“Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.” 1 Tim 5:17-18 Paul’s important letters to ‘son’ in the faith, Timothy, include some very specific instructions. Here he addresses an extremely important facet of ministry, and one that draws passionate and sometimes critical discussion on either side of the issue. Especially in the Bible Belt there is a common mindset from some that say a church should keep their pastor broke and hungry. I have no idea where that school of thought originated but it’s ridiculous to say the very least. Pastors have been criticized, ridiculed with remarks such as, “Well, he couldn’t do anything else so he started preaching.”.

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