Posted by: adventlife | August 30, 2016

How Much Is Too Much? Franklyn Graham’s, Adventist CEO’s, and the Pope’s Compensation

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“(RNS) Franklin Graham’s annual compensation of $880,000, revealed in a Charlotte Observer story, has some worrying that too many top Christian nonprofit leaders as well as pastors are seeing themselves as CEOs instead of as God’s servants.

Graham, son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, is head of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief agency based in Boone, N.C.

“Basically they are saying if Satan pays well, God should pay better,” said Maria Dixon, a Southern Methodist University professor of corporate communications and public affairs. Dixon, a United Methodist Church deacon and a minister’s wife, specializes in studying and helping nonprofit religious organizations.

CEOs at the top 50 U.S. charities, including Samaritan’s Purse, earn in the $350,000 to $450,000 range, which makes Graham’s $622,000 salary from his aid organization alone about 40 percent to 50 percent higher than average, according to a Forbes story. He receives the rest of his $258,000 compensation as CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. …

By contrast, pastor salaries at the nation’s biggest Christian churches are much lower for all but a select number. Only 3 percent of churches with more than 1,600 people in attendance pay senior pastors more than $300,000, said Warren Bird, research director at Leadership Network.  At the other extreme, a recent study by the National Association of Church Business Administration found that the average American pastor with a congregation of 300 people earns a salary of less than $28,000 a year. …

Franklin Graham, who is 63, has said he wants to make enough money to be able to work for free when he turns 70 …

By contrast, California megachurch pastor Rick Warren has been giving away 90 percent of his income for years, as part of a strategy he calls “reverse tithing.” …”

More: file:///C:/Users/Nic/Desktop/How%20Much%20Is%20Too%20Much%20To%20Pay%20A%20Pastor.htm

If you are surprised and wondering what happened to the Christian church that is now following the world’s model of compensation, bear in mind that the Seventh-day Adventist church is not exempted from this trend to seek for higher salaries for those in charge of large corporations. Take the time to read what is happening in our medical organizations that manage our Adventist hospitals corporations. Here is an article written by someone who has taken the time to research this topic.

“Million-Dollar Salaries in Adventist Healthcare”

Ref.: https://adventlifenews.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/million-dollar-salaries-in-adventist-healthcare/

And, by the way, are you aware that the income of the head of the Catholic Church is 400 times the compensation of Dr. Franklin Graham? Nevertheless, there is a catch: Most of this is assigned to the poor, which seems to include 400 Vatican employees.

Pope Francis’ Personal Income: €428 Million in 2013

Posted on February 5, 2016 by Betty Clermont

“The Peter’s Pence collection totaled €378 million in 2013. (1 euro = 1.10 dollar) Peter’s Pence is an annual collection from Catholics worldwide asked to donate to the pope’s charitable works.

The Vatican Bank’s annual profits are also “offered the Holy Father in support of his apostolic and charitable ministry.” This was €50 million in 2013.

While popes have used the bank’s profits to support the Vatican’s administration as they see fit, the Peter’s Pence donations are intended to be given entirely to charity.

Pope Francis makes only 20 percent  of the Peter’s Pence collection available for the poor as disclosed by Gianluigi Nuzzi, in his book Merchants in the Temple, released in November 2015. This was confirmed by Pope Francis’ chief of staff, Archbishop Becciu, last month.  The archbishop said if even 60 per cent of Peter’s Pence was given to charity “we would have to immediately fire 400 people” out of the current 4,000 Vatican employees. …”

More: https://opentabernacle.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/pope-francis-personal-income-e428-million-in-2013/

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