Neither my first pastor, nor my current pastor (which is his oldest son) were/are full time pastors. However, my husband and I went to an IFB church where the pastor was full time and given a salary.
My first pastor worked in a steel mill and then drove a school bus. He was not paid by my church. His oldest son, used to be a fireman, then the Lord opened up a door for him to be a Home Inspector. He receives no salary, as well.
My church, has only 40 adults in attendance. We are known as being a transient church, where people come through our church, but are relocated to another state or to a location that is quite far from the church. They end up going to a different IFB church.
Have my pastors' ever robbed the flock? Not in my opinion. In fact, I was hospitalized in 2008 for Epilepsy. No one from my other IFB church, not even the pastor, came to the hospital to see me. And, yes we tithed... sometimes more than 10%, gave to the Benevolent Fund and to the Warehouse Fund, as it is a Missionary church.
Well, two years later, I fell in a new pair of shoes on a fairly clean hardwood floor, dislocated my shoulder, broke a bone off the size of a silver dollar, and the fracture was impacted. The pain was worse than childbirth. And, I thought childbirth was bad. My pastor arrived from across town in 15 minutes to the hospital emergency room. I cried tears of joy, b/c I felt like God had walked through the door. It was one of the most precious experiences of my life in my church, other than salvation. To have both my husband and pastor by my side was incredible. All I needed was my son, but he was in college. My pastor and his wife, are our closest friends. His brother and wife are missionaries in southeast OH. They used to be missionaries to Scotland and Europe until God placed them in the area where their dad's roots are. That would be West Virginia. They are our closes friends, as well.
I have the kindest undershepard of my church. My church home and family are the best. Neither of my pastors, worked a paid position in the church, neither did/do they want it that way. They are always there for anything the saints ask of them. The money that comes from the tithes, goes to the Benevolent Fund, missionaries, and our future church... if we aren't Raptured before it is built.
Edited by candlelight, 22 November 2013 - 01:57 PM.