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Counterintuitive Answers to Big Problems

This week’s Ministry Briefing tackles important issues affecting the ministry today. Check it out now for just $1 an issue for the next four issues!

This week’s ministry briefing calls attention to some of the largest challenges that pastor’s face alongside a counterintuitive solution. Thom Rainer notes that a recent report on salary packages for pastors has some troubling trends. For starters, pastors have seen parsonages all but vanish, while a third of pastors go without health insurance and 64% of senior pastors receive no retirement benefits.

This paints a very fragile financial picture for pastors in both the present and future as some face health concerns, potentially devastating health issues, and a lack of retirement funds.

Besides these financial issues, a study of pastors who dropped out of ministry found that they struggled to find time for their families. While the overall rate of pastors leaving ministry is low, that doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns about the expectations and workload of many pastors. Supporting a pastor may look like a team of elders ensuring their pastors can keep regular hours that leave plenty of space for family time.

In the midst of these financial and personal challenges, the surprising solution for many churches may be church planting. While a church plant can be a drain on a church if it isn’t carried out correctly, church plants are an excellent way to reach new people in the plant and to create space for attendees at the sending church.

If your church is stuck, a church plant may be the right kind of invigorating and motivating step that will increase participation in the ministry. Not sure that applies to you? Curious if it could work? Read more in this week’s installment of Ministry Briefing.

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