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Are Pastors Not Soppose To Work?

I have looked round and carried out my investigations,i now discovered that the reason we have churches all over the whole place,fighting and brainwashing members into forcefully paying tithe and also introducing all sort of offerings with their peculiar rebranded names is because most jobless men take being a pastor as an alternative. Are pastors not soppose to work? Like in RCCG,their pastors works, why cant the other pastors work too,any body that graduated from school after jobless for sometime will now take pastoring as the next option. Are pastors not soppose to work?

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@Post, see scripture below.

The pastors work in the vineyard of the Lord. Some have other secular jobs like Paul did and some work full-time.

1 Corinthians 9:4-14 (New International Version)

4 Don't we have the right to food and drink?

5 Don't we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord's brothers and Cephas ?

6 Or is it only I and Barnabas who must work for a living?

7 Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk?

8 Do I say this merely from a human point of view? Doesn't the Law say the same thing?

9 For it is written in the Law of Moses: "Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain." Is it about oxen that God is concerned?

10 [/b]Surely he says this for us, doesn't he? Yes, this was written for us, because when the plowman plows and the thresher threshes, they ought to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest.

[b]11 If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you?

12 If others have this right of support from you, shouldn't we have it all the more? But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ.

13 Don't you know that those who work in the temple get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar?

[b]14 [/b]In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.

Apostle Paul refused to use the right of receiving the support from the church, but not all such Pastors have such grace. How do those that preach the gospel recieve their living from the gospel especially since Paul drew this from the old testament law?

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you no fit know now,

There are some pastors that work part time as civil servants, bankers, teachers e.t.c, and then pastor a church, you can't say they are doing full time pastoring in that case

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well, there are different types of pastoring

There is the full time and part time

some pastor do full and have their own business while others work and pastor too

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Though pastoring is a work in itself that comes with good pay like any other job, luke 10:1-16,

but to gain the respect of ur members like apostle paul, i think pastors should work.

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You mean to tell me that all that time that they spent on boats on the sea of Galilee with Jesus preaching often from the boat to the people on the shore that these men who were fishermen by trade did not have any inclination to just cast a net into water to see what they might catch.

Even when they paid their temple tax it was money from the fish. How did he catch the fish? Is it not be doing his profession of fishing?

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I will agree with u and also disagree with u

Neither the apostles nor jesus worked any longer for yhe whole of the 3yrs of jesus' ministry. Rem when the were asked to pay task, Jesus sent his disciples to get money inside the fish and not from their pockets or proceed of any sales made.

Well now adays we have some over zealous men of God who exploit pple in the name of working for God, All the same judgement lies with God whom the claim they are working for

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@toba,you amazes me,who amongst those you mentioned droped their occupation to work with God collected tithes and offerings from people including Jesus Christ. Lets look at d feeding of the 5000 crowd,the bible says Jesus was moved with compassion after much teachings,he decided to feed d crowd. But if it was this our mordern day pastors that would be an opportunity to collect six different types of offering,and mandatory buying of handkerchieves and olive oil. So they should work and see that money not just come easy like offerings.

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We need 2b distinctive as not to commit errors.Levites are not supposed to work as said by God.We can liken levites as full time workers of God/full time pastors.Rem peter left fishing following Jesus&Jesus left carpentering to work for God.I dnt think theres any portion in d bible dat stated how d disciples/Jesus did any part time Job apart from work of ministry&moving from place to place teaching&preaching

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Some pastor would not want to work just because of sundays collection. A man that has been searching for job for the past 3yrs just opened a wooden built church just about 4 houses to mine, he is telling people that he was called by God.

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Abi oh after all the founding fathers of christianity [the apostles] used to work and they stated it clearly in the bible that it should be an example to other ministers and christians.

Acts 20:33-35:

33 “I have never coveted anyone’s silver or gold or fine clothes. 34 You know that these hands of mine have worked to supply my own needs and even the needs of those who were with me. 35 And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Acts 20:33-35:

33 “I [Paul]have never coveted anyone’s silver or gold or fine clothes. 34 You know that these hands of mine have worked to supply my own needs and even the needs of those who were with me. 35 And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

2 Thessalonians 3:6-9:

6 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from all believers[a] who live idle lives and don’t follow the tradition they received from us. 7 For you know that you ought to imitate us. We were not idle when we were with you. 8 We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so we would not be a burden to any of you

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Lets come to think of it is it written in the bible that pastoring must be a full time job?

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All worshippers of God - pastors or not should work - jesus did and so did his disciples - fishers, carpenters etc. Any pastors that is not work is not doing the work of Jehovah, they are free loaders. they should be leading the congregation by example not expecting the congregation to feed them. so check your churches so that you are not misled. the work of God is not a job, it is an assignment to them if they think so and so should not burden the congregation. OLE

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Minniepoe,RCCG Pastors works,the ones among them that doesnt work is not up to 40%. And i agreed with the last contributor, pastoring should not be a full time job.

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@poster

A point of correction not all RCCG pastors work. Some of them are into full time ministry as well.

I know this because i know RCCG pastors that do not work and are full time pastors.

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yes they are soppose to work,i work and at the same time pastoring too.

