|September 25, 2014 by Marty King, Baptist Press|
|Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist pastors has not kept pace with inflation over the past two years, while salaries for other full-time ministers and office staff increased.|
|September 30, 2014 by Mark Kelly, BGR/Baptist Press|
During just three days last week, at least 130,000 new Syrian refugees flooded into Turkey because of ISIS. More than 3 million officially registered refugees have been driven out.
|September 29, 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press|
The ERLC joined in a friend-of-the-court brief filed Sept. 22 that contends the sign code of Gilbert, Ariz., discriminates against churches while favoring political and ideological messages.
OTHER BR NEWS
K. Allan Blume
This first day of October begins a month of appreciation for pastors and other ministerial staff in our churches. Several stories in the Biblical Recorder have emphasized the importance of showing appreciation to the shepherds God has given us. One of this week’s articles points to the importance of evaluating the salaries paid to these servants. The salaries of pastors are not keeping up with inflation, according to the story.
Most pastors are not in their calling for financial gain. Many of them have the skills to earn much higher wages in another profession. But they serve as a pastor because God called them. Godly church leaders will be blessed to study the biblical principles for adequate compensation such as those taught in 1 Corinthians 9.
I am writing these comments from your beautiful conference center at Fort Caswell. The convention’s board of directors and committees are in meetings for several days. Watch for news about God’s hand at work in North Carolina. I am excited about what I see and hear from the men and women who serve together in our convention.
Now is the time for your church to elect messengers to the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of N.C. Make it a priority to be in Greensboro November 9-12.
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