start making so much money that they are spending it on frivolous, extravagant objects they should do more giving to missions and the church.
    I also believe that some of these “preachers” are in it for the money, they don’t care about their flock.

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