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The Hard Truth About Pastors' Pay

12/05/2018 | Christianity Today

We’re in the midst of what could be a significant transition for American pastoral salaries. A lawsuit challenging the longstanding clergy housing allowance is in the court of appeals. Last year’s tax reform bill made significant changes to the standard deduction, which could have dramatic effects for the level of giving churches have historically relied upon.

Small Church, Small Town, Small Salary

09/22/2017 | National Association of Evangelicals

While Christian TV and radio shows and secular news coverage may focus on megachurches and well-known pastors in America, the vast majority of pastors quietly and faithfully serve their congregations while living with personal and church financial challenges.

Majority of Pastors Suffering in Silence Over Financial Challenges

04/26/2016 | National Association of Evangelicals

Research released from the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) today shows that the majority of evangelical pastors in the United States serve in small churches with significant personal financial challenges. Pastors also report that they are not familiar with resources to help them and do not confide in anyone outside their household about financial stress.

The Major Money Problems of Church Planters vs. Other Pastors

04/27/2016 | Christianity Today

Almost one-third of American pastors (29%) have no money in personal savings. Another third (33%) have less than $10,000 put away for retirement. And half make less than the national median household income of $51,939. Yet most say they are satisfied with their salaries.

Starting a Conversation About Ministerial Compensation

12/21/2016 | Assemblies of God

Ministerial income. Never enough to make ends meet? Or just enough? I grew up in an Assemblies of God preacher’s home where every nickel counted. Literally! When Mom died first, we learned that Dad kept track of every nickel, dime, quarter, and dollar that he had earned or spent—for all forty-seven years of their marriage! It was all there in his financial journal.

NAE to Address Pastor Finances

01/04/2016 | National Association of Evangelicals

This spring, the National Association of Evangelicals will launch a multi-year initiative addressing economic challenges facing pastors. Lilly Endowment Inc. granted the NAE $1 million for the project as part of its National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders.

Evangelical Association Hopes to Help Pastors with Finances

01/12/2016 | Association Now

The National Association of Evangelicals, thanks to a grant from the Lilly Endowment, plans to analyze the challenges that pastors face when trying to manage what are often meager salaries.

Lilly Endowment Makes Grants to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders Nationwide

12/22/2015 | Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. has made grants to benefit 28 organizations totaling more than $28 million in its National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. These grants are to a variety of organizations across the nation that will help pastoral leaders develop stronger financial literacy skills and provide direct aid to help them reduce or eliminate education debt, participate in pension programs, pay off extraordinary medical bills, and to address other financial challenges.

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