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According to the Western Recorder August 3, 2010 issue, the average salary for a full time Southern Baptist Pastor is $55,829; while the average pay package for a full time Southern Baptist pastor is $66,275. I don’t know about you, but these amounts sound insanely high to me. I figured that pastors made about $10,000 less than this; I make almost $28,000 less than this (God takes care of us). I want to encourage pastors, regardless what you make, to enjoy the Lord through faithfully loving and serving your local church. If you are struggling supporting your family, let your church know (don’t expect them to be psychic); so that you can possibly work some biovocationally (My church allows this). Let us however be good stewards with what the Lord gives us, faithfully providing for our families unto His glory alone as examples for all that may see us.
More statistics (SBC Averages):
Biovocational pastors: Salary – $18,971; Pay Package – $20,667
Full-time Staff: Salary – $54,150; Pay Package – $64,804
Biovocational Staff: Salary – $14,071; Pay Package – $14,464
(Source: Western Recorder Aug. 3, 2010 Issue)
What do you think about these numbers? Should they be higher or lower? Or, are they where they should be?