When the first General Authorities were given emeritus status, N. Eldon Tanner of the First Presidency provided the following explanation: "The very rapid growth of the Church across the world, with the attendant increase in travel and responsibility, has made it necessary to consider a change in the status for some of the Brethren of the General Authorities. George Patrick Lee (March 23, 1943 – July 28, 2010) was the first Native American to become a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). I’ll use our ward as an example below of just how many Latter-day Saints are actually serving without compensation. In this post I usually call it a stipend. A general authority is a member of the highest levels of leadership within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who has administrative and ecclesiastical authority over the church. The black population of Utah is about 1.8% of total residents. They serve with love and great dedication. Effectively, we have no paid ministry. It could dramatically change Utah’s national and international image.”. She told me that she didn’t know the financial situations of most of her husband’s fellow General Authorities, but that, as it happened, she was aware of several who, like her husband, were serving at their own expense, not drawing on the money that they could have drawn from the Church. Most of the rest of the images weren’t too interesting or were extremely unfair. Dallin H. Oaks. Our ward is big. The LDS Church is a unique organization. Another article worth reviewing: The LD$ Church vs. Update on 10/18/17:  Michael Quinn recently wrote a favorable book on the topic and was featured in the Salt Lake Tribune. 80% of big Protestant churches are growing: Mars Hill is a great place to attend and pastor. Each is a member of either the First or Second Quorums of the Seventy. A stake is a geographical unit of the LDS church that consists of wards and possibly branches. I’ll get back to the article now:  LDS leaders — the 108 who get paid among 34,000 serving — get modest compensation relative to their peers. Another casualty of the coronavirus crisis is the upcoming General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints scheduled for April and local stake conferences starting after this 1. The Church doesn’t report the number of General Authorities who don’t accept a stipend. All the surrounding LDS bishops, however, pull down the mean wage. The amount of money these men receive while serving full-time on behalf of the Church is far below their commercial-market potential. Senior pastors at megachurches earn more than LDS General Authorities ($120K vs. $147K). Lines, a data analyst in Salt Lake City, doesn't begrudge Mormon leaders their compensation. The LDS Church has a culture of sacrifice and service I’m not seen anywhere else! Includes, where applicable, prior service under previous presiding bishop. These former members of the Presiding Bishopric did not serve as a Seventy during their time as a general authority. ”. Consider, too, the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The LDS Church: Does the Mormon Church Really Only Care about Money? From his very early thirties? Often lacking ideal training. Read the entire article. We announce that some Brethren have been designated as emeritus members of the First Quorum of the Seventy. And that, from pay stubs leaked by LDS critics a few years ago, is $120K a year. 75th Anniversary . It is out of consideration for the personal well-being of the individuals, and with deep appreciation for their devoted service, that this designation will be given from time to time to designated members of the General Authorities."[65]. These data below are only as reference points. That’s a good thing. Kenneth Copeland, by the way, has a net worth of $760 million. “A critic pointed out, quite correctly, that my generous estimate that 1/3400 of Mormon clergy receive a living stipend is greater than zero. We as Latter-day Saints, holding the priesthood of God, should magnify it, and we should respect the General Authorities of the Church; and as we respect them, God will respect us. And I find it wonderful Latter-day Saints step in to fill roles in their church. Graham is a wonderful person and leader. Not as a means to denigrate other faiths. General Authority Seventies. Most of the images are enlightening relative to salaries among churches. Peterson is entertaining! Over 34,000 (not including counselors or female leaders) receive no compensation. Since there are only 109 general authorities for about 15 million members worldwide, exclusion of the housing allowance would not be that big a … Because he also serves in the First Presidency, Eyring previously served in the First Presidency as Second Counselor to. The compensation for the average pastor is $89K — not too far from