How Much Money Is Too Much Money for a Pastor? Thabiti Anyabwile on Ministers Who Are Fleecing Their Flocks

Thabiti Anyabwile
Thabiti Anyabwile

Perhaps you’ve heard that question asked before. It’s a good question, along with how much does a pastor need in order to provide for his family. There is too little, which is what most pastors make. And then there is waaaay too much!

The Atlanta Black Star recently published one measure of waaaay too much. The newspaper featured “Eight Black Pastors Whose Net Worth Is 200 Times Greater Than Folks in Their Local Communities.” Whatever figure you had in your head as “too much,” I’m guessing you weren’t anywhere close to 200 times what average people in the congregation and neighborhood make!

Net worth is simply a person’s total assets (what they own) minus their total liabilities (what they owe). When all the bills are paid, whatever is left is your net worth. So, after these pastors have paid all their bills, they still have in their accounts more than 200 times what the average person in their congregation makes in a year! Actually, they appear to have more than 200 times what the average person in the neighborhood makes in their lifetime. Most reasonable persons with a sense of justice and compassion would conclude that that’s too much.

The Pastors

So who are these eight high-rolling pastors? They span both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Turns out Atlanta and Nigeria have a lot in common when it comes to producing obscenely opulent lifestyles for clergymen. Here’s the list:

Creflo Dollar, World Changers International
Net worth: $27,000,000
Neighborhood’s avg salary: $29,640 (College Park, Ga)

David Oyedepo, Living Faith World Outreach Ministry
Net worth: $150,000,000
Nigeria avg salary: 55% of Nigerians earn less than $2/day

Eddie Long, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church
Net worth: $5,000,000
Neighborhood’s avg salary: $25,154 (Lithonia, Ga)

Christian Oyakhilome, Christ Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria
Net worth: $50,000,000
Nigeria avg salary: 55% of Nigerians earn less than $2/day

T.D. Jakes, Potter’s House
Net worth: $18,000,000
Neighborhood’s avg salary: $56,954 (Dallas, TX)

Temitope B. Joshua, Synagogue Church of all Nations in Lagos, Nigeria
Net worth: $15,000,000
Nigeria avg salary: 55% of Nigerians earn less than $2/day

Matthew Ashimolowo, Kingsway International Christian Center in London
Net worth: $10,000,000
Nigeria avg salary: 55% of Nigerians earn less than $2/day

The article also lists Charles Blake of West Angeles Church of God in Christ in South Central Los Angeles. The article doesn’t mention Blake’s net worth but refers to his 10,000 square foot Beverly Hills mansion and $900,000 per year salary. The average salary for South Central LA where the church is located: $27,907. Whatever else Blake is and does, he doesn’t run with your typical boyz in the ‘hood. This ain’t “doughboy” and crew; this is just plain dough.

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SOURCE: The Front Porch
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