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How much did Jesus charge for that Sermon on the Mount gig?
If you have something to say - something which empowers people, helps them stand on their own two feet, teaches them to think critically, makes them develop their human potential, gives them strength without being burdened with an irrational sense of guilt - then sharing that kind of gospel is its own reward.
Can you make a living off that?
Perhaps. If people truly appreciate what you do for them, earthly sustenance will be the least of your problems.
I am an ordained minister and I do not charge. Freely salvation was given. He called me before I was born. He keeps me day by day. He is a constant Comforter. How much do I owe Him? My life! His love is priceless and I'm willing to share it with anyone who is willing to listen. For every Vision He makes provisions!
Ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ are human beings, and have families, and homes and need food etc. If they are working for the church full time, they have to support their family in some way.
In my situation people simply GIVE! They don't have too but because you help change their lives they give or bless you. I, however, do work and am not dependent on a congregation. However, if I was, I would rely on the gifts, the love, the people.
they should use the same fee schedule as Jesus and Paul. I find this works quite well if you are not too lazy to work. Those anointed by God do not usually have a problem with this, but hirelings think it is unfair.
If preachers are the sole pastors for a congregation, I think it's expected that the people will help with the needs of the preacher and his family if he has one.
I don't think the church should designate how much each family should give based upon their income like many or certain denominations do. The people should want to give because it's a principle in God's Word and because they will be bless when they do so, but they should give out of their abundance not their need.
If the people aren't supporting the preacher, then the preacher should consider getting a job part-time or full depending on his/her need.
If you charge to preach the Gospel you are a merchant of it, not a minister. The reward of a merchant is money; the reward of a minister is lost souls entering into the kingdom of God and treasure in heaven. There is a distinction between selling the "Gospel" and preaching the Gospel.
It is Biblical to support a minister, but a salaried minister is unbiblical. Salaried to serve is an oxymoron.
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