the $120K the top-108 LDS leaders are eligible for. Peterson proceeds to cite average Jewish rabbi compensation, compensation for other faiths’ leaders, and a report about excessive compensation among Baptists in the past. More growth and younger crowds in new churches, but attendees give less. LDS Inc. (Part One), Dan Peterson  (December 2019), “Camilla and Spencer Kimball lived in this vast Salt Lake City mansion for thirty-two years, during his apostleship and during his presidency of the Church. The following individuals are the current general authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). So, not all serve without compensation. Emeritus General Authorities are General Authorities who have been released from their positions in the hierarchy. Our ward has 2 additional bishopric members (Dan only counted the Bishop), 10 RS leaders, 10 YM leaders, 6 YW leaders, 20 primary leaders, 2 Cub Scout leaders, 5 Sunday School leaders, 4 High Priest leaders, 5 EQ leaders. That’s nearly one in fifty — far higher than the 1/3400 figure that I’ve very generously given for “paid clergy” in the Church. The First Presidency President Henry B. Eyring President Thomas S. Monson President Dieter F. Uchtdorf The Quorum of … LDS pay may factor into these states. Most churches build themselves upon a much stronger foundation. Since you insist on absolute zero, though, you should probably accuse your local Chinese restaurants of serving rice laced with arsenic and charge your local water company with poisoning its customers. In the past, I felt I’ve provided adequate, but not awesome, responses to critics on the subject. You may just want to watch the entire segment. While each is assigned to a specific quorum, that affiliation is no longer being made public, with all General Authority Seventies being referred to with that generic designation.[37]. And this, as I said, is itself a gross underestimate. So, I’ll reduce the number to 30 to better represent the average ward/branch worldwide. Move over Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, you've got some serious competition coming out of the Conference Center. At the time, LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins declined to confirm the numbers and said: "General authorities leave their careers when they … Seventy is a priesthood office in the Melchizedek priesthood of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Senior pastors at megachurches earn more than LDS General Authorities ($120K vs. $147K). in his multi-part series. Probably slightly above average in the U.S. and Canada. D. Michael Quinn on LDS Church finances by Mormon Land. And so he served without any compensation. Ordained. General Authorities as Tithe Payers, 1909-28; Appendix 4. However, the top leaders of non-LDS faiths generally earn much more than the $89K pastor and $120K LDS average. Local LDS leaders are not paid. President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency announced the calls.. And I’ve learned to appreciate our and other churches’ leaders. President Eyring holds master’s and doctoral degrees in business administration from Harvard University. This is a list of Latter Day Saints who have attained levels of notability. We are led by capable people who — if they accept the stipend — get paid on average far less than their peers at national and international churches. President Uchtdorf was Senior Vice President for Flight Operations and Chief Pilot for Lufthansa German Airlines when he was called into full-time Church service. Family relations play an important part in who gets selected as a general authority for the Mormon church – general authorities being the men at the top of the hierarchy who rule the organization and set the doctrines of the church. Challenges abound for pastors, including allegations like these: I’m only posting what comes up on Google. For any that might not already know what a Stake is in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’ll give some background. Do we have a paid ministry? "After a long period of prayerful consideration and counsel, extending, indeed, over several years, we announce a new and specific status to be given from time to time to Brethren of our associates in the General Authorities. President Hinckley addressed this topic in the 1985 General Conference Priesthood Session: I should like to add, parenthetically for your information, that the living allowances given the General Authorities, which are very modest in comparison with executive compensation in industry and the professions, come from this business income and not from the tithing of the people. January 15, 2017 at 7:17 am. Whew! The LDS Church: Does the Mormon Church Really Only Care about Money? Ironically, MormonLeaks hasn’t searched for that statistic. Franklin Graham is the late Billy Graham’s son. Health care is very expensive, especially if you’re paying for all your clergy — not only for the 108 at the top of your hierarchy. Name. Mexico just became the first country in Latin America to have a YSA ward Lindsey Williams - Mexico is home to nearly 1.4 million members of the Church and there are 13 temples in the country. Back to Peterson:  “There are currently, by my count, 108 General Authorities. 