100+ City "Bless Your Pastor Tour" Helps Challenges For Many Pastors, Churches

Friday, April 30 2021 by Richard Hunt

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As part of the National Association of Evangelicals’ (NAE) Financial Health initiative, Brian Kluth, national spokesperson, will travel to over 100 cities across America on the Bless Your Pastor Tour to encourage greater financial health and generosity of churches and pastors.

The NAE’s national research shows that pastors are facing personal and church financial challenges:

  • 90% of pastors are experiencing financial stress (which has increased since COVID-19).
  • 83% of pastors are providing both in person and online worship services to care for their flock.
  • 60% of pastors receive no retirement, health care or employee benefits.
  • 50% of pastors are paid under $50,000 while working 50 to 70 hours every week.
  • 40% of pastor spouses serve the church 20 or more hours per week, normally without any pay.
  • 80% of churches are under 200 people and have an average budget of $125,000.
  • 34% of churches have seen their giving decrease because of COVID-19.

NAE Financial Health offers solutions for pastors and churches facing economic challenges, including self-assessment surveys, Best Practices resources, and online training courses. Since 2019, the Bless Your Pastor campaign — which is part of NAE Financial Health — has helped churches show and share God’s love for their pastor and church staff. Over 2,000 churches have participated, raising $1.25 million in appreciation offerings. In addition, the NAE has sent $500,000 in grant-funded gift cards to senior pastors at participating churches. 

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