“Employment” is a post (really an observation and a set of questions) that I published three years ago after a conversation at work. This short post triggered some good discussion. Hopefully, it will do the same this time.
A few days ago, we were discussing employment at work (of all places). I asked some of my coworkers the following question: If this company stopped paying you, would you still come into the office and do what you do now? (This assumes that they are working.) No one would continue doing their job if they were not paid.
So, I asked the follow-up question: Would your pastor continue to do what he does if he were not paid?
So, I ask this to my readers… What are pastors responsible to do because they are believers and followers of Christ? What are they responsible to do because they are pastors – examples, teachers, and leaders to God’s flock? And, what are they responsible to do because they are employed by a church organization? Which of these responsibilities does God allow them to stop doing if the pay stops?