Churches help pastors pay down personal debt

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Some pastors may make millions of dollars and others enjoy an above-average salary, but many others work long hours for little pay.

A recent survey showed that half of all pastors make less than $50,000 per year in salary and housing allowances. It’s hard for them to pay down student loans or make car payments for vehicles that are essential to support members of a church.

An article appearing in The Christian Post described an effort to remove that burden for pastors and their families.

While the Wesleyan Church has been working for the last several years to help financially-struggling pastors through its Thrive Financial Initiative, the denomination is joining 11 other denominations and counting in a newly launched movement this summer called the “Bless Your Pastor” campaign.

The campaign is backed by a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to respond to the financial struggles facing clergy in the United States

Participating churches are encouraged to conduct a special offering for their pastors and staff on any week of their choosing to give church members an opportunity to donate money and other resources to bless the pastor and staff.

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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