Ethics: Pastor Offers Money to Attend His Church

What would you do Wednesday?

Today’s scenario may be the weirdest yet! And it’s based on a true story…or is it?

You are at lunch sitting in a local restaurant with a few friends one Sunday after worship service. A pastor of another local church walks by. Though you are both Baptists this pastor is adamantly opposed to your theology which leans more on the side of the Protestant Reformers.

Despite disagreements you are always cordial to each other and consider each other brothers in Christ.

The pastor does not see you as he walks through the restaurant so you stop him to say hello. After a hello and some light theological sparring done in brotherly love, he asks you an unusual question.

He says, “Why don’t you come visit my church and see how the Lord is blessing us? Come check out our Bible-based teaching.” Grinning, you reply that you are happy where you are with the true Bible-based teaching.

He pauses. Then says, “Seriously, I will pay you $25 to attend my church. I will pay anyone of you at this table. And if you join my choir I will give you another $25! What do you say?”

What would you do?

  • Gladly take the money and give the church a try.
  • Take the money, but don’t attend.
  • Rebuke the pastor and go to his elders (or those functioning as such).
  • Start negotiations to see how much money you can actually get.
  • Or….

tagged as , in Christianity,Church Issues,Culture

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 preacher210 January 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm

I would want to know if this is a one-time payment, or a weekly payment as long as I attend…..But seriously: Who would do that, even if they could afford to? I mean, I’ve known of churches that had paid musicians in their choirs (usually in university towns, and probably more of a ministry of helps to students than an actual “professional” choir concept), but paying attendees? I would probably not do any kind of follow-up on the conversation with anyone else. That would require a pattern of odd behaviors, rather than just one incident that could have been joking.

2 theoldadam January 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I wouldn’t even consider going to a church where the pastor offers to pay people.

3 Randall Cofield January 23, 2013 at 10:11 pm


My son-in-law was recently approached by a member of a local SB church and asked if he knew anyone who might visit said church for a payment of $20. The member explained that they were paying visitors to attend so that they could monitor how well (or poorly) their church welcomed visitors.

Have you stumbled onto something similar?

4 Mark January 23, 2013 at 11:09 pm

preacher210, I don’t know who would even do that. If I didn’t trust the source I would have a very hard time believing anyone would offer money to attend their church. But, see Randall’s comment….

theoldadam, no kidding!

Randall, in what part of the country does your son-in-law live? I don’t think it’s the same incident. And if it’s not the same, then we have two stories of money being offered to attend a church. Wow.

5 Randall Cofield January 24, 2013 at 9:07 pm


We’re in South Mississippi….

I wonder how widespread this is?!


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