How Moses Made His Bones
The church has an attendance of about 3000.
In it’s salad days it could run twice that, but competition (from another CC) and the pastors declining ability to captivate through his messages have resulted in a slow leak for years.
His wallet however, is still air tight.
Those three thousand people are providing a compensation package in excess of $300,000 for the pastor…and also providing jobs for his wife and adult children.
Here’s how it’s done.
First, you establish yourself as the supreme leader beyond a doubt.
The Moses Model was built for this and it will help you avoid pesky questions about the numbers and other matters.
Legally, you need a board.
This calls for wisdom.
What this wise pastor did was pick two friends from out of town and asked them to be on his board.
They all agreed to fill this legal requirement for the other and “board meetings” are held by telephone.
They aren’t held very often.
The budget is presented over the phone, your friends affirm the budget, meeting over.
You do the same for them.
You keep all the numbers in house and if anyone asks about them you know they are agents of Satan sent to trouble the sheep.
They are disposed of quickly, in Jesus name, amen.
Now that you have a board and budget approved, how much can you make from those 3000 sheep?
Salary: $320,000…with a cost of living increase built in.
Vacation allowance: $30,000 per year. Lord knows His servants need a break now and then.
Life insurance: $750,000 for the wife.
Medical insurance: Fully paid by the church.
Retirement: The church is paying $50,000 a year into retirement funds, but is playing catch up due to the delay of the Rapture. The pastor opted out of Social Security, then Jesus changed the schedule…
Auto allowance: $550 per month. The Lord’s servant must lease trustworthy wheels.
Auto maintenance for the pastor and his bride:$ 5600 per year
Cell phones: Provided for Moses and his wife.
In addition, a royalty shall be paid for every CD sold via radio.
Moses must be able to speak to the people…even when it appears the people aren’t listening.
Thus the church spends almost $175,000 on radio time, even though donations from the broadcasts only bring in about $9000.
The church loses $165,000 dollars, but the Gospel must go out…amen?
All Moses’s family has to eat, so his wife and all but one adult child are on the payroll and covered by insurance.
The church is a community and thus should care for it’s members in need.
Therefore, a budget of $ 6000 per year is allotted for them.
The generosity moves me to tears.
Jesus wept, as well.
This may or may not be your church.
Your job is to find out by asking your pastor, not me.