As a pastor, I have learned firsthand the kind of quality men God has called to the ministry – some of the finest men in the world. I mean that – no tongue in cheek here. The world may think of pastors as the filth of the world and the offscouring of all things, but I know too many good men, men who have committed their life to the gospel and the good of their fellowman to give any credence to that kind of thinking. From across America and around the world, I am blessed by the many pastors and assistant pastors, missionaries, church planters, and Christian school teachers who have committed their life to God’s work. They love what they do. They don’t consider it a sacrifice. If they could live their lives over again, the men I know would choose the ministry over any other vocational calling. I think if they had nine lifetimes and could choose any vocation to fill those lifetimes, they would choose the ministry. The “burdens” are a small price to pay for the joy of serving God and His people full time. Truly we can say of them that “the world was not worthy.”
One thing I have observed about nearly every pastor or missionary I know: they know what it means to give themselves. I hope you will keep that in mind as I discuss money mistakes pastors make. Most of their mistakes are made on the side of self-sacrifice and a desire to maximize the Lord’s money.
What I intend to address here is not intended to promote greed or cause anyone to stumble into the love of money. Too many pastors come to the end of their ministry and have little to fall back on. After giving themselves to God and their people, they find that they are not in a position where they can retire comfortably and still provide for their wife. And while I realize that many pastors have an aversion to the “R” word (retire), I also think that much of the discussion on that subject is unrealistic.Continue reading “Money Mistakes Pastors Make”