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My-Pastor Minute, Issue #012 - Creative Ways to Pay Your Pastor More
November 19, 2008

1,500 pastors leave their churches every month in the United States because of conflict, burnout, or moral failure. Help keep your pastor from becoming part of that statistic. Use every available resource to encourage, support, and partner with your pastor. This ezine and give you a good start toward effectively ministering to your minister.


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Date: November 19, 2008

Issue Number 012

Table of Contents:

  • Pastor Appreciation Idea: Creative Ways to Pay Your Pastor More
  • Gift Idea: Help Your Pastor Save Money
  • What's New at


Pastor Appreciation Idea: Creative Ways to Pay Your Pastor More

One of the most practical and helpful ways to show pastor appreciation is to raise your pastor's salary... to pay him more money!

Unfortunately, most churches already pay their pastors all they can. So what can we do? Should we just shrug our shoulders and sigh, "We just can't do any more."

I can think of at least four ways to raise your pastor's income without paying him any more than you already are. That's right - put more money into your pastor's pocket without taking more out of your church budget.

***Note: This is a summary of an article I wrote for the web site, Free Church Accounting. You can read the entire article at

Be sure to take full advantage of housing allowance and professional expense tax provisions. Pastors in the USA are offered valuable tax breaks. Make sure you are helping your pastor utilize them effectively.

Look into high deductible health plans that utilize health savings accounts. There are some new ways to configure health insurance plans to maximize coverage and minimize expenses. Talk to a health insurance professional to get more information.

Find or negotiate discounts from local businesses.

Share the fruit of your labor. What do you do enjoy doing? What skills do you have? Anything you have and do can be turned into a way to bless your pastor. Be creative, work together with others, and use your skills and talents to raise your pastor's income.

Please read the rest of the article at

A New Pastor Gift Idea: Help Your Pastor Save Money

Here's another way to help your pastor save money on things he does every day: give him the USA's leading annual coupon book. The 2009 Entertainment Book is Now Available! Order Today and Get Free Shipping! It's yet one more way to raise your pastor's salary without paying him more!


What’s New at

How much do you pay your pastor? Is it enough? How do you know? How do you handle clergy medical insurance, retirement, and taxes?

Since this month's newsletter is all about your pastor's salary, let me re-introduce you to my Pastor Salary pages on My The information is designed to help church congregations understand the challenging issues surrounding clergy compensation and to make better decisions regarding financial support. You can read this section here: Pastor Salary.


Comments? Ideas? Feedback? I'd love to hear from you. Just reply to this zine and tell me what you think!

Thank you for your ministry to your minister.

Dan Sherman
Michigan, USA

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