Pastors And Supplemental Income

Very often pastors find that they need to supplement the income they receive from their church family. Though it is desirable to be fully supported by the church you pastor, many times this is just not possible. No worries! The Apostle Paul used his trade as he went about on his missionary journeys. He was a tent-maker (Acts 18:1-3Acts 18:1-3
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18 1 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth; 2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; and came unto them. 3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.  

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), and, evidently, a very good one!

The purpose of this post is to encourage every pastor who works a public job to keep on keeping on! There is nothing wrong with working outside the ministry to support your family. In fact, it could be the best thing to enter into your ministry!

It used to bother me that I had to work a job and pastor a church at the same time. “Not enough time!” I thought. “I wish I could do this!” I would think to myself. I shared this with an older pastor friend of mine while I served in a church in rural North Dakota. On one of his trips to see me, he said, “You won’t always have to do this. Enjoy it while you can!” He went on to admonish me to not overlook the opportunity that God had laid before me. Oh, how right this man was!

Later on, while in that congregation, I was able to go full time with the church. This situation sure enabled me to do far more than I was able to do beforehand. It wasn’t long before I realized what my friend, Pastor Bill Hicks, meant by his reproof. Working the public job sowed a lot of seed in the community which I was able to water later on. Had I not worked that job and gotten to know the community, I would not have been as effective later on down the road. The Apostle Paul knew EXACTLY what he was doing when he went into Corinth!

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22 1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. loving...: or, favour is better than, etc  

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) “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”  (KJV)

There is one great caution to working a job and trying to pastor at the same time. You can end up hiding in your job! That is, you can use your job as an excuse why you cannot knock doors and carry out your weekly ministry tasks. You can also begin to lust after money and serve that rather than God. Just so one stays Spirit-filled there should be no problem doing both.

As I conclude this post, I want to share an opportunity with you. Since starting this blog last year, many of you, my readers, have contacted me about various opportunities to make extra income to support your family. Some of you have gotten advice from me about making money with websites, while others have inquired about sales, etc. I enjoy every email and phone call. It is rewarding to help my fellow preacher friends.

I have recently come across a solid opportunity to help you and your family. If you would like more information about this, then go to this link OPPORTUNITY and watch the video. If it helps you… then great. If you do not think this will work for you, then find something else that will enable you to supplement your ministry income. Also, if you find something which you think will help some other preacher, then EMAIL ME about it so I can possibly pass it on!


61848: Wiersbe"s Expository Outlines on the New Testament Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the New Testament
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Originally posted 2011-10-22 09:22:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

About Andrew Schank

Andrew Schank is an Independent Baptist Missionary/Pastor who loves to blog about spiritual matters! His main ministry website is Andrew is also a contributing author to two other blogs/websites including and Pastor Schank's Church website is
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