19 photos of Elder Gong that will make you love him even more Lindsey Miller - This story was originally published by LDS Living in December 2018 and has been updated in honor of his birthday. See, In April 2018, following the call of previous Asia North Area President. Age. At this point, we factor, say, 100 General Authorities into the mix, who receive a stipend of $120K each. Certainly, nothing like paid ministries in other faiths. Dan Peterson discusses the LDS leaders’ stipends on his blog here. But 108 people getting a stipend is small relative to over 1,000,000 serving without compensation. But 108 people getting a stipend is small relative to over 1,000,000 serving without compensation. So do most full-time senior pastors. Question: Who is the highest-paid Church employee in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? I wasn’t surprised at this, though I had never known it for certain and had certainly never felt authorized to quiz any General Authority about his personal finances.”. But virtually all. Now, it also has a young single adult (YSA) ward. How Much Should Pastors and Church Employees Get Paid? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made history Saturday, naming the first African-American General Authority Sevenity, SUBSCRIBE NOW. However, they remain general authorities of the church until their death. Emeritus general authorities are individuals who have been released from active duties as general authorities. So, I wrote this: Dan’s (intentionally very low-balled) figure of paid LDS clergy:  0.00317647058. General authorities. Dunn in the Name of God: Confessions by Emeritus General Authority of the Mormon Church Raises New Questions about the Origins of Mormonism, by Jerald and Sandra Tanner, Paul Dunn, church historians, Joseph Smith, LDS Scripture, Mormon History, Mormons, Mormonism, LDS, Doctrine and Covenants, Utah King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon taught this principle as a moral issue. And senior pastors are dedicated to their flock. THE ENSIGN OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS • MAY 2011 General Conference . Pastors usually don’t move from a 10,000-person church in LA to a 125-member church in Macon, Missouri. I’ve so far seen up to part 11. Pres. I have a total of 64 serving with no compensation, in addition to the Bishop. Is Faith a Delusion? President Monson holds an MBA, but he was called as a full-time mission president at 31 and as an apostle at 36. Don’t take a clerical job in UT  or WY. See table above for rates of payment by position. Faith and Reason: one believing member's perspectives. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is certainly wealthy by earthly standards. More on Mars Hill and the dedication of Pastor Mark: By the way, I’m simply moving from image to image on Google. Note: On 5 April 2018, the First Presidency announced that area presidencies were being reinstated for those 10 areas within the United States and Canada, and that the members of the Presidency of the Seventy would be relieved of responsibility for those areas, to enable them to assist the apostles and fill other assignments. Elder Gerrit W. Gong was born on December 23, 1953, in California. You can read the rest of Dan’s post (from 1/10/17) with the link above. CES Board. In fact, they’re quite low. One only has to review this article — These are insanely rich religious leaders (lists top 31 wealthiest religious leaders in America) — to appreciate that the LDS Church operates differently than other faiths. I really couldn’t care less. The Path of Duty the Path of Safety There is but one path of safety for the Latter-day Saints, and that is the path of duty. Oaks was set apart to serve in both of these capacities on 14 January 2018. He had been a successful businessman, and he responded No, that he would be able to serve without a living stipend. Ultimately, I learned a lot. The case of the unpaid General Authority. They have extraordinary responsibilities for a worldwide church. These Brethren are not being released but will be excused from active service. The Red Cross CEO earns $1.2M. His figure is super low. And so if the church is trying to hide payments to general authorities, then the whole process of having a NDA creates far more problems than it would solve. 103 What Manner of Men and ... 