Should we give offerings to support the Church and Pastors?
Yes we should… preaching the Gospel is their work and calling, but financial gain and making a comfortable living from the work should never be any workers objective. The work of ministry should not be a windfall financial boon and blessings of the minister… but the blessing to those they are entrusted to serve.
Many Pastors do the work of advancing the Kingdom in the capacity of their calling beyond Sunday Mornings and periodic weekday services. Many are in their offices working 60 hour PLUS work weeks, availing themselves to the Church. (I’m not talking about being on call).
So yes we should support them according to what God has put on our hearts to do, but not according to what they have decided that we should be charged. It is God’s work and He will provide for it. If we are having constant fundraisers, selling tickets, holding raffles etc… and guilt-tripping the Body of Christ into monetary support of our life-style… we should find another career.
It is God who will lay on each one’s heart how to give. Yet none the less He will provide without ministers having to coax, threaten or guilt trip a believer. If we are giving what God has apportioned us to give to His people …He will supply the need.
“give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, MEN will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”) Luke 6:38
But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God. ~2 Corinthians 2:14-17
*My thoughts on the subject*