In this country, for the most part, pastors are not treated nor paid that well. This should not be. We have experienced this trend as well when we pastored a church in a small town for a year. Pastors seem to get the short end of the stick, not just in this country but in the west as well.They are treated, unless they are fortunate enough to be famous or oversee a mega or large church, as an after thought, a problem or as second class people. This should not be so.
The Bible tells us to do unto others as we would like to be treated and that instruction is not restricted to pastors treating their church’s membership, nor is it limited to believers treating unbelievers. The words of Jesus also apply to believers and how they treat their pastors and other church leaders. If you do not want to be given starvation wages then make sure your pastor is paid a living wage.
If you want friends to treat you well, then learn how to be friends to your pastor and treat them better than they are. And on it goes. How a congregation treats its pastor says a lot about the congregation and when the pastor is treated poorly, the reputation of the congregation will not be that great. Biblical instruction does not exempt the pastoral staff from being treated as Christ loved us.Christ meant for church leaders to be included in that action and if you want great church leaders then treat them as Christ treated us.