Trained to live on a shoestring in college and seminary, how many of us veteran pastors are programmed to just accept what God (meaning the deacons) gives us. I've been there. 40 of 50 families made more than the pastor BUT I got the "privilege" of living in a parsonage rent/utility free. Of course, the church got the equity and when I left, I had squat. And the other 40 families all had 8 more years of paying off the mortgage and owned a home. Wonder if a pastor is looked upon as "mercenary" if $$$ is brought into the equation when candidating AND each year when evaluating budget. Or is passive (and possible butt of abuse) better?