A group of friends had me read this article because they believed I would agree with it totally. I read it to find out that I thought it was ridiculous. I was a pastor, at a church plant in Raleigh. What I think people need to understand is that being a pastor is a HUGE job. It isn't even just a job...it's a lifestyle. It is a calling. I hear people all the time talk about how they love their job because they can "leave it at work"...well, pastors can't. When I was a pastor, I averaged about 70 hours a week, carried real life issues that my congregation was dealing with, planned valuable lessons and activities and loved everyone. It is hard. Also, I was paid well...but not more than I made working at another non-profit...and not nearly enough to pay off my student loans for attending seminary. Oh..and, guess what? No 401K plan...and yes, luckily I had health insurance but a lot of pastors don't. So...I don't know how much Tyler makes doing this...but, I am guessing he is worth it and works hard to earn it. And...I am guessing that his income may extend from more than just what Vintage may pay him but maybe also from speaking engagements and such. How can someone criticize his income when he works hard for what he EARNS?
Also, his wife volunteered with the organization I worked at, a local free clinic. She is an amazing person and is honest, giving and humble. I am certain she wouldn't be married to someone who also was not that way.
Another thing that bothered me is that this writer is picking out Vintage...when if he looked at ANY church, he could write a similar article. B/c guess what? Every church has people who disagree with it and people who have been hurt by it and people who leave it. That is the nature of this world and the reason why we have so many freaking churches in Raleigh. To be truly credible, the author should have written about every single church in this area...this state...the country.
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