In the humorous qualifications for a pastor that some churches have, one is “the willingness to live on the income of a canary.” A young pastor came to serve a small congregation that soon began to have rapid growth. In spite of the growth in people and finances, the elders would not increase his salary. His family was living very “financially tight.” He then received a call from a much larger church at almost double his current salary. He replied that he would prayerfully consider the matter, and give them his decision in a few days. A short time later, an interested friend asked the pastor’s son if his father had decided to accept the offer. “I don’t know,” the boy replied. “My dad is still praying, but my mom has all our things packed.”1
Paul expressed his appreciation for liberal financial support: “I was made very happy in the Lord that now you have revived your interest in my welfare after so long a time…You entered into partnership with me…by sending me contributions for my needs, not only once but twice” (Philippians 4:10, 15, 16).
The pastors who perform their duties well are to be given “adequate financial support” (1 Timothy 5:17).
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- Knight’s Master Book of New Illustrations, by Walter B. Knight, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1956, p. 505