Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Tour About Read What's New Help Forums Join
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
E
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  



The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!



 
Devotionals PLEASE ENCOURAGE THE AUTHOR BY COMMENTING

  LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE AS A MEMBER OR ANONYMOUSLY
  SEND A PRIVATE MESSAGE
  HIRE THIS WRITER
REPORT ARTICLE

 TRACK THIS AUTHOR ADD TO MY FAVORITES
corner
What's New
 
corner
 
Supporting God’s Servants
by Martin Wiles
03/03/13
For Sale


  Mail
 





They sat quietly as I delivered my dilemma. When I finished, one remarked, “Well, Preacher, can we think about it?” while the others said, “If he can’t support his family, I don’t see where he has a choice.”

I was pastoring a small congregation nestled in the middle of nowhere thirty miles from anywhere. After the first year, it became painfully obvious we couldn’t live on my salary. They were doing their best; it simply wasn’t enough. I would either have to resign or supplement my income. An opportunity to teach at a private school provided the chance to do the latter.

Nehemiah was disappointed that the vocational church leaders weren’t being supported and had returned to secular employment. I also discovered that the Levites had not been given their prescribed portions of food, so they and the singers…had all returned to work their fields (Nehemiah 13:10 NLT). Even though he helped support himself, Paul cautioned about the same: In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it (I Corinthians 9:14 NLT).

Denominations normally have methods to support short-term and career missionaries as well as church planters, but those funds only funnel down when given through the local churches. While every Christian is a missionary, not every believer is paid for doing it vocationally. Those who’ve answered the call deserve enough income to live on. When they don’t receive it, the spiritual welfare of those they care for suffers and they themselves lose sight of ministry details because they’re strapped financially. No leader should suffer or be forced to leave because a body of believers isn’t doing its part. Pray for your leaders; but remember prayer doesn’t pay their bills. What can you do to lighten your leader’s load?

Prayer: Thank You Father for those You call to lead us. Challenge us to faithfully support them so they can adequately obey Your call. www.lovelinesfromgod.com

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

Read more articles by Martin Wiles or search for articles on the same topic or others.


Read More - Free Reprints, Main Site Articles, Most Read Articles or highly acclaimed Challenge Articles. Read Great New Release Christian Books for FREE in our Free Reads for Reviews Program. Christian writers can JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and help spread the Gospel.


The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.

Hire a Christian Writer, Christian Writer Wanted, Christian Writer Needed, Christian Content Needed
Find a Christian Editor, Hire a Christian Editor, Christian Editor, Find a Christian Writer
 
corner
Corner
This article has been read 86 times     < Previous | Next >


Member Comments
Member Date
Dr. Henderson Ward  03 Mar 2013
Sir, as one with pastoral experience I feel your pain and I commiserate with you. This I can tell you; if you prove yourself in such dire circumstances God has some special blessings for you further on, trust me on this. "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." (Galatians 6:9)




TRUST JESUS TODAY











Free Audio Bible
500 Plus Languages
Faith Comes By Hearing.com