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Preaching is supposed to be a full-time job.

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they wont want to work cos,tithe and offerings are easy money from members after brain washing.

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Cicero,do you call that a full time work?

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Many Pastors rely on tithes/offerings,

others write books, some people are just lazy.

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Bawomolo,must pastors get paid before they can preach salvation to people?

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So horse707,wake up and be close to your bible,chew the words and assimilate on them

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sedgemaro i totally agree with u on this issue cos the same thing is goin on in ghana here. but can u please explain to me y most of the nigerian pastors are flocking to ghana to now set up churches?. please note that nothing that is ever done can discredit christianity there might a lot of falsehood goin on but it does not mean christianity is false. if u wnt th truth u wil find it

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What pastors have been called to do is enough work already.

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We are getting wiser in nigeria daily and these so called pastors have exhausted all their tricks ane lies thats why they are shifting base to a neutral ground were nothing is known about them. We all need to be close to our bibles,if this is done,none of these guys can brainwashed anyone.

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"It's like" or they are really and truly hipnotized?Nigerians seem to be in a permanent state of alpha consciousness,leaving them wide open for extortion.And boy,do they love being extorted.

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Also they depend on pastors for everything,its like they are hipnotised.

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There is no skill involved itis just plain old psycology/ manipulation using the fear and love for God by people to extort money from them. And the real problem is that my African brethen are just to lazy to read and understand the bible for themselves they would rather a pastor interpretes it to them forgetting that the pastor is a biased person as far as scriptures is concerned.

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but who needs a side hustle when your current job is extremely profitable? poor people are a gold mine for prosperity preaching pastors.

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The bad part of the whole thing is that "pastors" and politicians are using the same tactics on our people both at home and in diaspora. We have to reject that kind of zombie life and start going after these pimps that come in all shapes and forms.

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That they dont need to work while there is tithe for them,who told him that tithe collection is legal, collection of tithe is a day ROBBERY, there is no place in the bible supporting it. So they better look for a job and do pastoring on part time basis, after all the disciples had their jobs.

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What is there to explain.The content of his post is as clear as day.Or else you are in denial.

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why work when you can collect tithes like the levites.

In the case of Nigerian pastors, gifts from the mumu trying to pass WAEC, the man trying to becoming a LG chairman etc.

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Bawomolo,are you sure? Pls explain more

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Your answer is in 1 Timothy 5: 17-18 and 1 Corinthians 9:14. If the church can't pay the pastor then let him find a job

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Ok ooo but i did not accept that jagunlabi

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Perhaps a related question would be 'Why do Africans give so much deference to Authority?'. This is true whether it is to the authority of Elders, or the authority of office. Is it possible for African to ever have a revolution? Or has the ability to challenge authority been thoroughly beaten out of us by the time we are 5 years old.

I remember going to dinner with an oyinbo friend and my dad and my friend was shocked that I never stood up to my Dad or even properly expressed my feelings to him. He then went and told some of my other friends about the evening. All my 9ja friends just laughed and said that they understood where I was coming from.

When the early European explorers described the AFrican psyche as child like were they just being racist or were they making a valid observation. The 'Yes sir' mentality. Or as Fela put it, the 'Meee sir' mentality.

Them go say meeeee sir

meee meee meee like goat

Them go say meeeee sir.

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How did we end up with such societies in the first place?" What is it about us that allow such societies to flourish?These are questions for scholars to solve.

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Are you saying that our need for religion is congenital?

What about all the nigerian civil engineers contributing to economies outside of nigeria, in Britain europe, middle east etc? I can conclude from that that it is not that we are incapable of doing engineering. It's just that our societies do not support such constructive endeavours.

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Come on,your pastorship!The answer is not that hard to figure out.Inside a superstitious mind,religions will always flourish,hence the chance for pastorship to grow faster than a bullet leaves a muzzle,and they don't come as superstitious as the typical nigerian minds.It has always been so,and it will always be so. We've never been technically minded and we never will be,too.

A thorough study of the nigerian people's cultural history reveals that things are exactly as they are supposed to be,meaning buried in religious zealotry.Anything other than that would have been simply astonishing.

civil engineers to Fix our crumbling infrastructures you ask?Leave that to the oyinbo people,bro,while we continue to stick our collective heads in religious superstitious clouds of delusion!Haven't we been doing that all this time?Abeg,forget matter.The white people knew us more than we know ourselves and that was why they were able to saddle us with mind chains that we will never be free of.

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I don't believe that in a forum full of knowledgeable Nigerians no one can make even one suggestion as to why Pastoring and Churching should flourish so immensely in Nigeria while a graduate civil engineer cannot get a job. And this in a country that is in desperate need of fixing it's infrastructure.

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Pastorship is work.It is already a profession,a high paying one at that.

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Tudor,you can initiate the poll

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Why don't you take a poll.

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Tudor,a are you sure?

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Because people especially christians, are so scared of death and they fear ''oh if i don't give the pastor money to appease god, accident will occur''

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This is why we have so many of the so called pastors at garrages and motor parks,try to work on passengers that are scared of travelling and collecting money in whatever name they choose to call it.

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