"How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"" (Rom 10:14-15 NIV)

And how can they be sent if they are not financed? Pastors are recipients of monetary resources to accomplish the will of God - primarily to bring about the salvation of people, and then to disciple the converted. If God’s people will not do their part to sow their seed, the Great Commission will barely be accomplished.

“I also discovered that the Levites had not been given what was due them, so they and the singers who were to conduct the worship services had all returned to work their fields.” (Neh 13:10 NLT)

 
When the people of Israel neglected the affairs of the church, the Levites returned back to secular work. Today, when God’s people neglect their devotion to the Lord in tithes and offerings, some pastors are forced to have a day job to meet their family needs. And that takes them away from their real jobs.

Pastors are endangered species. They need to be preserved, and returned to the wild. Not everyone is called to the full-time ministry, but ALL Christians are called to serve.

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