72 General Authorities of The Church . They have extraordinary responsibilities for a worldwide church. Now, we work out the average annual ecclesiastical income of all of those folks. The individuals listed below are current General Authority Seventies. Growth appears to come in part from satellites. None of them are paid. As Peterson illustrates in his story, only 108 “top-ranking” LDS leaders are paid. So the total is 65 serving for no $ in our ward. General Authorities in Business before 1933; Appendix 6. The last 5 minutes of the below video review the issue of LDS stipends and contrasts with the top 10 paid clergy. More lay involvement. Happy Birthday! So, Dan Peterson’s number — 0.00317647058 or 3.1 per 1000 getting paid — is likely at least 30 times larger than it should be. Remember that in early 2017 MormonLeaks (a site composed primarily of ex-Mormons) had recently shared a W-2 of Pres. That’s even closer to zero. That is, how many churches would shift to only pay 108 at the top? The LD$ Church vs. of Church Welfare Program Three New Temples ... 101 The Lord’s Richest Blessings Elder Carl B. Pratt. Time Vindicates the Prophet (Joseph Smith), Joseph Smith’s ‘New Translation’ of the Bible, His Use of Adam Clarke’s Bible Commentary, and the Question of Plagiarism. Addresses. He was living here when he received the 1978 revelation on priesthood. What Difference does it make? He’s highly valued, and the board rewards him for that value. I readily grant this. The last 5 minutes of the below video review the issue of LDS stipends and contrasts with the top 10 paid clergy. Dunn was widely considered one of the most dynamic speakers among the general authorities in the 1970s and 1980s. I’ve frequently been bothered by critics’ claims relative to our leaders’ stipends. The math should look much more like this: 108 GAs (less than 108, since at least 1 GA is likely not getting paid; the Church appropriately doesn’t release this information), 34,000 (Dan’s total # of LDS leaders serving) x 30 (Dan’s number was hugely underestimated)  = 1,020,000 (still underestimated, but number closer to the total serving in the Church), 108 GAs / 1,020,000 underestimated # of total members serving = .0001058823. Kenneth Lines, another former LDS believer, wasn't surprised by the salary of general authority Seventies, but did think that apostles and the three-member First Presidency "made triple that." I admire those who serve in other churches. But Dan didn’t include counselors, RS, YM/YW, etc. Includes, where applicable, prior service as a general authority seventy. Yet, among many other details, I never knew what other churches pay their leaders, for example. For those who don’t know, our top leaders — 108 General Authorities — are eligible for a stipend and certain benefits. Very few leaders are eligible for financial support (some call this a stipend; others call it a parsonage). While all members of the Quorum of the Twelve have worldwide responsibility, each is also given specific area assignments by the church president. That still makes something on the order or 34,000 bishops and branch and district and stake presidents. Hinckley mentions stipends for General Authorities. how about (like I said in the OP) you explain why an ecclesiastical leader in a small group of deeply premodern people with a mostly-agricultural economy is a good comparison for the leader of a multinational church in a … Not 1 local leader. Traditionally, a church member holding this priesthood office is a "traveling minister" and an "especial witness" of Jesus Christ, charged with the mission of preaching the gospel to the entire world under the direction of the Twelve Apostles. The Church owns enormous amount of property, including the largest cattle ranch in North America (which is in Florida, by the way). As we look a little deeper into the lives of the LDS apostles, however, we find another factor at work. Those in italics are the current members of the Presidency of the Seventy. Debates online including claims the Church was deceptive about it’s “lay ministry” this morning. There are roughly 4000 stakes and districts in the Church, and somewhat more than 30,000 wards and branches. A megachurch in SLC still will probably be awesome. Three were highly successful businessmen before their call to life-long Church service. About General Conference General conferences are the semiannual worldwide gatherings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mars Hill and Pastor Mark simply was next in line, so I posted it. To be precise, we do. Over 34,000  LDS leaders don’t clock in for their service. General Authorities with Less-than-average Wealth, 1850-89 ; Appendix 2. I’m very grateful for their service. Mixing religion and politics isn’t always good. Tithe. More data on megachurches. Only 20% of Protestant churches are growing. —  is found at the 8:36 mark of the video below. A few images below — found by