When My husband First started Pastoring ( After the Lord calling him in an open vision) to Start and Pastor church with 18 faithful followers. He did not take a salary for the first five years. He did not have a job but we lived by the faith of God, however I had a full time job. I was ok with him not taking a salary. We were advised that we should take a salary, because it would show that the church could and was able take care of their pastor. And there sowing into the first family life would be their way of getting many needs met in their life, to not take a salary would be to curse them, and hinder them from being blessed. The church wanted us to take a salary. But we didn't, we just wanted to trust the Lord. Show them the Lord would do it for them. We had been in ministry for 30 years (as Elder and Evangelist) when the Lord called us as Pastor and First Lady /Evangelist. Four years after starting ministry and building a (turn key job) church (small 200 seat, we were just starting but the favor of the God was upon it from then up until now, the bank thru much prayer gave us the loan to build), One year later the Lord called my husband home.
I had to become Senior Pastor (the transition was very painful for me as well as the church), and I did not go on salary either, I have been now 4 1/2 years in that position and has just three month ago went on salary, the church is operating way over in the "Black" to God be glory!!! I don't feel bad about the years we went without salary. Just wanted to get some of your input on the subject...How do you feel about it would you trust the Lord and go with a salary. Would you trust that if just live off your wife salary or husband salary, it would work? I lose my job right after my husband was called home, they said I was not focused and was grieving too long, wow; of which was not true. I has been on that job almost 30 some years. Could almost do it blind folded, I know it was the will of God for me to go full time at church. So they walked in his will and let me go I don't think I would have walked away the timing didn't seem right. The Lord had showed me I would come off but thinking it would be way down the road. But I would prepare to trust him. The saints wanted me to go on salary even the more then, but I just couldn't for some reason . I kept asking the Lord to allow me to pastor without a salary and I went without a salary ( just as my husband had) until a few months ago, March 2010 . The Lord meet and filled every need to the glory of God. Let me hear some of your fed back on this.
Pastor Hattie White