Show me the money!
For the longest time I couldn't understand why my Reformed Baptist friends (e.g., Brian, Jay & Matt) were jumping ship to the PCA.
Oh, I heard excuses like, "I'm covenantal now and this infant baptism thing is not all that silly after all" and "The PCA is more welcoming to my Reformedness than the SBC," but now I know the truth.
They must have adopted the Tidwell family motto: "Show me the money!"
What Pastors Get Paid
(Results from Christianity Today International’s latest nationwide research.)
"Presbyterian senior pastors earned the most in our survey—their average salary plus housing/parsonage was $78,000, while Baptist senior pastors earned next to last--$67,000."
However, unless Brian is taking the stealth approach to moving Tony out of the way, making him an offer he can't refuse so he doesn't have to sleep with the fishes, he might reconsider being a youth pastor in the PCA.
"But virtually the opposite was true for youth pastors. Baptist youth pastors earned near the top--$44,000 in salary plus housing, while Presbyterian youth pastors earned near the bottom--$36,000."
As a side note, the explanation for the discrepancy among youth pastor salaries was interesting:
"Baptist churches value youth ministry more"
I did not know that, but I read it on the Internet, so it must be true.