searching Google with “paid clergy in LDS Church”. General Authority Assets at Death; Appendix 5. Dan provided another update on the topic of LDS leaders’ stipends today. LGBTQ issues, support groups, & the LDS Church, These are insanely rich religious leaders, On those Living Stipends for General Authorities, LDS Inc. (Part One), Dan Peterson  (December 2019), 1985 General Conference Priesthood Session. Very few images included the LDS Church. One of them holds a doctorate in organizational behavior. Dan presents his view on the broader topic of the LDS Church’s finances, tithing, taxes, issues of non-profits, etc. Good, said President Hinckley. But many are paid. The following individuals are general officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). $3 for 3 months. https://familypedia.wikia.org/wiki/General_Authorities_of_the_LDS_Church We learn as we go and do our best. And nobody else? Russell M. Nelson. The completed math only undermines the critic’s position. I count two heart surgeons, three lawyers (with degrees from Chicago, Stanford, and Duke), and two Harvard MBAs. Following is a brief look at each of the new General Authority Seventies, with a … Usually only in trace amounts. Steven Butala actually did the math in that Facebook conversation — reckoning, as I suggest above, on just one compensated person per branch, ward, district, and stake — and reports an average annual income of $353 for LDS “clergy.”. Hinckley was an awesome and inspiring leader! The series will likely continue. The associated reference erroneously states Bednar's title as chairman of the Temple and Family History. 1 out of 3400 is small. “The math is pretty straightforward:  There are roughly 34,000 LDS Area Authority Seventies, bishops, stake presidents, district presidents, and branch presidents who receive no stipend at all. Since you think that 1/3400 makes the clergy of the Church “paid,” I assume that you think that 1/50 makes the population of Utah “black.” This is revolutionary stuff, and you need to share it with the national media. Included are the individuals' hierarchical position and some of their current specialized assignments in the church, if any. She told me that, when he was called to full-time service, President Hinckley asked him whether he would need compensation in order to be able to devote himself to such a calling. It’s near the end of this 4th section when Pres. So, less than 1 out of every 10,000 members gets paid. Save 90%. Their professional credentials are such that the stipend amounts mentioned simply aren’t that remarkable. Primary. I thought I’d look up Pastor Mark and found a sad story:  The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill Church. I’ve never made a big issue out of the fact that clergy in other denominations receive compensation. Eyring’s that LDS General Authorities receive a $120K annual  stipend. Church members gather to receive guidance and encouragement from Church leaders about gospel living based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. A very small fraction or 108 LDS leaders get paid. They were rising (and likely continued to go up) after 2011. This would only be some sort of problem if the church was trying to hide something. Presidency of the Seventy. One, with a Yale Ph.D., was the president of a large university (as, for that matter, were two others). I believe our LDS General Authorities get health care and possibly other benefits. AM. And that’s their choice. LDS General Conference - Brightly Street Join us as we "Countdown to Conference" and help our family learn a little bit about each of our living apostles and prophets. Has served as Senior President since August 2020, as verified, In an unprecedented move, during the April 2018 Sustaining of Church Officers, President, Shortly after the April 2016 General Conference, the biographies of all General Authorities were changed to reflect this alteration in Church policy. Our 34,000 lay leaders get none of the below, unless they do in their private employment. Russell M. Nelson. Presiding Bishopric. 108 GAs / 1,020,000 underestimated # of total members serving =. Some of our associates have served for many years with complete and unselfish dedication, and they deserve every honor and recognition for such devoted service. Is it really to be expected that he should have lived and supported a wife and family without any income? This new number is much lower than Dan’s original (intentionally low-balled) figure, but is still itself an underestimate. The recession caused a drop in compensation. Although no official reference exists that Rasband currently chairs this committee, since he was the only member of the Twelve in attendance at this brief press conference, an assumption is made here that this is the case. 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