The Briefing: Pastor salaries not keeping pace

Andrew Woodrow —  September 4, 2018

Pastor salaries not keeping pace with inflation
Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist pastors and church staff has lagged behind the growth in the cost-of-living over the past two years. Health insurance coverage also remains low, according to the 2018 SBC Church Compensation Study. Pastors of smaller churches were especially found to be compensated less than larger churches’ staff.

Many pastors lack a will, survey finds
More than half of Southern Baptist pastors do not have a will of any kind or a durable power of attorney with health care directives. LifeWay Research’s Scott McConnell said the survey shows pastors’ lack of awareness about estate planning and related laws.

McCain’s Baptist ‘church home’ hosts funeral
The late Sen. John McCain called North Phoenix Baptist Church his “church home” – despite never joining it. The Southern Baptist congregation in Arizona hosted McCain’s memorial service August 30. The two-time presidential candidate attended North Phoenix for more than 25 years; his wife was baptized there.

McCain died Aug. 25 at age 81, a year after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

TN Baptist on cereal boxes for tutoring efforts
It’s not often a Southern Baptist is highlighted on a cereal box. But for Neal Buchanan, he was recently featured on two brands of Kellogg’s cereal boxes – Fruit Loops and Frosted Flakes. Buchanan, an 82-year-old member of Lincoya Hills Baptist Church in Nashville, was chosen for his devotion to education and his passion for childhood literacy.

CA approves abortion drug bill
California legislators have approved a bill requiring state-run university health centers to give students abortion-inducing drugs. The state legislature passed Senate Bill 320 last week and now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature.

Sources: Baptist Press (4), World Magazine