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Pastor salaries not keeping up with inflation

September 25, 2014 by Marty King, Baptist Press
Compensation Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist pastors has not kept pace with inflation over the past two years, while salaries for other full-time ministers and office staff increased.
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Airstrikes may worsen refugee crisis

September 30, 2014 by Mark Kelly, BGR/Baptist Press
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During just three days last week, at least 130,000 new Syrian refugees flooded into Turkey because of ISIS. More than 3 million officially registered refugees have been driven out.
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ERLC: Town’s sign code violates church freedom

September 29, 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press
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The ERLC joined in a friend-of-the-court brief filed Sept. 22 that contends the sign code of Gilbert, Ariz., discriminates against churches while favoring political and ideological messages.
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Abedini: 'Kept here for His glory'

September 29, 2014 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press
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As Christians hold vigils to pray for Saeed Abedini and other persecuted believers, Abedini's wife Naghmeh has released a letter he wrote just two weeks ago from prison.

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October suprise?

This first day of October begins a month of appreciation for pastors and other ministerial staff in our churches. Several stories in the Biblical Recorder have emphasized the importance of showing appreciation to the shepherds God has given us. One of this week’s articles points to the importance of evaluating the salaries paid to these servants. The salaries of pastors are not keeping up with inflation, according to the story.

Most pastors are not in their calling for financial gain. Many of them have the skills to earn much higher wages in another profession. But they serve as a pastor because God called them. Godly church leaders will be blessed to study the biblical principles for adequate compensation such as those taught in 1 Corinthians 9.

Politicians often talk about an "October surprise." In our churches, I hope the October surprise will be a generous blessing to your pastor and church staff.

October is also the launch of a 30-day prayer focus led by Chris Schofield. Follow this link to get your free, excellent prayer resources today. While you are praying, pray for our nation. It is impossible for me to overstate the dire spiritual poverty of our nation and our leadership. Pray for a mighty spiritual awakening in our land!

I am writing these comments from your beautiful conference center at Fort Caswell. The convention’s board of directors and committees are in meetings for several days. Watch for news about God’s hand at work in North Carolina. I am excited about what I see and hear from the men and women who serve together in our convention.

Now is the time for your church to elect messengers to the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of N.C. Make it a priority to be in Greensboro November 9-12.

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