The Matter of Money

If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.
Billy Graham

I recently read some interesting statistics about the dollar value of the work done by the typical pastor. Most of us would wish that church boards took these figures seriously!

Doug Self, in Pastoral Ministry Newsletter, calculated roughly as follows: A professional motivational speaker gets $1,500 per speech. Multiply that by the 50 Sundays per year a pastor preaches and you get $75,000. (Of course, if you speak more than once per Sunday, as many pastors do, that figure should be even higher.)

Workshop leaders get $350 a week, which would add another $17,500 per year for pastors who lead classes.

If you calculate a counselor's fee at $50 per hour, the average pastor's five hours of counseling per week would be worth $12,500 a year.

For home visits, doctors get $62.50 an hour, plumbers $35. At an average of about $50 per hour, then, a pastor who does fifteen hours ...

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