A friendly reminder from a disciple
The average congregation in the USA has 75 attendees at a service. The average paid pastor makes between $28,000 and $52,000.
According to The Evangelical Christian Credit Union, the average US church spends 82% of their budget on pastor’s salaries and administrative expenses, and on the building itself. A whopping 1% of the budget is spent on giving- benevolence.
Now, let us take a look at how the early church worked. First, they met in houses or public places where it was free to gather- little cost to the church. There was no salaried pastor. In fact, there was no pastor at all. The elders were simply those who had more experience, age, etc and who were trustworthy to help organizationally. Also, an apostle would come to visit and needed food and lodging in another’s home, but otherwise, they did not have much of a budget. As far as expenses…
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