I thought about doing this with a poll, but decided I would rather hear some discussion on it. I have a friend who is on the finance committee of a small church and is concerned about the large raises being given the pastor. I have not visited this church, all I know is that it IS an SBC and will be voting on the financial budget this month. The church averages about 140 people in Sunday School and less than 45 in night church. They add about 20 to the morning number for what they call home-bound (this is the number of people that a nursing home rolls to the front to listen to a class that is held during the week.) This always makes the church report at somewhere between 150 and 160. When you post, please state whether or not you are a pastor and what you think about the proposed salary. The preacher stated that he felt his salary should have a much higher percentage of increase than the other workers in the church because he is not respected as the leader otherwise. In my opinion a flat percentage works better because it is fair across the board and a low paid employee will only get a low increase anyway. If a larger percentage is paid to top positions the seperatation between rich and poor will only get larger and larger. Here is the data for the pastor's salary, averaged to the nearest $200.00. I have also included unlisted perks. I know we should pay pastors as much as possible, but is this a little bit on the high side for the size of church? These are all paid to the pastor as cash--he wanted it broken out this way in case he gets audited (or so he says). Last year it was lumped together. All of this is paid to him in checks: Base pay $24,300. Pastor Ins/Annuity $3,600 (this is what HE pays) Pastor Housing $7,200 Pastor Professional expense $2000 Pastor Medical Reimbursement $8000 Okay, on top of these. He has a very nice parsonage, fully owned by the church. He gets a cell-phone. Insurance is paid on the parsonage, his personal items (including books in his church office), and property taxes. (This is besides the $7200 cash designed for housing.) The church also pays $1500 into the SBC annuity for his retirement. He opted out of Social Security, but complains about being treated like he is self employed; however, as can be seen, he doesn't have much to pay taxes on. This includes a 5% raise for this year while the youth minister is getting a 4% and nursery/janitors are getting 3%. I am not arguing either way, at the moment, I just want to see discussion. Please, be sure to indicate if you are a pastor yourself. By the way, this is in a rural area and not close to where I live. I will keep the name and area for the sake of privacy of the church.