This is me just venting, for I have a husband who is a pastor, whose car barely runs, who has a wife who must be the breadwinner, even with a painful disease (can't afford to stop working in order to seek disability). I'd love to see an article to follow up what you said in that article, addressing the many comments, and linking the way the church operates today to Acts 4:32. I'm not sure of any modern-day examples of churches that operate this way, but perhaps if they did, pastors would have time to work for a salary and wouldn't need to seek a salary in order to support their families and to have enough time to do all of the church duties that fall upon them.
I currently serve as president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Prior to LifeWay, I served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where I was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. I am a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned my Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In addition to speaking in hundreds of venues each year, I led Rainer Group, a church and denominational consulting firm, from 1990 to 2005. The firm provided church health insights to over 500 churches and other organizations over that period.
My wife, Nellie Jo, and I have three grown sons: Sam, Art and Jess, who are married to Erin, Sarah and Rachel respectively. We have four grandchildren: Canon, Maggie, Nathaniel, and Will (with the Lord).
I have authored twenty-two books, including Simple Life, Simple Church, Raising Dad, and Essential Church. My latest book is The Millennials co-authored with my son, Jess.
- University of Alabama1977
- Southern Baptist Theological SeminaryMDIV
- Southern Baptist Theological SeminaryPh.D.