I came across this from the Church Marketing Sucks blog. Well, since I am a pastor (by profession for a bit now), this hits right at home. I think that to judge a pastor’s pay by numbers is indeed a bad idea worthy of Mark Oestreicher’s worst idea of the month. However, the concept for pay based on performance is really something we should look at. If not for numbers, how about for character, for work ethic, for some sort of fruit. It is silly to say I want to get paid and then offer no tangible reason for being paid other than a title. Getting a raise should be weighed in the same way. (Maybe I am hoping for one, too). Here is what I propose as my list of things a pastor’s performance should warrant increased compensation:
1) How well does the pastor empower, organize and motivate volunteers for works of service. Are people under his leadership relying on him, or can he give the ministry away and structure things to operate without his ego in the way?
2) How equipped are those under his teaching and leadership? This is the Ephesian 4 thing. Can the people actually handle life better as a result of sound counsel, advice and modeling from the pastor?
3) Is the ministry growing under him due to charisma and personality or do these people actually mature in their faith and evidence that by their interest and involvement.
4) How hard and smart is the pastor working? Is he using “best practices” or is he relying on what he did last year? Is he a learner and willing to do the hard stuff behind the scenes?
5) How well have the people this pastor has put in leadership around him duplicated his vision? Is there fruit?
I think it is terrible in any profession to not ask qualitative things. It is very important to pay someone for achievements. Pastors should be no less considered. If a sermon is delivered sloppily, a song service falls flat week after week or a youth pastor runs on the hype of his events we each then are not doing our jobs. If compensation is derived from results, so be it–just let those not be simply numbers. After one makes a living wage, then we have freedom to add to that to be sure we are being good stewards and invest in the mission of the church.