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, a love feast might cost some money in the purchasing of food, wine and water (yes, you read that right), and other things, but the cost would be as affordable as eating once a week in a restaurant today.
So…one of today’s services in today’s average American church costs at least $538 for the pastor, and whatever else needs paid, including the power, phone, etc. At the love feast, the small church body- typically a dozen, since what Jesus did is a really good idea- may have a small expense for food and drink, and communion elements. The total of these for twelve people might be as high as $100 if it is elaborate.
$538 plus, or $100? Which one would you attend if you knew that your money is going to be “wasted” on a salaried spiritual motivator/ psychologist who will lie to you about tithing, lie to you about your calling, and stop the real gospel from being lived out by the “faithful?”
Which one makes more sense? Which one is more biblical? So…isn’t it time to reform the church? If that means leaving where you are and getting together with like believers, is that necessarily a bad thing?