Considering budgets, national averages, church size, education and the gender gap, it’s no wonder churches struggle getting it right when it comes to pastor compensation.
A recent graduating class revealed the depth of the issue. Of 57 graduates, 21 had no debt, six owed less than $20,000, another six between $20,000 and $50,000, eight between $50,000 and $90,000 and 11 more than $100,000 — all acquired while at the seminary.
Are larger churches preying on smaller churches by pressuring them into giving up their autonomy to survive?
Are Christians required to give 10 percent of their income to the church? Is it based on gross or net income? Would God accept less in hard times?
An ancient form of worship, contemplative prayer is making a comeback in Baptist churches.
Experts say contemplative worship fits naturally with Baptists' emphasis on the priesthood of the believer.
Scott Stevens, a veteran youth ministry expert, succeeds Ross West as publisher of BaptistWay Press, a curriculum provider launched in 2000.