24 Books Every Church Leader Should Own

I’m sort of a geek when it comes to books.  Since moving to PNG, I’ve slowed down on buying books, but a quick estimate confirms that I have around 500 ministry/theology/Bible study related books.  By contrast, I have about 25 personal finance books. The ultimate irony of this blog is that I spend a lot more time studying topics other than finances.  Most of the time I read theological books - … [Read more...]

10 Ways To Encourage Your Minister Today

Did you know that ministers and church leaders get discouraged? You are the members of churches.  You are the ones that talk about the ministry with a sense of awe and appreciation. They are the minister, pastors, clergy, and church leaders. They often feel discouraged and unappreciated. Here is what they say: Is this the ministry?  To be misunderstood, unappreciated, alone, and … [Read more...]

Ministers and Pastors Social Security Tax | Should You Opt Out?

Those outside paid ministry think that ministry is just about hearing and answering a call.  But there is much to deal with on the side of the minister's salary and relationship with the government. Ministers have very special tax and income situations.  This includes things like a housing allowance, employment status (self employed or employee), and social security.  Ministers also have … [Read more...]

Student Loan Debt Forgiveness | For Ministers & Non-Profit Workers

The following is a guest post by Cary McCall.  While reading a post at One In Jesus I saw Cary made a comment about debt forgiveness for ministers.  I asked him to explain more and he sent me this post.  I read it and even got permission from the website owner, Jay Guin to use this post that he also has on his website.  If you have any questions either Cary or I could try and answer them in the … [Read more...]

Church Parsonage | Should A Minister Buy A Home?

A very important decision that many ministers and pastors will face is making the decision between purchasing their own home and staying in a church owned parsonage.  In a previous generation, a church parsonage was the common way to house a church minister.  However, there are fewer and fewer churches that offer a parsonage as part of their compensation.  It is impossible to fully account for a … [Read more...]

An Essential Guide To The Minister’s Salary

I still remember that class clearly. It was an Introduction to Ministry Class I took at Abilene Christian University with Dr. Charles Sibert. We came to the point in the class that we started to talk about the ministers salary negotiations with your church. I immediately felt uncomfortable. Minister salary negotiations and pay packages? I’m going to haggle with a church over my salary? I … [Read more...]

Reflections from Preacher’s Breakfast in Ontario, Canada

Last week I spent time sharing at a preacher’s breakfast with some wonderful men of God here in Ontario, Canada. I spent many of my formative years in this area and many of those who attended are spiritual mentors with years of ministry experience. I was honored to be able to present some of my reflections on finances from a biblical perspective. I hope I was able to provide some valuable … [Read more...]