The Bible plainly teaches us to financially support those who care for the spiritual needs of the body of Christ. This includes pastors, teachers and other ministers who are called and sent by God for service. Ministers can best serve God when they are fully dedicated to the work of the Lord—to the study and teaching of God’s Word and ministering to the needs of the body of Christ. If a minister has to work a secular job to provide for himself and/or his family, then he will be distracted from ministry and forced to divide his priorities, leaving inadequate time for study, spiritual communion, personal prayer, revelation, visitation and general shepherding.
Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!”
We can see in 1 Timothy 5 that all ministry work is important, but preaching and teaching is especially worthy of honor because it is the core of Christian ministry. Paul backed up this point by referring to Old Testament references in Deuteronomy 25:4 and Leviticus 19:13.
For the law of Moses says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” Was God thinking only about oxen when he said this?
Again, Paul refers to this expression of “not muzzling an ox while it is treading out the grain.” Even though many times Paul chose not to accept financial support, he still argued that those who served the Kingdom of God by ministering the preached Word of God deserve to receive monetary support from those whom benefited from their service.
Many Christians believe that being a pastor or teacher is a relatively easy job. Many tend to think that ministers simply show up at church on Sunday morning to preach and then spend the rest of the week praying and reading the Bible. While pastors do (and should) spend plenty of time reading God’s Word and praying, that’s only a very small part of what we do.
By definition of the word pastor [Elder or Bishop] means servant of God and we are called and sent to ‘shepherd God’s sheep. This means that we are entrusted with the responsibility of caring for the spiritual needs of those whom God have called. Even in a small assembly of believers these responsibilities are numerous.
As the primary teacher of God’s Word to the people, most men of God spend hours and hours researching and studying Scripture in order to rightly understand the Bible so that it can be taught in a meaningful and applicable way. Besides preaching and teaching, ministers do a great deal of spiritual counseling, they make home and hospital visits, pray for the sick, train and disciple church leaders, officiate weddings, perform funerals, and the list goes on and on.
In small itinerate ministries such as mine, many pastors have the business and administrative responsibilities as well as office work to tend to. They must perform all of their own task and duties. They must schedule and keep their own itinerary. They must follow-up with their own correspondences whether written or electronically transmitted. They must develop, edit, produce and distribute their own media outreach materials. They must be both editor in chief as well as newsletter publisher and so much more. While in larger churches and ministries, the duties and responsibilities of the pastor may be delegated to staff or associate ministers or officers. Typically, the larger the church the less actual personal hands-on ministry the pastor will be involved with.
Finally, it is my personal observation over the past 30+ years that the pastoral calling is one of the most rewarding yet underappreciated and hardest jobs there is when done in accordance with God’s Holy Word and under the unction of the Holy Spirit. In actuality, I’ve never known a true man of God to be paid what he deserves.
As for me, my divine purpose is the Preaching, Teaching and Rediscovering of Authentic Christianity, The Unification of Saints and the preaching and teaching of the Saving Word of God through Jesus Christ our Lord. I do not receive a salary from any religious institution or church organization. I am totally free to minister the Word of God as He instructs me to do out of Ezekiel 33:7-9. I am not a servant who can be hired but I am a man on fire for God. I passionately serve the Lord without any promise of payment or reimbursement. Seldom does anyone give into this ministry to assist with its operating cost or traveling expenses.
For those who really know how to identify the storehouse of the Lord, I would ask that you seek the Lord about becoming a part of this Kingdom Ministry with your regular gifts and offerings.
Worshippers are encouraged to contact me by email or letter and ask how you may be a blessing to this ministry and God’s Work. You may send your correspondences to Bishop O.W. Prince, P.O. Box 3253, Sumter, SC 29151 or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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