I Should’ve Been a Pastor…

Mojoey can’t figure this out. I can’t either.

Why is the new pastor at Manhattan’s Riverside Church, Rev. Brad Braxton, as good and popular as he may be, getting paid $600,000 a year?

And that’s in addition to that includes the following perks:

  • $250,000 in salary.
  • $11,500 monthly housing allowance.
  • Private school tuition for his child.
  • A full-time maid.
  • Entertainment, travel and “professional development” allowances.
  • Pension and life insurance benefits.
  • An equity allowance for Braxton to save up to buy a home.

(All that for delivering false hope? Impressive.)

It’s actually not too different from the kinds of packages some CEOs get at major corporations… but a church pastor?

What is he doing that warrants the salary?

I’ve met a number of pastors in the past few years. Most of them make next to nothing… hell, I make more than they do as a public school teacher. That’s not saying very much. These pastors get by on what they can. They’re doing what they do because they feel they’re answering a calling from a god, not because they see leading a church as a money-making venture.

On the upside, at least some of Braxton’s new parishioners are filing a lawsuit against the church. But so far, it hasn’t worked:

A group of church dissidents claims the members were never told about the lavish package.

Those dissidents filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court last week to stop Braxton’s installation, revealing a growing divide among the church’s 1,500 members.

In a hearing Tuesday, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Lewis Bart Stone denied the dissidents’ request to delay Sunday’s installation. The judge urged church leaders to provide the opposition a fair chance to be heard by the church membership.

He adjourned the case until after a special meeting of the congregation scheduled for May 3.

The two sides should find a way to achieve “some form of fellowship and reconciliation between members of the church,” Stone said, to “prevent a split.”

Ideally, enough dissidents would leave the church and opt for another. Perhaps the drop in tithe income would leave the church unable to pay the pastor’s lavish salary.

By the way, anyone know what Jesus got paid?

I assume it was in the low six figures and this story is just a case of inflation…

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