A brief overview of the teachings of Christ reveals that he clearly was not concerned about money, nor did he want his followers to be concerned about money. As he said, "You cannot serve God and money" (Matthew 6:24).
Yet money tends to often be a major concern to pastors: either in regards to their personal income or in regards to how the church is doing financially. Let's consider both of those items…
Personal finances. You are not going to grow rich (in earthly funds) as a pastor. Churches simply do not pay enough for you to grow rich. Most evangelical churches operate from a supposed scale, looking at what someone with as much education as you will be expected to have (a Master's degree), and as much experience as you will have, and comparing that to what someone in, say, public education might be earning. That, along with an analysis of the congregation that you are serving, are considered in determining your salary. So, you should get by all right, but you won't become rich.
But the old line is that "necessity is the mother of invention" and as you likely will be earning less than if you had pursued a career in real estate, or law, or medicine, you will be forced to learn how to do things that you otherwise would not learn to do. And that is not all bad. Indeed, I see that as quite good. When I began as a pastor (36 years ago) I knew little about fixing things or building things. I didn't know how to replace a faucet, put in an electric line, stud out or finish walls, or do masonry. But the house we had purchased coupled with the limited income that I was earning forced me to learn how to do all of these things and more. My guess is that you too will learn to do far more than you now can even imagine. And you will get by. It may be tight, but you will get by.
Church finances. Other than helping to establish a proposed budget to present to the congregation you will have little to no control over how this goes. Younger congregations (and Burning Hearts is growing increasingly younger (average age) as the years go by) tend to be weaker in terms of giving than older congregations. Mark that off to not being taught, or to having more obligations, or to a general non-commitment kind of attitude…but for whatever reason, you may find this to be a challenge. Hopefully not. It only takes a few strongly committed families that have a heart for giving to make a huge difference in a church the size of Burning Hearts. But just as with your personal finances, I would encourage you not to fret over this.
Jesus said, "Seek first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these THINGS (including the money to buy things) will be added to you as well" (Matthew 6:33). So keep your eyes focused on Christ, trust in him, and wait and see how he will meet your needs as well as the needs of the church.
By His Grace, br> Doug Winne