Fellow blogger Mark Stevens, from the Land Down Under, finds the salary of mega pastor Brian Huston of Hillsong too much and downright offensive.
In an interview, pastor Huston was asked about his much speculated salary:
Reporter: Your personal income has been the subject of intense speculation. Are you prepared to say now what you earn?
Brian Houston: If it’s that important, yeah, I’ll talk about it. Our, my combined income from writing books, being an author and you know, our travelling and doing what we do around the world speaking and various groups and so on, including Hillsong churches, just a little over $300,000 for 2009, that’s what it was.
Reporter: Half of what’s Brian’s paid comes from Hillsong.
Then Mark Stevens offers his take on the mega pastor’s salary,
For any Minister of the Gospel to be paid this much money ($150K) on top of other earnings derived from church related ministry is offensive to me. There are no levels of minister. We all work for the same God and a minister of a church of 50 people is no less worthy appeals to the level of responsibility they undertake as a mega-church pastor. (read more…, emphasis added)
Mark seems to be grounding his objection in the fact that “there are not levels of minister…” But Mark, Are you prepared to propose a salary cap for pastors?
—but this too is impractical on so many levels.
In the end, as the various commentators have revealed, this issue over a mega pastors salary is a matter of perception.