How can a Pastor negotiate his salary

5 steps to consider in preparing for "the talk"

I LOVE SPEAKING TO PASTORS, I love being in a room filled with so much inertia. I know they will take the presentation, bring it to God and run with it. I can guarantee 100% of them will do honest work and bear so much fruit. It’s like planting the best seed in the best soil.  Such a talented, vibrant and interactive group filled with a genuine thirst to learn.

Here’s our class photo, a very productive time with CBN Asia church partner’s last February 15, 2017. This was the first batch to discuss the following Wealth With Purpose modules:

And here’s a quick summary of the most interesting topic discussed “Negotiating A Pastor’s Salary”. They were all ears! Let me drumroll with this verse to lay down the foundation:

“Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and
“The worker deserves his wages.”
1 Timothy 5:18


 

5 STEPS IN NEGOTIATING A PASTOR’S SALARY

STEP 1 : PRAYER

Nothing, absolutely nothing, will bear fruit without putting it into sincere prayer before God. If you like to negotiate your salary, you need to talk directly to the Big Boss.  He holds the purse, He holds the operations, everything.

STEP 2 : COMMIT TO HONESTY & TRANSPARENCY

Write your request down, submit and file it. Diligently explain why you need a reasonable salary adjustment.  What made you decide on the “more ideal” level? Perform thorough research, make sure the numbers line-up very well.  Be accurate, honest and firm.  Write your lead pastor and/or write the board.  Be open to occasional meetings, they’re good for you. Engage in sincere discussions.

STEP 3 : OPENNESS TO FEEDBACK AND EVALUATION

Wait. Feedback will come. Be patient. During this period, continue being an excellent worker. Shine and continue to interact with respect. This is the “business as usual” period. Don’t push, wait patiently.

STEP 4 : DETERMINE CLARITY

Prepare to be asked for more information. A proper forum will surely be set. Wait for God’s timing, plan your follow-up (not too often).

STEP 5 : TRUST YOUR LEADERS

When you finally hear back, trust the message and the messenger. God speaks through your leaders, listen carefully. See the Lord’s hand in the response. He is such a good provider and He will definitely, beyond any shadow of doubt, PROVIDE for you!

We have certainly discussed so much more than this page can handle. If you’d like to bring this seminar to your church or pastoral care group please write me to set an appointment. I am available to walk with you, as you journey in the Lord’s harvest field.

 

 

Jim Reyes is an I.T. Director, a veteran radio broadcaster, and recently the national director of a Christian media ministry. He has been involved with broadcasting ministries such as FEBC Philippines, United Christian Broadcasters, TransWorld Radio Philippines and The Christian Broadcasting Network - CBN Asia.

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